Usually reserved for overgrown kids playing football on the frozen tundra, Lambeau Field was transformed into an indoor playground, Sunday -- this time aimed at real kids ages 4-and-older.
Approximately 10,000 fans packed Lambeau Field Atrium for 'Project LEAP!' (Lambeau's Exercise and Activity Playground) -- an event focused on getting kids out of the house to enjoy non-strenuous physical activity.
"In the past few years, child obesity has become more and more of a concern," said Cathy Dworak, manager of community relations for the Packers. "We felt it was important to have an event that provided more physical opportunities as opposed to just entertainment."
Among the activities offered for 'Project LEAP!' were an inflatable obstacle course and slide, a tilting jousting platform and a velcro wall. Other activities included a miniature golf course and a 25-foot tall climbing wall.
'Project LEAP!' is the third free community event the Atrium has hosted since Lambeau Field's renovation was completed in August. 'Spooktacular Fun' -- a Halloween event that featured interactive and entertaining activities including sing-along music, magic, miming, clowns and jugglers took place in October. In November, the Packers served a Thanksgiving meal to more than 600 people.
"The turnout today has been outstanding," said Bob Harlan, the Packers' president and CEO. "The thing that I love about this event is that the families are having a great time together. I think 'Project LEAP!' sends a good message for everyone. We should all spend more time with our families and we should all spend more time exercising. I just love the family atmosphere and I think this event has been a huge success and it's only going to get better in the future."
In addition to the physical activities, three Packers players -- Carl Ford, James Lee and Scottie Vines -- were on hand signing autographs and playing with the children.
"I love being out here and being able to sign autographs and just hanging out with the kids," Ford said. "You don't necessarily have to be involved in sports, but being active is something that is important for everyone, not just the kids."