Hey, moms and dads, summer is fast approaching. Have ideas on how to keep your kids active and off the couch? Want some?

Kids Play Day 2012 is just the ticket you’re looking for.

Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 on the grounds of the Kids Specialty Center, located on the Women’s & Children’s Hospital campus, 4600 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Kids Play Day 2012 will feature a Kids ER Teddy Bear Clinic, football toss, fun jumps, a rock wall, carnival-style games, an obstacle course, exercise demonstrations and much more.

And the best part: There is no cost to attend. The event is open to the public. Families, especially those with children in grades Pre-K to 5, are encouraged to attend together to enjoy the various activities and learn as a family about ways to have fun this summer while staying away from the common pitfalls of video games, television and high-calorie snacks.

The annual event is presented by Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, or SWLAHEC, and the Kids Specialty Center. More than 20 area organizations are on tap to participate and offer information on summer camps and other activities for Acadiana children to help them have a happier, healthier summer. Other presentations include healthy snacking and eating habits and better alternatives to sodas and heavy-sugar drinks.

Free snacks and water will be available. Other food options will be available for sale, so families can plan to spend the four hours enjoying all the activities without having to worry about leaving the event to grab lunch.

Contact Trevis R. Badeaux, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 521-9172 or Trevis.Badeaux@hcahealthcare.com for more information.