Wouldn't it be great if every day we listened to Nickelodeon's advice to “get up, go outside and play.”
This past Saturday, Nickelodeon celebrated its 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP), a health and wellness initiative, which drew more than 35,000 kids and families to the Nethermead in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Alice and I were two of the many participants at this amazing event.
The WWDoP is about bringing families together and encouraging kids to lead an active and healthy life. You do not need any athletic ability to participate. The only thing you need to know how to do is play, and have great time doing it.
Nickelodeon is so committed to getting kids up and off the couch, that they suspended programming across all of its TV channels for three hours during the WWDoP's main events.
Everyone in attendance was treated to an entire day of activities and games, including football and tennis drills, Zumba, and double-dutch. More than 30 national partners, including NFL Play 60, After School Alliance, Girl Scouts of the USA, New York City Department of Education, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Road Runners sponsored the fun.
I was lucky enough to be able to meet and interview some of Nickelodeon's most popular stars rocking the orange carpet.
Alice was excited to see some of her favorite animated characters, Dora the Explorer, Diego, and Geo from Team Umizoomi who made appearances during the event.
A special concert performance hosted by Ciara Bravo and starring Big Time Rush and breakout star Ariana Grande rounded out our fun-filled afternoon.
In my mind every day should be a day of play. Take an hour to turn off the tv, step away from the compuer, put your smartphone down, and get out and get active.
For more information about Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play, check out Today's Mama.