Free Activities

When it comes to getting the family out and having a good time, Kamloops has lots of free or nearly free kid-approved things to do.

 

Little Farmers Petting Zoo

705 Franklin Road

The Little Farmers Petting Zoo is fun for all ages. Bring loonies and quarters to feed the ducks, chickens, andgoats. There is also a kiosk where you can buy snacks, drinks. Westsyde Centennial Park also features a skating rink, splash pad, soccer fields, playground and pump track.

Mini Golf at McArthur Island Park

1580 Island Pky

Grab your putters and balls and head to McArthur Island for some free mini golf. This 18-hole, city-maintained course is fun for all ages.

The Kamloops Art Gallery

101-465 Victoria Street

Take the kids to the Kamloops Art Gallery on Thursdays from 10am-8pm and enjoy free admission, sponsored by BCLC. Learn from and explore the exhibits and art with the whole family. 

Geocaching

Take the family, a fun and challenging outdoor adventure where you have to find hidden treasures with GPS coordinates. There are hundreds of locations throughout the city, province and even the world! Collect different trinkets from geocache locations by using the geocaching app on your phone. It's a world of fun for any age or ability.  

Kamloops Farmers’ Markets

Visit the Kamloops Farmers' Market on Wednesday and Saturdays in downtown Kamloops to pick up your favourite treats, produce, homemade products and more. Or visit the Kweseltken Farmers' and Artisan Market featuring locally crafted, grown, and produced items by Indigenous and Non-Indigenous business people or partnerships.

Parks & Playgrounds

Kamloops has numerous parks, playgrounds, waterparks, and splash parks to entertain young ones. Riverside Park, Kamloops' most popular park has tennis courts, playgrounds, a waterpark, beach, picnic tables and more.

Hunt for Murals Downtown

With over 30 murals dotting the back alleys in downtown Kamloops, kids will have fun hunting these down and finding new and exciting pieces of artwork around every corner.

KBRA Kids Zone Bike Trails

1840 Hillside Drive

This 1.1 km kid friendly loop in Dufferin offers a great spot for the littles to test their mountain bike skills on single track or practice a jump or roll over on unique features. Access the trails via a kiosk near the tennis courts in Dufferin.

Bird Watching

Birdwatching is easy, accessible, inexpensive and a great way to get out into nature. Consider borrowing a Budding Birder Backpack from the TNRD Library, the perfect starter pack for a fun and educational afternoon.

Disc Golf

Try your hand at disc golfing in Kamloops with three distinct courses to choose from, including McArthur Island Park. This free activity is fun for the whole family, just bring discs.

Thompson Nicola Regional Library

100-465 Victoria Street

Enjoy some quiet, get out of the elements, and find your new favourite read at the Thompson Nicola Regional District Library.

Biking

From pump tracks (like the one at Westsyde Centennial), to the KBRA Kids Zone, Lac du Bois trails, and the Kamloops Bike Ranch, there are plenty of options for kids of all ages and riding abilities.

Fishing

Bring your rod and tackle and take the family fishing at one of 100+ lakes surrounding Kamloops. Isobel Lake, Edith Lake, and Lac Le Jeune are great fishing lakes for little ones.

Hiking

Go on a hike to Kenna Cartwright Park, Peterson Creek or the Rim Loops at the Valleyview Nature Park. Some of the trails are accessible for bikes and strollers, with low elevation gain.


Affordable Winter Family Fun

There are plenty of outdoor winter activities to enjoy as a family that don't break the bank. Other popular choices include nordic skiing at West Highlands Park or Overlander Ski Club, or winter hiking.
 

 

 

 

 

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ANNUAL FAMILY EVENTS

(Not all free but worth a visit)

 

Spring

February/March

Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts

MARCH

Kamloops Film Festival
Kamloops Cowboy Festival

May

Downtown Spring Festival

Summer

JULY

Music in the Park
Art in the Park
Kamloops Buskers Festival
Downtown Merchants Market
Project X Theatre
Overlander Days

AUGUST

Kamloopa Powwow
Rotary Ribfest
Hot Nite in the City

 

Fall

SEPTEMBER

Children's Art Festival
Provincial Winter Fair 

OCTOBER

Adams River Salmon Run
Boo at the Zoo
2141 Heritage Railway Ghost Train
Spookloops Halloween Events

NOVEMBER

Santa Claus Parade

Winter

DECEMBER

Wildlights at the BC Wildlife Park
2141 Heritage Railway Spirit of Christmas Train
CP Holiday Train

JANUARY

New Years Events

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