Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hockomock Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® free community event set for May 19 at Patriot Place

On Saturday, May 19, 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.

“Healthy Kids Day is an important event on our YMCA calendar. The day celebrates and reinforces a commitment to our Healthy Futures Initiative, encouraging kids and families to keep their minds and bodies active, and enjoy healthier lifestyles. Once again we are grateful for the tremendous support and collaboration with our friends at Patriot Place,” said Ed Hurley, president of the Hockomock Area YMCA. “Healthy Kids Day at Patriot Place is another example of cause meeting community.”

“The Hockomock Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is a wonderful community event that we are proud to host at Patriot Place for the sixth straight year,” said Patriot Place General Manager Brian Earley. “This signature event helps deliver the important message of living a healthy lifestyle to the children and families in our communities through a number of innovative and fun activities throughout the day.”

Healthy Kids Day will feature active play and engaging activities including: Airbrush Tattoos brought to you by Patriot Place, Giveaways, Inflatable Gaga Pit, Interactive Gymnastics Obstacle Course, Nutrition Demos, Pat Patriot and Patriots Cheerleader Autographs (11am-1pm), Photo Booth brought to you by Patriot Place, Seed Planting & Gardening, NE Revs Accuracy Kick & Ticket Giveaway, Character Visits including Elmo and a Ninja Turtle, Spy Obstacle Course presented by 5Wits, and STEM activities designed to awaken imaginations. Visitors, be sure to visit the Y’s summer camp section where kids can tie-dye a shirt, play games and get a taste of camp.

Hockomock Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®
Hockomock Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®

Thanks to their sponsorship of Healthy Kids Day, Patriot Place, Stop and Shop, Norwood Hospital, Xfinity Center, and the Lions Clubs of District 33K are helping to keep families active and healthy. Numerous community partners will attend and provide tips, activities and prizes to round out the day. These include: 5 Wits, Brain Fit Academy, Brigham and Women’s Dermatology Department & Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Bass Pro Shops, Brigham and Women’s / Mass General Health Care Center, Chestnut Dental Associates, Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County, Franklin Food Pantry Truck, Fuel Up to Play 60 Tour, GetREAL Food Campaign, Golden Opportunities for Independence, Kind Snacks, Lions Club Eye Mobile, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Massachusetts Safe Routes to School, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, New England Revolution, Norwood Hospital, Pediatric Dental Healthcare, RWL Weightlifting, Inc., Sturdy Memorial Hospital, and Tinker and Create.

“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.
 May 19 at Patriot Place
 May 19 at Patriot Place
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. Suggested items include whole grain products, brown rice/quinoa, lower sodium hearty soups, canned vegetables/fruit, beans, oatmeal, nuts, spices, and household/personal care items.

Dorel Juvenile Group, in partnership with Safe Kids, will be on site with a car seat safety checkpoint in the parking lot. Families are encouraged to bring their car seats to the designated area for a check and have the opportunity to speak with a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) about proper car seat installation. Families also can receive useful child passenger safety tips.

All participants will be required to display a Healthy Kids Day wrist band which will be provided at no charge when you visit the check-in tents located at the entrance to NRG Plaza, near The Hall. In order to expedite check-in, Pre-Registration is offered at hockymca.org/healthy-kids-day.

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 hockymca.org.

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 nightlife 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 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, the four-star Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn Foxborough/Patriot Place. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com, follow Patriot Place on Twitter (twitter.com/patriotplace) or like Patriot Place on Facebook (facebook.com/patriotplace).

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