Do any BC wineries offer special activities and accommodations for children? While adults sample the latest BC vintages, are there things for children to do like have fun tasting grape juice, frolicking in play areas, visiting with farm animals, and playing outdoor games? That is what I thought many families would want to know with COVID restrictions on travel lifted within Canada. Okanagan wine country is a draw for many people.
I posted these questions in Facebook groups I belong to and received several responses from BC wineries, or people that have visited BC wineries with their children. Here is the list. I am sure there are more, so if you work at a winery, or you visited a winery that has child-friendly things to do, please let me know in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add those wineries to this list. Thanks.
BC Wineries Offering Child-Friendly Activities
Sperling Vineyards has a play area for kiddos that is visible from the tasting room. They encourage family visits and are very accommodating for children.
Covert Farms. They have a farm tour for the kids in sight of their parents’ tasting. But other lots others will have juice or small things to do like bocce…
At D’Angelo they have a play area… our kids ended up meeting Stephanie’s boy and had a great time.
At Black Market Wine Co, there’s Bella, the amazing winery dog, and they love throwing the ball all over the vineyard to her
Our cidery (Fossil Beach Farm) on Hornby Island does a non-alc tasting flight, sparking fresh apple juice, house-made kombucha and sparkling iced tea. We hope to have a picnic area kids area soon to add to the geodesic dome.
At Sumac Ridge we don’t have a play area, but I brought in a selection of small toys like kids would get from the dentist. They get to chose and the kids are happy – for at least as long as the tasting.
Wiseacre Farm Distillery (in SE Kelowna) has animals and is perfect for families!
Priest Creek Family Estate Winery in Kelowna offers juice boxes to the kiddos and has a big lawn area for them to run and play.
Foxtrot Vineyards said they have lollipops and crayons and such for kids to keep busy.
At La Casa Bianca Winery we offer juice, have play areas and if arranged ahead of time we can, setup our snow cone machine, put up one of our bounce houses or loads of giant games.
Daydreamer Wines has some sheep that wander around the tasting room, and they’re usually down for a nice pet! It’s also a lovely shady, grassy area for the kids to play around in. This is my go-to when my friends bring their kids.
Three Sisters Winery has a special kids table in our tasting room that we stock up with colouring, children’s book and crayons. We also offer nonalcoholic beverages, such as farming karma sodas, we also offer Summerland fruit popsicles! We try to be as kid and dog-friendly as possible. The couple who owns and runs the winery have two little girls themselves, so we are always looking for more ways to be inclusive.
Off The Grid Organic Winery is super family-friendly. They have lots of animals for kids to see, a pizza food truck and they do family night every Tuesday.
Road 13 Vineyards is shaped like a castle… Worth a stop if you are in the area.
Meadow Vista Honey Wines…a bee tour with a “scavenger hunt”.
Howling Moon Craft Cider has kids games, apple juice, funky chickens, and now finally food! We have charcuterie boards (we call them Kid-cutie boards!) We are pretty close to getting our ice cream and slushie machine operating. Oh, we have things for adults too.
Skaha vineyard at Kraze Legz in Kaleden does the grape juice tasting for kids.
La Casa Bianca Winery has free juice for children, tire swings, visit with the chickens if requested, bounce house on weekends – This is all in view of our picnic area while parents are tasting our grape, fruit, nut & floral wines.
Origin Wines in Naramata has an area for children, many games to share with children.