This past weekend (September 13-14), the Kissimmee area was visited by KABOOM! Play Together Tour, an event where families gathered to build a stronger bond by completing a series of fun challenges. It was brought to us by Disney Parks and held at Mill Run Park, an adorable place with a wide variety of playground activities for the kids to enjoy every day of the week.
Because the parking for Mill Run Park is rather small, barely enough room for ten cars, and there weren’t any signs for event parking, my fiancé ended up parking our car on the side of the road between the Mill Run and a La Petit Academy. I really didn’t mind because the majority of the walk was shaded by luscious trees and it wasn’t far from where the event was set up. Once we got there, the Disney VoluntEARS were very helpful in getting us to the registration table, which was a breeze to get through since we preregistered. After we signed some paperwork, they gave us karabiners, a small puzzle, and we had our choice of orange or purple reusable water bottles.
Since the families were encouraged to dress up in some way to signify they are in group (to help with that family bonding), we saw people dressed all in camouflage, a few superheroes, and some simply in just the same color shirt. Since my fiancé and I have the same shirt and our son has one similar, we were team Batman. With our shirts being all black, we were very thankful for the many cool off stations, which consisted of large fans blowing a thin mist.
Before anything can begin, each family had to design a family flag and get it stamped by one of the VoluntEARS (each completed challenge also gets a stamp). Once this was finished, it was off to the first challenge, where the family has to build a tunnel using large, firm, foam blocks and then knock it down. (A member of KABOOM! recorded my family and I while performing this challenge, but I can’t find the video). The second challenge was labelled “The Hop” where different families group together and basically play hop-scotch while performing animal sounds.
The third challenge involved solving a puzzle. There were several different tables and each one had a different picture that the family had to figure out how the geometric shapes needed to be arranged in order to make the picture. The Fourth challenge was my son’s favorite, The Ball Run. Each family had to work together to push a six foot tall beach ball around a small obstacle course.
At the end of the course, the family flag is then connected to a flag pole and we get to raise the flag. All of this is then commemorated by having one of the VoluntEARS at the KABOOM! photo booth take a group picture. Unfortunately by then, our son was rather grumpy, so he refused to face the camera.
It seemed like it would take longer to get all of the challenges finished within the one hour time-slot, especially with the occasional wait to get to the next challenge, but we were finished with everything in exactly one hour after our registered time. There were several VoluntEARS for each section, so it was very well supervised. They had a DJ who played Disney related music and would encourage the kids to dance, as well as quiz them on which Disney show certain songs were from. Besides the cool-off fan stations, they also provided a water station to keep the water bottles filled. It didn’t matter that they didn’t provide food because the park wasn’t far from local eateries and, for those who brought their food, there were several picnic tables in the park that were under the shade and made for a wonderful spot to eat while the kids released whatever energy remained. Over all, it was a lovely experience.
Did you attend the KABOOM! Play Together Tour? If you did, let us know what you thought of it.
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