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It’s up to you what you want to do…
   Play Hard in (and around)
           ENTER CITY
                                 Table of Contents
Introduction .....................................................................................4-12
Apple and Pumpkin Picking ............................................................... 13
Art Classes .......................................................................................... 14
Beach, Lake, or Park Party ................................................................. 15
Basketball ........................................................................................... 16
Bike Riding......................................................................................... 17
Berry Picking ...................................................................................... 18
Bowling .............................................................................................. 19
Camping (Day Camps) ....................................................................... 20
Camping (Overnight).......................................................................... 21
Cross Country Skiing ......................................................................... 22
Drama ................................................................................................. 23
Festivals …… ..................................................................................... 24
Fishing ................................................................................................ 25
Four Square ........................................................................................ 26
Gardening ........................................................................................... 27
Golf/Mini-golf .................................................................................... 28
Horseback Riding ............................................................................... 29
Hula Hoops ......................................................................................... 30
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                         Table of Contents (Cont.)
Ice Skating .......................................................................................... 31
Jump Rope .......................................................................................... 32
Hiking Trail ........................................................................................ 33
Karate ................................................................................................. 34
Nature Walk ....................................................................................... 35
Organized Sports ................................................................................ 36
Play Structures .................................................................................... 37
Roller Skating or Rollerblading .......................................................... 38
Sidewalk Chalk................................................................................... 39
Skateboarding ..................................................................................... 40
Downhill Skiing ................................................................................. 41
Sledding .............................................................................................. 42
Snow Fun ............................................................................................ 43
Swimming (Indoor) ............................................................................ 44
Swimming (Outdoor).......................................................................... 45
Tennis (Indoor) ................................................................................... 46
Tennis (Outdoor) ................................................................................ 47
4-H Programs (MSU Extension) ........................................................ 48

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               Introduction – For Parents
Why This Guide?
This guide was developed with ENTER CITY kids and
families in mind.
Children today are not active enough. Being inactive can lead to
serious health problems that used to show up only in adults such as
diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Children should be active for 60 minutes every day — and they
should have fun doing it! This guide contains lots of fun things kids
can do in and around ENTER CITY to be active. So turn off your
TV, dump the controller, choose something out of this book and…




   Play hard in ENTER CITY. You’ll be glad you did!

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    Children’s Eating and Physical Activity
    Habits Are Not What They Should Be:

-   The percentage of children and adolescents who are
    overweight has more than doubled in the past 30 years
    with most of the increase since the late 1970s.
-   Over one-half of the children at the highest weight
    percentiles will persist in being heavy into adulthood.
-   Between 1977 and 1995 the number of walking and
    bicycling trips made by children ages 5-15 dropped by
    40 percent.
-   Children ages 2-18 spend an average of four hours a day
    watching television, DVDs or videotapes, playing video
    games or using a computer.

                            -5-
       Link Physical Activity with Books

There is a natural link between reading, nutrition, and physical
activity. Kids love to read stories about things that are
connected to their own daily lives such as playing sports,
being active, and family mealtime.
Each activity in this book has a Book Link that goes with it.
You can find many of these books at school and at the local
library. If you read the Book Link book, to or with your child
before, after (or sometimes while) doing the activity you will
help to teach him or her that being physically active is
healthy—and fun!




                              -6-
          Great Places to Read and Play

In ENTER CITY, there are lots of places you can play with
your child, then sit down and read a good book. So grab your
child’s favorite book, pack some water and a healthy snack,
and visit these great places in ENTER CITY where you can
read and play.
   ENTER LOCAL PARK NAME AND ADDRESS
   ENTER LOCAL PARK NAME AND ADDRESS
   ENTER LOCAL PARK NAME AND ADDRESS
   ENTER LOCAL PARK NAME AND ADDRESS
   ENTER LOCAL PARK NAME AND ADDRESS
   ENTER LOCAL PARK NAME AND ADDRESS



                            -7-
                 Get Busy Reading!!!

