Sportsplex puts on 'First Night' for families

Nathan Liewicki
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Shimone McClanahan, 9, paddles a ping-pong ball across the net at the "First Night" New Year's Eve Family Celebration at the Kinsmen Sportsplex Tuesday evening.

Brad McClanahan and his nine children were some of the many people who ended 2013 at the Kinsmen Sportsplex’s 18th annual “First Night” New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Brad McClanahan and his nine children were some of the many people who ended 2013 at the Kinsmen Sportsplex’s 18th annual “First Night” New Year’s Eve Celebration.

“We’re new to the Moose Jaw area and my wife heard about the activities going on at the Sportsplex, so it seemed like a good idea to come out with the kids,” McClanahan said.

He said it was important to spend the last day of the year with family and friends and doing so at a family-oriented location like the Sportsplex made it enjoyable.

“I’m looking forward to spending New Year’s with (my friend) and his family, who came down from Saskatoon,” said McClanahan.

One of McClanahan’s sons, nine-year-old Shimone, was playing ping-pong with his dad and his younger brother Joey.

Asked whether or not he was going to beat his dad at ping-pong, Shimone said he wasn’t sure, but he had something else on his mind.

“Hopefully we will go swimming,” said Shimone.

In addition to ping-pong and swimming, the “First Night” offered activities such as skating, air hockey, arcade basketball, billiards and foosball for parents and their kids to take part in.

According to April Rubbelke, the head guard at the Sportsplex, 220 people came down to take part in some, or all of the activities offered on New Year’s Eve. That was as of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Rubbelke told the Times-Herald the array of activities was set up as an alternative way for families to spend New Year’s Eve.

“It’s a way to bring families out and to offer something they can do together for a reduced price,” Rubbelke said of the event.

In addition to the activities offered at the Sportsplex, prizes, graciously donated by community organizations, were given away. 

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatoon

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