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YMCA offers Parents Night Out

Thursday, October 17, 2002

SIKESTON - "Bewitched's" Samantha Stevens had a pretty good thing going. She could pop in and out of places with a mere snap of her fingers.

Unfortunately, most parents today lack such supernatural skills.

And although it doesn't involve nose twitches or magical pony tales, the YMCA does have an alternative for parents who need to get away for awhile.

The organization's first Parents Night Out will be from 6-11 p.m. Nov. 8 at the YMCA, 602 Tanner St.

While children in grades K-5 participate in an evening of activities, watching movies and entertainment under a supervised environment, parents can enjoy a much needed night to themselves.

"The YMCA wants to provide opportunities for all segments of the family," explained John Heacox, program director. "The YMCA feels parents need a break, they work a full-time job, run kids to their activities, do house work and homework. Sometimes they feel a little selfish. They would like to do something just for themselves or what they would like to do, but they have the kids. What to do? Parents just need some time to themselves and YMCA Parents Night Out may provide that needed time for just each other and not have to worry about their kids."

Currently staff members are planning a night filled with activities that range from various games, movies and popcorn. Also on the agenda is musical entertainment which will include teaching participants new songs.

The cost for the evening is $10 for YMCA members and $15 for nonmembers. The second child in the family can participate for $5. Deadline to register is Nov. 1, to ensure that there will be enough staff and supplies. Participating youths may be picked up any time during the event.

Registration forms are available at the YMCA, which reserves the right to stop registration if more youths sign up than what the facility can accommodate.

"A registration form needs to be filled out and returned to the YMCA," urged Heacox. "This will give us information if an emergency arises and also who can and cannot pick the child up."

Registration can be done from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 472-9622.