Kids in the Spring Break Lego Camp at the Vernon Recreation Complex get some assistance from Pacific Sport program leader Shannon Smart (back left)

Kids in the Spring Break Lego Camp at the Vernon Recreation Complex get some assistance from Pacific Sport program leader Shannon Smart (back left)

Kids urged to unplug and play

April 29 to May 4 is Unplug and Play Week, put on by the North Okanagan Optimist Club

A full week of free activities around town is aimed at getting kids unplugged.

April 29 to May 4 is Unplug and Play Week, put on by the North Okanagan Optimist Club in partnership with the North Okanagan Early Childhood Development Coalition.

“We’ve got almost 70 free activities and really a wide variety,” said Unplug and Play committee member Phyllis Dyck, with the NOOC.

“You have the opportunity, it’s here, you just have to give it a try.”

A list of activities will be published in the Sunday edition of The Morning Star.

Unplug and Play Week is designed to create awareness of the effect an inactive lifestyle is having on our children. Time once spent on physical or outdoor activity has been replaced by television, computer and video games, having a negative effect on children.

As a result, activities ranging from fly fishing to Zumba will be available for kids to try out for free, hopefully sparking a life-long interest in them.

“It’s not just sports activities, it’s getting out in the community,” said Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster. “The theatre, the art gallery, all the things to get the kids out of the house in a social activity.”

Dyck adds: “Another aspect to this is nature so we’re encouraging families to get out. There’s lots of opportunities for nature hikes and such.”