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Keeping Kids Active

With today's technology, keeping kids moving and getting fresh air can be a challenge. But, there are some great programs for kids of all ages in the Falls, no matter what their interests are.

The school year is almost over and kids needs something to keep them busy during the summer. Studies have shown that kids who aren't active can gain three times more weight during the summer than during the school year.

"The key is to stay active with your kids throughout the summer. We don't want kids just sitting at home watching TV. We want to get them out and about doing active fun things and that's the key, just keep it fun for the kids," said Michelle Thompson Marketing Director for the Y.M.C.A.

The best idea is to get creative. Wichita Falls offers a number of programs that are either free or inexpensive. There are summer reading program's through the library, which offer something different each day.

"If a parent is just looking for their child something full-time during the day, we do offer day camps during the day with lots of activities for the kids," said Thompson.

The Y.M.C.A. offers a wide variety of programs and has something for all kids of every age. They have rolling admission for their summer programs, so to register kids, just head to the nearest location and inquire.

"We have basketball camp, gymnastic camp, a swim and gym camp, a dance camp, a volleyball camp. We're trying to schedule something throughout the whole summer for kids to do," said Thompson. They also offer memberships for kids who aren't enrolled in camps.

For parents on a budget, there are still some great things to do, as the idea is just to keep them moving. "Even a walk to the park, even a walk on the trails in the city is good for the kids. Just to get them active and give them something to do," said Thompson

For some great ideas on games and other activities, try looking online as well. The best ideas start with just a little imagination. For ideas in Wichita Falls Click here.

Jenyne Donaldson, Newschannel Six.

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