“I’m bored!” Parents everywhere are familiar with this cry, but it has echoed throughout Greeneville and Greene County more frequently as this winter has brought “cabin fever” to many residents due to record low temperatures and maxed out school closings. Many parents have begun looking for safe, indoor, family entertainment that will not break the bank.
Downtown Game Night, a free event sponsored by Reformation Lutheran Church, will be held Saturday, February 22, and Saturday, March 1, beginning at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the community, and all ages are encouraged to attend. “Please don’t stay home because you think that your four year old is too young, or that your 15 year old won’t enjoy it”, said Marlene Crum, a member of Reformation Lutheran Church, “We will have board games and card games available for all ages, and it is a great opportunity to get out of the house, reconnect with your family, and maybe meet some new friends.”
The Game Nights will begin with Bingo at 7:00 pm where small prizes will be awarded to the winners. There will also be many fun and easy to learn board and card games available for all ages. Participants are encouraged to start games of their own or join games already in progress. Families can play together, compete against other families, or children can join a game with a group of their peers. “We are trying to keep the event as non-structured as possible so families are able to move around, talk to others, or enjoy some refreshments”, Crum said. Light refreshments including, popcorn, chips, candy and drinks will be provided each night.
Members of Reformation Lutheran Church have been eager to try an event such as this after the success of their Free Family Fun Day event last summer. “We had a great turnout this summer”, said Kathy Knight, leader of the Witness and Evangelism Committee at Reformation Lutheran Church. “It made us realize that families in Greeneville are looking for affordable ways to spend quality time toge ther. We are hoping that Downtown Game Night will provide that while also helping to strengthen family and community bonds.”
Studies show that playing board games can help educate children and teach social skills such as following rules, taking turns and communication. Playing games can also help develop problem solving skills, increase self- esteem and teach good sportsmanship. Crum, a former Child Behavior Specialist agrees with the findings. “I have seen children’s behavior improve and their self-esteem grow just through playing games. It is a great opportunity for parents to learn about and connect with their children.”
Reformation Lutheran Church is located at 400 West Main Street in Greeneville.
For more information, contact the church office at 423-638-4627.