For the Halloween Fireworks event that happens annually at Minoru Park, my Social Responsibility team (C-Change) from City Centre Association were asked to make a booth for games. We successfully implemented that today.

I go to City Centre weekly as one of the group leaders, as I co-run the team with another person who also happens to be a friend of mine. As a record of our success before the summer (completed 3 projects) we were asked to create a games booth that people would actually come  and enjoy. It took approximately 4 meetings each week from Oct. 7-28th on Thursdays each week. The first step was to think of ideas that we could make into enjoyable games for young children. As a team, we came up with 4 activities that were fun with some challenge but still ended up giving candy to the kids. Basically the initial idea was a fear factor booth that would have been targeted at an older audience but we realized that it wouldn’t be wise as logistics show that the older you got, the less interested you would be in this event of which you’ve seen every year. Younger kids with their parents would be the main target audience. So, in accordance to these stats we make more children friendly games. The above picture(s) are the pictures I took from my camera standing a few feet from the booths we made. It was actually much busier than we expected.  The worst thing was our team consisting of 14 people (when in full attendance) was cut down to 6 people on that night as a lot of people had plans on that day. Running the booths were quite hectic, and having 4 booths, among 6 people meant that most of the half the booths would have only 1 volunteer and there was no chance for shifts. This was the most difficult part of the event as it was not preventable. Luckily, there were some spare people who signed up by the City of Richmond that could help us with our event sometimes. Some of us still ended up sitting through their event from 3:00-9:00pm until it was done.

Another problem was that because we did not gage our time properly and on the day of the event, our activities still needed to be made and tested. Our whole team literally created games from scratch and cardboard. That had to be quite rushed though since we didn’t start making them earlier. It was a misjudgment on the part of myself and the other captain.

Our next event, called the Winter Community dinner, will take account for this minor mistake as we started 2 months earlier. More details on this later.

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