Does your child love Nerf guns? Does he turn your house into a battleground, using your furniture as a fort? Do he and his friends shoot Nerf darts at each other, tackling anyone who gets in the way? If your answer is yes, your child is the perfect recruit for Nerf Night at the St. Charles Park District. For 2.5 hours you can take back your house and enjoy the peace, while your child participates in nonstop, structured Nerf play.
This fall, you and your child can look forward to one Nerf Night per month, instead of one per season as was held previously. Nerf Nights are for boys and girls ages 6-13 and are scheduled from 5:30-8pm Saturdays, October 6 and November 10, at the Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave. in St. Charles.
“The event averages about 30 kids and has become so popular we wanted to offer more this fall,” said Steve Gard, Aquatics and Youth Programming Supervisor. “While kids have fun playing at home, they can’t have a full-fledged battle the way they can during Nerf Night.”
And the park district doesn’t hold back as they transform the Pottawatomie gym into a Nerf battlefield, directing groups of children through various games.
For Capture the Flag, the gym is divided by a curtain with teams on each side building forts out of gymnastic mats. Once the curtain is raised, the battle begins. Other games include a last-man-standing Team Elimination and Free-for-All.
Teams are organized by age, with the same age groups competing against one another. Every game can be modified for each age level, Gard said.
While one group is competing in the gym, the other is refueling with pizza and drinks and participating in target practice for the chance to win a Nerf gun. All ages use the same Nerf gun to shoot at plastic cups. The child with the highest score wins.
All children must bring their own Elite Nerf gun as well as safety goggles. The park district will supply Elite Nerf darts. If your child’s Nerf gun isn’t Elite, they must bring their own labeled darts.
The fee is $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. Register at www.stcparks.org. For more information contact Steve Gard at 630-513-4391.