The Summit Area YMCA (SAY) is hosting the Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day® on July 16, where children and families will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of healthy eating, nutrition and physical activity, mental and emotional well-being, and developing healthy habits. Join us at the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA (BHCPY) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Healthy Kids Day®! Fun events, games, activities, open swim, water exercise, sports, healthy snacks, prizes, safety demos, local vendors and community partners, and so much more. All free and open to the community.
As our guest, you'll have access to the pool the entire day! Guests are encouraged to take advantage and spend time with your family and friends! The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA closes at 8:00 PM.
When: Saturday, July 16, 2022, 12:30-2:30 PM (Open swim until 8:00 PM)
Location: Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA, 59 Locust Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Cost: FREE & Open to the Public
Please note, registration is required for all event participants and attendees, including children, parents, and guardians. A parent/guardian is required to complete the registration for minors under the age of 18. If you have not filled one out for each family member, please do so before arriving to ensure a quick and easy check-in process.
In support of sun safety, we are collecting sunscreen to donate to GRACE who provides community resources to enable the good heath and success of our vulnerable and underserved neighbors.
A few important things to note:
The event will be filmed and photographed in part. By entering the area, you irrevocably consent to and authorize, on behalf of yourself and any minor children for whom you are responsible, Y-USA and its affiliates to use any videos and photographs for any purpose other than the direct sale of such videos and photographs. All such videos and photographs shall be the sole property of Y-USA and you release Y-USA and its affiliates from any and all liability on account of any usage in perpetuity.
In order to use the pool, any participants ages 14 and younger must complete a Swim Evaluation and follow all BHCPY rules and policies. Swimmers are accessed based on their swimming abilities and provided designated color bracelets upon completion which reflect each swimmers swimming proficiency level and the areas they are allowed to go in the pool.
Upon arrival, please check-in at our registration table to get your free t-shirt (while supplies last) and Healthy Kids Day Passport. You will use the passport to mark your completed activities and submit it for a chance to win Y prizes like free private open gym time, weekend passes to the pool, 1-month free family membership at the Y and personal training!
Families will have the opportunity participate in fun activities that encourage both mental and physical health:
• Alphabet Exercise for a book
• Swimming (all-day!)
• Foot Dart
• Swim Races
• Story Time
• Fruit Art & Taste Test
• Hula Hoop Contest
• Gaga Ball
• Basketball Knock Out Contest
• Bike Safety
• Dance to the beats of DJ Thoro
• Plant a vegetable seed
• Fruit & Veggie Tattoos
• Information tables from Local Organizations
“At the Y, we believe in the potential of all children and each day we work to help kids find that potential within themselves,” said Tiffany Escott, Mission Advancement & Development Director of the Summit Area YMCA. “Healthy Kids Day is a fun, free community-wide event that reminds us all how important it is for kids to stay active physically and mentally throughout the summer.”
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. It is celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over one million participants. The Y hopes to use the day to get more kids moving and learning, creating healthy habits they can continue while they’re away from the classroom. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than during the school year. With all that’s going on in the world right now, Healthy Kids Day is a reminder to families that we can help ensure all children have access to what they need to reach their full potential, even during out-of-school time.
Read more about last year's Healthy Kids Day® in 2021!
Mission Advancement & Development Director
SUMMIT AREA YMCA
In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.
Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.