Residents descended on Joseph Mafera Park in Ridgewood on Tuesday evening to celebrate the 31st annual National Night Out Against Crime, an event put on by police precincts all across the country on the first Tuesday in August.
Over 100 people of all ages enjoyed a free barbecue, a face-painting station and a dunk tank, courtesy of the 104th Precinct.
Some of the night’s most popular attractions included an inflatable obstacle course, a jousting ring and a water slide, which had a perpetual line of kids at the bottom waiting their turn to take the ride.
Even most parents got in on the fun, snapping endless pictures of their soaked, smiling children.
At the 112th Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime event in MacDonald Park in Forest Hills, water sports were replaced with virtual sports.
A retrofitted truck filled with flat-screen TVs, leather couches, the newest video game consoles and popular franchises such as Madden NFL and NBA 2K had kids and teenagers flowing in and out of the vehicle.
For children too young to play Xbox One, balloon animals and face-painting stations were just as big of a hit.
Live music was also provided in the form of Borough President Melinda Katz.
The full-time politician, part-time singer performed “God Bless America” before presenting a proclamation to 112th Precinct Community Council President Heidi Chain declaring Tuesday, Aug. 5 as National Night Out Against Crime Day in the borough.