Fun activities for children and important health information for parents make up the two key components of the Lincoln Family YMCAâ€™s Healthy Kids Day.
â€œOur main purpose is to provide kids and families with this information so the kids carry this with them into their lives,â€ said Melony Hipp, an event organizer.
The event, which is put on by all YMCAs nationwide, will take place 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
It will include an inflatable moonwalk, karaoke, a tumbling exhibit, dance performance, craft table and free food and T-shirts while supplies last.
There will also be a health fair packed with a variety of information.
â€œIt will be a good opportunity to ask questions and just to learn about how to have a healthier and safer family,â€ Hipp said.
Families can bring their bikes in for a safety inspection. Parents of young children can make sure they have their car seats appropriately fastened. Booths will be set up covering a variety of topics â€” dental hygiene, poison control and child abuse awareness.
There will be a kidsâ€™ fitness class at 10:30 a.m. and a family circuit class at 11 a.m. YMCA massage therapists will be giving free chair massages and Lincoln Medical Center will be offering advice on child nutrition.
Fire trucks and ambulances will be stationed outside the YMCA for children to explore. The Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office will be on hand to offer safety tips, as will be robot â€œTrooper Safe T. First.â€
Children attending the event can receive identification cards, and families will also have the opportunity to tour the YMCA.
Those who wish to become members can do so. There will be no joining fee through April 10.
If weather permits, the event will be held in the YMCA parking lot. In case of rain, it will be moved inside.
â€œWeâ€™re praying for sunshine at least until 12,â€ Hipp said. â€œAt 12:01 it can start raining.â€
Want to go? Healthy Kids Day will take place 9 a.m.- noon Saturday at the Lincoln Family YMCA, 402 E.t Gaston St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (704) 748-9311.
by Sarah Grano