(Moncton, NB – June 20, 2018) For the third consecutive summer, the YMCA of Greater Moncton and the City of Moncton are teaming up to bring Mobile Fun to local playgrounds.

“Since its inception in 2015, Mobile Fun has grown to reach more than 4,000 children each summer at 27 municipal parks,” says Jaime MacLellan, Senior Director, Education, Youth Leadership and Global Initiatives at the YMCA of Greater Moncton. “We’re excited with the response from kids and families, and looking forward to presenting another summer of free fun in conjunction with the City.”

From July 2 to August 24, each of three Mobile Fun teams will stop at two playgrounds daily. Their visits will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays. On Fridays, each of the teams will travel to one playground from 9 a.m. to noon.

“It’s a neat way for kids to have fun, camp-like experiences all summer long at city playgrounds,” says MacLellan.

Unlike past years, Mobile Fun activities will not be themed this year, she notes.

“We’re bringing back unstructured outdoor play, which has been shown to be important to a healthy physical, mental, and emotional state of well-being,” says MacLellan. “Our Mobile Fun teams will be on hand to provide supervision while children have fun doing things at their own pace.”

The Mobile Fun teams will be comprised of YMCA staff with Standard First Aid and CPR training, Child Protection Training, and background and record checks, ensuring children receive the highest level of care, she says. Mobile Fun activities will be open to all regardless of age or ability. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to participate with children.  

The Mobile Fun program will run rain or shine, although activities will be cancelled during extreme heat or thunder, says MacLellan.