January 15, 2020

First Night Buffalo

Project Play Western New York welcomed the new decade with a Free Play Zone at the Independent Health Foundation’s First Night Buffalo. The event brought over 300 families together to enjoy some Free Play Fun!

Similar to our Sunday Funday posts on Facebook and Instagram, where we highlight different Free Play Cards, Project Play WNY hung our enlarged printouts of the cards from the ceiling of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  Kids and families moved through each card station; eventually, imaginations took over and participants created their own games with the equipment provided! The purpose of a Free Play Zone is to allow kids and parents to play together and try new activities in a safe but unstructured environment.

The Jump Rope Station was a quick favorite among the families. Confident Girl Mentoring had toddlers to parents trying to jump rope for the first time to learning how to Double Dutch!

Algonquin Sports took charge of a few stations and combined some of them to create an elaborate relay, which quickly became one of the main attractions. Kids zig-zagged through cones, then crawled through tunnels and ended with seeing how far they could get their stomp rockets to go.

There was not a lack of laughter and smiles at the Free Play Zone! Be sure to follow Project Play WNY on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram to stay informed of upcoming Free Play Zones and other events.