Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Vernon Hills Park District, IL to Host Worldwide Day of Play 2018 Event on Saturday, Sept. 15

Vernon Hills, IL - Local children are invited to put down their electronic devices and head outside for some "unplugged" fun when the Vernon Hills Park District hosts its annual Worldwide Day of Play event on Saturday, Sept. 15!


Young participants in a previous Vernon Hills Worldwide Day of Play event at Century Park North compete in a sack race. This year's event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. (Daily Herald File Photo)

Festivities are planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Century Park Pavilion, 1400 Indianwood Drive, Vernon Hills 60061 [Google Maps].

The idea for a Worldwide Day of Play was originated by Nickelodeon in 2003, to encourage children and their families to take some time away from the television and play outdoors.

The Vernon Hills Park District has taken that idea to heart, providing an annual day of family-friendly outdoor activities.


The 2016 Vernon Hills queens demonstrate synchronized Hula-Hoop during that year's Vernon Hills Worldwide Day of Play at Century Park North. (Daily Herald File Photo)

Park district staff will lead participants in old-fashioned picnic games, such as sack races, hula hoop contests, and the ever popular egg toss. There will also be several other games available.

No registration is necessary. Just come to the park and be ready to play! The event will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather.

For information, visit www.vhparkdistrict.org/event/worldwide-day-play-2.

Worldwide Day of Play is Nickelodeon's summer-long play campaign, a slime-filled cross-country tour that celebrates all the ways kids love to play.

On the ground, Nickelodeon will celebrate with over 4,000 events hosted by local and national partners including: Afterschool Alliance; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Girl Scouts of the USA; Kiwanis International’s Builders Club and K-Kids; Laureus Sport for Good; National Fitness Foundation; NFL PLAY 60; Playworks; Police Athletic League; Special Olympics International; The Aspen Institute’s Project Play; The Association of Children’s Museums; US Play Coalition and USA BMX. Additionally, the network will launch two new grant programs in partnership with Laureus Sport for Good and National Fitness Foundation in honor of Worldwide Day of Play’s 15th anniversary.

Nickelodeon will commemorate Worldwide Day of Play on-air on Saturday, September 29 with interstitials featuring cast members from Nick’s hit series I Am Frankie. The interstitials, which highlight the importance of physical play in kids’ lives and encourage them to get outside and get active, will air across all Nickelodeon platforms.

In addition to hosting nationwide grassroots events with its partners, the network will also mark Worldwide Day of Play with the launch of two new grant programs in partnership with Laureus Sport for Good, funding underserved communities’ afterschool programs, and National Fitness Foundation along with DonorsChoose, which will fund in-school activities. Both grant programs aim to bring fitness and play to kids across the country.

In May, Nick kicked off its summer-long play campaign, a slime-filled cross-country tour which visited: Phoenix, Ariz.; St. Louis, Mo.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Houston, TX and Oakland, Calif.; for Worldwide Day of Play events in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Phoenix; The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum; the Pittsburgh Steelers; Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Harris County Precinct One; and the After-School All-Stars, the Oakland Athletics and the Oakland A’s Community Fund.

The tour culminates in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Sept. 15, with Nick teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City’s Walk for the Kids. The fun-filled event will feature appearances by stars from Nickelodeon’s hit series I Am Frankie, Alex Hook, and Carson Rowland; Nick-themed games and activities; a slime booth; costumed characters; a Nick Radio dance party and more. The network will be joined by longstanding partners including: Canine Companions for Independence; Jr. NBA; KidTribe; MLB “PLAY BALL;” New York Red Bulls; NFL PLAY 60; Peppa Pig and George; Playworks; The Muddy Puddles Project; Tough Mudder’s “Mini Mudder” and USA BMX; and new partner Nike.

Nickelodeon is expanding Worldwide Day of Play’s reach through a new partnership with Mini Mudder, Tough Mudder’s one-mile Mud Run designed for adventure-seeking kids and consists of eight to ten fun and challenging team-focused obstacles. In celebration of Worldwide Day of Play, Mini Mudder will add a brand-new Nickelodeon-themed “Slime” obstacle to its courses, providing kids with the opportunity to be physically active while also having fun.

Nike is a proud partner of Nickelodeon’s 15th annual Worldwide Day of Play.

To find out more about Worldwide Day of Play and Nickelodeon's partners helping bringing the initiative alive for kids all around the US, visit http://worldwidedayofplay.com. To register a event as a official Worldwide Day of Play event, visit https://www.day-of-play.com.

More Nick: Nickelodeon Kicks Off Summer Celebration Of Play, Bringing Worldwide Day Of Play Events To Cities Across The USA!

Original source: Chicago's Daily Herald.
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