Are you a mom? Congratulations! Whether you’re new to Lower Mission, you’ve been here for a while, or you’re looking to buy a home in the area, here are some terrific meetups and resources for moms in or near this great neighbourhood!
Starting Simple: What’s a Meetup?
A meetup bridges the gap between social network and real-word club. The meetup pages are hosted by Meetup.com and are arranged around a theme or interest of the members. Activities are arranged offline—you know, in real life! Members can join in as many of the offline meetups as they like. When you first join a meetup group, you are usually asked to attend a real-world event within one month. This is to ensure that members can get to know one another, and to discourage “lurkers”—people who are gathering information, but aren’t interested in the group itself.
Mom-Related Meetups Near Lower Mission
1) Central Okanagan Homeschoolers
This meetup is for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and those who are considering this growing education option. Come out and see what homeschooling is really all about—you might be surprised if you think it’s about being stuck at home! Homeschooling groups share resources and information, offer support, and organize group events like field trips and sports. The Central Okanagan Homeschoolers group also hosts a monthly coffee evening for moms.
2) Playdate and Parents Group
This all-ages group arranges a wide variety of activities—everything from park and playground visits to playdates in members’ homes. Members can arrange to meet up at community events, and the group has its own book club!
3) Single Parents Meetup
This group was founded in January 2014 as a social outlet for single parents. This isn’t a dating group; it’s just a way to connect with other parents who understand the challenges of going it alone. Activities will be planned all over the Okanagan, but are based mainly in Kelowna. If this fits your style, head over and help grow this great little meetup!
4) West Kelowna Moms
If you can head over to West Kelowna for some activities, consider the West Kelowna Moms meetup. They enjoy BBQs, playdates, and moms’ nights out, all in a supportive atmosphere. Who knows, maybe some of the members are over in Mission, like you. If all else fails, consider starting your own Meetup for Mission Moms!
Other Parent Resources Near Lower Mission
H20 Centre/ Family Y
Got water babies? Check out this great facility. The H20 Recreation Centre is located at 4075 Gordon Drive, on the west side of the Mission Recreational Park. Bring the rugrats and let them burn off some of that boundless energy! The Centre offers a variety of child and youth programs. They even offer child-minding services for wee ones between six weeks and ten years old, so you can come get your fitness groove on, too!
ECCO Centre in Mission Creek Park
This is a great place for kids, and that makes it great for moms, too. There is a fun playground outside, and inside your little ones can enjoy interactive displays about wildlife, put on a show with puppets in the log playhouse, and explore a bat cave and bug displays! There are even stroller-friendly nature trails around the centre if you’ve looking to get a little exercise with your little ones.
Orchard Park Shopping Centre
This is a well-known shopping destination, but did you know that it’s super mom-friendly too? In addition to the usual stroller loans, Orchard Park has a special, secure “oasis” for parents and small children. Here you can enjoy changing supplies, a toddler-sized bathroom, microwave and highchair, puzzles and games for busy little fingers, and a comfortable, private room for breastfeeding. Just check in at Starbucks or Visitor Services for access. Hurray for Orchard Park—every mall Canada should take a lesson from these folks!
Kelowna has a lot to offer families, and Lower Mission especially! With year-round natural beauty, family-friendly spots, and great recreational activities, this place has it all. Enjoy being a mom in Lower Mission—you’ve earned it!