In the 1980s, Worthington officials asked the city's parks and recreation staff to develop an ongoing, free program that would allow families to play together.

In the 1980s, Worthington officials asked the city's parks and recreation staff to develop an ongoing, free program that would allow families to play together.

They responded with Family Night, a weekly event that takes place on Fridays at the Worthington Community Center. The event, which still runs from mid-September to mid-March, is open to residents and nonresidents.

Family Nights always include a mix of activities, said Melissa Hindman, the center's marketing and communications outreach supervisor. Families can expect an open gym, craft projects and board games. The event often features special activities such as children's entertainment or swimming in the center's indoor pool. When swimming is available, it costs $3 per person for nonmembers (in November, it occurs Nov. 6). Hindman recommends checking the city's website for the schedule of Family Night activities.

"There really is a lot for every age," Hindman said. "There's a nice variety of things to do."

Reservations are not required to attend the event, but first-time visitors will be asked to register their families with the recreation center. Families appreciate the chance to play together, she said.

"It's a time when they can disconnect from the television or video games and school or work," Hindman said.

- Melissa Kossler Dutton