Both children's games require old-fashioned "kid power" to play, said Lois Miklas, public programs manager at The Hershey Story. And both will be played from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Hershey Story's Worldwide Day of Play event.
Started by Nickelodeon in 2004, Worldwide Day of Play is an annual event designed to encourage kids and parents to turn off the television and play, especially outdoors. Day of Play is similar to first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign in that both seek to reduce childhood obesity.
This is the second year The Hershey Story has hosted a free play event.
"The active learning that takes place at programs like these is a great alternative to watching TV or playing video games," Miklas said. "It's also very different from the type of learning that takes place at school."
Games will range from those played during Milton Hershey's childhood in the 1860s (ball and cup, tops) to the mid-20th century (hula hoops). The event will even include a few American Indian games, such as lacrosse sticks.
Games will be made on site, with materials provided by The Hershey Story.
"Along with the toys and games to try on-site, we are offering a simple toy called a 'whizzer' for kids to make and take home," Miklas said. "It's easy to make, but difficult to master!"
Whizzer involves a piece of twine and a heavy coat button. The twine is threaded through two of the button holes and tied together. The player then manipulates the twine back and forth to keep the button whizzing.
Michelle Obama has said that one in three kids are overweight or obese, and the United States spends $150 billion a year treating obesity-related illnesses. A coordinated effort is needed to change kids' eating habits, Miklas said.
"We thought that this program would be a good way to support Let's Move! along with Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, which both have goals of making children more active and healthier," she added.
The event will be held on the outdoor patio at The Museum on Chocolate Avenue. In the event of poor weather, it will be moved into the grand lobby.
If you go
WHAT: Worldwide Day of Play
WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue, 63 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey
DETAILS: Visit www.HersheyStory.org