Reveling in old-fashioned family fun in Valparaiso

2013-08-03T18:19:00Z 2013-08-03T23:48:29Z Reveling in old-fashioned family fun in ValparaisoSusan O’Leary Times Correspondent
August 03, 2013 6:19 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Children twisted themselves into human pretzels in the “world’s largest game of Twister” Saturday at Sunset Hill County Park.

The game, spread out under the trees, was just one of many fun things to do at Prevent Child Abuse Porter County’s second annual Family Fun Day at the park.

Emily Kurzinski, the organization’s president, said about 100 people turned out for the free event to play games, make crafts and munch on hot dogs and popcorn.

“We want to promote healthy families and give them an outlet for family fun,” said Kurzinski. “So we’re having an old school picnic with games where families can work together and enjoy the nice weather.”

Included in the day’s entertainment was also a bouncy house, crafts and kite flying. Kids could also explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Liberty Township firetrucks and firefighting equipment. Fun picnic-style games included potato sack races and duck-duck-goose.

“These are fun ‘old-school’ activities that get lost in a world of video games,” said Kurzinski.

Jenene Crowder and her daughter Emma Crowder, 13, sat in the sun on a picnic table, while other family members played in the bouncy house.

Jenene Crowder said the family tries to attend all the organization’s special events.

“It’s close to our heart because my twin 6-year-old daughters are victims of child abuse,” said Crowder. “We can’t go back, but if we can do anything to help people not go through what we went through, we’ll do it.”

Emma Crowder said she and her mom volunteer for the organization when they can.

“We want to raise awareness,” said Emma. “When we go to these things, we find out what we can do to prevent it in the future.”

Jenene Crowder said that her family has benefitted from the awareness and education the organization provides, and they try to help others in the same predicament.

“We try to stay as positive as we can,” said Emma Crowder.

Kurzinski said the Crowder’s experience is in line with the organization's goals.

“We provide education and give tools to people in abusive situations,” said Kurzinski.

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