It’s a Play Date: YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Aims to Get Families Moving Through Play

April 26, 2011

New Castle, Pa., Apr 26, 2011 – On Saturday, May 7, the New Castle Community YMCA is encouraging all kids and parents in Lawrence County to come to the Y for a play date and commit to being active every day. It’s all part of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day™ – the nation’s largest health day for families. The free event will take place at the Y-Zone from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature activities such as the MLB’s Pitch, Hit & Run™, lots of sports challenges, a photo booth, summer camp field games, arts, crafts, and much more.

As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through healthy living, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits to kids and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. At a time when one in three children in the United States are overweight or obese (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), developing healthier habits that include increased physical activity is more important than ever.

“At the New Castle Community YMCA, we know that parents struggle to find the time to incorporate more active play and healthier habits into their kids’ daily routine,” says Jason Kmick, Director of Youth & Family. “Doing so doesn’t have to require extra money or resources. It’s as simple as making a play date with your kids, with two key requirements – be active and have fun!” 

As part of Healthy Kids Day, the Y encourages families to make play dates everyday as a simple way to become healthier, more active and connected. We recommend five simple activities families can do to play together:

  1. Schedule a Game Night: Play games with the kids that incorporate physical activity, such as Charades.

  2. Dance, Dance: Turn on your favorite party music and dance! Make this activity more fun with a dance contest.

  3. Go Riding: Find a new bike path or park for a fun afternoon outdoors; grab your helmets and go rollerblading or bike riding. 

  4. Channel Your Inner Youth: Remember playing hopscotch, jump rope, Simon Says or freeze tag as a kid? Teach your favorite childhood game to your kid(s) and play them together.

  5. Play Outside: Visit your neighborhood park or camp out in your backyard for some outdoor fun. Get everyone moving with fun sports like soccer, basketball or baseball.

“We want as many families as possible to attend the event,” Kmick said. “That’s why the Y is providing a complimentary round-trip shuttle bus to transport kids and their families from the YMCA Downtown,” he said. Transportation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on May 7. If you would like a ride to Healthy Kids Day, please call the Y, 724.658.4766.

Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by Dr. David Spokane, D.M.D., M.S. Orthodontics and CAZZCO. For more information, contact the Y at 724.658.4766 or visit

About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at