Fun At The Omaha YMCA

Every family can be a healthy family! As we slide into the summer months, many parents worry about their kids getting too much screen time and not enough exercise. Plus, summer is a great time to be active together as a family. Below are some tips & ideas to get your family moving and have some fun play time together!
• Build an obstacle course in the yard and race for the best time. Use objects like hula hoops, wooden crates, and sidewalk chalk creatively!
• Have a picnic in your backyard or at a local park within walking distance from your home. Make sure the kids help make your healthy picnic meal!
• Hunt for bugs! See who can find the most variety.
• Send your kids on a scavenger hunt in the yard, or in the house if the weather won’t cooperate. Write down clues to the “treasures” and send them on a search!
• Plant a vegetable garden. Bonus, you’ll have some healthy veggies for the family to enjoy at mealtimes.
Being a member of the YMCA of Greater Omaha is also a great way to intentionally carve out some active family time. Spending quality time together as a family is one of the best ways to improve your family’s health and well-being. This can get tricky at home with all the digital distractions surrounding us today. Serving families has always been at the heart of the mission of the YMCA.
Just some of the family-friendly activities your family can participate in at the Y are:
• Stop in for open family swim times for a cooling dip in our pools. Each location has different open swim times, so check our website for the latest schedule.
• Join in one of our family-friendly group exercise classes like Yoga, MixxedFit, Barre/Pilates, Aquacise, and more. Check with the Welcome Center at your Y for family-friendly class schedules.
• Coach a team! Sign your child up for youth sports at the Y and volunteer to be a coach. Your kid will have a great time learning new skills, building their confidence, and making new friends. You’ll have a fun & rewarding time watching your team grow.
• Our YMCA locations have family-friendly events scheduled all year like block parties, Family Fun Nights, and more. Visit our website to learn more about some of the upcoming fun events listed in the Summer Session Planning Guides.
By putting more fun & play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong. The Y is here to help! The YMCA of Greater Omaha has nine locations all over the Metro Omaha area, including Valley, Council Bluffs, and Glenwood. Visit us at www.metroymca.org or at any YMCA of Greater Omaha location to find out more about being a YMCA family.