Game Day 2013
By: Courtney Lipson
Where were you on Saturday October 25, 2013? I bounced around from taking the SAT, to quickly getting home and making my way to Chelsea Piers for the annual FACES Game Day. Due to the unfortunate circumstance of having to take a five-hour test at eight in the morning, I arrived at Game Day about twenty minutes into its start time. When I walked into the Chelsea Piers Field House the turf field flooded with children, adults, and new activities appeared everywhere I looked. Olympian Chanda Gunn, an American ice hockey player, was the event emcee and could be heard as I entered the field.
The first things I noticed were the bounce houses. Even as a 17-year-old girl, I still think those are one of the most entertaining attractions at a carnival. There were three of these bounce houses around the field filled with kids and adults. Besides the bounce houses, the floor was filled with many other games including classic carnival games and a lollipop game.
Another addition to the activities at Game Day was the wide variety of art projects. From cookie decorating, to Halloween decoration, and spin art T-shirts, adults and children were able to show their inner Picasso. The one activity that repeatedly proved how truly inartistic I am, was the mural painting station. If you were lucky enough to climb the flight of stairs up to the balcony looking over the rest of game day, you probably took part in the mural painting. The mural painting was a very unique activity. A painting was divided up into about 250 pieces and each participant was given a piece of the original picture and a blank square. Then, each person would paint the piece of the original picture onto the square as best they could. When all the pieces are done, they will be put together to form a larger version of the original panting. This mural will be shown at the 2014 FACES Gala.
For the more athletic guests, there were a number of different sports to play. There was air hockey, pop a shot basketball, and even rock climbing! These activities all let children play and have healthy competition among each other. On a less competitive (unless you’re like me and everything is a competition) scale, there were bingo games. The bingo games also allowed children and adults to play with and against each other and get to know one another.
Lastly, there were various shows and visual attractions throughout the day. There was a balloon sculptor who made various balloon figures such as swords and hats. Two caricaturists also drew outstanding caricatures of the children. For the whole audience, there was a magic show and even a basketball show with Mighty Mike Simmel of the Harlem Wizards.
Of course, with all these activities people were bound to get hungry. All around the field house were various stations to get food. These foods included classic carnival foods such as cotton candy, ice cream and popcorn, as well as healthier options like grilled chicken and veggie sticks.
Overall, the day was a huge success. There were over 500 guests total hanging out around the field house, having fun, and of course supporting a great cause.