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YMCA Notebook, April 8

Swim Assessment: On Saturday from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m., the YMCA aquatic staff will be offering a free swim assessment for ages 6 to 14. In a short 5-minute evaluation the staff will determine each child’s current swim ability and which Red Cross or YMCA class (at the Y or some other location) they should register for this spring or summer. Call 773-3646, ext. 0, to reserve your child’s time slot or stop down between 2:45 and 3:30; slots filled on first-come basis.

Healthy Kids Day: On April 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Y will be offering many activities to promote healthy kids. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a “healthy snacks and cooking” demo will be held for parents and kids; from noon to 2 p.m., there will be gym games, climbing wall and a dance party for ages 5 to 12. Healthy Kids Day is a free event for all boys and girls.

Half Day Sports Camps: The YMCA is offering eight weeks of Half Day Sports Camps for ages 6 to 14 in its newly air conditioned gym. The camps run from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday, June 23 to Aug. Check the “Camp Guide” at: ymcaingreenfield.org or pick up a copy at the YMCA. Camps fill up quickly so parents should plan ahead.

Summer Preschool Program: The Y’s Summer Preschool Program is for boys and girls, age 2.9 to 5 years. The program day is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with early and late care available 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The summer sessions go from June 16 to Aug. 15 with one one-week session and four two-week sessions. The themes are Olympians 2014, Out of this World, Got Dirt? and Let’s go to the Circus. The children learn about the themes in the two air-conditioned classrooms, but also get plenty of play and exercise time in the outdoor play yard, the air-conditioned gym and a weekly fun swim. Call Janet at 773-3646, ext. 431 for more information or to schedule a school visit. Prices can be found on Page 11 of the Camp Guide on the Y’s website: ymcaingreenfield.org or picked up at the Y.

Skateboarding Camp: Aug. 4 through 8 the Y will have a portable skate park set up at Camp Apex to hold its first Skateboarding Camp for boys and girls, age 8 to 14. The camp meets Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day the campers will focus on skateboarding skills; then from 1 to 4 they will participate in regular Apex activities like swimming, hiking, archery, etc. Camp fee is $175 for members and $195 for nonmembers. Free lunches are provided plus free transportation from the Y to Camp Apex. Call Dave at 773-3646, ext. 436, for more information.

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