Hang up and play

Kids of all ages are being urged to put down the phone, turn off the video game and have some fun.

The North Okanagan Optimist Club is expanding the Interior SavingsUnplug and Play Week from Monday, April 29 to Sunday, May 5.

The seventh annual event is a community project of the North Okanagan Optimist Club encouraging kids and families come out and play.

Local businesses will be hosting events throughout the week.

Popular events are back as well as a number of new activities including hitting the links at Hillview Golf, dancing with SODANCE and TKH Dance Club, freestyle fencing, expanded Toonie swim hours at the rec centre, gardening at Patchwork Farms and more.
“This week is not just for kids,” said Kathy Conway, Interior Savings’ CEO. “This is an important message for all of us. Let’s lead the way and show our children that we too can put our devices down a little more often to make time for play and for spending time with family and friends.”

The final event of Interior Savings Unplug and Play Week will be at Polson Park on Sunday, May 5 from 1-4 p.m.

This free event will be packed with lots of fun activities for kids.

Along with live entertainment, there will be a variety of vendors offering games, crafts and face painting provided by the Okanagan Science Centre, Silver Star Mountain Resort, Kal Tire, Sundance Martial Arts, Floppy Shots Mini Golf, ADHD Task Force and others.

There will also be a large obstacle course and a bouncy castle for the little kids, as well as a bubble show with Bubble Wonders.

This year, the NOOC is introducing the Passport of Fun for kids, which will be available from April 29 to Aug. 31.

The passport includes a number of free and discounted activities in the community.

A full list of times, places and events can be found online.

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