Parents, children play at International City Family Fun Day

April 16, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Alando Bray enjoyed the warm temperatures, sunny sky and easy breeze that blew across Tanner Park on Saturday.

He and his wife, Kesha, were there with their three children for the first International City Family Fun Day. The Warner Robins Recreation Department sponsored the event to encourage family fun and a healthy lifestyle.

“Getting out and enjoying one of our parks is a cost-effective way to be with your family and have a good time,” said Ruby Hamb-Holmes, programs director at the Recreation Department. “Our focus is health and healthy living, and there’s nothing better on a nice day like today than getting out for some causal play, sports and just being with your family and friends.”

Though Hamb-Holmes said she could have hoped for a larger turnout, she said she couldn’t have hoped for better participation.

“Honestly, the numbers were good, but what really impressed me was how everybody got right up and got involved with the different activities,” she said.

Those activities ranged from bounce castles to pick-up football games and bean bag tosses to a variety of races. There was even an opportunity for tug-of-war matches, with one special challenge pitting Recreation Department workers against other city employees.

The “other employees” team, led by Mayor Randy Toms and several city councilmen, was soundly defeated by the rec team. But Toms said the day wasn’t a loss at all.

“I’m just so excited about seeing everybody out having a good time,” he said. “It’s so enjoyable seeing how our city workers came together to make this day possible and how the recreation staff is doing such an excellent job with it. You hear people say there’s nothing to do in Warner Robins, but it’s a beautiful day, and there’s plenty of fun things to do out here at Tanner Park.”

As for the Brays, Alando Bray is a good representative of what Hamb-Holmes said the day was all about.

“We go to the park a lot anyway,” he said while holding an umbrella to give his wife some shade. “The way I see it, it’s important to get out together as a family and be active instead of sitting in front of a computer game or something all the time. Parents have to lead by example and stay active themselves and help their kids have fun. Our kids don’t really know what to do to be healthy and active these days; we have to lead by example.”

The Bray youngsters didn’t care so much about their dad’s philosophizing. They were too busy running around having fun.

Aside from diaper derbies, tot trots for toddlers, three-legged races for families and friends, senior strolls for older participants and a wide variety of physical activities, the day also offered an array of demonstrations and displays from organizations and causes like Babies Can’t Wait, Boys and Girls Clubs, First Choice Primary Care, Houston Healthcare, Vincent’s Okinawa Karate, Warner Robins Young Marines, Crossfit City of Athletes and a dozen or so more, all of which helped promote the idea of getting and staying healthy.

Hamb-Holmes said plans are already underway for next year’s International City Family Fun Day, which will take the place of the Recreation Department’s former Easter in the Park egg hunt.

She said the new event adds some twists and offers more for family members young and old to do as well as allows a focus on getting and staying active for a healthier life.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.

The Telegraph is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service