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It's Fun to Play at the YMCA | Adventure #29

This post is a flashback to an adventure we had on Family Day, 2013.

For the last few years, the Ron Edwards Family YMCA in Burlington has opened to the public for free on the Family Day holiday in February. We jumped at this opportunity to discover this fine facility for the first time.

Like most YMCA facilities in Canada, the Burlington YMCA is a membership based organization — it currently serves over 6,100 members and participants of all ages. The most popular facilities are the pool, fitness centre and gymnasiums. Every month new fitness calendars are released for both kids and adults filled with a variety of classes, programs and other activities led by Certified Wellness Coaches and Fitness Instructors.

On Family Day, the YMCA introduced a new activity for families that has become quite popular across North America, Drums Alive! This unique fitness program combines traditional aerobic movements with the powerful beat and rhythms of the drums — using exercise balls for the percussion!

The theme for the Family Day open house was a beach party. The gym was decorated for the occasion and many participants came dressed accordingly.

We started aurochem cialis with a warm-up that got us moving to simple rhythms using the stability side effects viagra levitra cialis ball and sticks and learning different beats. As we moved into the workout, we tried a variety of beats as well as choreography and dance exercises can cialis be split that incorporated the use of the ball and drumming.

This was such a fun activity for the wide range of ages participating and a great start to our YMCA experience.

After the Drums Alive program, it was pool time! The Ron Edwards Family YMCA has a great 30 mg cialis pool with an adjacent sauna and whirlpool. Throughout the month there are scheduled times for open and lane swims as well as a variety of aquatic fitness classes.

Of course, the YMCA also offers a full range of swimming lessons. What makes swimming lessons at the Y unique from lessons at municipal pools is that all children within a family can take their lesson at the same time, regardless cialis doses daily of their swim level. Also, once a family has registered for a lesson time, that time remains constant as students progress, unless there is a need to switch.

After finishing our swim, we moved to the community room for face painting, family games and tattoos. The beach party theme continued here with fishing, palm tree bowling and other tropical games.

One of the many benefits of YMCA membership is that it includes a child minding program that gives infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school age children the chance to play together in a

play area while parents participate in YMCA activities.


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