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Keep your kids active this summer both physically and mentally

The Albany Area YMCA offers both group and private swim lessons. (Source:WALB) The Albany Area YMCA offers both group and private swim lessons. (Source:WALB)
Children have a chance to win prizes for reading during the summer. (Source:WALB) Children have a chance to win prizes for reading during the summer. (Source:WALB)
Rachel Ortegon, Aquatics Director (Source:WALB) Rachel Ortegon, Aquatics Director (Source:WALB)
Healhty Kids Day promotes family fun and physical fitness. (Source:WALB) Healhty Kids Day promotes family fun and physical fitness. (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some Albany programs are making sure that children stay active both mentally and physically during the upcoming summer months.

The Dougherty County Public Library has a number of activities lined up at all of its various locations.

Children can attend free events that will test their artistic and intellectual skills, like the “Cardboard Challenge” taking place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Northwest branch. Children will be encouraged to think outside the box to create their own cardboard creations.

To encourage students to read over the break, the Dougherty County Public Library will have its annual summer reading program.

Summer reading logs can be picked up at any of the branches starting on Monday, May 23.

The Albany Area YMCA is also encouraging kids to stay physically active over the summer.

To help kick start the season, many South Georgia YMCAs will be hosting Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, May 14.

The purpose of Healthy Kids Day is to promote family fun and physical fitness. It also gives parents a chance to learn about the active opportunities that the YMCA offers children of various ages.

“We provide a number of outlets, so that they’re not just sitting on the couches playing video games. We’re providing fun activities and at the same time they’re getting the [exercise] that their bodies need throughout the summer,” aquatics director Rachel Ortegon says.

To promote a healthier lifestyle, the Albany Area YMCA will also open the pool free to the public until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Healthy Kids Day at the Albany Area YMCA will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the YMCA Sports Park located at 4508 Gillionville Road.

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