Thursday, 09 May 2019 14:05
By Megin Potter | Families Today
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There’s just about everything under the sun at the YMCA’s kickoff to summer fun.

Now’s the time to run through a floating inflatable obstacle course, try out knockerball soccer and challenge yourself to make it through the ropes adventure course – and it’s all for FREE!

The Saratoga Regional YMCA’s annual Healthy Kids Day event will be taking place at the Saratoga Springs Branch, 290 West Avenue, Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Rain or Shine.

“The whole community is invited to this free family fun day,” said YMCA’s Outdoor Recreation Director Paige Minear.

What started out more than 15 years ago as a few information tables and a chance to sign-up for YMCA programs and summer camps has grown into a huge event.

“It’s been steadily growing and last year was our biggest year yet. We had 740 people register and we’re hoping to bring that number up to 1,000 this year,” said Minear.

Registration is required to participate in a few of the activities including a basketball challenge, to run on the obstacle and adventure courses, compete in a bicycle rodeo and more. Registration is open to both members and non-members until Saturday morning. Members of the YMCA can register online and non-members can register by stopping in or calling the branch office at 518-583-9622.

“If you decide last minute that you want to come play with us and haven’t registered, we hope you will, because that’s OK too,” she said.

With activities targeted toward each age group – from toddler to adult, the YMCA is hoping that everyone will find the event to be a great way to get the summer started right.

Nationally, the YMCA has been hosting Healthy Kids Day for 25 years to invite ALL families a chance to experience what a blast active play can be. For more information, go to srymca.org/healthykidsday.

Can’t make it? The YMCA Adventure Course is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month for Open Climbs in addition to other dates throughout the summer. For more information, go to srymca.org/saratoga-springs-branch.

Have a fun, FREE play day at the Saratoga Springs YMCA:

  • Foot Darts and Inflatable Soccer by Upstate Knockerball Inflatables 
  • Wibit Inflatable Water Obstacle Course in the Indoor Pool
  • Bounce Houses
  • Bouldering Wall
  • Adventure Course 
  • Gaga Pit 
  • Tennis
  • Toddler Sensory Table
  • Lego Pit Challenge
  • Bike Rodeo (BYO Bikes & Helmets)
  • Basketball Challenge (Ages 8 to 15)
  • Family Fun Run – 11 a.m.
  • Color Run – 2:30 p.m.

Info Booths such as: 

  • Crafting with The Candle Collective
  • AAA Car Safety Checks
  • Take a Seat on an ATV brought by the NYS Police 
  • Letterboxing with Saratoga PLAN
  • Wilton Wildlife Preserve
  • Pitney Meadows
  • Saratoga Ninja Lab
  • The Children’s Museum at Saratoga
  • US Grant Cottage State Historic Site
  • Fidelis Care, NYS Health & AHI Health Insurance 
  • Prevention Council 
  • Food Demos...
    plus so much more!
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