First Lady Michelle Obama on Nickelodeon's 8th annual Worldwide Day of Play

First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit at Nickelodeonís annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDOP) event, held for the first time ever this year in Washington, D.C., on the Ellipse.

Nickelodeon estimates that upwards of 50,000 kids and families joined together for a full day of fun, entertainment and activitiesówith participation from more than 25 of Nickís live-action stars, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and superstar athletes such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. Nickelodeonís WWDOP is the networkís flagship celebration of active play, encouraging kids to get up, get out and go play.

Joining the world-class athletes at this yearís celebration were more than 25 of Nickelodeonís most popular stars and animated characters, including casts of iCarly, Victorious, Supah Ninjas, Bucket & Skinnerís Epic Adventures and How to Rock, along with Big Time Rush, Keke Palmer, the Fresh Beat Band, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.

Additionally, the United State Senate passed a resolution Friday officially designating Saturday, Sept. 24, as the Worldwide Day of Play.

The resolution (H.Res 410) was introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).  The U.S. House of Representatives also introduced Sept. 24 as the Worldwide Day of Play in a resolution sponsored by Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) and co-sponsored by Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI). These resolutions are an acknowledgement of Nickelodeonís efforts to underscore the importance of health and wellness to the nationís Ėand the worldís Ė kids and families.


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