Family Fun Night has come a long way since the first one held in the dining hall over 25 years ago.
When Tom Ryder took over as Student Government adviser in 2008, he moved it into the Gerald Welch Health Education Building.
“I moved Family Fun Night to the gym to give us more room and to allow for the giant inflatables” Ryder said
Family Fun Night is an inexpensive night out for the family sponsored by Student Government. The $1 admission includes games, magic shows, playing on the inflatable slides, and face painting.
Friday, April 17, families lined up outside the gym doors waiting for the event to kick off.
Sara Swiney and Heaven Wuest, co-chairs of the event for Student Government, started planning Family Fun Night in early March.
The night is one of MCCC’s biggest events and brings in over 700 children from around the county and eighty volunteers.
“I love how our volunteers are giving it their all,” Swiney said. “The community is coming together for a great evening for our youth.”
Swiney’s daughter, Jocelyn, was one of the children having a great time.
When asked how many prizes she won so far, Jocelyn replied “lots and lots!”
Her favorite prize was a fish toy won playing shuffleboard.
The night included magic shows every hour by Ken Dumm. Children were amazed when he turned a white shoestring into a blue string.
Dumm has been entertaining families since the age of 10. Besides magic shows, he also performs at comedy clubs.
Respiratory Therapy students had an educational booth for children to put on gloves and touch a cow heart and pig lungs. The lungs were hooked up to a ventilator and children watched the lungs breathe.
MCCC Alumni handed out free balloons for children to tie around their wrists.
The Gay Straight Alliance club sponsored face painting. Children had the choice of having their face painted as Spiderman, Batman, a kitty, and more.
One highlight of the evening for everyone was a group of three people dressed up as Disney characters. They posed for pictures with children throughout the night.
Madeline Schmidt dressed up as Tinkerbell, Hope Cornprobst was Snowwhite, and Bree Elwartoski was Belle.
The trio have been friends since second grade and it was their first time dressing up as disney characters.
“Disney is our thing,” Schmidt said.