Kids Fun Magazine - Summer 2014

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Okanagan family magazine featuring summer camps and activities.

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<ul><li><p>Okanagan Family MagazineSUMMER 2014</p><p>summer camp directory</p><p>5 best summer activities</p><p>for your brain </p><p>okanagan family magazine</p><p>sun safety</p><p>top tips</p></li><li><p>activitiesoutdoorsfuntechnology</p><p>hiking bikes skating swimming boo</p><p>soccer ceramics playing in parks</p><p>farm sunshine running theater kid</p><p>stroller walking playground indoo</p><p>activitiesoutdoorsfuntechnology</p><p>hiking bikes skating swimming boo</p><p>soccer ceramics playing in parks</p><p>farm sunshine running theater kid</p><p>stroller walking playground indoo</p><p>activitiesoutdoorsfuntechnology</p><p>hiking bikes skating swimming boo</p><p>soccer ceramics playing in parks</p><p>farm sunshine running theater kid</p><p>stroller walking playground indoo</p><p>activitiesoutdoorsfuntechnology</p><p>hiking bikes skating swimming boo</p><p>soccer ceramics playing in parkswww.familydiscoverypass.com /familydiscoverypass</p><p>Save big on Okanagan attractions and treats</p><p>Only $14.99 (plus tax)$5 from each pass will support the development of </p><p>The Bridge Youth &amp; Family Services new Rutland Parent Place</p><p>Get yours today!</p></li><li><p>3 kidsfun Summer Activity Guide | 2014www.okanagan4kids.com</p><p>in this issue</p><p>hello!This is the summer of sun, smiles and ultimate family fun! We are excited to bring you the Summer Issue of our Kids Fun Magazine - with a fresh new look! </p><p>Youll find this issue packed full of helpful information on summer camps, local activities, sun safety and more!</p><p>We are also super excited to introduce the Family Discovery Pass as a way for families to make memories together. This pass will give you access to deep discounts for activities for kids and families all over the Okanagan Valley. The Family Discovery Pass will also help support The Bridge Youth &amp; Familys new Rutland Parent Place - a hub for parenting support.</p><p>We hope enjoy the magazine and that youll help us in our quest to help families in our community by purchasing your very own Family Discovery Pass. What do YOU want to explore today?</p><p>in this issue</p><p>4 School is out... reading is in</p><p>5 Summer events calendar</p><p>8 5 best summer activities for your brain</p><p>10 Rediscover your inner child</p><p>12 Sunscreen safety</p><p>14 Looking for local summer fun?</p><p>17 Cool off at a water park</p><p>18 Summer camp directory</p></li><li><p>4 www.okanagan4kids.comkidsfun Summer Activity Guide | 2014</p><p>School is wrapping up and so is all that homework. Children are eagerly awaiting the freedom of summer. </p><p>With all that freedom it can be hard to choose what to do and reading is not usually high in the priorities. Keeping kids motivated to read during the summer is crucial to their future academic success.</p><p>Have no fear! The Summer Reading Club is here! All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library are busy preparing for the onslaught of kids. Our goal is to keep kids (ages 6-12) reading through the summer and having fun at the same time. This years theme is Funny Business! Joining SRC is completely free and easy. After registering at the local library kids will receive a reading log. Once children have finished their reading logs they are given stickers and a completion medal! In addition, many of the libraries are offering free activities for kids too (crafts, contests, special guests and more).</p><p>If prizes and contests are not enough to keep your child interested in reading, try something different. Graphic novels, magazines, nonfiction books and </p><p>audiobooks are awesome alternatives to traditional chapter books. It is important to realize that kids do not need to be reading textbooks during the summer. However, if that is what they want to read, dont pull it out of their hands! My tips for summer reading success are:</p><p> Let kids choose what they want to read Set an achievable summer reading goal Read on the go (beach, family trips, etc.) Have reading material readily available Read together as a family</p><p>Stop by your local branch of the Okanagan Regional Library to find out about Summer Reading Club registration. See you at the library and the beach this summer! </p><p>Written by Ashley Machum, Youth Services Librarian at the Kelowna </p><p>Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. </p><p>school is out... reading is in!</p><p>school is out... reading is in!</p></li><li><p>5 kidsfun Summer Activity Guide | 2014www.okanagan4kids.com</p><p>event calendar</p><p>North Okanagan</p><p>28Aug</p><p>Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE)ArmstrongRuns from August 28th until September 1st</p><p>Central Okanagan</p><p>01July</p><p>Canada Day Celebrations Peachland</p><p>Downtown Kelowna 09Aug</p><p>Block PartyKelownaBernard Ave. </p><p>11Aug</p><p>Interior Savings Moonlight MoviesOK Falls </p><p>Interior Savings 12Aug</p><p>Moonlight MoviesKelowna </p><p>Interior Savings 13Aug</p><p>Moonlight MoviesKelowna </p><p>Peachland Fall Fair6-7Sept</p><p>Peachland Community Centre </p><p>South Okanagan</p><p>01July</p><p>66th Annual Cherry Festival/Canada Day CelebrationsPenticton - Gyro Park </p><p>9th Annual Endless 13Sept</p><p>Summer Show and ShineSummerland - Memorial Park </p><p>14Sept</p><p>Summerland Fall FairSummerland - Summerland Curling Club </p><p>summerevents calendarWe want to help make finding fun for your family just a little bit easier. Thats why we work hard to add new events and activities taking place around the Okanagan Valley on a regular basis. Check back often and never hear the words Im bored! again!