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The Forest City YMCA will hold its annual Healthy Kids Day event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at the YMCA.

This year, the theme of the day is an “Island of Challenges” where kids will participate in many individual and group challenges involving their bodies and brains, according to Reynolds. The theme was inspired by the show Survivor, he said.

Challenges include crazy cup-stacking, how far kids can drag their body weight, vertical jumping, tug-o-war and bottle flip relays.

“HKD is a national YMCA initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids throughout the country,” said Director of Programs Tony Reynolds.

According to Reynolds, this is an annual event that has been happening for over 25 years nationally.

“We have more than 20 fun challenges and events planned for the day and they are free for all youth 5 to 12 years old,” Reynolds said.

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Registration for the event starts at 2 p.m. Youth third grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult guardian unless they are part of the Y-Winners program.

Hammer Time

Hammer time, a new program at the YMCA in which kids build a playhouse to be donated to the Forest City Parks and Recreation for Sunshine Park, started last week, meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Reynolds had been asking the Parks and Recreation department if they would accept the donated playground, and the Parks and Recreation decided to accept the donation with no difficulties.

“They were very thankful and excited to see a new playhouse in their park,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds said they need volunteers for HKD and can always use financial support for programs like Hammer Time “so we can continue to offer and for free, improve them, and create new programs at the same time.”

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