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Where kids can have fun and be active


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Seventeen percent of young people in the U.S. suffer from obesity. First Lady Michelle Obama launched a national campaign to promote fitness and exercise among young people. And right in Howard Beach, local business owner Peter Guarneri is doing his part to combat the obesity epidemic and help kids stay active. Guarneri runs Kids ‘N Shape, an indoor gymnasium and play center for children.

Kids ‘N Shape was started by Guarneri’s father in 1989.

“My father was a phys ed teacher for over 30 years,” Peter explained. “He started the business to give kids more education about sports and fitness and how to stay in shape.”

Kids ‘N Shape offers a variety of activities that combine fun and fitness for children from ages 18 months to 11 years. Facilities include inflatable rides, an obstacle course, a full basketball court, a ball pit, a zip line, and even an Xbox Kinect game console.

Kids ‘N Shape can accommodate children brought by parents for individual play or groups of students on a class trips. The lucky kid who gets to have a birthday party hosted at Kids ‘N Shape can expect to have the whole facility at his or her disposal.

Parents shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to enroll their children in the popular Kids ‘N Shape summer camp, which is staffed by licensed teachers. Parents who enroll their children this summer will receive a 10 percent discount on summer camp tuition if full payment is made by May 1.

At Kids ‘N Shape children learn that there’s more to having fun than being plugged in to the latest gadget.

“It’s a great place to get your kids to stay active and teach them to stay fit, and not just play video games,” Peter said. “Fitness activities are fun as well.”

Kids ‘N Shape is located at 162-26 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. To learn more, visit kidsnshape.com or call 718-848-2052.