It was all smiles and giggles for kids and parents alike at the Picnic in the Park on Wednesday.

The event was held behind the Badlands Community Facility from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Families were encouraged to play and participate in the many games including lawn size Jenga, Connect Four and a corporate tug of war competition.

The event was made possible by the Drumheller Family Fun committee, whose goal is to hold eight free family fun events year round.

"This was our launch for the Family Fun Event. Our motto is simple: connections, stronger families. So we are all about family resiliency and how we build that within our communities." explained coordinator Louise Hendrickson.

The games that were present at the event were to promote good family habits.

"There's a ball you can throw and you ask each other questions to encourage that conversation with families. We have an activity where you are blindfolded and a friend or family member has to talk you through it without touching you, only by talk and communication. We also have the wandering magicians and musicians around as well." described Hendrickson.

The Family Fun Committee believes that families come in all shapes and sizes and they should celebrate how they are connected.

"My favourite saying is that it takes a village to raise a child. We really need to support each other, we all go through challenges at different times in our life, so having that network of support makes a huge difference. They need those friends out there that support them and tell them it's okay because sometimes life doesn't feel okay." chuckled Hendrickson.

In addition to the fun events, Chinook Credit Union hosted a fundraising BBQ, the proceeds from the BBQ will be split between the Family Fun Committee and the Homework... "Help!" program.


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