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As the clocks spring forward, the Plano Family YMCA looks to do the same as it leaps into springtime with several fun activities and programs. The Adventure Guides and Princesses have a full calendar; spring sports are getting underway; and the Y’s Annual Campaign is going strong, in order to benefit families throughout the community.

Adventure Guides and Princesses

Dads have the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with their kids during the multitude of upcoming events for the Plano Y’s Adventure Guides and Princesses program.

Fathers and their children can spend one hour of unlimited bowling for $50/pair (shoes included, 4-6 people per lane) at Plano Main Event on Saturday, March 21. Bowling begins at 2 p.m. with a pizza lunch buffet to enjoy while bowling and a $10 game card!

The make-up day for the Adventure Guides Derby Day event will also commence on Sunday, March 22 at the Plano Y. The event allows kids to build wooden cars with plastic wheels that, propelled only by gravity, race each other down a set of tracks. This is a four-race event, with the fastest average overall time coming in first. Race time begins at 1 p.m. and check-in at 12 p.m. Registration is available through Wednesday, March 18 at the Plano Family YMCA for $15 per child and includes a car kit. On race day participants will need to check in their cars by no later than 30 minutes before their race in order for the Race Organizers to establish the schedule.  Cars checked in late run the risk of not making it into the normal rotation or potentially being left out altogether. Don't be late!

Registration for Spring Campouts is also now available online, for the following dates:

April 10, 2015: 1st Grade - Camp Grady Spruce, $113/person

April 17, 2015: Kindergarten - CampClassen, $113/person

April 24, 2015: 2nd Grade - CampClassen, $113/person

May 15, 2015: 3rd Grade - Sky Ranch, $118/person

The Adventure Guides Turkey Shoot event, which was postponed due to inclement weather back in November, will commence on March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to archery, there will be walk-up stations for BB guns and paintball, and a bounce house. For more information and to view the program calendar, visit ymcadallas.org/locations/plano/adventure_guides/.

Heating up with Summer Sports

The Plano Family YMCA will soon kick off its summer sports programs, starting with Summer Basketball (ages 3-12) which runs from June 9th through July 23rd. The Summer T-Ball Clinics for Small Fry (ages 3-5) and youth ages 5-8 begin July 14th and run through August 18th. The Plano Family YMCA will also ramp up the Summer Indoor Soccer Clinics for its Small Fry (3-5) and youth (5-8) starting July 23 through August 27th.

The YMCA Youth Sports philosophy is to allow kids to participate in a noncompetitive program with an emphasis on fun, development of character, and fair play. The youth sports programs help families and individuals grow personally, clarify values, improve relationships, appreciate diversity, develop leadership skills and – most of all – have fun!

YMCA coaches lead players through drills and games that build skills, develop coordination and enhance a love of the game, making sure everyone participates and emphasizing the development of character.

Registration for the above programs is already underway so be sure to sign up fast! For more information contact Kent Voyles, Sports Coordinator, at 214.705.9459 or email kvoyles@ymcadallas.org.

A campaign to build and strengthen the community

The Plano Y looks to make big strides in its campaign this year to help raise money in order to provide financial assistance for families and children to participate in its programs.

The Plano Family YMCA is more than just a place to come and get fit and play sports. For nearly 50 years, the Plano Y has helped nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

“A lot of people think the YMCA is just a place to come and exercise, take swim lessons or play basketball,” said Vice President of Operations Mike Jobe. “We are much more than that. From exercise to education, to preschool and preventative health, the Y doesn't just strengthen our bodies. It makes an impact and strengthens our community.”

To make a donation, go online to ymcadallas.org/donate/.

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