Children and their families are encouraged to run, dance, skate, create, and explore at the second annual Worldwide Day of Play on Sept. 26 from 4 - 7 p.m. on the shared campus of the Isabella Community Sportsplex and the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum.
Organized by the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum with help from representatives from the Clare-Gladwin and Gratiot-Isabella Great Start Collaboratives, EightCap, the ICE Arena, Morey Courts, MidMichigan Health, My104.3 WCZY, Staples, and MSU Extension, the Worldwide Day of Play will feature free activities for parents and kids to enjoy together, including ice skating with free rentals, and hands-on fun at the museum. Morey Courts will use a portion of their facilities to host family recreation opportunities. A multitude of community partners and local public service agencies will also be in attendance to share in the night’s activities.
Emulating Nickelodeon’s annual Worldwide Day of Play which shuts down television programming for a day to encourage kids to get off the couch and get active, the September evening of action will emphasize the many benefits that play provides in the lives of children.
“Play changes kids’ lives,” said Jennifer Fields, co-founder of the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum. “It inspires parents and educators and can transform communities. So come out and play!”