(Moncton, N.B., June 10, 2019) – Who’s ready for some fun? Don’t miss the YMCA of Greater Moncton’s 9th annual Healthy Kids Day and Open House this Saturday, June 15th.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be free activities inside and outside the YMCA (30 War Veterans Ave.) as well as a free barbeque, says one of the event organizers, April Morton, the Y’s VP of Childcare Services.
“YMCA Healthy Kids Day gives the Y and our community partners a chance to demonstrate ideas for healthy living and being active in mind, body and spirit,” says Morton. “This year, we’ll have more than 20 partners with different booths and activities, including a lot of hands-on fun. The event takes place rain or shine so be sure to stop by with the whole family!”
When families arrive and register at YMCA Healthy Kids Day, they will receive a map of various stations to visit and a ‘passport’ to have stamped. When the passport is complete, they can enter a draw for prizes. The first 500 children to register will receive a YMCA tote bag with other giveaways happening throughout the event.
The City of Moncton, Codiac RCMP, Parks Canada, Oulton College, K945 and other community partners will participate in Healthy Kids Day, says Morton. (See below for a full list of partners.)
Among the free activities planned are an obstacle course, inflatables, Zumba, line dancing, ‘fat bike’ demonstrations and air-brush tattooing. There will also be a free family swim from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Bring bathing suits, towels and bathing caps for all ages. Non-members 18+ will require valid government-issued ID to gain pool-area access.) The Lifesaving Society’s ‘Swim to Survive’ challenge will run from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. in the main pool. The challenge involves a roll into deep water, treading water for one minute and swimming 50 metres.
While Healthy Kids Day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the YMCA Open House portion of the day will go from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the exception of the pools, which will close to all at 1 p.m. for annual maintenance. Those attending the Open House can try group fitness classes, use fitness equipment in the Wellness Centre and tour the facility. (A valid government-issued photo ID is required for non-members aged 18+.)
Until 2 p.m. Saturday, there will be limited parking in the YMCA’s main parking lot due to Healthy Kids Day stations. Free parking will be available at Oulton College, adjacent to the Y.