YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a FREE community event dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our kids. Join us from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle with fun activities for the entire family! Following the events of YMCA Healthy Kids Day, ages 13-29 yrs can come enjoy free food, a 3-on-3 tournament, coffeehouse or just a place to hang out at the National Youth Week Kick-Off!

Celebrate YMCA History!LocalMOTION-CWPBanner-869x351-EN_04
With Canadians coast to coast recognizing Canada’s 150th, it’s the perfect time to share the YMCA’s own rich history. As we count down to the big day on July 1, we invite you to take the LocalMOTION Challenge at YMCA Healthy Kids Day and get active for a chance to win some amazing prizes! Visit the LocalMOTION booth to register!

Make sure to arrive early at 10:45 a.m. to pick up your Passport to Health and start collecting stamps for your chance to win YMCA prizes or the grand prize of VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” trip for four!

Plus, don’t miss…

Opening Ceremony – Earn your first stamp!
The history of First Nations, the Inuit and Métis represents an important part of Canadian history. Don’t miss this chance to experience a traditional smudge ceremony and Inuit High Kicking, bum hop and more hosted by Stephen Paquette, Traditional Knowledge Keeper and Darryl Day.

Taste of Canada
Come enjoy some amazing food representing Canada’s diverse culture! Local restaurants Coriander Green, French Lunch, Fuego Tapas Bar, Maro’s, Nostalgia Latin Market, Solasta, The Stout Monk and Zagros Grill House will host this delicious activity.

Master Chef Family
Compete as a family in a special “Canadian” cooking challenge that will be judged by Stephanie Brewster, winner of the Chopped Canada TV show and Chef David Lynom, local Oakville Executive Chef! Contestants will select from a variety of supplied ingredients to create their dish, including a mystery ingredient.
Stephanie BrewsterChef David Lynom

Video Time Capsule
Join us to create a special time capsule to be opened during the Oakville YMCA’s 100th birthday! Oakville Galleries will host this fun art activity, so bring the kids to make an item that represents our time or bring something from home to add. Don’t forget to bring a camera so you can take a keepsake photo.

Nature Hike at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Exploring nature is one of the best ways to spend quality active time with your family. Join us for a guided walk through Bronte Park and help us plant some apple trees to expand their orchard! Transportation will be provided to and from Bronte. Meet at the front of the YMCA by the bike rack at 2:30.


Thank you to our community partners and exhibitors!

The YMCA of Oakville partners with many local agencies and organizations to build a healthy community. Thank you to our valued community partners for participating in Healthy Kids Day.

Community PartnersExhibitorsRestaurantsSpecial Guests
Bricks 4 Kidz
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
EVP Volleyball
Oakville Galleries
Oakville Public Library
Oakville Soccer Club
Bruce Trail Conservancy
CMHA Halton Region Branch
Crawford Lake
Halton Conservation Authority
Town of Oakville
Coriander Green
French Lunch
Fuego Tapas
Nostalgia Latin Market
Stout Monk
Zagros Grill House
Stephen Paquette
Darryl Day
Stephanie Brewster
Julia Hanna


Survey says…

According to the 2016 YMCA Healthy Kids Survey, parents are most concerned about their children’s mental and emotional health. We surveyed parents across Canada with children between the ages of 0 and 18. When it comes to their children’s healthy development, parents are most concerned about their children’s mental/emotional health (50%) followed by physical (28%) and social health (22%). Time and money are the main barriers holding Canadian parents back from leading healthy, active lifestyles with their family.

As a YMCA, our mission is to improve the health and well-being of Canadians, in body, mind and spirit. You may not think the YMCA can help improve mental health, but visit us any day and you`ll see people connecting with others, building a support network and working together to reach their health goals. Our research has shown that there are many positive effects of belonging to the YMCA – people tell us they feel less alone, find it easier to make friends, and have better health. Visit us to see for yourself!

Kids tell us about being healthy