Healthy Kids Day highlights YMCA programs

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published April 19, 2017

 Jon Guest, personal trainer and wellness director at the Farmington Family YMCA, helps Sandy Hermanoff, of Bingham Farms, with her workout in 2015.

Jon Guest, personal trainer and wellness director at the Farmington Family YMCA, helps Sandy Hermanoff, of Bingham Farms, with her workout in 2015.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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FARMINGTON HILLS — Are you a busy parent looking for a safe space to drop your children off during the workweek? Or do you prefer to pump some iron while your children are playing sports a few doors away? Interested in letting your kids frolic in the sun during summer camp?

People can learn about all of the above and more at the Farmington Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22 at the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit Farmington Hills Branch, 28100 Farmington Road.

Lin Rose, a representative of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, said that the upcoming Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity for all types of people to attend — those familiar with the YMCA can get a fresh look at the facility; those new to the YMCA can see what it has to offer; and those who want to get back to being physically fit can try out something new. 

Attendees may also use the YMCA pool and fitness center and may participate in events during the day, according to a press release. Some activities include crafts, games and family exercise demonstrations, the release states. 

“All the activities during Healthy Kids Day will center around fun, fitness and family togetherness,” Kyle Anderson, executive director of the Farmington Family YMCA, said in a press release.

“We know that a visit to the Y is the best way for families from Farmington and the surrounding area to really understand what the Y offers. Whether a child is enrolled in a karate class, swimming lessons or basketball, the Y provides a safe, nurturing space where they can learn and have fun. This event provides a chance for people to come give us a try.

“(It is a) chance for people who are familiar to check out some new things in a fun, inviting manner,” she said, adding that it is equally important for families in the area who have not already taken advantage of the Y to do so.

“Maybe their children just weren’t of age yet — this is an opportunity for those families to come and have a whole tour at the Y if they choose or (to) participate in some free activities,” Rose said.

Rose said her own experience with the YMCA began when she and her children were heavily involved in YMCA-related activities.

“I’ve got one ready to graduate from college in a few weeks,” she said. “(When) my children were kids, we did everything from T-ball to dance — so much basketball for my son. I worked out at the Y often while they were involved with an activity.”

Farmington Hills resident Kelli Carpenter-Crawford can relate. As a former YMCA employee and a longtime member, she said the community hub was practically her home because of how often she visited with her family. 

“And my son swims on the swim team,” she said via email, adding that she was a “Y kid” growing up in Kalamazoo.

“So (I) was happy to discover and become members of the Farmington Family YMCA when our daughter was just over a year old,” Carpenter-Crawford said via email about her daughter, who is now 16.

“The on-site free babysitting service was such a benefit for a first-time parent. We spent most of our social time at the Y when the kids were little — for youth sports, summer camps, swimming, birthday parties.”

She added that the YMCA’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, and the diverse membership have had an important and lasting impact on her family. 

“We have maintained membership at the Y for most of the last 15 years, and many of those years at the Farmington Family YMCA,” Carpenter-Crawford said.

The Farmington Family YMCA runs 12 weeks of summer day camp, plus a number of educational programs and activities, according to the press release.

Rose said that the programs run from June to September.

“Pretty much the length of time children are out of school,” she said, adding that campers can be as young as 3 years old and as old as 14.

“The summer camp programs allow kids to be active and to continue learning new skills even when school is out,” Anderson said in the press release. “Day camp at the Y provides kids with adventure, healthy fun, personal growth and new friendships that can last long past the summer.”

To find out more about the day camp program, email Abby Sacco, youth development manager, at asacco@ymcadetroit.org or go to www.ymcadetroit.org/farmington/programs/camp. 

For more information on the Y, go to ymcadetroit.org/farmington.

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