(Moncton, N.B., June 4, 2018) – Ready for oodles of free family fun? Don’t miss the YMCA of Greater Moncton’s 8th annual Healthy Kids Day open house this Saturday, June 9th.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be free activities indoors and outdoors as well as a free barbeque at the YMCA, 30 War Veterans Ave, says one of the event organizers, April Morton, VP of Childcare Services for the local Y. (The event takes place rain or shine.)

“YMCA Healthy Kids Day gives families the opportunity to drop by their local YMCA for free to discover how simple and fun healthy living can be,” says Morton. “We have more than 20 community partners supporting us with different stations and awesome interactive fun. Last year, over 1,000 people attended and we anticipate the same this year. Bring your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews – the whole clan – for some terrific family fun!”

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 take place throughout the event.

Parks Canada, Codiac RCMP, Ambulance New Brunswick, the City of Moncton, the Moncton Fire Department, Oulton College and other community partners will participate in Healthy Kids Day, says Morton. (See below for a full list of community partners.)

Among the many activities planned are an obstacle course, inflatables, Zumba (10 to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 to 11 a.m., 11:45 to 12:15 p.m., 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.), Family Bootcamp (10 to 10:30 a.m., 11 to 11:30 a.m.), ‘fat bike’ demonstrations and face painting. The Lifesaving Society’s ‘Swim to Survive’ challenge takes place from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. in the YMCA’s main pool. The challenge 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 bathing suits, bathing caps for all ages and towels! Adults who are not YMCA members will require government-issued ID to gain pool-area access.)

“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.

While Healthy Kids Day runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Y will be open to the public free of charge all day, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Non-members are welcome to try group fitness classes, use fitness equipment in the Wellness Centre, make use of the Y’s three pools and tour the facility. A government-issued photo ID is required for non-members.

During the event, there will be limited parking in the YMCA’s main parking lot due to Healthy Kids Day stations. Additional parking will be available at Oulton College, adjacent to the Y.