City of Kennesaw celebrates Worldwide Day of Play
By Tanasia Kenney
KENNESAW, Ga. — Residents of Kennesaw traded in the time they would usually spend sitting in front of the TV for an active day of fun in the sun.
The City of Kennesaw, in conjunction with the Department of Parks & Recreation, celebrated the second annual Worldwide Day of Play at Swift-Cantrell Park this Saturday.
This event, which has also been observed by TV network Nickelodeon and first lady Michelle Obama, isn’t only meant to combat childhood obesity. Its purpose is to get families moving by encouraging them to get off the couch and engage in physical activity.
“I wanted to do something outside today,” said RoseAna Isaacs, a mother who attended the event with her husband and young daughter. “It’s my birthday so I just wanted to get out with them and have some fun.”
Activities at the World Wide Day of Play included an inflatable bounce house, a station for hula-hooping, a rock climbing wall, tetherball, relay races, hopscotch, corn hole, four-square and much more. Healthy snacks and refreshments were also provided.
“[I’ve enjoyed] four-square the most by far,” said John Conwell, who’s a student at Kennesaw State University. “It’s very competitive and a lot of the kids know how to play. However, I would have included basketball because it seems like the only thing missing from this park.”
Like Conwell, many other students who attend KSU volunteered at the event and got active with the kids.
“I learned about this event through Volunteer KSU,” NiAmber Fulks said. “I also have a class where you have to do 20 hours [of community service] for a project.” Pledges of fraternities like Delta Sigma Pi were also in attendance.
Sponsors of the event included Wellstar Health Systems and Safe Kids Worldwide. Both provided information to children and adults on how to stay healthy and hydrated while the Department of Parks & Recreation passed out water and granola bars to participants. Jimmy John’s also sponsored the event and provided ready-to-eat sandwiches for families around lunchtime.
Monica Calhoun, a mother who attended the Worldwide Day of Play with her daughter, said she felt the activities were geared toward children of all ages.
“I would bring my family next year,” she said.
According to an article posted on Kennesaw.patch.com, the City of Kennesaw first hosted the Worldwide Day of Play last year “in support of an international pro-health initiative led by Nickelodeon.”
Nickelodeon’s official website also provides tips on staying active throughout the year. These tips include turning off all electronics, exercising with a group of friends, taking a hike, gardening, playing a pick-up game of football, and much more.
The date for next year’s Worldwide Day of Play has not been set yet, but it is expected that even more people will come out to participate in the festivities.
Upcoming events organized by the City of Kennesaw and Department of Parks & Recreation in the coming months include Fall-o-ween, the American Red Cross blood drive, a Veteran’s Day luncheon, and a Day with Santa.