The Worldwide Day of Play is coming to Southeast Queens!
On Saturday, September 21, Nickelodeon is hosting its 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play. It is an annual event where their network of television stations goes black for the day and they host outdoor events to encourage children and parents to turn off the television and play, especially outdoors.
Liberty Park (Detective Keith Williams Park) in Queens will be one of the satellite spots for this worldwide event. The main site for New York is Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
The day will include games, potato sack races, kids zumba, kids tai chi, food, music and many other activities. The event promises to be a focused, hands-on event for the kids. Parents must attend with their children and will be encouraged to play with their kids.
“It will be an amazing day for kids to get out, to turn off the TV,” said Pia Alexander Harris, Co-chair of the youth services of the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links and one of the planners of the event. She grew up playing outdoors and remembers spending countless hours playing in Roy Wilkins Park. “Children today don’t know how to play skelly…double dutch…hopscotch” she said.
Local organizations including Keeping Our Streets Safe (K.O.S.S.), the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links and the 113th Precinct’s Youth Council has partnered with Councilman Leroy Comrie’s office to host the southeast satellite site.
173rd Street, at Liberty Park, will be closed during the event. The event is from 11A -4P.