This year’s Swanton Movie Night, originaly scheduled for Friday at Memorial Park, has been postponed until Saturday due to rain.
The free family-friendly event starts at 7 p.m. and the movie, “Sing” will begin at dusk on the lower baseball field. There will be pre-movie activities including inflatables, face painting, Gaga ball, music, and balloon animals.
Of course, there will also be free food including hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, and other goodies. Seating is available, but don’t forget to bring chairs and blankets for a comfortable, fun, substance-free family night. The rain date will be June 24.
“We believe it’s important to provide the Swanton community with safe, substance-free, supportive, and family friendly events,” said Andrea Smith, executive director of SACC. “It’s not only a great opportunity to connect with other families in the community but a great way to bring parents and their children together for some free fun.”
To go along with a substance-free event, organizers suggest that parents waiting for the movie to start talk to their children about medication safety. It’s never too early to start. Tips to get the conversation started include:
• Provide age-appropriate information
• Establish a clear, no-nonsense family position on drugs
• Listen to your kids
• Set a good example.
“Children learning to respect medication early in life is the key to prevention of substance use/abuse in the future,” Smith said. “Teaching kids something as simple as only taking medication from a trusted adult will instill that medication and other drugs are not to be taken freely. Medication is not something to play with, and can be very dangerous if taken inappropriately. Kids’ brains are growing at an increased rate, and medication abuse has been proven to kill brain cells. If we can as adults can prevent that with a little education, why shouldn’t we be doing it?”
For more information, look for the pre-movie clip.
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010