Move This World at the Worldwide Day of Play
I wish everyday was a Worldwide Day of Play.
On Saturday, September 24, Move This World had the pleasure of partnering in an 8-year standing event to turn off the TV and get kids outside: the Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play.
In the early morning haze, we came full force through the mud of a soggy National Mall, a team newly trained and excited to get peace moving. Just over a week since our first global training, it was the first time our 25 new PeaceMovers were trying their skills out in a classroom – of more than 50,000 kids and their parents.
Within minutes of opening the front gates, a large crowd had gathered and spilled out of the Move This World tent, likely drawn in by the fact our music was pumping.
As such, the day began.
Over the next 8 hours, we did nothing but jump up and down. And when the energy got low, we jumped some more. Our moves came directly from the kids.
In line with our philosophy, we weren’t teaching the kids how to dance; they were teaching us. We learned the crocodile, countless shimmies, and cyclone-spins, saw some break dancing in the mud, and threw our hands up in the air (several hundred) times.
By the end of the day, it looked and felt like the whole National Mall had danced with us, evidenced by the droves of kids and their families wearing our stickers and signature peace sign face paint.
We had danced with Spongebob, Patrick and Dora the Explorer, but sadly not First Lady Michelle Obama, who had made a surprise appearance at the WWDOP.
I guess we will have to get Michelle on our dance floor next year.