TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Your kids may be craving those Halloween sweets. But you may want to set limits, thinking about all that sugar and all that candy lasting nearly to Thanksgiving.
Tucson Medical Center is offering you a trade. Starting Nov. 1, you can swap candy for an outing to the Reid Park Zoo.
You can make the swap at the opening of a new section of The Loop, the river path system for biking and running. The first 100 children to give up their treats get free admission to the Zoo for one child and one adult. The 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.
You can make the swap from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Mulcahy YMCA, located at the Kino Community Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way.
The Halloween candy swap is part of a day of festivities to mark the opening of the Julian Wash segment of The Loop. 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.
for details about the other 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.