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Here at Mars Hill we use the Awana program for our preschoolers and elementary students during the school year. I can’t say enough good things about the program, our kids love it and our leaders do as well. During the summer months we launch Summer Fun Nights for our midweek programing. You may have Wacky Wednesdays, Super Summer Nights, etc.  My team wrapped up our Summer Fun Night schedule last night and I just want to share it with you. My prayer is that you may see something you haven’t thought of or give some feedback about what your planning..

Each Wednesday Night we have an activity planned. Our goal is to build relationships, encourage kids, and just love on them In Jesus Name. We end the night with a short message and prayer time.  Here is our list.

1. Inflatable Night-  We set up inflatables and smaller gamesinflatables such as, speed stacking station, kids bowling, hula hoops, Frisbee, ets. We will have various competitions but for the most part will be a free for all night.

2. Beach Night- Team games that utilize a giant 6ft beach ball, such as Human bowling, king of the beach, races, obstacle 6ft beachcourse and other beach type games. Kids will be encouraged to dress up with beach wear, sunglasses, Sunscreen on the nose.

 

3. Field Night- Kids will be grouped by grade and will rotate around to game stations. Game Stations includethree leggs

  • Three legged race
  • Dodge Ball
  • Jumbo Speed Stack Relay
  • Wheel Barrel Race
  • 4 way tug of war
  • Noodle Javelin Throw

4.Water Night- This night is all about getting wet.

  • Slimy Puzzle Relay- In this game, Two teams will compete to find all the puzzle pieces in a kiddie pool filled with slim water (water with flour and jello mixed)  Once the team has found all the puzzle pieces they have to assemble the puzzle to reveal a message.
  • Soaked Sponge- Two teams compete by soaking a sponge in water gamesa water bucket, running to a lawn chair, sitting on the sponge to wring the water into a bucket under the chair. The winning team is the one who has collected the most water
  • T-Shirt Relay- Teams compete by placing a T- Shirt into a bucket, then putting in on a racing to a 5 gallon bucket, then take the shirt off and wring it into the bucket, then running back to the starting point. The winning team is the one with the most water in the bucket.
  • Help put the Fire out- We have a local Volunteer fire Department bring their tanker truck. Every kid gets a small Styrofoam cup. Kids stand under a fire house being shot up in the air, they catch the falling water into their cups then run it  to a waiting bucket. They get 5 minutes to catch as much water as they can, the team with the most water wins.

5. What-A-Mess- Kids are dividing into teams of 5-6 kids of varying ages. We have 5 stations of very messy games. Each team completes the challenges and is timed. Each team rotates to every challenge and the team with the least amount of combined time is the winner. Games includemessy

  • Baby Diaper Dig- Chocolate Pudding in a baby diaper with tootsie rolls buried in the pudding. Goal is to retrieve 5-10 Tootsie rolls using only your mouth.
  • Shaving Cream Shoot Off- Half the team applies a liberal amount of shaving cream to their nose and the other team members shoot it off with water guns.
  • Mini-Marshmallow Pick up.- In this game teams have to cover their faces with pudding and use their face to pick up Mini-marshmallows.

6. Ice Cream Night- This night is more low key. We have the kids and congregation bring a 1/2 gallon of ice cream and toppings. We set up an Ice Cream Bar and play board games such as

  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Shoots and Ladders
  • Candy land
  • Go Fish
  • Uno

7. Awana Pool Party- The last Wednesday before kids go back to school, we rent out the local public swimming pool for the evening. We cook hot dogs and have kids bring a drink or dessert. We get kids registered and have a chance to meet parents and begin those relationships.

 

There it is.  I would love to hear what your doing this summer. Please comment below or contact me if you have any questions.

God Bless and keep doing what you do.

Billy Redd

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