Event promotes health, safety, fun

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published June 26, 2014


SOUTHFIELD — Inflatables, face-painting, arts and crafts, a movie under the stars, a rock wall — no, the carnival wasn’t  in town, but Family Fun and Safety Night was.

Put on by the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department and the Southfield Police and Fire departments, Family Fun and Safety Night returned for its sixth year Wednesday on the Southfield Municipal Complex front lawn.

From 5:30-9:30 p.m., the free event featured activities for kids and parents, as well as several health and safety information booths.

“It’s something the kids look forward to. It kicks off the summer,” said Janet Husaynu, special events programmer for the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department. “I just think it’s a great place for any age group. There’s so many things to do.”

Husaynu said the goal of the event was to teach kids about health and safety, all while having fun.

There were many different health and safety organizations present, including St. John Providence Hospital, which handed out 350 free bike helmets.

Nadie Cook, marketing account executive at St. John Providence Health Alliance, said they decided to get involved when Southfield lost funding for the helmet distribution program in 2012.

“This is one of the ways in which we partner with communities to promote health and fitness,” Cook said. “We also have 15-20 people who can answer questions about health and fitness,”she said.

Attendees were invited to enjoy the 2013 Disney Pixar film “Monsters University,” presented by Park It Family Fun Nights.

Husaynu said the idea behind having a movie night under the stars was to keep kids out of trouble.

“It ends before it gets too dark. We don’t have that nighttime element, because it’s a place for kids to get in trouble. By quarter to 10, you can hardly tell we were here.”

Husaynu said the event was created in place of the annual summer fireworks and to combine many different smaller events, such as the National Night Out with the Police Department, which used to be sponsored by Target.

“I went to the police and said, ‘Why don’t we just join forces on this?’” Husaynu said. “And boy, it hit the ground running. It’s a very neat, cooperative venture between a lot of community organizations and the city of Southfield.”