BRADENTON, FL (April 5, 2016) –This Saturday, April 9, the Manatee YMCA will be holding a free community event to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and wellbeing for kids and families, features activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bradenton Riverwalk and is expected to draw about 5,000 people from Manatee County. It will feature bounce houses and other inflatables, an obstacle course, a fishing clinic, more than 70 vendors, a DJ, kids crafts and activities, food for purchase, exhibitors such as Mote Marine and Jungle Gardens, and more. YMCA membership specials will also be offered at the event.
Pre-registration at a Manatee YMCA branch is required for the fishing clinic only. Children who participate in the clinic will receive a free rod and reel.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles – or gaps – that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play, and health. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.
Healthy Kids Day is presented by Publix Charities and the Herald-Tribune, and sponsored by Fish Florida, Drug Free Manatee, Florida Blue, Gettel Toyota, Titan Concrete, Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida, Harbor Community Church, Urgent Care Walk-In Clinics, Blake Medical Center, MCR Health Services, and Dr. Joseph Placheril, MD.
For more information about the event, contact the Manatee YMCA at (941) 798-YMCA (9622) or manateeymca.org.
The YMCA is Manatee County’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Manatee Y branches are located in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Parrish.