At the YMCA of Rock River Valley, we are hosting the Y’s national Healthy Kids Day® on April 19 & 20 and invite your family to join! These free, annual events feature a variety of family-friendly activities to encourage healthy kids, healthy families and a healthy start to the summer season.

Our first event will take place on Friday, April 19 at our Northeast Family YMCA from 6-8pm. Collegiate athletes from Rockford University will be joining our experienced YMCA staff to lead youth and families through a mini sports clinics, including basketball, baseball, soccer, and football. Space is limited, so registration is required at

On Saturday, April 20, we invite families to explore the beautiful hiking trails and woodlands of the Camp Winnebago YMCA from 9am-12pm. Each family will be entered to win a special prize! Registration is not required for this open camp event.

In celebration of this annual kick-off to summer, we are sharing a list of five activities that we encourage you to introduce to your kids. The goal is to have them try something new by promoting a variety of opportunities to get involved in active play – hopefully, this will inspire a lifetime love of physical and mental activity! Share these activities with your children and inspire them to “find their fun” by discovering an activity that they love!

Find Your Swimming Skills with Y Swim Lessons                                  

Each year the Y teaches around 1,500 children to swim. This helps them find their CONFIDENCE, teaches a lifelong skill and introduces them to safety around water. Visit to learn more about Y swim lessons.

Find Your Adventure with Y Summer Camp                               

Summer is a time for kids to explore new things and expand the limits of their imagination, where every day is a new adventure! Whether experiencing the wonders of Camp Winnebago YMCA or having a blast with new friends at our Adventure Camp sites, many campers find their ADVENTURE with the Y. Visit to learn more about Y summer camp.

Find Your Passion with Y Sports

Youth sports are just the start of something bigger– , aside from teaching fundamental skills, they also teach the value of teamwork, help fuel determination and build character. At the YMCA of Rock River Valley, we have a variety of sports programs, including baseball, basketball, martial arts, soccer, swimming, and more to help keep children active while igniting their PASSION for something greater. Visit to learn more about Y sports.

Find Your Voice with Y Teen Achievers Programs

We believe young people have the power to change the world. Our teen Achievers programs are designed to help young people develop the skills and confidence they need to lead positive change in Rockford and beyond. Visit to learn more about Achievers programming.

Find Your Curiosity with Tween Art, Cooking, and STEM Clubs

Our Tween Clubs are the perfect opportunity for young innovators and budding artists to learn, create, and connect with like-minded peers. Monthly club activities help inspire wonder about the world around us, develop life skills, unleash in creativity. Guiding youth to find their CURIOSITY is key to helping them reach their full potential. Visit to learn more about our Y Tween Clubs programs.

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Guest author: Rachel Latham, Vice President of Youth Development

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