Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain weight and fall behind in studies. For 30 years, the Y has been celebrating kids being kids while setting them up for a summer of success during Healthy Kids Day.
This year, Healthy Kids Day will take place on Saturday, April 30th. Join us as we celebrate with FREE community events!
Click the branch below for more specific information or find your closest location here.
Stop by one of our community events on Saturday, April 30th:
Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA
Stop by the Downtown Y on April 30th from 10:00am-12:00pm and enjoy:
- Kid/Family Yoga
- Healthy Kids Day T-Shirts
Benbrook Community Center YMCA
Stop by the Benbrook Y on April 30th from 9:30am-12:00pm and enjoy snacks, games, giveaways and activities from over 15 community resource booths including:
- The Parenting Center
- American Red Cross
- Redemption City Church
- Smile Doctors
- Holy GrUNola!
- Girls on the Run
- Ace Hardware
- Raising Canes
- Lions Club
- Oakstreet Health
- Little Ice Cream Truck
- Benbrook Chamber
- Fort Worth Worth Track Club
- Dr. Amy McDaniel
- and more!
Hood County YMCA
Stop by the Hood County Y on April 30th from 4:00-6:00pm and enjoy local vendors and a variety of family-fun activities including:
- Inflatable obstacle course
- Face Painting & Balloons
- Kids Yoga Class and Zumba class
- Selfie Station
- Dance Floor
- Art/Craft station
- Granbury Library
- Cleburne Railroaders
- Funky Monkey
- HCSAC & Teen Court
- Mission Granbury
Joshua Community YMCA
Stop by the Joshua Y on April 30th from 11:00am-11:00pm and enjoy:
- Local vendors
- Carnival Games
- Jump House
- Jumbo Movie Screen
The Northpark Y will be hosting the Kid Zone with fun family games and activities at this year’s Keller Crawfish Krawl on April 30.
- Event location: 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy, Keller, TX 76248
- 11:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Lots of fun for the whole family including:
- Multiple Bounce Houses
- Inflatable obstacle course
- Face painting
- Boxing exhibition
- Bollywood Dancer show
- Guitar/Ukelele Show
- Karaoke & DJ
- Lawn Games
- Community Vendors including Cooks Children Health Plan, Kiwanis Club of Ft. Worth, Woodly Foot & Ankle, Smile Doctors and Alliance Inflatables
William M. McDonald YMCA
Stop by the McDonald Y on April 30th from 10:00am-2:00pm and enjoy games, crafts and family-fun activities including:
- Local vendors
- Bounce House
- Face Painting
- Balloon Art
Ryan Family YMCA
Stop by the Ryan Y on April 30th from 10:00am-12:00pm and enjoy bounce houses, face painting, raffle prizes, snacks and activities from over 10 community resource booths including:
- Captain, the Texas Rangers Mascot
- Cooks Children’s Hospital
- Fort Worth PD
- Fort Worth Fire Department
- Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition
- Shield T3-Covid Testing
- Southcliff Baptist Church – Bounce House
- Tarrant County Food Bank
- Tarrant County Sherriff’s Posse
- Alsbury Dental
- TJ’s Treats
- Andy’s Frozen Custard
YMCA Camp Carter
Come out YMCA Camp Carter to celebrate to Healthy Kids Day & River Oaks Springfest Car Show on April 30th from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Here is what you can expect:
- Castleberry ISD Booths & Community vendors/family resources
- Pop Up Market Vendors
- Classic Car Show
- Police cars, Firetrucks, Military vehicles
- Food trucks & the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile
- Live music- Castleberry ISD Band & Buddy Whittington Band
- Busted Knuckle Car Magazine, Fort Worth Roots Podcast
- An appearance by Nascar Driver, Johnny Rutherford
- Camp activities: canoeing, archery, alpine tower, and zip line
- Camp tours
Keeping Kids Healthy All Summer Long
High Five the Fruits and Veggies
Make sure kids get at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend for healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.
Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.
Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
Make sleep a priority
Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, and learning.