The YMCA of the Capital Area is holding a free community event Saturday, April 25, to inspire more children to keep their minds and bodies active.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, health screenings and other fun activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 YMCAs across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long — a critical time for kids’ health.
“The Y is so much more than sports, swimming, gymnastics and a place for kids to hang out. We support families in their efforts to instill healthy habits at home,” said Kristen Hogan, marketing director for YMCA of the Capital Area.
“We know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge. So at Healthy Kids Day, we’ll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long and give families tips they can easily replicate at home. It’s free and open to the community.”
The YMCA of the Capital Area Healthy Kids Day will take place at the following locations:
A.C. LEWIS YMCA: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 350 S. Foster Drive. A variety of games and activities. (225) 924-3606.
AMERICANA YMCA: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary. Sports activities; obstacle course; arts and science activity; storytime; nutrition and cooking lessons; stretching and yoga lessons; tennis and aquatics games; and door prizes. Call (225) 654-9622.
EXXONMOBIL YMCA: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 7717 Howell Blvd. Physicals for all ages; kids fit challenge with prizes; nutrition information; dental care tips; obesity awareness information; water and personal safety tips; horseback rides; fitness obstacle; puppets; games; face painting; kids cooking demonstration; line dancing demonstration; and door prizes. (225) 906-5424.
PAULA G. MANSHIP YMCA: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive. Health and wellness information; rock wall and zip line; archery range; batting cages; games; activities; and door prizes. (225) 767-9622.