Children’s Activities

The kids program for our 2018 conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico will be posted here as soon as it is available. In the mean time, you can review the schedule from our 2017 conference below.

Kid’s Activities: Art, culture, technology, nature, and more!

We have planned an amazing program for kids of all ages! The weekend will be jam packed full of fun for the children while the parents attend workshops. Over 40 workshops, educational classes, and fun and engaging activities will be available for the kids to choose from throughout the conference.

We have an amazing artist, Spramani Elaun who will be holding an Open Art space for kids (and adults) to come in and do self-directed art projects through the day. Spramani will also be giving presentations on cultivating a love of art for traveling families, and several art workshops throughout each day focusing on art that is portable for travel and using travel as your artistic inspiration!

Our children’s coordinator, Theresa Bovenzi, will be incorporating fun activities for the 5 and over crowd both indoors and out. Workshops will cover a full spectrum of adventure, culture, movement, music, art, and technology. Children can expect to be thoroughly engaged with a wide range of activities from exploring the local flora and fauna on an eco hike, to learning songs from cultures around the world, to playing games in the nearby park, to learning new skills.

Local artists, mentors, and instructors will share their knowledge of local First Nations history and culture, experimenting and jamming with musical instruments, learning new styles of dance from different cultures, and playing games from all around the world.

Older kids will enjoy hands-on educational workshops from Minecraft hacking, to songwriting, video production, and more!

Children will have the opportunity to take in some of the uniquely Okanagan resources that downtown Penticton has to offer such as the Penticton Art Gallery, Ikeda Japanese Gardens, beautiful Okanagan Beach, SS Sicamous Heritage Park, and Hoodoo Adventures Indoor Climbing Gym.

Arts such as creative writing, sketching, watercolor, and photography will be integrated into these outings, as well as opportunities to share and strengthen skills in exploration with technology with Geocaching, video and sound recording and editing, and Minecrafting.

Our hope is that every child will find something that resonates with them and that this weekend will be filled with fun, learning, adventure, and new friends!

The 2 to 4 year-old crowd will be playing with their very own facilitator who will be creating a program of fun activities to keep our youngest attendees busy and happy while parents are enjoying the conference.

Activities are scheduled for the entire weekend so parents can enjoy the workshops and discussions while the children are engaged in their own fun programming. Breaks are timed together so parents can check in with their kids between sessions and there will be extra long lunches scheduled each day so families can do their own exploring over the lunch break.

Day 1
01 Sep 2017

Drumming Circle – Whole Family

Bobby’s Drum Circles allow every participant to experience success and passion for music, dance, and song. The interactive music making creates a highly charged atmosphere that increases camaraderie, reduces stress, and fosters a sense of community and celebration. Participants will build qualities such as cultural understanding, teamwork, and self-confidence through the instruction of drumming as an art and a recreational activity.
Bobby Bovenzi

Littles Program

A dedicated and licensed ECE (Early Childhood Educator) will be creating a fun and safe environment for the 2 to 5 year-old conference attendees. Sometimes the littles will be joining the big kids on their outings when age appropriate and the rest of the time they will be making their own fun!

Ice Breaker Games

A great way to get to know each other, kids will be participating in fun ice-breaker and friendship building games.

Passport Making For The Young Artist

Small groups of children will be attending this fun workshop, making their own passports! This will make a great keepsake to save and record memories of the summit. Fill some pages in your passport with fun stamps and art scraps. For every Choose Your Own Activity your child completes, they’ll get a new stamp in their book! All materials included. For all ages, parents must attend with children under 5 years.  
Spramani Elaun
12:00 - 14:00

LUNCH BREAK

Choose Your Own Adventure

Children will have the option of choosing their own adventures throughout the weekend. Each adventure will last for approximately 50 minutes. There will be a sign-up sheet each morning for children to decide what they would like to learn about that day. Each session will be limited to 10 participants and will be led by a local volunteer. We are always open to your ideas so if you or your child would like to see something offered, let us know and we will do our best to provide the opportunity. If you have an idea for a session you would...
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Choose Your Own Adventure

Children will have the option of choosing their own adventures throughout the weekend. Each adventure will last for approximately 50 minutes. There will be a sign-up sheet each morning for children to decide what they would like to learn about that day. Each session will be limited to 10 participants and will be led by a local volunteer. We are always open to your ideas so if you or your child would like to see something offered, let us know and we will do our best to provide the opportunity. If you have an idea for a session you would...
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Open Art Studio

Open Art Studio is created for you and your family to relax and be artful. High-quality art supplies will be at your fingertips to explore and create with. This space is hosted by Spramani Elaun, an American natural art teacher, author of several art education books and founder of Nature of Art For Kids@ School & Art Supply Company. Plenty of art supplies and inspiring ideas will be available for the entire family. Spramani will also be available throughout the summit for Q & A. You will also be able to purchase art supplies during the summit.
Spramani Elaun

Chill Out Time

At the end of the day, kids will be coming together in the kids’ room for casual conversations, board games, minecraft, lego, and other quiet activities.

Travel Note Books & Journals

Learn how to record your travel memories by scrapping, journaling, sketching, and painting. If you don’t know how to draw, no worries! Spramani will show how stunning travel journals created by collecting simple travel brochures, receipts, and train tickets….no drawing required! This class is addicting and colorful and it will surely get you journaling! Spramani will discuss tips on the best art supplies and mediums that travel well, and are compact for easy travel. Samples will be available for you to view. If you have a journal bring it to class. There will be paper to bind and create your...
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Spramani Elaun
Day 2
02 Sep 2017

Indoor Rock Climbing at Hoodoo Adventures

Indoor rock climbing at Hoodoo Adventures? Wahoo! Kids five and older will be walking to Hoodoo Adventures (a 10-minute walk) in groups of 20 with a trusted volunteer. There they will have approximately 45 minutes to get harnessed up and climb the numerous rock climbing walls! Hoodoo also has a variety of indoor and outdoor adventures for the whole family. Be sure to check them out on your visit to Penticton!

