Friday night program offers fun for kids, teens

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jeremiah Hatcher

Children and teens in West Tuscaloosa searching for something to do on Friday nights have a new opportunity at the McDonald Hughes Center.

The Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority on Friday hosted its first-ever Friday Night Live, offering inflatable toys, games and even a video game tournament. According to PARA’s Facebook page, the first event’s turnout featured more than 250 children and teens.

Friday Night Live offers a fun-filled, safe space for kids and teens where they can get dinner, play around and learn the value of teamwork, creativity and social skills, too.

PARA teamed up with Shelton State Community College to offer the event.

PARA Community Outreach Director said he’s excited about sharing such a fun event with the community.

“This is about making sure we have a positive space for our children all over the community,” Logan said. “Especially in West Tuscaloosa. Partnering with Shelton State really made sense. It’s a great event. It’s a lot of opportunity for our younger kids and our teenagers to come out and have a safe, positive space to mix and mingle and do something productive on a Friday.”

Ensuring kids and teens have opportunities like these are about more than entertaining youngsters, Logan said. It’s about hopefully decreasing violence, too.

“We plan on making this a reoccurring event on Fridays so we can give more opportunities for our children and teenagers some positive space and atmosphere,” Logan said.

Jacquelin Thomas, who attended the event as a parent, said she’s excited about what PARA is offering.

“I feel very positive about it,” Thomas said. “It’s something for my son to do. He’s the only child I have, so I wanted to have him something to do to keep him busy.”

If you missed Friday’s event, the next Friday Night Live is happening Friday, July 29 at the Belk Activity Center from 7 to 9 p.m.

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