Edenize Silva and daughter Sophia (age 3) check out the life-sized Snakes and Ladders board at the Penticton Library, which is hosting a family games night on May 11. Submitted photo

Can you come out and play?

The Penticton Public Library and the Penticton Museum & Archives are hosting family games night

The Penticton Public Library and the Penticton Museum & Archives are hosting family games night on Thursday, May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Why board games in the house of books? Organizers said it is because play is an important part of lifelong learning – and not just for kids. Playing games helps to build language and communication, develop and challenge memory, work on counting and math skills, practice recognizing patterns and predicting results, learn cooperation and turn-taking and understanding of how to win and lose gracefully.

“Aside from all the learning opportunities, this all-ages program is a great way to have fun together, meet other families and find games you might like to play at home,” said Julia Cox, youth services librarian. “There will be lots of card games and board games (thanks to Penticton’s late and great Mystery Toys), along with life-sized versions of chess, Snakes and Ladders and a game that explores the Kettle Valley Railway with real artifacts. Lego, colouring and other activities will also be part of the fun – and there will be snacks. So, whether you are 5 or 95, come out and play – it’s good for you.”