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Amazing Family Night resumes to offer free fun

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

Staff photo by John Coffelt-- A local family enjoys a dip in the outdoor pool Friday, during Amazing Family Night.

Each month the Manchester Recreation Complex opens its doors to the people of Manchester for a free night of fun.

Friday night was the first Amazing Family Night since school started.

Manchester Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Monica Reed said that the nights offer the opportunity to experience the complex to many who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

“We had six Amazing Family Nights last winter. We try to have one a month,” she said.

Each of the nights includes different themes, but all include an educational portion.

“The overall object is to have an educational portion, whether its about the harm in smoking, food and nutrition, staying hydrated or water safety.”

She said that the nights serve two purposes.

“Number one we’re trying to give people an opportunity that otherwise would not use our facility, and we try to educate them while they’re here and catch their attention on a few things.”

Friday’s theme was the USDA’s My Plate nutrition program.

One program included a planetarium, with astronaut food gift bags.

During each event the Youth Wellness Room, walking track, pools, games and healthy snacks are available.

Director Bonnie Gamble was pleased with this month’s turnout.

She suspected the turnout would be lower due to the Coffee Pot game.

The other dates for Amazing Family Nights for the school year will be:

Oct. 12

Nov. 16

Jan. 11

Feb. 8

The events are held from 7-9 p.m. at the complex, 557 N. Woodland St.