Research shows that children who read in their free time are
better readers, so…start encouraging your child to read today!
   Pick a place to read. Set up a reading corner in your
    house where your child can read, a place that’s not too
    busy or noisy. Make it comfortable by adding a reading
    light and a comfortable chair or some pillows.
   Stop the interruptions! Find time to read to or with your
    child every day. Turn off the pagers and cell phones.
    Don’t answer the door or phone. Your child will
    appreciate the attention and know that he or she is special
    to you.
   Be a reading role model. Let your child see you reading
    a book or magazine. Talk about how you use reading in
    your job throughout the          day.
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 Make Reading Part of Your Active Lifestyle

       Fun Literacy Games to Play on the Go
Outdoor ABC: Say a letter. The first person to name five
things to do outside beginning with that letter gets to pick the
next letter.
Groovy Letters: Try to shape your body like letters in the
alphabet and have players guess the letters. Spell out a word.
The first one to guess the word gets to go next.
Moving Rhymes: Hop, stop, pop—these words all rhyme!
Make a game of rhyming activity words and then do the
activity. Whoever goes first picks a word and everyone does
the activity. The next person chooses a word that rhymes and
everyone does that activity, and on it goes!

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                 Read and Move

Try these fun books that make you want to get up
                   and move!


             The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter
             Dem Bones by Bob Barner
             Animal Action ABC by Karen Pandell
             Shimmy Shake Earthquake: Don’t Forget to
              Dance Poems by Cynthia Jabar




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      ENTER THE NAME OF YOUR LOCAL
                 LIBRARY


       Check out the books and fun activities!

The ENTER LOCAL LIBRARY has a wonderful variety of
books available to check out. Free activities, story hours, and
summer reading programs are available.
The Library is located at ENTER THE ADDRESS OF
YOUR LOCAL LIRBARY.
       Call ENTER LIBRARY PHONE # for details.



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                         Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition is a national initiative designed to motivate,
encourage, and empower schools, families and the community to
work together to continually improve school meals and to make
food and physical activity choices for a healthy lifestyle. Team
Nutrition is helping children in grades pre-K through 12 and their
families to:

        Eat a variety of foods.
        Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
        Eat lower fat foods more often.
        Get your calcium-rich foods.
        Be physically active.

       To learn more about Michigan Team Nutrition, go to:
                    www.tn.fcs.msue.msu.edu
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            Apples and Pumpkin Picking

There are several places in (and around) ENTER CITY
where you can pick apples and pumpkins for a reasonable
price — and get exercise while doing it!

   ENTER FARM, ADDRESS, AND PHONE #
   ENTER FARM, ADDRESS, AND PHONE #
   ENTER FARM, ADDRESS, AND PHONE #


    Always wash the outside of fresh fruit before you eat it.


    Book Link: Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

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                       Art Classes
“Art” can include lots of different ways to wake your body up
and get you moving. The ENTER COMMUNITY ART
CENTER NAME often has kids’ classes that are good for
your body such as:
1. Music and Movement
2. Children’s Theater
3. Children’s Dance

Call the ENTER COMMUNITY ART CENTER NAME
for more information about kids’ classes: ENTER
COMMUNITY ART CENTER PHONE #.


  Book Link: Frog Legs: A Picture Book of Action Verses
                  by George Shannon
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            Beach, Lake, or Park Party

You don’t need much to have fun at the beach, lake, or park
— just pack plenty of water to drink and some sunscreen. Try
these activities to get moving at the beach, lake, or park:

1. Build a sandcastle bigger than any one you’ve every seen!
2. Dig a hole and bury your best friend. Make sure his or her
   head is sticking all the way out.
3. Play volleyball or Frisbee.
4. Walk or run.
5. Hula-hoop.