</p><p>Visit www.okanagan4kids.com for the latest event locall event listings</p></li><li><p>The Energyplex is the Okanagans largest indoor Family Recreation Centre</p><p>energyplex.ca #130-948 McCurdy Rd, Kelowna, B.C. V1X 2P7, </p><p>T:250-765-4486 E: customerservice@energyplex.ca</p><p>Families with young children all the way up to teens can endlessly play and burn energy! The Cube is our huge 4-story play ground where both kids and adults can run, climb, slide and crawl. Our Gym offers trampolines, a tumble track, a foam pit, ropes and an obstacle challenge. Our Rock Wall is 30 high and we have a craft and movie corner. Our newest activities are a 1250 sqft LASER TAG arena and our BALLISTIX foam ball shooting arena. During summer months we have Bungy Trampolines right in front of our building. The facility includes a full service caf and offers free Wifi.</p><p> Drop-in playtime for toddlers, children and adults Birthday Parties for toddlers all the way up to grandparents Day Camps during school breaks Field Trips for schools, churches, youth groups (PAC) Fundraisers Corporate teambuilding with Rock Climbing and Laser Tag Corporate Christmas Parties</p><p>Why not try our NEW Laser Tag and BALLISTIX on your next visit?</p><p>fami l ies l fun l together</p></li><li><p>The Energyplex is the Okanagans largest indoor Family Recreation Centre</p><p>energyplex.ca #130-948 McCurdy Rd, Kelowna, B.C. V1X 2P7, </p><p>T:250-765-4486 E: customerservice@energyplex.ca</p><p>Families with young children all the way up to teens can endlessly play and burn energy! The Cube is our huge 4-story play ground where both kids and adults can run, climb, slide and crawl. Our Gym offers trampolines, a tumble track, a foam pit, ropes and an obstacle challenge. Our Rock Wall is 30 high and we have a craft and movie corner. Our newest activities are a 1250 sqft LASER TAG arena and our BALLISTIX foam ball shooting arena. During summer months we have Bungy Trampolines right in front of our building. The facility includes a full service caf and offers free Wifi.</p><p> Drop-in playtime for toddlers, children and adults Birthday Parties for toddlers all the way up to grandparents Day Camps during school breaks Field Trips for schools, churches, youth groups (PAC) Fundraisers Corporate teambuilding with Rock Climbing and Laser Tag Corporate Christmas Parties</p><p>Why not try our NEW Laser Tag and BALLISTIX on your next visit?</p><p>fami l ies l fun l together</p><p>DAY CAMP: Ages 5-11 </p><p> Full Day $ 42.50 p.d. Full week (5 consecutive days) $ 179.50 p.w. Lunch, drinks, fruit &amp; snack $ 7.50 p.d. </p><p>Note: Camp times: 9 am 4 pm, Mondays thru Fridays Drop off between 8.45-9 am !! Annual pass holders receive 10% discount on the tuition Rates are per child and subject to tax Energyplex Day Camp Terms and Conditions apply For bookings within 24 hours before your camp </p><p>date a $10 administration charge will be applied </p><p>JULY: AUGUST: Jun 30- July 4 August 4-8 July 7-11 August 11-15 July 14-18 August 18-22 July 21-25 August 25-29 July 28-Aug 1 </p><p>TYPICAL DAY OF FUN: </p><p> Trampoline Gym </p><p> Rock Climbing </p><p> Cube Play </p><p> Ballistix Ball Blasters </p><p> Laser Tag </p><p> Obstacle Challenge </p><p> Lunch Time </p><p> Crafts </p><p> Movie </p><p> Bungy Trampoline </p><p>BOOK ONLINE: WWW.ENERGYPLEX.CA </p></li><li><p>best summer activitiesfor your brain5</p><p>brain boosting summer activities</p><p>8 www.okanagan4kids.comkidsfun Summer Activity Guide | 2014</p></li><li><p>9 kidsfun Summer Activity Guide | 2014www.okanagan4kids.com</p><p>The brain learns through movement. Certain types of full body movement help devel-op connections within the brain and communication between the brain, the body, and the outside environment. This is important for attention, focus, executive brain func-tions, and, of course, physical development and coordination.</p><p>SwimmingSwimming includes coordinated movement of your right and left sides and your top and bottom body. These cross-crawl based movements help establish cross-hemispheric connec-tions, meaning they help the two sides of your brain communicate back and forth with each other. </p><p>ClimbingSo much of the activities that we do and the types of exercises that we perform are push-based activities. Climbing and other pull-based activi-ties (like rowing or kayaking) work a completely different (and often under-developed) set of muscles and move-ments. </p><p>BalancingWalking tandem (one foot in front of the other) can help teach your body center. Learning mid-line will improve clumsiness and give your brain the sense of a stable core. Balancing also requires tons of input from your joints and facilitates healthy proprioception.