BELTON — More than 1,500 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor students, staff and their family and friends hung out with a baby kangaroo and other petting zoo animals, rock climbed and had paint ball battles at the annual Play Day event on campus April 18.
The event also included an array of inflatables, henna tattoos and other entertainment.
“It’s where everyone takes a day off from classes and work to get a break before they go into finals,” said Tiffany Wurdemaynn, director of UMHB student organizations. “Every single year around the same date we host this, so students and staff have some time before a big week of studying. And it also brings out the community before seniors graduate and people go away for the summer.”
Senior Grace Schoeplein said she looks forward to the event every year.
“It is so much fun,” she said. “It forces us to play because I know I get stuck on studying, and after this day I can jump right back into studying.”
The event was a first for many like freshman Anthony Fetters, who said Play Day gave him time to relax and helped him enjoy college life.
“It’s a really good function that helps me take a load off,” he said.