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Tuesdays on the Town in Sycamore draws families with fun, fitness

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Danielle Guerra – dguerra@shawmedia.com)
Alyssa Wilkerson, 9, of Sycamore, hula hoops along with instructor Star Crouch of the Kishwaukee Family YMCA on Tuesday during Sycamore's Tuesdays on the Town.

SYCAMORE – Of all the places Elizabeth Jackson-Helton has lived, she said the only city that continuously offers family events is Sycamore.

Jackson-Helton attended Tuesdays on the Town with her family, including 8-year-old son Avery, who practiced yoga poses with Katerpillar Kids Yoga owner Sue Erickson.

“It’s free, it’s fun, it’s educational. There’s something for everyone here,” Jackson-Helton said. “I love it because the whole community can come out and have a great time.”

Representatives from Kishwaukee Family YMCA were on hand offering children’s activities, balloon animals and basketball during the downtown event. YMCA partners Katerpillar Kids Yoga and Creative Therapeutics also attended the event, which had a theme of Family, Fitness and Fun Night.

Tuesdays on the Town is offered on the second Tuesday each month. Next month’s event will be the final one of the year and will also include family-friendly activities, according to Discover Sycamore.

It was the first time this year that YMCA was at the event, said Kishwaukee Family YMCA marketing director Heather Eade. She said the event was beneficial in two ways: because it showcased businesses people might not have had prior exposure to, and because it was a way for children to see their parents become active.

Some parents hula-hooped during the event.

“People seem to be having a pretty great time,” Eade said.

Sycamore resident Karen Collins said she was having fun with her three children: Lucas, 8; Kira, 7; and Aidan, 2. The family tries to come to every Tuesdays on the Town when they don’t have anything planned during the summer, Collins said.

Collins said her children were looking forward to Tuesdays on the Town after attending a back-to-school event earlier in the day.

“It’s fun watching them have fun,” Collins said.

Sycamore resident Jason Hulst was watching his wife and daughter hula hoop. He walked to the event since he lives about a block away from the downtown festivities.

“It’s right here,” Hulst said. “I’m going to hear it whether I come or not.”

The sounds of basketballs bouncing against the pavement could also be heard. Charlie Ratfield, 6, of Sycamore said he shot three baskets in a row. Charlie also played with Play-Doh at the event.

“I like the whole thing,” Charlie said. “It’s just fun for me.”

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