PlayTime! begins January 16

Jan 16 2018 8:30 am
Mar 22 2018 10:00 am
Northfield United Methodist Church


Northfield parents and caregivers have a renewed option for giving young children room to run during cold winter months: free open playtime at the United Methodist Church


Child crawling through tunnel


Have fun, make friends and get out of the house this winter! In order to keep your young people active and beat the cold weather, the United Methodist Church of Northfield stocked its carpeted gym with toys and opened it up for playtime twice a week.

Starting January 16, every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30am to 10:00am, young children and their caregivers are invited to play at the United Methodist Church gym. “It’s a great place to play during cold winter months and a good way for you to meet other parents of young children,” says United Methodist Church Children and Family Ministries Coordinator Kathy Hupf. “So many families come to our Arts in the Park summer events, it’s important that we also help children and parents to be together in community during the winter,” she said.

“When describing what the holy city will look like when God is living in it, the prophet Zechariah says ‘the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets,’”[1] says Associate Pastor Jerad Morey. “Nobody wants three-year-olds running down city streets in January, but we do feel closer to heaven when we’re in a room full of children’s smiles and laughter.”

The gym is carpeted and the growing toy supply includes trikes, slides, tunnels, basketball hoops, balls and more. Parents are invited to accompany their children at all times. The church, also home to Northfield Nursery School, is across Maple Street from Sibley Elementary.


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Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am – 10:00am at Northfield United Methodist Church

January 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27; March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22

Children and their parents or caregivers are invited to have fun and make friends during PlayTime Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8:30am - 10:00am, January through March. Northfield United Methodist Church's carpeted gym will be open to children who aren't in school. Play with balls, trikes, hoops, tunnels, slides and more! Parents shall remain with their children. Learn more at or

[1] Zechariah 8:5, NRSV

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