        Book Link: How Will We Get to the Beach?
                   by Brigitte Luciani

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                         Basketball

If you have a basketball, or any other ball that will reach and
fit through the hoop, you can play basketball for free at the
following city parks:

1. ENTER PARK NAME AND ADDRESS
2. ENTER PARK NAME AND ADDRESS
3. ENTER PARK NAME AND ADDRESS


Parks close at ENTER TIME.

      Book Link: My Basketball Book by Gail Gibbons


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                        Bike Riding
Riding a bike is a great way to build strong leg muscles.
Bike-riding tips:

1.   Always wear a bike helmet.
2.   Wear closed-toe shoe such as tennis shoes or sneakers.
3.   Don’t put more than one person on a bike built for one.
4.   Ride where it’s safe.

Just learning how? Practice with an adult or older sister or
brother someplace where the ground isn’t bumpy, for
example, a church parking lot when church is not in session.


       Book Link: Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
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                      Berry Picking

Picking berries is hard work but the reward (great tasting
berries) is worth it! Pick your own berries at these places:

1.   ENTER FARM, ADDRESS, AND PHONE #

2.   ENTER FARM, ADDRESS, AND PHONE #

3.   ENTER FARM, ADDRESS, AND PHONE #

          Always wash berries before you eat them.



       Book Link: The Berry Book by Gail Gibbons

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                       Bowling
Bowling builds up your arm and leg muscles and helps to
develop coordination. You can bowl at ENTER NAME OF
LOCAL BOWLING ALLEY.
Facts about ENTER NAME OF LOCAL BOWLING
ALLEY:
1. ENTER COST FOR BOWLING AND SHOE
   RENTAL
2. ENTER SPECIAL KIDS PROGRAM
   INFORMATION
3. ENTER ADDRESS AND PHONE #


                Book Link: I Can Bowl!
     by Linda Johns
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                     Day Camps

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Try a day
camp where you will be active and learning. No boredom
allowed!

1. ENTER PROGRAM NAME, ADDRESS, AND
   PHONE #
2. ENTER PROGRAM NAME, ADDRESS, AND
   PHONE #
3. ENTER PROGRAM NAME, ADDRESS, AND
   PHONE #

      Book Link: The Berenstain Bears Go To Camp
              by Stan and Jan Berenstain
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                        Camping
ENTER LOCAL CAMPGROUND NAMES is/are
one/some of the nicest state parks in Michigan—and it’s just
around the corner. Reserve a campsite or go for a day trip.
Facts about the park(s):

1. ENTER LOCATION(S) AND PHONE #(S)
2. ENTER COST FOR CAMPING AND VEHICLE
   PARKING
3. ENTER INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIAL KIDS
   PROGRAMS OR EVENTS


      Book Link: When I go Camping with Grandma
                   by Marion Bauer

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               Cross–country Skiing

The trails at ENTER LOCAL TRAIL NAMES,
ADDRESSES, AND PHONE # are quiet, beautiful, and great
for cross-country skiing.

 1. Make sure you dress warmly and wear a hat.

 2. Bring a healthy snack and some water to drink.

 3. Go with someone who knows the trails.



         Book Link: Elympics by X. J. Kennedy


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             Drama – Become an Actor

Being in a play, singing, and dancing are exercise! Turn off
the TV and make up a play of your own or contact one of the
organizations below to find out when the next kids’
production, program, or class is.

1.   ENTER PROGRAM NAME, ADDRESS, AND
     PHONE #
2.   ENTER PROGRAM NAME, ADDRESS, AND
     PHONE #
3.   ENTER PROGRAM NAME, ADDRESS, AND
     PHONE #
      Book Link: Rattlesnake Dance by Jim Arnosky

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              Festivals in ENTER CITY

Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and go to ENTER CITY
where several local festivals are held. These festivals often
include physical activity stations or booths, for example a
climbing wall, soccer kick, fun run and more.

