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Indoor Activities in Kelowna for a Rainy Day

Posted on October 15th, 2022 in The Shore Recommends, Things to Do in Kelowna

When the days are full of soggy rain and threatening storm clouds, it means the kids aren’t getting out to burn off all the extra energy that they always seem to have. But don’t worry – there’s plenty to do around town, even when the weather’s not so great. Check out our list of the best indoor activity options in Kelowna for families to keep kids and adults occupied and amused.

Movie Theatres in Kelowna

Movies theatres are an easy go-to for staying entertained on a rainy afternoon. Whether you’re looking for the latest blockbuster or feel nostalgic for vintage classics, there are a few cinemas around town to choose from. 

For a traditional movie experience, take the kids out to enjoy the latest blockbuster at the Cineplex at Orchard Plaza. Load up on popcorn and candy or grab dinner in the mall before you go in. Their reclining leather chairs with extended footrests are the comfiest cinema seats in town.

If you’re looking to make a night out of it, enjoy some food at the newly-opened Bernie’s Supper Club and Cinema’s restaurant, then head up to the theatre to catch one of their retro or newly-released films. They have a great cocktail list and minors are allowed until 10pm. 

Bernie’s Cinema and Supper Club
353 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC
9 min drive (4.0km) from The Shore

Cineplex Orchard Plaza
2080 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC
15 min drive (5.7km) from The Shore

closeup of hands scooping popcorn out of a movie theatre popcorn maker

Indoor Mini Golf

If you’re watching the rain and feeling a little antsy, why not get moving with some mini golf? Great for dates, family time, or just grabbing a big group of people and heading out to tap your way through the greens. There are a few different ways to play mini golf in Kelowna but Scandia Golf & Games is probably our favourite for some whimsical and nostalgic fun. Their indoor jungle-themed course features 18 holes of just-challenging-enough mini putt. Get a hole in one on the last hole for an extra free game. Bonus: if the weather’s nice, hit the outdoor course. It’s one of the largest and most beautiful in Canada. 

Scandia Golf & Games
2898 Hwy 97 N, Kelowna, BC
18 min drive (10.1km) from The Shore

Axe Throwing

If mini golf isn’t your thing, head across the street to Axe Monkeys, Kelowna’s premier spot for indoor axe throwing. If you’re never experienced it before, you’ll get to enjoy the thrill and skill of throwing knives, spears, and, of course, axes.

710 Stremel Rd #3, Kelowna, BC
19 min drive (10km) from The Shore

Indoor Freestyle Sports

If you’re really looking to burn off some energy, Airhouse in Kelowna is the place to go. From freestyle trampolines to parkour and gymnastics, as well as an indoor skateboarding space – the Airhouse has it all. Perfect for even the most energetic individuals.

Just down the road you’ll also find McCurdy Bowling, the Energyplex, Arcadia Virtual Reality Lounge, and Landmark Grand 10 Cinemas. All grouped together in the same complex for optimal rainy-day fun. 

Airhouse
730 McCurdy Rd, Kelowna, BC
16 min drive (9.6km) from The Shore

a bowling ball knocking down one pin in a lineup at one of Kelowna's bowling theatres

Bowling

Bowling is a great way to keep the kids moving while still staying dry. Fun for the whole family, there’s many places to go bowling in Kelowna. Check out classic spots such as McCurdy Bowling Centre or Capri Bowling Lanes. Or head to BNA Brewing where the lanes are housed inside the two-floored brewery (book ahead as lanes fill up quickly, kids and kids-at-heart are welcome). 

McCurdy Bowling Centre 
948 McCurdy Rd, Kelowna, BC
17 min drive (9.6km) from The Shore

Capri Bowling Lanes
Capri Mall Lower Level, 1835 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC
8 min drive (4.3km) from The Shore

BNA Brewing Co.
1250 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC
10 min drive (4.6km) from The Shore

Escape Rooms

Another way to keep busy during a rainy day is to visit an escape room in Kelowna. They’re a fun way to keep your mind busy with interactive puzzles to solve while having fun with friends, family, or coworkers. EXIT has four unique and exciting escape-themed experiences to choose from. Each original storyline is full of incredible mysteries waiting to be unlocked.

EXIT Kelowna
1250 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC
10 min drive (4.6km) from The Shore

closeup of a board game board with pieces and a hand reaching for a green building piece at the Board Game Cafe; one of the great indoor activities in Kelowna

Board Games

If you’re looking for low-energy bonding with the kids, check out Twice the Dice Board Game Cafe in Kelowna. With over 1,000 games to choose from, you’re sure to find something the whole family will enjoy. Personally, we always reach for Carcassonne or Sequence.

Twice the Dice Board Game Cafe
1250 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC
8 min drive (3.6km) from The Shore

The Library

Remember when you were a kid and you’d stop in at your local library to find your next book to read, the latest magazine to devour, or to partake in their daily community activities? Visiting any of our Kelowna library locations might be the quintessential rainy day activity. Check out their website for the latest happenings or settle in and lose yourself in a good book in one of their comfy chairs.

Kelowna Downtown Library
1380 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC
10 min drive (4.2km) from The Shore

Kelowna Mission Library
4105 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC
6 min drive (2.8km) from The Shore

Crafting at Home

Let your kids’ imaginations run wild with a crafty afternoon – fun for the whole family! Head over to Michaels to stock up on fun craft supplies or visit Dollarama or Toy R Us to find some fun little craft kits or figurines to add your own extra creativity. Then come home and spread some newspaper out over the counters and table to cut, draw, glue, bead, or sew to your heart’s delight. If your kids are young, here are 100 ideas to help you get started. For those that are a little older, try one of these science experiments.

Michaels Kelowna
1500 Banks Rd Unit 100, Kelowna, BC
15 min drive (7.1km) from The Shore

Kelowna Toys R Us
2020 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC
13 min drive (6.3km) from The Shore

Dollarama Kelowna
1470 Harvey Ave, Burtch Rd, Kelowna, BC
12 min drive (5.4km) from The Shore

Other Indoor Activities at The Shore Kelowna

While Kelowna has a lot to offer on a rainy day, you don’t have to go far to find entertainment! Why not stay in for a cozy night with your favourite board games. Grab some burgers from South St Burgers and a sweet treat from Marble Slab Creamery (both on site) and you’re all fuelled up to play! Our suites have plenty of space to sprawl out with games – from Bananagrams to Twister.

Built for short or long-term stays, each suite in The Shore is fully equipped with modern amenities. If you do get caught out in some weather, our units are all equipped with an in-suite washer and dryer so drying off is easy. Whether you’re in town for work, school, or play, The Shore is the perfect place to call home. Learn more about our suites or book today

PS: dining out in one of Kelowna’s many restaurants is also a great indoor activity for a rainy day! For some local favourites, check out favourite pizza places and Mexican restaurants.

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