Tomorrow will be all about play.
“The Day of Play is an international movement of communities offering free activities for kids,” said Day of Play committee chairman Bobbi Richards. “It is really about getting outdoors, disconnecting as much as possible from technology and having some fun playing old-school games.”
More than 40 organizations will offer games and activities at the Rotary Club of Falmouth’s Day of Play, which runs from 11 AM to 4 PM tomorrowSaturday, June 8, at the Mullen-Hall School.
“We would love it if we got 100 children to participate,” Ms. Richards said. “As a first-time event, we are curious as to what the reaction will be.”
Her favorite event is the “rain gutter regatta,” in which children can build miniature boats using paper and pool noodles.
“They take straws and blow on the sails to see which boat will win the race,” Ms. Richards said. “I really think the rain gutter regatta is going to be the top game—that or the pig races.”
These battery-operated mechanical pigs, which oink, will race through a custom PVC track. Kids can pick their pig of choice to see if it brings home the bacon as the race winner.
The Day of Play will feature a third race, the humankind race sponsored by the Cape Cod Marathon. A life-sized board game, children will race along the set path based on the roll of the dice.
As executive director of the Falmouth Housing Authority, Ms. Richards noted that the housing authority is sponsoring the toilet paper toss. Similar to a beanbag toss game, children will attempt to throw rolls of toilet paper at the toilet target.
“You can find all sorts of things on the internet, and our committee worked for many months trying to come up with interesting games like that,” Ms. Richards said.
Other activities include a slime station sponsored by the Girl Scouts, a boxcar building sponsored by the Boy Scouts, a boo-boo clinic for stuffed animals run by the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and a vegetable-themed cornhole game with carrot people, hosted by the Falmouth Service Center.
“I don’t even know what that is, but I’m interested,” Ms. Richards said.
She also touted the involvement of the Elks Lodge, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars, all of whom are sponsoring games at the Day of Play. They will distribute balloons and flags, host football and baseball toss games and run a patriotic selfie station.
“That is the only activity that requires you to use your electronics,” Ms. Richards said.
The Carousel of Light will be running throughout the day, offering a free ride to each child in attendance. The Day of Play will also feature performances by the Falmouth Dance Academy and New England Ballet Theatre, as well as an interactive musical event hosted by Tones in Motion. Children can also compete in a hula hoop competition and a scavenger hunt.
Both the Falmouth Police Department and Lawrence-Lynch Corp. will be on hand with vehicles for children to tour. There will also be a K9 demonstration by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.
Those in attendance are invited to bring a picnic lunch. For those who do not want to pack a snack, there will be three vendors selling food.
“Our goal is for kids to just play and have a really good time,” Ms. Richards said.
The rain date is Sunday.
For more information on the Rotary Club of Falmouth’s Day of Play, visit www.falmouthdayofplay.com.