Longest day of play set for Friday at Hillview center

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 HILLVIEW - With the most daylight, June is the month to be physically active outdoors.

The Bullitt County Coalition for Recreation, Education and Wellness (C.R.E.W.) believes that, hosting its third annual Longest Day of Play event.

This year’s play date is Friday, June 27, 5-8 p.m. at the Hillview Community Center.

C.R.E.W. director Daniel Crum said the community center’s location gives the event an indoor option in case of inclement weather.

Last year’s event was held at Bullitt Central High School, with the local pool acting as part of the festivities. Construction at the school led C.R.E.W. to find a new host location.

“The school location (near Overdale Elementary) is nice,” he said. “People know where it is. ANd there’s lots of field space.”

Participants are encouraged to come and take part in various physical activities. Crum said sports such as basketball, soccer and football will take place, along with an inflatable obstacle course and hula hoop competitions.

Door prize give-aways will take place throughout the event.

“We’ll be giving things away that they’ll be able to play with during the event,” Crum said.

The idea of the Longest Day of Play is to take advantage of the most daylight available, on the summer solstice, usually on June 21. Crum said the event was moved back a week to avoid conflicting with the Bullitt County Fair.

“June is still the month with the most daylight,” he said. “That means you have more time to enjoy the outdoors.”

C.R.E.W. developed the event as a way to promote healthy activity away from computers, televisions, cell phones and other electronic deterrents.

“The idea was getting kids and families away from ‘screen time’,” Crum said. “We want to show everyone that being outside can be fun.”

The Longest Day of Play is a free event. Anyone attending will receive a one-day pass to a Bullitt County pool courtesy of the Bullitt County YMCA.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend. For more information call 955-5355 or visit www.bullittcountyhealthdept.com.