Winners circle connects

Winner’s circle includes all in win-win situation

by Jason Dietrich

Almost 500 kids and parents participated in last year’s Family FunFest, an afternoon of non-competitive games and activities. Photo by Jason Dietrich

Kids of all ages are guaranteed winners Saturday at the Redondo Recreation Department’s free Family FunFest.

That’s because all the games and activities at the annual springtime event are run according to the non-competitive "new games" principle, which removes the concept of winning and losing from playground games.

Whether they’re running relay races, playing earthball or Frisbee, participants are encouraged to focus on improving their performance without the pressure to win or the fear of losing.

"Everyone has lots of fun, and we eliminate elimination. This event promotes inclusion and a win-win atmosphere," said Recreation Director Dave Bacon.

By working together with, rather than against, their playmates, event coordinators say children build a sense of community, learn to participate more and become more creative. Last year hundreds of families turned out to play baseless baseball and work with parachutes in the opposition-free atmosphere.

Parks and Recreation departments from as far away as San Diego and Las Vegas send staff to learn the "new games" concepts and participate in the program. The Redondo recreation department has been putting on the family oriented event for seven years as a free service to the community and to train its staff in event leadership.

Giant bubbles, oversized pick-up sticks and other games will be set up for use by South Bay kids Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dominguez Park, 200 Flagler Lane, in Redondo Beach.

For more information call 318-0610 ext. 3369. ER