By Laura Bratcher, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and RecreationApril 1, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Child, Youth and School Services is kicking off Month of the Military Child with a ton of fun activities, here.
The first and one of the most popular events is "PT in the Park." This energetic activity brings parents and children together with some of their favorite superhero and cartoon characters for a fun morning of aerobic activity.
Families will gather early April 5 at Schofield Barracks and April 26 Fort Shafter to exercise to music and run through obstacle courses, followed by a light breakfast.
The event is popular because children can experience what their parents do each day as a Soldier, and parents will get to spend some time doing something positive and fun with their children.
"This program encourages our military families to ... engage in and live an active, healthy lifestyle and, at the same time, have fun doing it," said Gus Harper, director, Youth Sports and Fitness, CYSS. "In fact, our families would like for us to do more activities like this."
April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To raise awareness about these issues, Child Development Center, or CDC, personnel and keiki are encouraged to wear blue every Monday and blue jeans every Friday throughout April. Also, the CDCs and School Age Centers will be collecting gently used books and stuffed animals through April 7. The centers will donate all items in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Month of the Military Child events
All CYSS facilities will conduct their own celebrations throughout the month. See your center for a complete calendar of events.
--PT in the Park. Participants should bring towels. Afterward, Blue Star Card children can have their photo taken with Eddie the Eagle. Call 808-655-6465. Attend 6:30-7:30 a.m., April 5, Bennett Youth Center Field, Schofield Barracks; or 6:30-7:30 a.m., April 26, Fort Shafter gym.
--Teen Lock-In Around the World. This event goes from 7 p.m-7 a.m., April 16, at the Aliamanu Military Reservation and Schofield Barracks teen centers. Teenagers must be registered with Child, Youth and School Services.
--Mini-Military Madness. Activities will run from 9 a.m.-noon, April 22, Stoneman Field, Schofield Barracks. This event will display Army vehicles and equipment.
MOMC for Blue Star Card holders
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is celebrating BSC keiki with the following events:
--Free BSC keiki meals at Keiki Night throughout April, for children 10 and under. Valid BSCs must be shown to receive the discount. Call 808-655-0002. Keiki nights are 5-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter, or 5-8 p.m., Wednesdays, Kolekole Bar and Grill, Schofield Barracks.
--BSC Family Game Night is 6-8 p.m., April 8, at the Tropics, Schofield Barracks. BSC families will be treated to free hot dogs, chips, drink combos and games. Deadline to register is April 6; call 808-655-0112 or email email@example.com.
--Magic in Paradise show and buffet is 4:30-9:30 p.m., April 19, at the Hale Koa Hotel. Discounted tickets for BSC adults are $35; keiki 17 and younger are free. BSC holders must reserve tickets through the BSC program and not through the Hale Koa activities office for this show.
Deadline to register is April 8; call 808-655-0112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited round-trip transportation is available from Schofield Barracks. Visit www.halekoa.com to learn more about the show.