PHOTOS: Marco YMCA promotes activities for mind, body and spirit at Healthy Kids Day

Maya Fernandez, 4, cools off with a dip in the pool during the Greater Marco Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, April 16, 2011.    John M. Wissocki / Special to the Eagle

Maya Fernandez, 4, cools off with a dip in the pool during the Greater Marco Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, April 16, 2011. John M. Wissocki / Special to the Eagle

— Kids weren’t the only participants in Saturday’s Greater Marco Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day fun. Parents also enjoyed the many activities throughout the day, especially the balloon toss, tug of war and a refreshing dip in the pool.

Other activities included seed planting, a bounce house, 50 and 100 yard dash and what seemed to be the favorite activity, design and consumption of your own fruit kabob.

“I want to grow up to be a professional basketball player,” said 6 year old Ethan Belcher, as he practiced his jump shot in the Airnasium. Ethan’s favorite thing to do at the YMCA is “Sports, it’s a fun exercise”.

Musical entertainment as well as activity announcements was provided by DJ Steve. Steve even participated in a line dance, accompanied by a few guests, as well as, YMCA’s CEO, Cindy Love.

The YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a free, fun filled day of activities designed to promote healthy kids and families in spirit, mind and body.

The YMCA is located at 101 Sand Hill Street on Marco Island. For information on the many upcoming events the YMCA has to offer, go to marcoislandymca.org or call (239) 394-3144.

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happyhorowitz34145 writes:

Wow! A fun day for kids?
How about putting back the baseball field that was donated for the kids or the skateboard park that was also donated. Is Cindy Love feeling threatened by the new proposed facilities at Mackle Park?
I would say so.

RayPray writes:

in response to happyhorowitz34145:

Wow! A fun day for kids?
How about putting back the baseball field that was donated for the kids or the skateboard park that was also donated. Is Cindy Love feeling threatened by the new proposed facilities at Mackle Park?
I would say so.

Now that the Y quietly shelved the gym expansion program, the gym there is always too crowded, especially with 'season.'

Also, someone decided to replace the popular Precor cardio machines with a bunch of terrible machines from a company called 'Star Track.'

This is not a generally recognized firm for good cardio machines. In fact, till last year it was bankrupt.

One has to wonder if someone at the Y didn't maybe get a sweet honorarium to replace popular cardio equpment with so much of this crummy Star Track stuff?

Should the Mackle gym become a reality, there will be a sizble exodus of people from the Y to this new facility.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

in response to RayPray:

Now that the Y quietly shelved the gym expansion program, the gym there is always too crowded, especially with 'season.'

Also, someone decided to replace the popular Precor cardio machines with a bunch of terrible machines from a company called 'Star Track.'

This is not a generally recognized firm for good cardio machines. In fact, till last year it was bankrupt.

One has to wonder if someone at the Y didn't maybe get a sweet honorarium to replace popular cardio equpment with so much of this crummy Star Track stuff?

Should the Mackle gym become a reality, there will be a sizble exodus of people from the Y to this new facility.

There will be a sizeable exodus!!
One has to wonder, with the millions that the "Y" receives in donations, where does it all go? Definately not into it's programs.
Heck, even the overpriced afterschool program isn't allowed inside. They actually put the kids in a leaky metal oversized "Teds Shed" with very little A/C.

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