McDonald’s hosting weekly ‘Family Night’

Ken Kellar

McDonald’s is offering up a new way for families to spend time together during the week.

Since early November, McDonald’s restaurants across the country, including here in Fort Frances, have been holding Family Nights on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m.

McDonald’s Fort Frances assistant manager Bobbi Hudon explained that the event is all about building that sense of togetherness.

“It’s a great way for families to get together over a hot meal and play little games and have activities with fellow families here in the community of Fort Frances,” Hudon said.

“It also allows us, on the side of McDonald’s, to be able to connect with a new generation of families all across the nation.”

Some of the activities that take place during the event might be aimed at younger children, but Hudon said people of all ages are welcome to attend.

“This is an all-ages event,” he said.

“As long as you have an imagination and enjoy playing with crayons and making masks and story time, then this is a great event for you, so bring everyone from grandparents to the littlest ones.”

Hudon noted that the local McDonald’s was happy to take part in the initiative, and explained that providing an opportunity to foster that sense of community was important to the restaurant.

“I think that any sort of community involvement is definitely very important for McDonald’s,” he said.

“This was just certainly a way to bring it to the community of Fort Frances. I myself have experience working with communities, and it’s just a great event that isn’t happening anywhere else. It’s really a great way to get people in, having a hot meal and really just spending that time with their families.”

There is no cost of admission to the Family Nights outside of the cost of a meal, and Hudon said he’s noticed the nights getting busier as time has gone on.

“We already have grown . . . so it really is just about getting that word out there and seeing how much of this community that we can truly connect with on these Wednesdays.”

The restaurant plans to continue offering the Wednesday night Family Nights in Fort Frances into the new year, and Hudon said that everyone is welcome to come out and take part.

“You just come on down.We have story time, we do colouring, little games. We have great correspondents who love working with kids, they’re really great with it. And really, it’s just going to continue going on as long as people’s interests are here,” he said.