Every member of the community was welcome at the free event incorporating the national Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day that offer fun and health-encouraging events such as karate, making your own train mix, hula-hooping, painting and more.
Among the day's scheduled activities were live music and a DJ, climbing wall, healthy food, hip hop for kids, karate classes for all, mad science fun, tile painting with Color Me Mine from Bernardsville, face painting and a massage therapist.
More than 20 community partner organizations and businesses were attending and exhibiting at the event.
Without an exact count, Kim de Zutter, senior director of Family Services, said an estimated 400 to 500 people attended the event.
Abbey Arwady, event coordinator and the YMCA's Director of Youth, said, “With keen awareness these days on the need to protect our planet and to educate our youth about the need to be good ambassadors of environmental protection, the YMCA is a perfect community leader in this critical area of social responsibility.
Furthermore, the Y’s Healthy Kids Day focuses on improving the nation’s health and well-being, so we decided to host an event with partner community organizations to convey a strong message of taking care of the planet and taking care of your own health. This is a grass roots effort from suggesting a family walks to the grocery store instead of driving, to teaching a child not to drop their candy wrapper.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Somerset Hills YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign that provides financial assistance to the community through scholarships and program support. Last year alone, the Somerset Hills YMCA allocated more than $537,000 in direct financial assistance to those who need it most.