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October 3, 2013
Playtime! program offers fitness for kids

Tooele City plans to open the Dow James Memorial Building to parents and children this winter for a new indoor Playtime! program.

Parents with young children who have not begun school will be invited to take part in indoor activities and freeplay at the Dow James building on Monday mornings, beginning Oct. 7. The program is intended to keep young children physically active through the cold winter months, said Terra Sherwood, Tooele City youth services coordinator.

“We just felt like it was a gap that we could fill with the building and staff we have on hand,” she said.

Playtime! will include structured physical activity each week from 10 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, with freeplay to follow for another half an hour. Parents and children will be guided through the activities, which will revolve around a weekly theme, by a recreational aid from Tooele City. Because the program aims to cater to young children, Sherwood said, there was no need to hire a specialist to lead the activities.

“When you’re talking fitness for pre-school kids, it’s really about being physically active,” she said.

Tooele City currently has three weeks of Playtime! activities planned for the month of October. If the activities are well-attended, Sherwood said they plan to continue the program through March.

Playtime! activities will begin at 10 a.m. every Monday at the Dow James Memorial Building. There is no cost to participate. Parents are expected to stay and play with their children during the weekly activities.

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