PIQUA — The Fourth Annual Activity Day is right around the corner. The event will be held at Fountain Park on Saturday, July 18 from 9-11 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m., and is open to all children in preschool to sixth grade.
Activities for the older children include kickball, Red Rover, an egg and spoon race, tag, hide and seek, over and out, around the world, capture the flag and a water relay race. Activities for the preschool children include Simon Says, an egg and spoon race, a beanbag toss, a scavenger hunt, safari, run and jump, tuff ball, tag and duck-duck goose. A healthy snack will also be provided at no cost to the participants.
Any interested individuals may fill out the online registration form (preferred method of registering) found under the “Participants” tab at www.piquaactivityday.weebly.com. Individuals may also register in person on the day of the event. Each participant also will be required to fill out an emergency medical release form. A printable version can be found at www.piquaactivityday.weebly.com under the “Participants” tab. These forms also will be available to fill out on the day of the event.
This year, the goal is to pack the park with over 100 children for the event. Since play is important for all children, the event is free for all participants. All of the children of Piqua are encouraged to come and pack the park!
The event also is in need of volunteers. Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of the Piqua Activity Day. All volunteers must be a least freshmen in high school. The time commitment will be from 7:45 a.m. for set-up until noon for tear down. If anyone is interested in volunteering for the event but cannot commit to this time frame, they are still welcome to help. Any amount of time an individual is able to put in is greatly appreciated. Volunteering for this event qualifies for service hours for any individual that may need service hours for a club or organization.
Responsibilities include making sure all game rules are followed, watching children to make sure they stay with the group and helping with set up and tear down. Each year, it seems that the volunteers have just as much fun as the children. Those interested in volunteering should go to www.piquaactivityday.weebly.com to fill out the online form or contact Nathan Burkholder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Piqua Activity Day, originally called the Piqua Play Day, started in 2012. The event was created as an additional component for the City of Piqua to become a Playful City USA community. Kaboom has recently announced that the City of Piqua will be named a Playful City USA Community for 2015, along with only 240 other communities in the United States.
The City of Piqua was also named a Playful City USA Community in 2013 and 2014. The recognition is given to communities that “demonstrate a commitment to ensuring all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive” (kaboom.org). This recognition would not have been possible without Piqua’s excellent recreational infrastructure and programs.