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Kids' Night Out gives children, adults a break

Friday, December 14, 2012

By Pasang Sherpa

Nevada Daily Mail

The Osage Prairie YMCA recently started a program called, "Kids' Night Out."

This program gives kids ages 2 to 12 a chance to have a place to go and have fun while their parents have an opportunity to spend some quality time together and maybe even have a date night out.

Executive Director Jeffrey Snyder said, "It's a chance for parents to de-stress and relax, knowing that their kids are in a safe and supervised environment, where they are going to have fun, stay active and make new friends."

This 4-hour program provides affordable childcare from 6 p.m. -- 10 p.m. ,once a month, usually on a Friday or Saturday. The program cost is $10 per child for YMCA members and $15 per child for non-members. Kids' Night Out maintains a ratio of one adult staff to 10 to 12 children. The next Kids' Night out scheduled on Dec. 15; to make reservations, call (417) 667-9622.

In addition, Osage Prairie YMCA is planning to do a Fathers' Day campout, to celebrate the history of Fathers' Day and its origins, which link to the YMCA in Spokane, Wash.

Snyder said, "We intend to offer a Fathers' Day campout that will encourage dads to spend some quality time with their kids."

This friendly camp out session will mainly emphasize the importance of having male leadership role models in the lives of children and create stronger bonds between them.

Snyder said, "The Fathers' Day campout will be free for everyone as it's something the YMCA wants to do for the community."

Pasang Sherpa is a Cottey College marketing student, working in partnership with Nevada Osage Prairie YMCA. For more information, call (417) 667-9622.

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