The Y is out to prove that being healthy can also be fun.
The theme of this year's event is "Jump into Summer." It will feature an appearance by Spider-Man and Mr. Vibes Entertainment, sports, face painting, games, a bounce house, a family obstacle course and a camp open house. There will also be snacks from Trader Joe's, Tropicana and Veggiecation, which will also have a snack presentation for kids.
There will be a table to check blood pressure; the South Orange/Maplewood Kiwanis Club will do child fingerprinting; and the Valley National Bank from Maplewood will teach children about savings.
Maplewood and South Orange students who participated in the six-week "Guide to Healthy Choices" program can also pick up their presidential active lifestyle award.
"Really, our focus is to making sure parents have some options and ideas on how to keep children physically and mentally active through the summer months," Robyn Trewick of the South Mountain YMCA told Patch. "Too often, children check out and when September starts get active again. [Summer] is not sitting on your bum, sleeping in or watching TV all day. It's a time to explore, meet new people, gain new hobbies and remain active throughout the summer."
For more information, call the South Mountain YMCA at 973-762-4151 or visit its website.