Posted May 13, 2013 in
By Greg Dodd, Executive Director, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin For parents, extra support to keep kids healthy can go a long way. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year, nearly 50 percent of U.S. parents say technological distractions such as television, cell phones or video games make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their children. With more free time in summer,... Read More
Posted April 29, 2013 in
By Molly Schmid, Associate Executive Director, Wolverine Worldwide YMCA
Although most are dreaming of spending the days soaking up the sun, the reality is most continue with their weekly work routine leading many parents to begin to worry about how to keep their children from spending all day playing video games and watching TV, and for good reason. Today the average child watches 1,680 minutes of TV each week. An alarming statistic that coincides with the fact that many... Read More
Posted April 09, 2012 in
By Heather Walczewski, Child Development Director, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
When I attend a party with my husband and I tell parents I operate a child development center at the Y, the questions start flying at me from all directions; they want the inside scoop that goes past the flyers and website tips. Parents love their children so entrusting them to a child care facility is fraught with concerns.
Far and away the number one question parents ask me is, “What is the... Read More
Posted August 01, 2010 in
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – The Visser Family YMCA will be hosting a Staycation event on Friday, August 6th from 6-9pm and Saturday, August 7th from 2-5pm.
Friday night’s “Rock and Roll” theme includes food, music, skating and games. Saturday will include many different activities such as free food, kid’s games and sports, swim testing, Rockwall, fire trucks, ambulance, as well as Zumba and kick boxing demos for adults, and other giveaways.
During this event there will... Read More
Posted March 01, 2010 in
CALEDONIA, MICHIGAN – The YMCA Program Center in Caledonia will be offering an Art Out of the Box Workshop. This workshop will begin Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:00pm until 7:30pm . The Art Out of the Box Workshop will run for seven weeks.
During this workshop children will be enhancing their creativity, expression and confidence while painting, drawing, 3D story telling and movement.
The Art Out of the Box Workshop is geared towards children ages five through 12 and is open to... Read More
Posted February 01, 2010 in
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – The Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA 2010 Strong Kids Campaign kickoff auction was a huge success.
Throughout the night there were both live and silent auctions. The auctions included a variety of items such as a beach party boat trip on Lake Michigan, a guided Pheasant Preserve Hunt, a ride to school in a Rockford fire engine, concert tickets to see U2 and a 1984 World Series autographed baseball.
Merchandise was provided by local businesses. This... Read More