Frosty Family Fun Day encourages everyone to get out and be healthy
Note: This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6, but has been postponed until Saturday, Jan. 13.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Most Christmas lights have been taken down after the start of a new year, but the festive feelings that come with the holidays do not have to dim.
Free events such as the third annual Frosty Family Fun Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Library, keeps the community upbeat throughout the year.
Dana DeJarnett, the health promotion coordinator for The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center, said the event is ideal for bringing the community together.
“I think it gives people something to do because it’s not as much scheduled events after the holidays, something to look forward to, get people out together, get outside and see some things they may not have seen in downtown Martinsburg like visiting the museum or the Be-Hive. It kind of gets people into places they may not have visited before,” DeJarnett said.
Hosted by Healthy Berkeley and Main Street Martinsburg, Frosty Family Fun Day was created to motivate families to get physically active and explore downtown Martinsburg through fun activities.
Open to all ages and abilities, individuals only need to show up, as there is no advance registration required.
Families can choose to partake in the Frosty 5K walk in which a new route will be introduced this year.
Participants will gather at 1 p.m. at the library and the walk will begin at 1:15 p.m.
Afterward, a non-competitive, nontimed 3-mile walk will be open.
“It’s really just a way to get a group of people out together to walk the 3 miles,” DeJarnett said.
Another option for families with children is the Snowflake Mile, a 1-mile walk.
The 1-mile walk will include stops at different locations such as the Be-Hive, the children’s museum, the Boys and Girls Clubs and the library which will have arts and crafts and various activities available.
The Boys and Girls Club will also open up their gym upstairs to offer an obstacle course and other physical activities.
The self-guided walk can begin anytime between 1 and 2 p.m.
After the walks, families can re-energize over hot chocolate and enjoy live music by children’s musician Tony M.
Frosty Family Fun Day is another creative way that organizations that are vital to the community are able to put together to benefit the community.
“We’ve been trying to find ways to work with Main Street to draw attention to people coming downtown, but also doing something that would involve families and physical activities and get people out and doing things together,” DeJarnett said.
But there’s another reason that the event will take place on this specific date.
“The other reason why we’re doing it on the day we’re doing is because that’s the day the cut-out snowman go up downtown and the different schools and organizations have decorated that snowman so it’s one way to go up and down the street and see all the snowmen that are out,” DeJarnett said.
In its first year, Family Frosty Fun Day attracted close to 100 people.
Last year, not as many people came because it was one of the coldest days of the year, according to organizers.
While an absolute turnout rate is not certain because of unpredictable weather conditions, DeJarnett is sure that the event will still take place.
“It kind of depends on the weather, but we’re there rain or shine. Cold or warm we’ll be out there,” DeJarnett.