What to do with all that Halloween candy? Why not swap it for zoo tickets?

lc30043p - Version 2A piece of candy here and there is just fine. But a whole Halloween haul of it  either adds too much saturated fat and sugar into kids’ diets diets, or  just takes up drawer and pantry space for weeks to come.

So on Nov. 1, Tucson Medical Center will give families a chance to swap those sticky treats for a fun outing at the Zoo.

You can make the swap at the opening of a new section of The Loop, the river path system that allows families a safe way to be active and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

The first 100 children to give up the goods (give or take a few pieces) will receive free admission to the Zoo for one child and one adult. That’s a cavity-free value of $14.

WHEN: 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 1

WHERE: The Mulcahy YMCA at Kino Community Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way.

WHAT: The Halloween candy swap is part of a family-fun day of festivities to mark the opening of the Julian Wash segment of The Loop shared-use path system. Anything without a motor — tennis shoes, bikes, skates, horses — is good to go on the path.

A new 2.7-mile segment, funded by a joint effort between Tucson Medical Center and Carondelet Health Network, opens the entire 14-mile length of the Julian Wash Greenway between the Santa Cruz River and Rita Road. Better yet, it is part of 100+ miles of bike and pedestrian paths looping around metro Tucson.

HOW: Visit www.pima.gov/TheLoop for details about the other fun celebration activities along the path that day, including a climbing wall, a bike rodeo, music and a football obstacle course. Refreshments and bike aid stations will be available, along with 200 free kids’ bicycle helmets and free water bottles while supplies last.

WHY: Wrapped candy will be donated to The Salvation Army for its youth programs and to the Barney Figueroa VFW Post 6271 to support our military heroes.

For more information, see the Arizona Daily Star article:


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