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Not sure what to do with your kids for Spring Break? Send them to Mars

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March 11, 2016 - 9:30 AM

KELOWNA – For two weeks starting March 14, parents across Kelowna will be scrambling to fill the days. For many that means daycare or sitters, but there are also a host of spring break camps available for kids of all ages.

It’s Jurassic World Week at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club starting March 14. Every day the club will have a different theme starting at noon. There will be fossil making demonstrations, dinosaur mask making and other fun activities. Drop in or Pre-register at 250-765-3345

The Westbank Library is holding a series of free, educational and fun programs during Spring Break. On Monday, March 14 kids between 8 and 12 years of age can learn how to make a ladybug using quilling techniques between 11 a.m. and noon with local artist Mary Walker. And on Wednesday, March 16 kids 5 years of age and older can gather at the library for an hour of Lego fun. And finally, on March 23 at 2 p.m. there will be a puppet show based on the books I’m not Scared! and Little Owl Lost. This is for kids over 3-years-old. To register for any of the programs, call 250-768-4369

The Kelowna Family YMCA on Hartman Road is hosting an unstructured playtime for your toddler at 9 a.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kids under 5 years of age can run, climb and tumble on their active playground or jump to their heart’s content in their bouncy castle. The cost is $3.85 for non-members.

On Monday, March 14 UBC Okanagan has organized SpaceCamp Coding Camp – SpaceWalk Mayhem starting at 2 p.m. On a routine spacewalk, a freak meteorite storm takes out your support crew and sends you hurtling into space. Reaching the Chinese space station on 10% oxygen is the easy part. Now you have to make it home. You don’t know Chinese. Luckily you have a little JavaScript. 

Also next week at UBCO is SpaceCamp Coding Camp - Escape from Red Planet starting at 10:30 a.m. Kids wake up and find they’ve been left all alone on the Red Planet. There’s enough food and water for a few months, but it will take 3 years for a capsule to return to pick them up, assuming they figure out how to contact Earth. If they ever want to see home again, they better learn how to code. These fun and educational camps run until March 18.

Another fun activity for the intellectual kids between 7 and 12 years of age is Mind Over Learning. This program takes place from March 14 to 18 and is designed for children with autism. It includes a fun-filled, part-day camp based on different themes. Space is limited so visit their website or call 250-860-0084 for more info.

For the culinary-minded child in your family, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club is holding a Master Chefs Academy Camp March 14 at noon and Jurassic World March 14 to 18. Jurassic World is a chance for kids to learn about fossils and prehistoric monsters in a fun and safe environment. For ages 6 to 12. Drop in or pre-register by calling 250-765-3345.

If you’ve got a horse lover in your house, sign them up for Spring Break Horsemanship Camp at Arion Therapeutic Riding Association on Saucier Road. There are two weekly camps offered over Spring Break from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Bumbershoot Theatre on Cannery Lane is welcoming kids between 9 and 13 to their Theatre Camp March 14 to 18. The Quest starts at 9 a.m. and gives kids the chance to be a hero in their own adventure. Kids take a journey, tackling obstacles along the way, overcoming challenges and becoming their own champions. Kids work together to engage in creative thinking, develop character and tell a story.

Kids between 6 and 11 years of age can also come to Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre on Old Okanagan Highway in West Kelowna March 14 to 24 starting at 8 a.m. This child-friendly camp is loaded with theme days, sports, games, drama fun, crafts, outdoor adventures, science experiments and a daily swim. Parents must pre-register as space is limited.

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To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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