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