September 25, 2009

Is your Play Day this awesome?

Play Day 2009This weekend is the last weekend for Play Days! We've had some really great ones this past week and there are more fun ones coming up. I wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the fantastic stuff that's been going on. We've got everything from folks canoeing and cleaning to people painting and potlucking!

And remember, if you hosted or attended a great Play Day, share photos and a few sentences about what made your day great to be eligible for a $10,000 grant, courtesy of NFL PLAY 60!

  • On Sunday, a group of folks in Bentonville, Va. did a unique playspace cleanup…while in canoes! Two canoe companies generously donated use of their canoes to clean up the Shenandoah River shoreline while learning about river critters and wildlife. For many participants, it was their first time in a canoe!
  • On Tuesday, the PTA of Laurel Elementary School in Laurel, Md. brought all the teachers, kids and their families back to school for an evening of fun and games. There was face painting, a tug-of-war, kickball games, jump roping, a bean bag toss, a moon bounce, a cake walk, and relay races to keep everyone having fun. In addition to the 400 Laurel locals at the event, they were joined by local football hero Le'Ron McClain from the Baltimore Ravens, who stopped by to compete in the relay races. When the school principal challenged him to a race, he agreed, and then ran backwards to give her a fighting chance. She beat him, but not by much! To help improve their school, they also decided to make a Peace Pole, a project they found in their Play Day kit.
  • Today, the staff from Boudreaux Elementary in Terrytown, La. will be holding their Play Day to celebrate the grand opening of a playground they built with the help of KaBOOM! and the Prout family, in memory of their son, Jeff.
  • This Saturday, the Wyandotte Moms Meetup Group in Lincoln Park, Mich. will gather more than 100 Downriver residents and head to Council Point Park, where they will spend a day painting and landscaping. Mayor Frank Vaslo and local musicians will help keep volunteers going throughout the day, as well as a potluck lunch provided by the Wyandotte moms!
  • And also tomorrow, in Washington D.C., there are two large events. One, the Greater U St. Festival, will have a parade, KaBOOM! activities and service projects, basketball and asphalt activities, a moon bounce, face painters, magicians, clowns and a health fair. At the second event, KaBOOM! staff get in on the fun, and will celebrate and improve a park in the Adam’s Morgan neighborhood, near where KaBOOM! started out. There’ll be simple field day-style games and activities, as well as mural and tile painting to help brighten up the park’s chain link fences.