May 25th is Children’s day. So include your kids in your activities for the Memorial Day weekend.
You do not have to wait until then to have fun with your kids. On this Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can take your kids to the YMCA for FREE kid events.
You have the Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton, located at 8832 Palmetto Circle,
Boca Raton, Fl 33433. Telephone is: (800) 798-4531.Then there is the Devos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach located at 9600 South Military Trail, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. Telephone is: (800) 903-1814. See website: http://www.ymcaspbc.org/ for more information.
These free community activities will promote healthy kids. You and your kids can win prizes. It kicks off with a fun run for the family at 7:30 a.m. in Boca Raton and then at 9:00 a.m. in Boynton Beach. It gets better. There will be a bounce house and water slide, water games, rock climbing wall, and sports for kids. The clubs will not charge a fee for memberships and you can garner a ten percent (10%) discount off summer camp fees, if you pay by that date. The summer camps at the YMCA will keep your kids busy and healthy all summer long.
A local resident, Mr. DeLong – who just celebrated his 73rd birthday – stated: ‘I’ve been a member of YMCA as long as I can remember. I learned how to swim there. Everywhere I lived I joined. The use of the athletic facilities has kept me young and healthy like a kid.’ Sounds like good advice coming from an energetic man who looks much younger than his age.
You can also check out: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/about-wecan/index.htm
for ‘We Can!’ (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition). It is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
In the ‘Healthy Weight Basics’ section it states: ‘As parents and caregivers,youmake a big difference in what your children – and the children you care for – think and do. You are role models for your family. Eating right and being physically active can help you maintain a healthy weight. When your children see you making these choices, there’s a good chance that they will do the same.’
This Thursday is the 20th anniversary of ‘Bring your daughter to work day’ launched by the Ms. Foundation. You should see if your company is planning activities to enable your kids to discover what you do at work. Office Depot will host children who spend time with parents at work with a barbecue lunch and ice cream party. You can click onto: http://www.officedepot.com/storelocator/input.do?cm_mmc=Google-_-B_Locations_E-_-Location_Locations-_-Office%20Depot%20Boca%20Raton_29498464 to locate stores in your neighborhood.
Oh, to be a kid again. Are you kidding me? It’s tough being a kid today. You have to tote a heavy backpack. You can no longer skip to school, race home for lunch, and drag your feet back to school. Today there is a bombardment of facts, data and opinions. Yikes! Won’t this stuff ever go away?
Things could be worse. There are predators out there waiting for a kid to make a mistake in judgment and end up dead, or worse, impaired for life.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) wants to remind the public that National Missing Children’s Day is May 25th, which coincides with the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend this year. The organization wants parents to know there are things they can do to keep their children safe.
‘We know teaching children about safety works,’ said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. ‘It is important that parents take the time to talk to their children about safety.’
You can contact NCMEC, by calling toll-free a hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or check out the website: www.missingkids.com for more information.
There is a project, Kidnap Busters, that is moving to Boca Raton. You can visit the website: http://kidnapbusters.com/for more information. Although the research by the founder indicates the problem is more dangerous than indicated, he believes these tragedies are preventable.
Mrs. Stevenson, who visited the site, stated: ‘It makes sense to me to look at if from a kid’s point of view. It is about empowering kids and enlightening parents on ways to keep kids safe. I like the emphasis on permitting kids to stay kids.’
The ‘unknown’ team will produce a TV series locally to prevent abductions and save lives of kids of all ages as part of this dynamic project.
This keystone production will enable them to launch their plans to create a local permanent movie industry in Boca Raton. They will have an announcement soon about this enterprising undertaking.