Kids Takeover Broad Ripple
Annual Event Highlights Family Fun in Broad Ripple
Writer / Joshua Deisler
Meisha Wide was walking across the Rainbow Bridge with her two girls when she had an idea. “I had a vision of kids and families filling up that bridge and having fun,” she says. Now this idea has grown into the annual Kids Takeover Broad Ripple.
Local resident, mother and businesswoman Meisha has a knack for planning. Having organized events for Girl Scouts and the Final Four, Meisha now directs the Kids Takeover Broad Ripple event. The event highlights not only fitness but also local family-friendly businesses. “There are families that like to support Broad Ripple too,” says Meisha. “There’s more than just bars and restaurants.”
Families can register online for a free passport that features a map of discovery sites around the village. These sites like Brics, Nicey Treats, The Runners Forum and Good Earth offer special activities and discounts the days of the Takeover. Families can pick up their passports during the two-day event.
The first day begins on Saturday, June 27 with a Wacky Olympics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located next to the Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market at Broad Ripple High School, the Wacky Olympics will feature track-and-field games: a pool noodle for a javelin throw, a softball for a shot put and relays with beach balls. Local businesses will also set up activity stations that promote fitness.
The event concludes on Sunday, June 28, from 3-5 p.m. on the Rainbow Bridge, next to Good Earth. A block party will feature different fitness activities, healthy snacks, a “Colts in Motion” interactive museum and even a yoga station to teach kids about self-esteem and character. Meisha also hopes to exhibit young local talent at the block party.
Visit kidstakeover2015.eventbrite.com for more information and to register for the free passport.