1-23-14 Midland Daily News

Children and their families are invited to run, dance, skate, create and explore at the second annual Worldwide Day of Play on Friday, Sept. 26, from 4-7 p.m., on the shared campus of the Isabella Community Sportsplex and the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum.

Organized by the museum with help from representatives from the Central Michigan District Health Department, Clare-Gladwin and Gratiot-Isabella Great Start Collaboratives, EightCap, the ICE Arena, Morey Courts, MidMichigan Health, My104.3 WCZY, Staples and MSU Extension, the Worldwide Day of Play will feature free activities for parents and children to enjoy together, including ice skating with free rentals and hands-on fun at the museum

Morey Courts will use a portion of its facilities to host family recreation opportunities. A multitude of community partners and local public service agencies will also be in attendance to share in the activities.

Emulating Nickelodeon’s annual Worldwide Day of Play, which shuts down television programming for a day to encourage children to get off the couch and get active, the September evening of action will emphasize the many benefits that play provides in the lives of children.

“Play changes kids’ lives,” said Jennifer Fields, co-founder of the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum. “It inspires parents and educators and can transform communities. So come out and play!”

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