Thunderstorms and a heavy downpour didn’t stop families from having an evening full of activities and excitement.
Mid Michigan Community Action partnered with West Midland Family Center to host Midland’s Family Fun Night Carnival, and the event proved to be quite successful.
“We were excited with the number of people that still showed,” said Joleen Golden, Mid Michigan Community Action Early Childhood Services director. “Even though it was raining, families were still participating indoors and having a good time.”
Approximately 200 people attended the event, and according to survey results, close to half of the attendees were children.
Families were able to bring their children indoors where a variety of free activities and door prizes were available.
Some of the activities included face painting, decorating cut-out guitars, racecar stamping, and a small petting zoo with rabbits and ducks. The event encouraged children of all ages to participate in activities, such as henna tattoos made available for older kids.
“It was nice to see everyone getting involved with activities,” said Mid Michigan Community Action Family Involvement Coordinator, Tracy Fair. “They were all having a blast.”
Many educational resources were set up among the activities, such as Cancer Services, Mid Michigan Medical Center and Mid Michigan Community Action’s Outreach programs. These resources provided a variety of information for families on topics like the value of health, education and accessing resources and assistance.
A well-balanced dinner was provided for all families and Sound Productions was generous in donating a DJ that entertained families while they ate. A free book was also handed out to each child before collecting their prize to emphasize the importance of reading.
“It really was a great time for families,” Fair said. “Being able to spend time together like that is truly a wonderful thing.”
Family Fun Night Carnival was made possible through the generous support of community partners.