Y celebrates Healthy Kids Day, invites community

The Y is excited once again to do its part to set kids up for success this summer as it celebrates Healthy Kids Day, a nationwide Y initiative promoting fun-filled activities to celebrate kids being kids. Summer is the perfect time for kids to explore new things, make new friends, unplug from technology while staying active and engaged and the Y is committed to providing the pportunity for kids to kick off their summer with healthy and fun events and activities.

Join us Saturday, April 29, for free events and activities open to the community to celebrate this YMCA nationwide initiative. For over 30 years, YMCAs and their communities have hosted free community events aimed to inspire kids and families to keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer months and beyond.

This annual event features a variety of family-friendly activities to encourage healthy kids, healthy families and a healthy start to the summer season. 

Family fitness activities:

9 a.m. Move & Play (ages 5-10)

10 a.m. Zumbini (ages 0-4)

10 a.m. MagicDance (ages 4-6)

11 a.m. MagicDance (ages 7-9)

4 p.m. Earth Day Family Yoga (all ages)

Other events:

*Local vendors & giveaways

*Open gymnastics & pool times

*Test your green thumb with a planting craft

*In-studio yoga and story time

*Spin the wheel prizes

*Lawn games like cornhole, giant Jenga and Connect 4

“It is so important for kids to stay active over the summer, both physically and mentally,” said YMCA President and CEO Chris Lovasco. “At the Y, we believe in providing resources to families to ensure that their children have access to what they need to reach their full potential, no matter the time of year. Healthy Kids Day is a fun, free community-wide event that encourages families to take advantage of all the great summer resources that the Y has to offer.”

In honor of Healthy Kids Day, we are sharing a few activities that may encourage your kids to try something new at the Y. Share these opportunities with your children and inspire them to “find their fun” by discovering an activity that they love.

Find your swimming skills with Y swim lessons

Each year the Y teaches thousands of children to swim. This helps them find their confidence and teaches a lifelong skill.

Find your adventure with Y summer camp

Summer is a time for kids to explore new things. Whether experiencing the wonder of Children’s Island or having a blast with new friends onsite at the Y day camps, kids can find their adventure  at the Y.

Find your passion with Y sports

Youth sports are just the start of something bigger — in addition to teaching healthy living principles, they also teach the value of teamwork, help fuel determination and build character. Visit northshoreymca.org/locations/lynchvan-otterloo-ymca and check out all the sports programs available to help keep children active all summer long.

To learn more about our YMCA and all that it offers, visit northshoreymca.org/join-ymca or reach out to Membership Dir. Jane Rizza at rizzaj@northshoreymca.org.

About the YMCA of the North Shore The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more than 160 years, the YMCA of the North Shore has been the foundation of the community. It serves more than 45,000 members and program participants in 25 cities and towns across the North Shore and in southern New Hampshire.

Brian Flynn, LVO YMCA Exec. Dir.
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