 1. ENTER FESTIVAL, ADDRESS, AND DATES
 2. ENTER FESTIVAL, ADDRESS, AND DATES
 3. ENTER FESTIVAL, ADDRESS, AND DATES

Call ENTER VISITOR BUREAU NAME for more information:
                  ENTER PHONE #


            Book Link: Fiesta! by June Behrens
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                        Fishing
Grab a pole and gather up a few worms. Fishing in ENTER
CITY is free for kids under 16 years old!



ENTER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BEST FISHING
LOCATIONS AND LOCAL KIDS FISHING EVENTS.


     Don’t go fishing alone. Bring an adult with you.



    Book Link: Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer

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                       Four Square

All that’s needed is a large rubber ball and a piece of chalk to
draw the squares.

How to Play Four Square:

1. Draw a large square about (20' x 20'), then draw a large
   cross in the middle, dividing the large square into four
   smaller squares.
2. Each player (4) stands in a square.
3. The object of the game is to keep the ball in play. The ball
   must bounce one time in each square before returning it to
   another square.
                 Book Link: To Be a Kid
           by Maya Ajmera and John D. Invanko
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                         Gardening
 If you have dirt in your yard and a few seeds, you can have a
 garden. Gardening is good exercise. You bend and stretch a
 lot when you are planting, watering, and weeding a garden.
 Gardening tips:
 1. Buy seeds or plants that are right for the kind of sun and
    dirt you have. Read the package to find out what will
    grow best in your yard.
 2. You don’t need a lot of fancy tools to garden with; just
    something to dig with and something to hold water should
    be all you need.
 3. Water your garden every day.
You can buy plant and flower seeds at ENTER THE NAMES
OF LOCAL GARDENING SUPPLY STORIES.
        Book Link: The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall
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                     Golf/Mini Golf

Golf and mini-golf are fun to play and playing often helps you
develop eye-hand coordination. Places to golf and play mini-
golf in ENTER CITY include:

 1. ENTER GOLF/MINI GOLF COURSE, ADDRESS,
    AND PHONE #
 2. ENTER GOLF/MINI GOLF COURSE, ADDRESS,
    AND PHONE #
 3. ENTER GOLF/MINI GOLF COURSE, ADDRESS,
    AND PHONE #


       Book Link: Count on Golf by Susan Greene
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                  Horseback Riding

Do you love horses? Most kids do. Find out what it’s like to
ride on a horse at ENTER NAME OF LOCAL STABLE(S).


1. ENTER TYPES OF HORSES        AND RIDING
   EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE
2. ENTER TYPES OF RIDING TRAILS
3. ENTER COST
4. ENTER ADDRESS
                 Call: ENTER PHONE #


  Book Link: Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner

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                      Hula-hoops

Hula-hooping is a great way to get your body moving, and its
fun! So haul out the hula-hoops and…

1. Have a hula-hooping contest.
2. Try hula-hooping with the hoop around your neck, arms,
   or feet.
3. Try jump roping with a hula-hoop.
You can buy hula-hoops at the ENTER NAME OF
LOCAL RETAILER THAT SELLS HULA HOOPS,
ADDRESS, AND PRICE.


             Book Link: Come Out and Play
          by Maya Ajmera and John D. Invanko
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                       Ice Skating
Ice-skating is great exercise. Skating strengthens your whole
body, especially your legs and heart. You can ice skate at
ENTER NAME OF LOCAL ICE SKATING RINK.
Facts about ENTER NAME OF LOCAL ICE SKATING
RINK:

 1. ENTER COST FOR ICE SKATING AND SKATE
    RENTAL
 2. ENTER SPECIAL KIDS PROGRAM
    INFORMATION
 3. ENTER ADDRESS AND PHONE #


       Book Link: Slip! Slip! Skate! by Gail Herman

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                       Jump Rope
Jumping rope is a great way to strengthen your body and your
mind at the same time while you learn and recite jump rope
rhymes. Try jumping rope…


1. Backwards one foot at a time or with your feet together;
2. With your eyes closed (be careful!);
3. Cross-over style: just before you jump, cross your arms
   and jump through the smaller loop;
4. Together with your best friend.



