While this isn't exactly in Kelowna, it should be on your must do list for your next visit.
Kanagroo Creek Farms was on the top of The Kid's summer bucket list and I'm glad it was! Kangaroo Creek Farm is a hobby farm/petting zoo/educational adventure that everyone in the family will enjoy. The farm is located in Lake Country, about at 15 minute drive from Kelowna. Throughout the summer the farm is open daily from 9am to 2pm and then again in the evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Their website mentions that first thing in the morning and the evenings are the best time to visit. We decided on an early morning visit, arriving for the 9am opening.
The farm has three areas, the first area that you go into has several Wallabies, Emus, Capbarya as well as the Joey holding area. if you want to cuddle a joey and don't want to spend an hour (or more) in line then definitely head over for the opening. The Kid waited less than 5 minutes for her turn to cuddle. While you wait the staff let you know the names of the babies, when they were born, and some other fun facts about Wallabies.
After our cuddle time was over we spend some time feeding (food is provided by the staff, don't bring anything for the animals to eat!) and petting the Wallabies we ventured over to the other area.
The second area had goats, potbelly pigs, a variety of cool looking chickens and ducks, tropical birds that the handler will let sit on you, and The Kid's most favourite animal - the Sugar Glider. The handler was amazing with the glider, letting it jump over and crawl on visitors (which is way cooler than it sounds) and provide information about them as well. We were too busy watching and being the climbing post for the Sugar Glider that we didn't get pictures, guess we'll have to go back!
The third area was my favourite. It's a wide open space with more animals - Wallabies, Red Kangaroos, two Capybara's, and some Emu all roam free in this area. There were also some goats, parrots, miniature horses, and larger Emu in pens surrounding this area. All of the free roaming animals were happy to be fed with the food provided by the staff and we had a great time getting to know Wanda the Capybara and the family of Red Kangaroos named by the owner's son after his favourite transformers!
Extra things to know:
Kanagroo Creek Farm has limited disabled parking on the property, all other guests are asked to park on Main street or in the small the parking lot across from the farm. There are lots of parking stalls all the way along Main Street, but you may have to walk a distance if you go during busy times.
Off season hours are different from the summer hours, so make sure to check the website to ensure you are not disappointed!
There is a small concession on site, we didn't visit it but it looked like it had cold drinks and some snacks.
For a fun read, check out the rules page!