YMCA offers a free taste of summer fun for families on Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA of Greater Houston is committed to healthy living and wants to share the activities that will keep children’s bodies and minds in good shape over summer break at YMCA Healthy Kids Day ® on April 22.

Free to all families, Healthy Kids Day will be hosted by all YMCAs in the Greater Houston area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. While activities will vary from center to center, children and their parents will get to sample all of the fun the Y has to offer in day camp, overnight camp, youth sports and swim lessons.

Activities on Healthy Kids Day will include program demonstrations, such as karate and Zumba dance offs; games, including hula hoop contests, water activities and relay races; arts and crafts, such as face painting and coloring; and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities such as making “elephant toothpaste” and “twisting tornados” in a bottle. Families can also take tours of the facilities for free.

“Healthy Kids Day is a great way to introduce families to summertime activities at the YMCA that not only are fun, but help children continue to grow and flourish when they are not in school,” said Shawn Borzelleri, vice president of Programs at the YMCA of Greater Houston. “We would love for everyone to come out and see what the Y has to offer in terms of day camp, overnight camp, youth sports and swim lessons and to have fun together as a family.”

Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative celebrated at more than 1,300 YMCAs across the country. More than 1.2 million parents and their children are expected to participate.

Please contact your local YMCA or visit www.ymcahouston.org to learn more about Healthy Kids Day and YMCA summer programs.

Those who join the YMCA of Greater Houston by April 24 will not pay a join fee, a savings of up to $125.

SUMMER PROGRAMS OFFERED AT VARIOUS HOUSTON-AREA YMCAs (Beginning May 30, 2017)

CAMPS

Camps at the YMCA are about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting relationships.

YMCA Day Camp: Day Camp is a fun and happy place for children to enjoy their summer break with games, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, educational activities, trips and more.

YMCA Camp Cullen: Nestled among the tall pines on 530 acres along the shores of Lake Livingston, Camp Cullen provides children with unique experiences and amenities including water sports, horseback riding, target sports and ropes courses. Family weekend camping is available from September through May. Overnight camp sessions for kids are offered from June through August.

SPORTS SKILLS CLINICS

YMCA Sports Clinics offer youth-specialized sports training in a clinic setting. Kids improve their skills, sense of fair play, teamwork and sportsmanship while reinforcing the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in the following sports:

• Basketball

• NFL Flag Football

• Soccer

• Volleyball

• Tennis

• Baseball

Youth Summer Sports:

• Volleyball

• Track

• Basketball

• Soccer

Please contact your local YMCA for location offerings and ages.

SPECIALTY CAMPS

Specialty Day Camps provide opportunities to teach children specific skills based on their individual interests:

• Cheer Camp

• Toddler Fitness Camp

• Dance Camp

• Hip Hop Camp

• Jump Rope Camp

• Gymnastics Camp

• Martial Arts Camp

• Cooking Camp

• Science Camp

SWIMMING

YMCA Swimming is about water safety, skill development, and fun for everyone. Programs are about more than just the techniques and skills. They are about building friendships, developing self-esteem, and creating positive experiences that will last a lifetime.

In YMCA swim lessons, students set the pace. With a focus on mastery of skills, your child will receive personalized attention from a certified instructor and learn new skills when they’re ready. All of the Y’s wide range of swimming options build confidence in water, teach personal safety and improve swimming skills.

Students learn water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity. Options are available for all ages and abilities. To learn more and register, visit ymcahouston.org.