Children enjoy YMCA festivities to keep them fit

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
A group of children happily play a game together at the Cassville YMCA Saturday during Healthy Kids' Day. The annual event, in its 25th year, is the organization's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children and families. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

A group of children happily play a game together at the Cassville YMCA Saturday during Healthy Kids' Day.

Briley Artherton, 5, and Ian Quick, 6, attempt to first make their way out of the foam pit, then scale the rock wall at the Cassville YMCA Saturday as part of Healthy Kids' Day activities, which was quite a physical challenge, while their parents cheered them on. About 50 children and their families attended the event to get physical exercise and work out excess energy. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Griff Roark, right, son Maddock Roark, 9, and friend Shannon Haney, 15, play a game of Archery Tag on the grounds of the Cassville YMCA during Healthy Kids' Day activities. The increasingly popular game is played with large, foam darts, and the Cassville YMCA plans to offer tournaments this summer. The festivities have been a national staple of the YMCA for the last 25 years, to remind families to keep children physically fit, mentally fit and eating healthy over the summer months, when children have a break from their studies and routines and tend to become more lax. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Rhett Artherton, 2, gets in on the action during Healthy Kids' Day event held at the Cassville YMCA Saturday. In its 25th year, the annual event is a national initiative of the YMCA to kickstart a reminder, and mindset, to keep children physically and mentally fit as the school year ends and summer approaches. The event featured many different activities, and about 50 children in the community attended. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Colton Beebe, 5, takes a dive, head first, into the foam pit at the Cassville YMCA Saturday during Healthy Kids' Day festivities, while his cousin Oliver Bowman, 9, waits for his turn, and brother Kamden Beebe, 7, who was climbing out, just makes sure he gets out of the way in time. The event, which featured many different activities to get children moving, was a fun time for about 50 children and their families who attended. In its 25th year, the event is a national initiative of the YMCA designed to be a reminder as summer approaches, to promote continued physical and mental activity for children during the summer months. Julia Kilmer reporte@cassville-democrat.com
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