Unplug and Play

Interior Savings presents one of the most appropriately themed week of activities for any parent: Unplug and Play. 
We have all allowed our child to watch screens more than the recommended two hours max per day. Amanda Turner, Success by 6 Coordinator, has worked with a number of different community partners to come up with dozens of activities that don't require a screen. 
I asked her why she thinks it's important to have this conversation and option for activities in the community. 
"At a time when technology is always within reach, it is important for families to make time for children to use their imaginations, play actively,  be creative, engage in nature, and connect with friends in family.  A healthy balance of unplugging and playing helps kids grow to be healthy, happy, and successful for life."
You can find their full event listing on their link here, but here are a few highlight events coming up. 
Top 10 Picks for Unplug and Play Week
Sunday, January 25 
Families in the Parks – Frosty Fun
MISSION CREEK REGIONAL PARK – 2363A Springfield Rd. Kelowna   10-11:30AM
Explore snow through play! Outdoor games followed by warm cocoa and activities inside the EECO. Free. Register Host Central Okanagan Regional District
Monday, January 26 
Pajama Pancake Party
LAKE COUNTRY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB – 3130 Berry Rd. Lake Country   10—11:30AM
Ages 0-5. Free. Host: Okanagan Boys & Girls Club
Tuesday, January 27 
Family Snow Day
PEACHLAND BOYS & GIRLS CLUB – 4684 Beach Ave. Peachland  4:30-6PM
Snowman building contest followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Board games and snow-themed crafts. For all ages. Free. Host: Okanagan Boys & Girls Club
Internet and Social Media Safety
ROTARY CENTRE OF THE ARTS – 721 Cawston Ave. Kelowna  7-9PM
Darren Laur will empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and information to keep children and youth safe online.  Increase your digital literacy and become savvy about using technology as a tool. Free. Register: www.catchcoalition.ca  Host: CATCH
Wednesday, January 28 
Duct Tape Craft
WESTBANK LIBRARY – 2484 Main St. West Kelowna  3:30-4:30PM 
Ages 8-12. Free. Register (250) 768-4369. Host: Okanagan Regional Library
Thursday, January 29 
Family Story & Craft Time
OYAMA COMMUNITY CENTRE – 15710 Oyama Rd. Lake Country  7:15-8:00PM
For children ages 3-6. Free. Host: Okanagan Regional Library
Friday, January 30 
Family Scavenger Hunt
KELOWNA DOWNTOWN LIBRARY – 1380 Ellis St. Kelowna  10:30AM-4PM
Suited for ages 3-6. Free. Host: Okanagan Regional Library
Lego Time
PEACHLAND LIBRARY – 5500 Clements Cres. Peachland 3-4PM
All ages of children accompanied by parents welcome. Host: Okanagan Regional Library
Saturday, January 31 
ECCO CENTRE – 2363 A Springfield Rd. Kelowna 11AM-12PM
Bring your imagination and join in the fun creating art works with recycled and natural materials. All ages are welcome. Drop-in. children ages 3-6 and parents. Host: Central Okanagan Regional District
Free Family Fun Night
PARKINSON RECREATION CENTRE – 1800 Parkinson Way Kelowna  6-8:30PM
Swimming, gym games, and active fun for all ages. Free. Host: City of Kelowna
Family Board Games
DOWNTOWN LIBRARY – 1380 Ellis St. Kelowna
MISSION LIBRARY – 4105 Gordon Dr. Kelowna
See branches for times and locations
Unplug and Play Your Way
Bonus: TEDtalk "Media and Children"

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

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