Spring Valley will be one of 10 communities in Minnesota celebrating healthy living with Friday Family Fun Nights this summer thanks in part to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

The first event will be held in downtown Spring Valley on Friday, May 23, from 5 to 8 p.m.

According to city administrator Deb Zimmer the festivities will include a bike safety and riding course, mini golf, inflatable bouncer, music, a healthy cooking demo, reading corps reading benches and bike/walking challenge with prize drawings.

There will also be supplies for participants who would like to plant a container garden with assorted seeds plus herb, tomato and pepper plants available (limited to 50).

Many downtown businesses will even be extending their businesses outdoors for the event.

The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is providing financial and technical assistance for 27 Play Streets and Open Streets events within 10 communities this year.

The idea is to promote healthy living by temporarily closing streets to vehicles to create a safe space for people of all abilities to have the chance to use the street to walk, bike, play and connect with neighbors, while supporting local businesses and building demand for broader transportation choices.

The Spring Valley City Council recently approved the closure of Broadway Avenue from south of the Subway to Main Street and Courtland and Jefferson to the alleys on both sides of the street.

The fun will continue throughout the summer with more events that are planned for June 8, July 25, Aug. 22 and Sept. 26 in Spring Valley.

"Blue Cross is proud to support Open Streets and Play Streets initiatives to let people experience neighborhoods that are welcoming for biking and walking," director of the Center of Prevention Janelle Waldock expressed, "We're excited to be a part of these events that help build demand for healthy communities where people of all ages and abilities can include physical activity in their daily lives."