American Fast Freight’s 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Anchorage was transformed into a giant construction themed play area for kids on Nov. 9, as part of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska Family Fun Night.
The event has been held as part of AGC’s annual conference for more than 20 years, offering families a chance to enjoy construction-themed fun. It’s one that AGC’s Hard Hat award winner, Tamie Taylor, is familiar with. Taylor has logged two decades helping to organize the event.
Entrance was $10 for adults and free for children under 12, and all children went home with a goodie bag that included a play construction vest, an AGC activity and coloring book and other small toys. Children could go head-to-head in an inflatable maze, each running through a different path and trying to be the first to exit without being toppled by the rotating boom arm, or they could make their way through a bounce house obstacle course, racing to be the first down the slide. Children had a chance to try using a bow and arrow; throw basketballs, footballs and baseballs at targets to win prizes; get faces painted; or just play in the sand. A photo area with a table full of props was one popular stop; another booth offered kids the chance to hammer pegs into or saw away at giant blocks of Styrofoam (with safety glasses provided, of course). Attendees could take part in cake walks to win brightly decorated cupcakes or test their luck in guessing which of a nearly identical set of keys would open a stuffed animal jail, so they could spring one of the animals free and take it home. On top of all the activities was a delicious meal of hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream.
It takes a village to pull off a successful Family Night. More than 30 volunteers helped, including construction management students from the University of Alaska; volunteers from AGC member companies, the Alaska Military Youth Academy and the West High School Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps; as well as other groups. American Fast Freight and Spenard Builders Supply are the primary sponsors of the event.