What do you get when you combine Nickelodeon, The DuPage Children’s Museum, Naper Settlement and Naperville Park District? You get an amazing event that focuses on disconnecting from technology and connecting to the power of play.
So on Sept. 21, it’s off with electronic devices and outside Naperville for an action-packed day of play to celebrate Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play.
To promote compliance, Nickelodeon will go off the air Sept. 21 to empower kids and families to get outside and play.
“We hope to inspire the Naperville community to embrace an active and healthy lifestyle during Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play,” said Bri Bromberek, marketing manager at DuPage Children’s Museum. “This year, we’re excited to work with our community partners Naper Settlement and the Naperville Park District to help spread the message of health and wellness to families in the Naperville area and surrounding communities.”
Marva Smalls, executive vice president of public affairs and administration for the Nickelodeon Group, wants to unite kids around the globe to activities and organizations that will aid them in adopting healthy and active lifestyles.
“Over the past 10 years, Nickelodeon has been at the forefront of addressing health and wellness issues with our audience,” she said. “With our Worldwide Day of Play signature event, we’re able to do just that.”
Naperville is proud to be a part of this special day, and thanks to the great organizations involved, there will be no shortage of activities for families.
Start your day with the The DuPage Children’s Museum. They will offer outdoor lawn games, arts and crafts, including kite building. Families can head outdoors to test fly their kites. Kids also can build a cardboard obstacle course and then race through it. These activities are just a few of what will be available at the museum. Stop by the Creativity Studio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
After museum, families can make their way over to Naper Settlement for an outdoor event celebrating Native American heritage. Beginning at 11 a.m., Naper Settlement will host a Harvest Pow Wow, which will include dancing, cultural demonstrations, children’s games and crafts and special presentations. Pueblo musician and Native American flute player Robert Mirablo also will make a special appearance.
Thanks to our great Park District, more than 71 playgrounds across Naperville will be integrated into the power of play. Additionally, Springbrook and Naperbrook golf courses will give kids a chance to tap into their inner Phil Mickelson. Kids will have access to a bucket of balls to practice on the driving range or enjoy the other practice facilities.
Families also can take a tour to the top of the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower. If it’s a clear day, visitors will be able to see the Chicago skyline. After the Carillon tour, families can make their way over to the Riverwalk Quarry for a ride on the paddleboats. It’s a great way to take in a unique view of the city while getting some fun exercise.
Though it might seem odd that there needs to be a special day to remind children about the power of play, it’s simply a great reminder that family time and physical activity trump technology for health and well-being.
Why not make this day an annual electronics-free day and commit to spending the day together as a family, playing, talking and learning!