(Moncton, N.B., June 6, 2017) – Ready for oodles of free family fun? Don’t miss the YMCA of Greater Moncton’s 7th annual Healthy Kids Day open house this Saturday, June 10.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be free activities indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) at the YMCA, 30 War Veterans Ave, says one of the event organizers, April Morton, VP of Childcare Services for the local Y.
“We have more than 20 community partners supporting us at Healthy Kids Day this year with different stations and interactive fun,” says Morton. “Last year, over 1,000 people attended and we anticipate about the same this year. It’s a great community event for all ages that celebrates the healthy growth and development of children and families by providing engaging activities, practical information, and simple ways to be healthier in spirit, mind and body.”
When children arrive at Healthy Kids Day and register, they will receive a map of various stations they can visit as well as a ‘passport’ to have stamped. When the passport is complete, they can enter a draw for prizes, says Morton. (The first 500 children to register will receive a YMCA tote bag. Other giveaways will be taking place during the day.)
Among the community partners involved in this year’s Healthy Kids Day, Parks Canada will offer mini ‘Learn to Camp’ sessions, relay races, and provide ‘fat’ bikes for kids to try. La Bikery will also have bikes on hand as well as an obstacle course.
Other activities include The Lifesaving Society’s ‘Swim to Survive’ challenge, which involves a roll into deep water, treading water for one minute, and swimming 50 metres. The Y will also offer a free family swim from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Don’t forget the bathing suits, bathing caps, and towels! Adults who are not YMCA members will require government-issued ID to gain pool-area access.)
RCMP, Ambulance New Brunswick, the City of Moncton, the Moncton Fire Department, and other partners will also be involved with Healthy Kids Day, says Morton. There will also be a free barbeque at the event, she adds.
“We know the majority of children and youth in Canada don’t have adequate access to opportunities for active recreation and healthy living,” says Morton. “We hope Healthy Kids Day encourages children and families to get more active and choose a healthier lifestyle.”
During the event, there will be limited parking in the YMCA’s main parking lot due to Healthy Kids Day stations. Free additional parking will be available at Oulton College, adjacent to the Y.
The YMCA of Greater Moncton is a registered charitable organization dedicated to building healthy communities. It is committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. Its focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means it serves people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life.