Friday, May 13, 2016

Healthy Kids Day - May 14

On Saturday, May 14, the Hockomock Area YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids to be active and provides families with options and methods for living healthier lives. The event will take place at Patriot Place in Foxborough from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fun, creative, and healthy activities for children will take place at NRG Plaza, located outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.

having fun at Healthy Kids Day 2015
having fun at Healthy Kids Day 2015

“Our Y is excited to once again celebrate Healthy Kids Day and appreciate the support and collaboration with our good friends at Patriot Place who will host us for the fourth consecutive year,” said Ed Hurley, president of the Hockomock Area YMCA. “Healthy Kids Day reinforces the importance of our Healthy Futures initiative and encourages kids and families to keep their minds and bodies active, and live healthier lifestyles.”

“We are thrilled to once again host the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day,” said Patriot Place General Manager Brian Earley. “All of us at Patriot Place are proud to partner with such an innovative, mission-driven organization on a signature event that showcases healthy lifestyles in our community.”

Healthy Kids Day will feature active play and engaging activities throughout the NRG Plaza and parking lot, including youth and family fitness challenges, Kids Zumba classes, gymnastics obstacle courses, nutrition games, STEM learning activities, an interactive photo booth, fire and police safety, caricature art, air brush tattoos, arts and crafts, garden and planting activities, dance party, food samples and more. Join Hockomock Y Summer Camp staff for some favorite camp activities including tie-dye shirts, Gaga Pit ball games, arts and crafts and more fun. Elmo, SpongeBob and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle will be making appearances during the event and prizes, coupons and goody bags will also be part of the day for all attendees.
Healthy Kids Day - May 14, 2016
Healthy Kids Day - May 14, 2016

Community partners include Healthy Kids Day event sponsors Norwood Hospital and Stop and Shop and the following Patriot Place businesses: 5 WITS, Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center at Patriot Place, B&W Dermatology Department & Dana Farber, B&W Rehabilitation Services, Bass Pro Shops, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt at Patriot Place, Reebok, Rev’d Indoor Cycling, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ and Howl at the Moon. Additional community partners include: CBS Radio 103.3 AMP Team, Chestnut Dental, Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County, Cooking Matters Massachusetts, Franklin Food Pantry, Fuel Up to Play 60, Mansfield Community Garden, Mass Safe Routes to School, Milford Regional Medical Center, Miscoe Hill & Nipmuc High Skippers, Norfolk DA Office School Programming, Pediatric Dental Healthcare, Plantation Products, RWL Weightlifting, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Way Better Snacks, and WIC Nutrition Program.

The Dana Farber Blum Family Resource Center Van will be on site to provide sun safety and skin cancer-related information and screening at no cost.

The New England Kids Triathlon will be participating with information about their annual event in New England and a triathlon demonstration.

Dorel Juvenile Group will hold car seat safety checkpoints in the parking lot outside of the plaza. Families are encouraged to bring their vehicles for a check. Speak with a technician about proper car seat installation and receive useful child passenger safety tips.

“Encouraging lifelong education and an enthusiasm for learning are key components of our Y’s youth development focus. Healthy Kids Day is another forum for our Y to provide kids and families with further opportunities to learn, grow and have fun together,” said Earley, who also serves as Chairman of the Hockomock Area YMCA Board of Directors.

The community is invited to participate in the Y’s Healthy Food Access Food Drive taking place now at YMCA branches in Foxborough, Franklin and North Attleboro and other community locations. Healthy Futures Franklin will be hosting a ‘Stuff a Truck Challenge’ benefiting the Franklin Food Pantry. The Franklin Food Pantry will bring their mobile pantry truck to the event and challenge the community to fill it with healthier food items. For a complete listing of donation requests, visit

About The Hockomock Area YMCA

Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information, visit

About Patriot Place

Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 16 casual to high-end restaurants and other entertainment venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England’s first Bass Pro Shops, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the 16,000-square-foot CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, the award-winning Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, the retro-style bowling alley, Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ featuring live entertainment by Howl at the Moon, and the four-star Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel. 
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