    Book Link: Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes
                    by Joanna Cole
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                        Hiking Trails
Hiking is great exercise. It strengthens your whole body,
especially your legs and heart... and it’s fun to do with your
whole family. You can hike at ENTER NAME OF LOCAL
HIKING TRAIL(S).
Trail Information:

1.   ENTER TRAIL FEES
2.   ENTER ADDRESS AND PHONE #
3.   ENTER LOCATION OF RESTROOMS
4.   Bring a healthy snack and some water with you.
5.   Don’t disturb animals or pick flowers on the trail.



          Book Link: Rabbit Food by Susanna Gretz
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                            Karate
Karate is great for your body and helps kids develop strength,
coordination, flexibility and discipline. You can learn karate at
ENTER NAME OF LOCAL KARATE FACILITY.
Facts about ENTER NAME OF LOCAL KARATE
FACILITY:

1. ENTER COST FOR KARATE LESSONS
2. ENTER SPECIAL KIDS PROGRAM
   INFORMATION
3. ENTER ADDRESS AND PHONE #


                  Book Link: Karate for Kids
                     by Robin L. Rielly

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                   Nature Walk (Fall)

In the fall, bundle up and take a Nature Walk with your family
around the neighborhood. Collect leaves, acorns, pinecones
and other items. Make a bird feeder by following these
directions.
Cover a large pinecone end-to-end with peanut putter. Roll in
birdseed. Tie a string on the end and hang from a tree or your
porch.




      Book Link: Take a Tree Walk by Jane Kirkland

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                   Organized Sports
There are lots of different organized sports you can play in
ENTER CITY, but what is offered one year might not be
offered the next. Call the ENTER THE NAME, TITLE,
AND PHONE # OF LOCAL COMMUNITY
RECREATION DEPARTMENT, YMCA, OR OTHER
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER for more information
on the following sports:

      Softball                        Football
      Baseball                        Soccer
      Volleyball                      Hockey
      Basketball                      Swimming
      Cheerleading                    Wrestling

       Book Link: Game Time! by Stuart J. Murphy
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                     Play Structures
 ENTER CITY parks have great play structures for young
 children under 10 years old. Visit these parks:

    ENTER LOCAL PARK NAME AND ADDRESS
    ENTER LOCAL PARK NAME AND ADDRESS
    ENTER LOCAL PARK NAME AND ADDRESS

 Pack water and a healthy snack, take a break, and curl up with
 a good book when you go to the park. Parents should read to
 their kids every day.


Book Link: Oh the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You!
                       by Trish Rabe

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          Roller Skating or Rollerblading
Have fun on wheels! Roller skating or rollerblading is great
exercise. So, put on your helmet and safety pads and go. If the
weather is bad, you can skate indoors at ENTER NAME OF
LOCAL ROLLER RINK.
Facts about ENTER NAME OF LOCAL ROLLER RINK:
1. ENTER COST AND SKATE RENTAL FEE
2. ENTER SPECIAL KIDS PROGRAM
   INFORMATION
3. ENTER ADDRESS AND PHONE #
4. Wear a helmet and safety pads.


      Book Link: In-Line Skating by Cynthia Klingel

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                     Sidewalk Chalk

Let the inner artist inside you shine, and have fun outside
while doing it! Grab a bucket of sidewalk chalk, find a safe
place to draw and…

1. Invite a friend over and take turns tracing around each
   other’s bodies.
2. Draw hopscotch and play hopscotch.
3. Draw a number line and see how high you can count.
   Practice hopping to every other number.
You can buy sidewalk chalk at ENTER NAME OF
LOCAL RETAILER THAT SELLS SIDEWALK
CHALK, ADDRESS, AND PRICE.

Book Link: Eggbert the Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross
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                    Skateboarding

Tony Hawk watch out! Sharpen your skateboarding skills at
ENTER NAME OF LOCAL SKATEBOARD PARK.

