Healthy Kids Day
Published by YMCA of Southwest Michigan
Saturday 21st of April 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The YMCA of Southwest Michigan is holding its annual Healthy Kids Day event sponsored by Honor Credit Union on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. This event will be held at both the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph and Niles-Buchanan locations; and is free and open to the community.
Healthy Kids Day is the YMCA’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families by inspiring kids to keep their minds and bodies active.
The two-hour event features activities such as family fitness classes, open swim, crafts, face painting, a bounce house, and much more. There will also be booths run by local vendors and organizations, giveaways from local businesses, and healthy snacks provided by Martin’s Supermarket.
The Niles-Buchanan YMCA will have local dentist, Dr. Richard Beckermeyer, DDS demonstrating the effects on soda pop on teeth, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve will be teaching kids about plants using seed bombs, Five Pines Ministries is going to bring crafts, and Miss Niles 2018, Kimberly West, will be attending to meet the kids. The Niles-Buchanan YMCA will also have booths and activities from the Four Flags Apple Festival, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, the Girl Scouts, and the Niles Fire Department.
The Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA will have the Lions Club offering free vision testing and the United States Coast Guard will providing demonstrations. The Y will also have Gaga Ball, Wallyball, as well as many family fitness class options.
Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over 1.2 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. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer.