Summer fun at the Midtown YWCA

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It is July, which is almost the middle of summer vacation. What fun things did you do in June? I am currently going to a fun summer camp each weekday. The name of it is Camp Butwin. We get to go horseback riding, swim in a great big pool and go on nature walks. This is my fourth year at Camp Butwin. I have a lot of friends there, but they are different from my friends at school. So it is fun to see them (almost) every year at camp.

Another fun place to go to is right in our own neighborhood – the Midtown YWCA. It’s on Lake Street near the light rail line. They have things for every one of all ages to do there. In 1891, the first YWCA of Minneapolis was located downtown on the second floor above a store. In 2000, the Midtown YWCA first opened – it is the newest and the largest of the three locations.

They have an indoor water park and the largest indoor walking track in the Twin Cities. You can sign up for swimming lessons. I was in a few classes, and during one of my classes they were also teaching older people how to swim and exercise in the water. When I was five years old I used to go there with my Grandma Flo. She would exercise while I spent time in the Kids Zone (the water park area). When I turned 6 we had my birthday party at the YWCA with many of my friends. It was really fun because we had cake and we got to swim in the pool.

I will soon know much more about the Midtown YWCA because I plan to interview the General Manager, Jack Boarman. I’m sure he will have a lot to say about the Y and all the fun things to do there. I’ll let you know all about it in an upcoming issue.

Have a great rest of your summer!

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