NORTH AURORA - Marvin Albert didn't expect to do well as he pulled back on his bow and aimed the arrow toward the balloon targets.
After all, the 13-year-old Batavia resident didn't have any archery experience.
"I hit two balloons," Albert said, beaming with pride. "I was surprised. I thought it would be really hard."
Marvin was one of 21 families that participated in Sunday's open house and fun shoot that was hosted by the Auroraland Archers club at its building at the Fox Valley Park District's Lippold Park.
Jacob Barth, 13, of Batavia, also had a good day, which he attributed to his past training.
"I got seven of the 12 targets," Barth said. "I've shot before. It's fun. It takes a lot of control. You have to find your own technique of aiming. It takes a bit of practice."
Melissa McCann, of Geneva, brought her 10-year-old son, Keilan, to the shoot. She was glad the event was indoors.
"It's hard to find a place to shoot in the winter," she said.
For the Nedrow family of Montgomery, participating in the fun shoot was a good way to spend a wintry day.
"I did pretty well for the first time," said William Nedrow, 12. "I popped three balloons. It did feel exhilarating that I got to hold a real bow and arrow. I was thinking of making my own bow and arrow."
Also participating were his brothers, Gavin, 7, Halas, 7, and their father, Bill.
Auroraland Archers President Karen Larsen was pleased with the turnout for the event.
"It is a great way for people to realize that we are here," Larsen said. "It really is a good family sport."
Auroraland Archers is looking for a new home. The Fox Valley Park District plans to tear down its building in Lippold Park because it has fallen in disrepair,
The club plans to have another fun shoot in May before it has to vacate the building, Larsen said. It is negotiating to have an outdoor range at Mooseheart this summer, she said.
More information about Auroraland Archers is available by going to www.auroralandarchers.org.