Several virtual and in-person activities are planned for the last week of January in support of Family Literacy Day, encouraging families to trade screen time for other endeavors.
According to a release from the City of Kamloops, Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week will take place January 23-30. Family Literacy Day is January 27.
Fiona Clare, chair of the Unplug and Play committee and outreach coordinator in Kamloops, said the goal is to raise awareness of the importance of family literacy and encourage families to find a healthy balance of activities.
“Some screen time is fine, if we also find time for physical activity, reading, creative play, real-time social time with family and friends, and of course getting enough sleep. “, said Clare.
Depending on the city, families can participate in activities such as the Kamloops Exploration Group’s Alley Art Word Walk and Virtual Scavenger Hunt or a self-guided geological walking tour at their own pace and pace.
In support of the event, the Overlander Ski Club will be hosting a free snowshoe day at Stake Lake on Sunday, January 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The City of Kamloops will also be hosting a free swim at the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Center on Monday, January 24.
Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings – Literacy Week’s title sponsor – said some events were online due to the pandemic, but the aim is for this period to be active.
“As the pandemic continues, many of us are spending more time connected to screens for work, school or socializing. Now more than ever, the message of finding a healthy balance is important,” said Conway.
According to the city, community partner organizations are offering free pick-up and take-out kits, in-person and virtual activities.
Event times can also be picked up at any Kamloops Interior Savings branch.