Things for kids to do in Penticton and Naramata
Known for sun, sand, and delectable wines, Penticton is the perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation; but what about the kids? They won’t want to just lie on the beach and they certainly won’t want to join your wine tour. Despite the reputation, Penticton is a family friendly city with plenty of activities for people of all ages. From adventure parks to beaches, playgrounds, and parks, there are many options for a fun filled day.
Recently announced as second best in Canada by trip advisor, Skaha is a wonderful beach to spend a sunny day. Apart from the warm, sandy beach which is perfect for building sandcastles, Skaha also features a large, grassy park with plenty of picnic areas. As well, there are 2 playgrounds, a water park, various sports courts, a duck pond, and a concession serving Tickleberries famous ice cream.
Penticton Beach (+ Children’s Water Wibit)
At the other side of town, Okanagan beach runs all along Lakeshore Dr. and features over a kilometre of golden sand, many local businesses, a playground, and the Wibit which is an inflatable water park that floats on the Okanagan Lake. The recent addition to Penticton has been incredibly popular as kids can climb, splash, and play for hours!
Andy’s Animal Acres Petting Zoo (Naramata, BC)
A small family owned farm! This is not a typical petting farm like you may have visited elsewhere. The animals are family and all have names ( other than a few chickens that we can’t tell apart). In our modern world children don’t have much that is real any more and often have never had a hands on experience with farm animals. Our hope is that people are able to leave here having gained a better understanding and respect for farm animals which in turn may make the demand for higher farm animal care standards a reality for all these lovely intelligent creatures.
$8 per person and under one year old is free!!
$30 for a family/group of 4
Family Seasons Pass (max 4 people) $125
Please be aware this business does not take credit or debit cards (Cash only).
Loco Landing Adventure Park
Just down the road from Okanagan is Loco Landing, a family owned adventure park that includes many fun and unique attractions. Go classic with a round of mini golf on their elaborate 18 hole course, or try something more exhilarating like their high level ropes course! The park also includes bumper boats, go karts, and a variety of inflatable games. For a treat on a summer’s day, the boat shaped concession serves 8 different flavours of soft serve ice cream. The friendly atmosphere and abundance of activities for children of all ages makes Loco Landing an exceptional place to spend a day and make some memories.
Hoodoo Adventures Children’s Climbing Wall
Kids – Your day pass is for the whole day so come back as many times as you like! Shoe rentals are optional. You only need harnesses if you choose to use the ropes as outlined below. Children under the age of 10 must be closely supervised at all times and though we are always watching for safety purposes, we cannot be babysitters and are not responsible for your children should they choose to leave the building.
If you have never climbed before this facility may be a bit of a mystery as to how it all works, so here’s a (somewhat) quick rundown…
Bouldering – this can be done by a single person any time that we are open. Our bouldering walls are 15′ high with a cave feature and the rest of the gym including archway is marked with a green line that can be climbed to without ropes. Anyone can drop in any time and boulder, no experience necessary!
Using the ropes – It takes 2 to climb top rope (meaning use the ropes and go to the top of the wall) one person to belay (keep the climber safe on the other end of the rope) and another to climb. If you and/or your kids would like to top rope then you and a partner or parent will have to learn to belay. Kids can learn to belay from the age of 12 (12-14 years will require a back-up belayer until given permission by staff to operate without). Learning to belay doesn’t take long, if you would like the full Intro to Climbing Course you can see details below, if you just want to learn to belay we will be running belay only sessions every hour on the hour, again see below for more detail. We also offer a belay service on weekends from 10am-3pm for drop-in participants, the only cost for this is the cost of the harness rental.
Jumping Bean Cafe
For days when you would rather be indoors, take a trip to Penticton’s only indoor playground, the Jumping Beans play café. The unique café is the perfect compromise of fun for kids and relaxation for you. While you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and some wonderful food, kids can burn off energy in their bouncy house, on the wood play structure, or the interactive play floor. The café also includes a reading corner, art centre, train table, puzzle wall and snacks for quieter times. Babies and toddlers can enjoy the soft area to move around and play freely in a safe environment, with soft seating for adults.
A chilly or rainy day is also the perfect opportunity to take a tour of our very own S.S. Sicamous! Kids love watching the trains on our model railway and exploring our 4 decks. We also have events for children on Easter Monday and Father’s Day each year. Click here to learn more
Whether it’s enjoying a day on the beach or exploring one of our unique attractions, Penticton is a beautiful place with plenty to offer for everyone.