</p><p>SwingingThere are two types of swinging. One is the type you do on a swing. Swing-ing back and forth on a swing (a move-ment called linear rocking) stimulates the vestibular system. The vestibular system is important for your body to keep track of where your head is in </p><p>space. The other type of swinging is that done on monkey bars. Using your arms to propel you from bar to bar can encourage mid-line communication and upper body strength. </p><p>DroppingAny type of activity can be beneficial! Pushing the limits of cardiovascular en-durance, like you would playing soccer, improves the efficacy of your mitochon-dria. Mitochondria are important en-ergy producing cells within your body. So basically, run till you drop!</p><p>We often think of movement and physical activity as ancillary play or only important for weight manage-ment (or to get the kids out of the house so you can get things done). Your brain develops, learns, and thrives off movement and physical expression. So go play! Your brain will thank you (as will your teachers come next school year). </p><p>Contributed by Dr. Amanda Stevens, Chiropractor &amp; Clinical Nutri-</p><p>tionist at Valeo Health Clinic. www.valeohealthclinic.com </p><p>Photo courtesy of Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym</p><p>brain boosting summer activities</p><p>1</p><p>2</p><p>4</p><p>3 5</p></li><li><p>10 www.okanagan4kids.comkidsfun Summer Activity Guide | 2014</p><p>Warm weather activity choices are endless - swimming, camping, bike riding and hiking. </p><p>Theres road trips to visit relatives, discovering new community playgrounds, dancing through sprinklers, jumping on a trampoline or enjoying ice cream or other treats in the backyard.</p><p>During whatever activity you choose, take your grown-up hat off for a while. Squeal in delight when you run through a sprinkler. Laugh when ice cream drips down your chin. Enlist your childs help in making a bike ramp to practice epic stunts. Start a friendly watermelon seed spitting competition between family members. Tell an awesome campfire story that includes your childs name and the names of their friends. </p><p>The physical activity chosen is not as important as the connection made between you and your child. Summertime is when memories are made - help ensure those memories are happy ones! Keep in mind your child will likely become a parent themselves one day, so be the positive role model they need. Consider connection an investment in your childs future. As they grow and develop, your child will need a strong relationship with you, even when they push you away. </p><p>Remind yourself, before you scold and become frustrated with your childs behaviour, that you were once a child yourself. Your decision making abilities were challenged by life experience, just as theirs are. Youth is such a fleeting time in a persons life - allow your child to make mistakes, be silly once in a while and to explore the world around them. </p><p>By Jodi Quibell. Parent, Educator and Writer </p><p>www.wordtothewiseservices.com </p><p>www.apparentwisdom.com </p><p>rediscover your inner child</p><p>rediscover your inner child</p></li><li><p>11 kidsfun Summer Activity Guide | 2014www.okanagan4kids.com</p><p>Rugby July 711 | grades 79</p><p>Soccer starting July 14 | grades 3+</p><p>Basketball starting July 28 | grades 7+ Volleyball starting August 11 | grades 7+ </p><p>Adventure &amp; Leadership July 1418 | grades 7+</p><p>goheat.ca/camps</p></li><li><p>sunscreen safety</p><p>12 www.okanagan4kids.comkidsfun Summer Activity Guide | 2014</p><p>sunscreen safety</p></li><li><p>Skin cancer! Almost a four letter word causing parents to fearfully slather up babies. But what exactly is in sunscreen that makes it work?</p><p>Sunscreens can work to prevent burning and long term damage using three possible methods: Chemical Penetration , Mineral Barrier and Oil Protection.</p><p>Chemical PenetrationThis is your drug store sunscreen. Chemicals such as Retinyl palmitate (a known skin cancer hazard) and Oxybenzone (a hormone disrupter) penetrate the skin and absorb the harmful rays. These chemicals can cause free radicals, especially when mixed with a preservative such as formaldehyde which can be activated by UV. This sunscreen absorbs into the skin; however can be an irritant. These sunscreens come in many convenient applications like spray-on and waterproof.</p><p>Mineral BarrierYou have probably seen this white sunscreen on surfers. Minerals like Zinc and Titanium Dioxide are used to create a barrier to reflect the sun. The minerals do not cause free radicals. There are cautions about inhaling the particles, but when they are absorbed into a lotion there is minimal risk of inhaling the particles. Be careful that you are using a product that doesnt use micronized particles. These particles are manufactured to be smaller so </p><p>they absorb into the skin and you dont experience the white look. The disadvantage is that the particles are absorbed into the body rather than sitting on the surface of the skin. The key with a zinc sunscreen is to start with a pea size amount and spread it over a large area. If you use a large amount, like with a Chemical Penetration sunscreen the minerals will clump and wont distribute smoothly over the skin. I have experienced some great zinc sunscreen that can be rubbed over large areas to produce minimal white streaking plus the container lasts forever!</p><p>Oil ProtectionOils like coconut, Seabuckthorn, Rosehip and Carrot can naturally protect your skin from the sun. They do this by building up the health of your skin so that it cre...</p></li></ul>