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March 27, 2019
When a child is healthy, happy and supported they can make great things happen. The YMCAs of Tampa Bay believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and the Y wants to invite the entire Tampa Bay community to a free event to motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.
On Saturday, April 27, the YMCAs of Tampa Bay are holding free community events to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.
Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer. The free open houses, hosted at more than 20 Ys across five Tampa Bay area counties, feature activities such as summer camp games, poolside fun, music, demos, free healthy snacks and visual arts to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months.
Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over one million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer.
The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at various locations and features fun, active play and educational activities. Contact a participating YMCA to find out what free Healthy Kids Day activities and food you can expect at your local Y!