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Local NewsHealthy Kids offers free summer passport program

Brantford’s Healthy Kids Program is partnering with the County of Brant to invite kids and families to participate in the free Healthy Kids Nature is Best Summer Passport program throughout July and August 2022 that encourages children, along with their families and friends, to get outside, be active, and win prizes.

“We are excited to announce the return of the Nature is Best Summer Passport program as a way for children and their families to reconnect with nature,” said Bethany Letto, Community Development Coordinator for the City of Brantford. “There’s a new splash pad at 70 Anderson Rd, along with tons of outdoor programming such as movies and musical performances at Harmony Square!”

There are over 50 free activities for children ages 0 to 14 in the City of Brantford and County of Brant to discover, including cycling/walking on a trail, movies in the park, playing in a splash pad, visiting local playgrounds, building a bird feeder or a nature fort, and much more. Kids can participate in as many activities as they want towards completing each passport throughout July and August.

“There are a lot of exciting activities that have been added to the passport this year as well as activities we know kids have enjoyed in the past,” said Lisa Koekoek, Recreation Coordinator for the County of Brant. “We hope it provides all participants with a chance to experience nature and create some fun DIY projects.”

Participating families can also be entered for the chance to win a grand prize of a $50.00 Walmart gift card or one of three Healthy Kids swag bags valued at $25.00 by uploading photos of their kids participating in the activities to LetsTalkBrantford.ca/NatureIsBest.

The full list of activities can be found in the Healthy Kids calendar at Brantford.ca/NatureIsBest. Physical copies of the passports are available for pickup at Brantford City Hall, EarlyON Centres, Brantford Community Recreation Centres, and the Brant Sports Complex. There is also an option to download and print the passports at Brantford.ca/NatureIsBest.

About the Healthy Kids Program

Since 2015, the Passport to Health program has proven to be an effective way to successfully connect kids to discover new activities they may not have otherwise tried. The Healthy Kids program continues to demonstrate significant success in changing the culture of children’s health within the community through innovative projects, partnerships and awareness campaigns. Parents whose children have participated in the Healthy Kids program reported improvements in their child’s motivation to participate in physical activity, eat healthy foods, and drink more water.

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