Free event for kids returns with Gak, fun water games

Volunteers will get a chance to play "What Would You Do?," which can result in a bucket of Gak over the head.
Volunteers will get a chance to play "What Would You Do?," which can result in a bucket of Gak over the head.

"It's the last big, fun night before school starts back," Pastor Jim Fleming said about Nic@Nite.

The free annual event, sponsored by Seacoast Church, is for kids in K5 through fifth grade. Registration is from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., and the fun and games will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Manning High School, 2155 Paxville Highway, Manning.

"This is the 11th year we are doing it," Fleming said. "We couldn't do it last year because of construction going on at the high school."

He said that in the past it had been a three-night event, but it will only be one night this year.

Kids who come in and register are put on a team and given a T-shirt which designates which team they are on by its color, he said. At the end of the evening, they give the T-shirts back so they can be used the next year.

"We go in and do some fun songs and teach them a word about God and how God made them, loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend," Fleming said. "That's been the theme all along, just to let them know about God."

Afterward, everyone goes outside, and the kids watch as watermelons and other items are smashed, and play a little "What Would You Do," during which brave volunteers are brought on stage. They may get a pie in the face or something worse, Fleming said, such as a Gak shower or Gak over their head or becoming a human sundae.

Gak is a gooey, stretchy substance made of glue, borax, food color and water.

"Then we go back out on the practice field by teams, and we have contests where they do water games like throwing wet sponges or trying to take a bucket with holes in it and carry water down a line," he said.

All the time they are doing the games, Manning Fire Department will be shooting water in the air, Fleming said.

"It is an exciting, fun and wet time for everyone," he said.

Fleming said he doesn't know if the event will remain a one-night event or not.

"We'll see how this works," he said. "It might be better having one night; we are going to try it and see."

Everyone is sure to get wet, Fleming said.

"I guess the spectators try to stay back, but the fire department will get them if they get close enough," he said.

For more information, call Fleming at (803) 505-3208.