Free Family Fun for Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week

It’s all part of Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week, a week of activities to get families moving and getting out of screens. Literacy in Kamloops (LinK) says this kind of creative play – done early – can lay the groundwork for other skills to build on.

“The whole week is just a celebration because families are children’s first and most important teachers,” says Fiona Clare, Literacy Coordinator at LinK

Some activities are online due to COVID. Families can pick up a craft kit from the library or a food kit from the Mount Paul Community Food Center, and log on to learn how to use it. Kids can even log on and learn magic tricks to show their friends. It may be on a screen, but the focus is always on connecting with family members.

“That’s how we build literacy and create memories,” Clare said. “Kids love it when we connect, face to face with eye contact.”

On the Downtown Scavenger Hunt, families will pick up a map from the library and walk around downtown to find eight letters. If you unscramble the letters and make your way to the Big Little Science Center (BLSC), you’ll win a prize and free admission.

With hands-on science activities that will get kids thinking, the Science Center offers the opportunity to disconnect and play all year round. The free pass can be used on the day it is won or saved for future use.

“By unplugging and playing, it’s a chance to spend time with your family, be creative and use your imagination,” said BLSC operator Susan Hammond.

The full list of free activities is available at Literacy in Kamloops website.

Betty K. Park