What Healthy Kids Look Like at the Y
A child’s development is never on vacation and this year, our YMCA locations celebrated Healthy Kids Day all across Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.
The YMCA of San Francisco participated in the Y's national movement to offer free community events on April 29 and here were some of the fun memories.
Mission YMCA's Healthy Kids Day event was held at Sunnyside Elementary School. Highlights included a bounce house, local vendor resources, games & activities. The day was filled with creative, challenging, and healthy fun.
Healthy Kids Day took place at Chinatown YMCA and included education on how to spot sugar in drinks, basketball clinics, a Wii sports station, and a bounce house.
Stonestown Family YMCA
Healthy Kids Day took place right at Stonestown Family YMCA and included youth activities and games, water safety demonstrations and fun group exercise classes. Vendors were invited who did dental screenings, educated the public about recycling and composting, and lots of free goodies were given away. This event had something for the whole family.
Marin YMCA, in partnering with other Marin County services and nonprofits, was able to reach more children than ever before. They prepared an organic, nutritious meal thanks to Whole Foods Market and Justin's Butters, free for all participants. Never had they seen so many kids asking for more spinach shakes (even the kids who were sure they would never like spinach asked for more)! Our Youth Development Teams had the kids laughing and playing for hours. Pickleweed and Marin City communities have already expressed the desire to create more events in their parks. It was a terrific experience for everyone.
Richmond District YMCA
Healthy Kids Day at Richmond District YMCA was a huge success! It was a gorgeous day at Argonne playground. Highlights included releasing butterflies which had hatched, dunking their favorite youth worker in their dunk tank and a visit from the local fire department that allowed kids to get in the truck and ring the bell.
Check out the video of their dunk tank, where Mr. Frankie was in for a cool surprise!
Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA
Shih Yu-Lang Central participated in Sunday Streets the day after Healthy Kids Day, and was able to supporting healthy kids right in their playground:
“Sunday Streets was a wonderful afternoon in the Tenderloin that brought exposure to the Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA, as well as allowed for a safe and fun space for residents to play, exercise, and socialize in Healthy Kids Day. We are excited to participate again in August for this year's second Sunday Streets, and how to reach even more Tenderloin residents.”
-Megan Lamb, Director of Youth and Teen Program at Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA