Local Event is Part of a Nationwide Initiative to Improve Kids’ Health & Well-Being
Shrewsbury, NJ – The Community YMCA invites families to get a jump on summer at Healthy Kids Day, a free community event in Matawan, Red Bank and Wall on April 21, designed to inspire children to keep their minds and bodies active now and all summer long.
Celebrated at more than 1,500 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative “to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they will continue throughout summer,” said Laurie Goganzer, President and CEO of The Community YMCA, which serves 20,000 people across Monmouth County.
Healthy Kids Day was established by the YMCA in 1992 to address critical gaps in children’s health and education, Goganzer explained. “When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential,” Goganzer said. “In fact, research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids are prone to gain weight and fall behind academically.”
Healthy Kids Day encourages parents and guardians not to let children idle away their summer days, Goganzer said. “The day will be filled with fun, active play and educational activities to spark the imagination of kids, so they can see what they can accomplish this summer,” she said.
The Y will highlight many of its summer programs at Healthy Kids Day, including full- and half-day camps and swim lessons. Community partners will be on hand with activities and healthy snacks. The event is free and open to the public at these locations:
Camp Zehnder, 3911 Herbertsville Road, Wall, 08724
From 9 a.m.–12 p.m., walking tours of the 140-acre camp will be available and families will enjoy camp crafts and games, STEMbotics activities, an airplane show with JC Sports Fliers Club, a bounce house, karaoke dance party, healthy snacks from Red Wagon Meals and more. Teens interested in summer employment are invited to attend.
Children’s Achievement Center, 201 Broad Street, Matawan, 07747
Families may tour the Y’s academic preschool and learn about the enriching curriculum for kids 2 ½ to 5 years old from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featured activities will include games and crafts, making slime with Mr. Bill the Science Guy, visiting with Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hopscotch Bunny at 11 a.m., face painting, kids’ yoga, plus healthy snacks.
Family Health and Wellness Center, 166 Maple Avenue, Red Bank, 07701
From 1-3 p.m., families will enjoy face painting, kids Zumba, Hip Hop and Hot Shot, arts and crafts, a visit with Dr. Chris Storti, a Red Bank chiropractor and wellness coach, and the Red Bank Fire Department, a pickleball demonstration for parents, and healthy snacks from Smoothie King.