Game Time

While small groups of children are attending the Rock Climbing session, the rest of the group will be playing games and having fun.

Open Art Studio

Open Art Studio is created for you and your family to relax and be artful. High-quality art supplies will be at your fingertips to explore and create with. This space is hosted by Spramani Elaun, an American natural art teacher, author of several art education books and founder of Nature of Art For Kids@ School & Art Supply Company. Plenty of art supplies and inspiring ideas will be available for the entire family. Spramani will also be available throughout the summit for Q & A. You will also be able to purchase art supplies during the summit.
Spramani Elaun

Littles Program

A dedicated and licensed ECE (Early Childhood Educator) will be creating a fun and safe environment for the 2 to 5 year-old conference attendees. Sometimes the littles will be joining the big kids on their outings when age appropriate and the rest of the time they will be making their own fun!
11:30 - 14:00

LUNCH BREAK

Choose Your Own Adventure

Children will have the option of choosing their own adventures throughout the weekend. Each adventure will last for approximately 50 minutes. There will be a sign-up sheet each morning for children to decide what they would like to learn about that day. Each session will be limited to 10 participants and will be led by a local volunteer. We are always open to your ideas so if you or your child would like to see something offered, let us know and we will do our best to provide the opportunity. If you have an idea for a session you would...
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Nature Observation & Sketching

Learn the basics of observing and recording nature. Spramani will share great tips on how a nature artist can quickly gather information out in the field while exploring. We will start in the art studio space and move outdoors to practice these nature observing and recording concepts. All materials are included.
Spramani Elaun

Open Art Studio

Open Art Studio is created for you and your family to relax and be artful. High-quality art supplies will be at your fingertips to explore and create with. This space is hosted by Spramani Elaun, an American natural art teacher, author of several art education books and founder of Nature of Art For Kids@ School & Art Supply Company. Plenty of art supplies and inspiring ideas will be available for the entire family. Spramani will also be available throughout the summit for Q & A. You will also be able to purchase art supplies during the summit.
Spramani Elaun

Choose Your Own Adventure

Children will have the option of choosing their own adventures throughout the weekend. Each adventure will last for approximately one hour. There will be a sign-up sheet each morning for children to decide what they would like to learn about that day. Each session will be limited to 10 participants and will be led by a local volunteer. We are always open to your ideas so if you or your child would like to see something offered, let us know and we will do our best to provide the opportunity. If you have an idea for a session you would...
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Chill Out Time

At the end of the day, kids will be coming together in the kids’ room for casual conversations, board games, minecraft, lego, and other quiet activities.
Day 3
03 Sep 2017

Choose Your Own Adventure

Children will have the option of choosing their own adventures throughout the weekend. Each adventure will last for approximately 50 minutes. There will be a sign-up sheet each morning for children to decide what they would like to learn about that day. Each session will be limited to 10 participants and will be led by a local volunteer. We are always open to your ideas so if you or your child would like to see something offered, let us know and we will do our best to provide the opportunity. If you have an idea for a session you would...
Read More

Open Art Studio

Open Art Studio is created for you and your family to relax and be artful. High-quality art supplies will be at your fingertips to explore and create with. This space is hosted by Spramani Elaun, an American natural art teacher, author of several art education books and founder of Nature of Art For Kids@ School & Art Supply Company. Plenty of art supplies and inspiring ideas will be available for the entire family. Spramani will also be available throughout the summit for Q & A. You will also be able to purchase art supplies during the summit.
Spramani Elaun

Littles Program

A dedicated and licensed ECE (Early Childhood Educator) will be creating a fun and safe environment for the 2 to 5 year-old conference attendees. Sometimes the littles will be joining the big kids on their outings when age appropriate and the rest of the time they will be making their own fun!

Choose Your Own Adventure

Children will have the option of choosing their own adventures throughout the weekend. Each adventure will last for approximately 50 minutes. There will be a sign-up sheet each morning for children to decide what they would like to learn about that day. Each session will be limited to 10 participants and will be led by a local volunteer. We are always open to your ideas so if you or your child would like to see something offered, let us know and we will do our best to provide the opportunity. If you have an idea for a session you would...
Read More
12:00 - 13:30

LUNCH BREAK

Open Art Studio

Open Art Studio is created for you and your family to relax and be artful. High-quality art supplies will be at your fingertips to explore and create with. This space is hosted by Spramani Elaun, an American natural art teacher, author of several art education books and founder of Nature of Art For Kids@ School & Art Supply Company. Plenty of art supplies and inspiring ideas will be available for the entire family. Spramani will also be available throughout the summit for Q & A. You will also be able to purchase art supplies during the summit.
Spramani Elaun

Kid’s Closing Ceremony

A time to reflect on our weekend and the friendships made.

Pow Wow Culture And Dance Workshop – Whole Family

Penticton local, Anita is Cree originally from the Saddle Lake First Nation, in Alberta. She is a former Pow Wow Fancy Dancer and has extensive knowledge to share regarding PowWow Culture. Through stories, song, and dance Anita will lead the whole family in learning more about the Pow Wow culture and history, as well as have an opportunity to learn a few, simple dances.