Facts about ENTER NAME OF LOCAL SKATEBOARD
PARK:

1. ENTER COST
2. ENTER SPECIAL KIDS PROGRAM
   INFORMATION
3. ENTER ADDRESS AND PHONE #
4. Wear a helmet and safety pads.


     Book Link: Wait, Skates! by Mildred d. Johnson
                           - 42 -
                  Downhill Skiing


Wax your skis and enjoy a day outdoors at ENTER NAME
OF LOCAL SKI FACILITY.

Facts about ENTER NAME OF LOCAL SKI FACILITY:

   1. ENTER COST AND RENTAL FEES
   2. ENTER SPECIAL KIDS PROGRAM
      INFORMATION
   3. ENTER ADDRESS AND PHONE #
   4. Wear a helmet and warm clothing.


         Book Link: Snow Dude by Daniel Kirk
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                           Sledding

 Sledding is fun and your heart and legs get stronger when you
 pull your sled up the hill. Places to sled in ENTER CITY
 include:
    ENTER LOCAL SLEDDING AREA AND ADDRESS
    ENTER LOCAL SLEDDING AREA AND ADDRESS
    ENTER LOCAL SLEDDING AREA AND ADDRESS
Sledding can be dangerous. Dress warmly and watch out for
other people when sledding. Older sleds made of wood and
metal can be very dangerous. Don’t use this kind of sled on the
sledding hills.


         Book Link: Perfect Day for It by Jan Fearnley

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                         Snow Fun

Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, there are lots of fun
things you can do outside in the snow for fun – right in your
own back yard!

1. Make a snow fort. Climb inside and sip hot chocolate.
2. Make a snow angel family.
3. Have a snowball fight. Make sure everyone agrees to be
   in “the fight” before you begin.



         Book Link: Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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                  Swimming – Indoor
Don’t let cold weather keep you from having fun in the water.
The ENTER NAME OF LOCAL INDOOR SWIMMING
FACILITY.

Facts about ENTER NAME OF LOCAL INDOOR
SWIMMING FACILITY:

1. ENTER COST
2. ENTER SPECIAL KIDS PROGRAM
   INFORMATION
3. FREE SWIM AND FAMILY SWIM TIMES
4. ENTER ADDRESS AND PHONE #

 Book Link: Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London

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                 Swimming – Outdoor

Enjoy the water and have fun! Visit your local community
pool, beach, or lake. Here are some ideas of safe places to
swim near ENTER CITY:

   ENTER SWIM AREA NAME AND ADDRESS
   ENTER SWIM AREA NAME AND ADDRESS
   ENTER SWIM AREA NAME AND ADDRESS



     Book Link: Swimming for Fun by Andrew Willett




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                     Tennis - Indoor
Tennis is fun and your heart and legs get stronger when you
play. Whether you’re just beginning your tennis career or you
have already started it, there is a spot for you at the ENTER
NAME OF LOCAL INDOOR TENNIS FACILITY.

Facts about ENTER NAME OF LOCAL INDOOR
TENNIS FACILITY:
1.    ENTER COST
2.    ENTER SPECIAL KIDS PROGRAM
      INFORMATION
3.    ENTER ADDRESS AND PHONE #

     Book Link: Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery
                     by David A. Adler
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                    Tennis - Outdoor
Get out in the sun and play some tennis. Run around, hit the
ball, and have a great time. Here are local parks and schools
in ENTER CITY where you can play:

   1. ENTER TENNIS COURT AND ADDRESS
   2. ENTER TENNIS COURT AND ADDRESS
   3. ENTER TENNIS COURT AND ADDRESS




      Book Link: Tennis in Action by Bobbie Kalman
                   and John Crossingham


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                     4-H Programs

Michigan State University Extension, 4-H, and other programs
are especially good at getting kids active and keeping them
moving while doing things they enjoy. Call the ENTER
COUNTY County MSU Extension office to find out what’s
available!

                    ENTER PHONE
                    ENTER ADDRES
                     ENTER EMAIL




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