Splashing around a pool while watching a movie on the big screen may sound like a fun summer activity, but experiencing it during the winter months may be even better.
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted a Flick-n-Float event Jan. 12 at Eyster pool.
“We have a big movie screen. It’s almost the size of a movie screen like in a theater,” said Josh Hettenbach, recreation assistant, Sports, Fitness and Aquatics, DFMWR.
The blow-up screen was placed on the side of the pool for participants to watch, as they swam in the heated pool.
The entire pool was open for a little while, but when the movie started, everyone moved to the shallow end where the screen was set up, Hettenbach said.
Participants still had the opportunity to swim in the shallow end and go underwater during the movie, he said.
“A lot of people will just come and float in the water as they watch the movie,” he said. “We pick a movie with what’s popular.
Tonight, we’re playing ‘Ice Age 4.’”
While the movie may have drawn a lot of the attendees, others came out simply to enjoy a warm dip in the pool.
“(I came) to swim,” said Lacy Giebel, seventh-grader, Fort Riley Middle School.
Giebel has seen the movie before and likes it, she said, but came out to play.
“They want to go swimming, and it’s warm,” said Giebel’s mother, Kristy Marcham, a military spouse from Queen Creek, Ariz.
In addition to swimming and the movie, pizza, chips and cookies were served during the event.
Hettenbach said Flick-n-Float is a great event for Families to participate in for $10.
“Our military Family members and our military are working hard, (and) it’s just something good for them to come to,” Hettenbach said. “It’s a safe environment for the kids to come and be able to eat and hang out with friends and not be worried about.”
The next Flick-n Float event will be Feb. 9. The movie will be “Toys in the Attic.” Registration is not required. For more information, call 785-239-9441.
By Calun Reece
1st Inf. Div. Post
A group of children watch the movie, “Ice Age 4” during a Flick-n-Float event Jan. 12 at Eyster Pool. The pool used a blow-up screen to display the movie, while attendees swam in the water.
Calun Reece | POST