The Christ King Catholic School gymnasium was a bright wash of colours as kids and parents took the time to play at several different play stations set up for Family Fun Night on Friday, Sept. 30.
It was the second Family Fun Night held by the school, with the first taking place last spring, according to Veronica Pinkoski, principal of Christ King.
Organized by instructional assistant Eloise Dickie, and supported by school council, the night featured free food and game stations designed to appeal to a wide variety of ages.
While some families made constructs out of building blocks, others hunkered down at a table to play “Operation.” There were other kids and parents building fantastical creatures out of toothpicks and tiny marshmallows, while some relied on the more traditional Play-Doh to create the creatures and structures of their imaginations.
“The purpose of the event is to promote literacy in the family with fun games and activities,” Pinkoski explained. There were several books available for families to read together, in addition to the games. “It’s also to encourage families to play together.”
Dickie, who spent much of the night drifting from station to station and interacting with the families, said there’s nothing better than seeing parents and children play games together.
Hotdogs, chips and drinks were served in the school’s foyer, and some families stopped to eat before going to play, while others interspersed playing with food. About 50 people came to the event.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for families to come and create memories of spending time together,” Pinkoski said. “The planned activities encouraged them to have fun and play.”