for a Night
By Mike Lauterborn
(for Westport News)
Westport, CT – It was Saturday night, and the Y was quite a sight, as some 80 or 90 kids took over the place to enjoy two hours of unbridled fun.
Youth Fun Night is a once-a-month feature during the school year at the 59 Post Road East facility, allowing 4th to 7th graders from various schools to meet and mingle. Activities are always scheduled, which this night included swimming, basketball, Bingo, inflatable diversions and even an opportunity to make-your-own sundae.
“The building is closed just to them,” said event volunteer Denise Stevens, manning the check-in table. “It’s like a pre-teen Clubhouse, with free reign of most of the Y.”
Overseeing the fun was Nicole Turechek, the Y’s Aquatics Director. She added, this becomes a place where kids can come to be themselves, meet new kids and relax. A getaway without going far from home. There are lots of fun things for them to do.”
Indeed, in the pool area, kids were paddling after each other, playing Marco Polo and splashing about. In another space, Tweens took turns with a microphone, singing along to words on a monitor. Across the hall, a long table featured ice cream sundae fixings, from gummy bears to M&M’s and sprinkles. Basketballs were bouncing in an upstairs gym while an intense session of Bingo was going on in yet another room nearby.
Fun for kids, a break for parents. Win-win for all.