The week-long celebration of Interior Savings Unplug and Play is back in Kamloops, Merritt, Barriere, Chase and Clearwater. And although public health orders have necessitated some changes to how the week plays out, there will be lots of fun ways for families to connect, play and learn together.

Rooted in the belief that parents are their children’s first and most important teacher, Unplug and Play brings focus to finding a healthy balance between sedentary screen time and active pursuits. This message is particularly timely as many of us find ourselves spending more time online for work, school and socialization. Although some events will move online this year due to the pandemic, the goal is to provide activities that families can do together, and that will inspire learning, playing and growing as a family well after the event concludes.

From cooking and crafts to scavenger hunts and skating, you’ll find lots of free activities to keep the entire family engaged. Check out the links below for more details:

Barriere January 23 – 30 Watch the local newspaper for details
Chase January 23 – 30 Chase Literacy Program Facebook page
Clearwater January 23 – 30 Clearwater and Area Literacy Program Facebook page
Kamloops January 23 – 30 Literacy in Kamloops
Merritt January 24 – 30 Literacy Merritt & Nicola Valley


What about the Central Okanagan?

Project Literacy, who leads the charge on Unplug and Play in the Central Okanagan, has opted to hold on hosting any events at this time but are hopeful they’ll be able to offer families some unplugged activities soon. Watch our blog or social media channels for updates.

Contest Alert!

Starting January 22, you’ll have a chance to win one of three, $100 gift cards to help you and your family unplug. Go to our Facebook page to learn more. Good luck!


Whatever community you may live in, we hope you’ll take some time to unplug and connect as a family. Happy Unplug and Play Week!

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