YMCA of Central Ohio

Healthy Kids Day

On Saturday, April 25, the YMCA of Central Ohio is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families. Healthy Kids Day will include fun active play and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning, in order to maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential. Millions of children and their families are expected to participate in Healthy Kids at nearly 1,600 events across the country.

Join us April 25 at your local branch for fun activities for the kids and family. See what's going on at your branch below:

April 25, 2015

Delaware Community Center YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Activities: 8:00-11:30 a.m.

  • Delaware City Schools 5K Run and Walk: 8:00 a.m.
  • Martial Arts Demonstration
  • Bounce House
  • Kid Fit Test
  • Family Zumba
  • YMCA Art projects
  • 9 Square in the Air game
  • Rock Wall will be open
  • Sports Personal Training
  • Learn about Mingo Day Camp
  • Face painting
  • Balloon Animals
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Local Organizations and Businesses:
    -Fire Department
    -Police Department
    -Delaware County Library
    -American Red Cross Blood Mobile
    -Delaware County Health District
    -Delaware County JFS
    -Preservation Parks
    -Delaware Chiropractic
    -YMCA Camp Willson
    -Delaware Parent's Club
    -Teen Leaders Club

Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: noon-1:00 p.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Open Gymnastics
  • Open Climbing wall
  • Ballet Demo
  • Zumba Demo
  • Gahanna Library
  • Local Organizations and Businesses:
    - First Watch
    - Dr. Pam Gant
    - Pamer Chiropractic
    - Polaris Mortgage
    - Red Cross
    - Smoothie King
    - Southern-Western Mortgage

Grove City YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Activities: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Open Climbing Wall
  • Open Gym
  • Open Swim
  • Class Demonstrations (Tae Kwon Do, sports, etc.)
  • Visit from YMCA Camp Willson and their furry friends
  • Obstacle Course
  • Local Organizations and Businesses

Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Activities: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. Walk, Wheel, Run with 10TV's Jeff Hogan  

Participants should gather at the gazebo by 11:20. Bring the entire family! Strollers, wheelchairs, bicycles, runners and walkers are all welcome! 

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Hop Skip and Jump game
  • Downward Dog game
  • Visit from YMCA Camp Willson and their furry friends
  • Dance It Off game
  • Go Around in Circles Hoola Hoop contest
  • Everybody Plays game
  • Healthy Taste Test Cooking Demonstrations
  • Obstacle Course
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Community Mural
  • Inspire the Mad Scientist
  • Paper Airplane contest
  • Budding Bookworms
  • Way to grow seed bombs
  • Make Some Music
  • Visit from Red Cross

Hilltop YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting
  • Open Volleyball
  • Field Games
  • Dog Safety Workshop
  • Trike-a-thon
  • 5-on-5
  • Fire Truck
  • Vendors
  • SWAT
  • Combine Competition
  • PM Family Kickball
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Open Gymnastics
  • Open Climbing Wall

Jerry L. Garver YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Activities: noon-4:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Painting
  • Obstacle course
  • Hands on Literacy
  • Math Minutes
  • Punt, Pass, Kick game
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • Face paiting
  • STEM activities
  • Local Organizations and Businesses:
    - American Lung Association
    - American Red Cross
    - The Andersons
    - The Barn
    - Bicycle One: Bike Safety
    - Boys & Girls Club
    - Cameron Mitchell
    - City BBQ
    - Columbus Ultimate Disc: Family Frisbie Game
    - COSI
    - Dentist Dr. Larry Devese
    - Fire Department
    - Fuel Up to play 60
    - Go Go Squeeze
    - Jackson Lake Campground
    - Kristal and Forche Orthodontics
    - Krogers Foods
    - Oriental Trading Company
    - OSU Human Nutrition Department
    - Pickerington Library
    - Police Department: Child Id’s & Cars
    - Rolling Arcade: Dance Dance Party
    - Small Smiles
    - Wayne Webb Bowling Center
    - We Joy Sing: Music Table
    - WIC
    - Youth Advocate Services

Liberty Twp./Powell YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Activities: 9:00 a.m.-noon

Fitness Related Groups/Clinics/Demos

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Jiu Jitsu skills clinics and demos with Gracie Studios
  • Cheerleading skills clinics and demos with Olentangy Liberty High School Cheerleaders
  • Family Yoga class
  • Kids Zumba class
  • Fencing skills clinics and demos with ProFencing

Local Organizations and Businesses

  • Red Cross- Hand washing station
  • Powell Police Dept.
  • US Army Recruiters
  • Delaware Police Dept.
  • YMCA Camp Wilson- Pony rides 
  • Columbus Zoo- Mobile zoo and mascot
  • Children's Hospital mobile unit

Entertainment and Games

  • Local Powell Band- Liberty Deep Down Band
  • Healthy Food Game
  • Short Running Race 
  • Ohio Machine
  • Blue Jackets
  • Life Size Chess
  • Healthy snack and crafts

North YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Flick & Float Family Movie in our Pool: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pickaway County Family YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: noon-1:00 p.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Rowdy Rascals- 4H
  • Fitness obstacle course
  • Tang Soo Do  demonstration
  • Local Organizations and Businesses:
    - Circleville City Police
    - Ohio State Highway Patrol
    - Pickaway Co Sheriffs office
    - Circleville Fire Dept.
    - Boy Scout Troop 55
    - Dental Wellness checks by Dr. Sean Byers, DDS

Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Activities: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Face Painting
  • Bounce House
  • Venders
  • Fire Department
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Healthy snacks

Eldon & Elise Family YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Activities: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Bouncy House
  • Fire Department's Fire House
  • Massages and Spinal Screenings by the Buckeye Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Workouts
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Local Organizations and Businesses:
    - Blingg
    - City Year
    - Girl Scouts
    - Columbus Police Department
    - MLK Columbus Metropolitan Library
    - Park Fun
  • Martial Arts Demo
  • Cooking Demos
  • Pool Activities
    - Life Jacket Fitting and Boating Safety 1:00-2:00 p.m.
    - Open Swim 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    - Gently-used Swim Suit Giveaway


von Hippel, P.T., Powell, B., Downey, D.B., & Rowland, N., American Journal of Public Health, “The effect of school on overweight in childhood: Gains in children’s body mass index during the school year and during summer vacation”, April 2007

Horizons National, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahhj3wxxkdM&feature=player_embedded