Healthy Kids Community Challenge is in Aurora

Come on out and join us

Because active kids are happier, sleep better, and do better in school...

we should all RUN. JUMP. PLAY. EVERY DAY!


Supporting the health of our children

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is Ontario's new drive to support the health of our children. Being active every day along with healthy eating are essential for growing children, so new ideas and programs are coming to the Town of Aurora — things that make it easier for our children to be active and eat healthier.

About Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Latest Updates

Nature Play Pop Up a Tasty Success

Families celebrate March Break at Windfall

On Saturday, March 18th, we welcomed families to Sheppard's Bush to join us for a day of outdoor play to cap off the March Break. Over 180 people came through our event bundled up and ready to have a good time outside. Kids used their own instincts to guide them through the adventure playground, and some also explored the great wooded walking trails. Families lined up eagerly to get their hands on maple syrup taffy treats. What a great way to celebrate active play, the great outdoors, maple syrup season, and community!

See photos from snapd Aurora

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Nature Play Pop Up

Messy Mucky Adventure Playground

Saturday, March 18th 1-4pm

Windfall Ecology Centre

Let your kids engage in self-guided active play. Drop into our FREE Nature Play Pop Up to give them the chance to play outdoors with different loose parts. See how they explore, build, and create on their own. We'll also be making maple taffy treats to celebrate the maple syrup season. It's going to be a muddy and sticky good time!

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Family Cooking Class Is Back

Second Session of the Healthy Family Fun Cooking Class is a Go!

The pilot class was such a success that we've brought back this hands-on and engaging class. FREE and open to kids 8-13 years old and their parents held at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex for 3 weeks starting March 8th, 2017. Hurry to register as spots are filling up quickly!

Cooking Class Flyer

Healthy Family Fun Cooking Class

Our First Family Cooking Class a Big Hit

In January, we wrapped up the first ever family cooking class sponsored by Healthy Kids and run by the Town of Aurora. Kids and parents cooked up a storm at the Family Leisure Complex with new healthy recipes and cooking skills in-hand! Not only did they learn new kitchen skills, but they shared a great experience working together and sharing delicious meals together.

See coverage of the classes in The Auroran's

Water Does Wonders Conference

A Huge Success

Phew! What a whirlwind! 4 speakers, a breakout session, illustrated notes, action plans, 11 schools and 7 outside organizations! We held a conference promoting water over sugary beverages on November 3rd at Dinardo's Mansion. It was a huge success with feedback such as "Very animated and effective", "An amazing opportunity to learn about water", "Very informative" and "A fabulous experience". Schools and organizations came up with fabulous implementation plans from school wide water days to assemblies to announcements and email blasts. We can't wait to see the action plans being implemented!

Join us for another NaturePlay

Nature Play After School Program

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct 18th - Nov 24th, 2016

Windfall Ecology Centre (Sheppard's Bush Aurora)

Introducing the Healthy Kids Community Challenge's new Nature Play after school program! Running every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm – 5:30pm in Sheppard's Bush, Aurora. Starting on October 18th and just $50 for the whole 6 weeks!

We will explore the forest, engage in self-directed play and have messy mucky fun! For ages 6-12. Fully supervised outdoor all-weather fun!

For more information or to sign your child up contact healthy kids.


Healthy Kids in the News

Water does Wonders! featured

Our Healthy Kids Water does Wonders! program was featured in the Aurora Banner. Water does Wonders! encourages kids to drink more water and less sugary drinks.

Read the full story

More on Water does Wonders!

Meet our latest Ambassador

Charlotte is a mom of 2 that lives in Aurora. Over the past 6 months she has worked on a variety of Healthy Kids projects and has inspired us all here at Healthy Kids Aurora

Learn more

Summer Competition

Win a Water Gun, Water Experiments or a Water Basketball Game!

We are happy to launch our next competition, Get Your Fill. To enter you have to be aged 12 and under and live in Aurora. To win you have to snap a selfie by a water fountain in Aurora. Post it to our Twitter or Facebook @FitKidsAurora and Hashtag #SlurpinH20. Entry deadline is August 25th 2016. Prizes include a Water Gun, Water Experiments and a Water Basketball Game!

Competition Poster

Community Needs Assessment


As part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Aurora program, Windfall Ecology Centre undertook a comprehensive needs analysis for the Aurora Community to identify barriers and determine what programming and activities could raise the bar on the health of our children over the next three to four years.

“The community needs assessment has illuminated opportunities to better the long-term health of our kids” says Brent Kopperson, Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre. “I am convinced that acting on our research will lead to a lasting legacy of healthier children for our community.”

Download Community Needs Assessment

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How to get involved

Our goal is to create a community where it's easy for kids to be active and healthy. You can help make this happen.

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Be a Healthy Kids Ambassador

Throughout the year we will be featuring someone from the community who serves as a great example for our children by keeping active and eating healthy. If you know somebody who would make a great Healthy Kids Ambassador — please submit their name for consideration.


Water does Wonders!

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of sugar in kids' diets. Water is the low-cost, natural choice for kids to stay hydrated and healthy.

Water does Wonders!

Run. Jump. Play. Everyday!

Keeping our children active doesn't have to be complicated or organized. It can be as simple as a few suggestions, a little ingenuity, and soon kids are busy being active and having fun.

Run. Jump. Play. Everyday!

Family Activities

Getting out to community events is a great way to connect with other parents and a perfect opportunity for kids to meet and play with others.

Family activities

Helpful Resources

Raising children isn't always a walk in the park and we all need a little help sometimes. Fortunately there are helpful resources available.

Parent resources

Thanks for supporting us kids!

Town of Aurora Neighbourhood Network Sport Aurora
York Region Food Network York Region Windfall Centre