Child,Youth & Family

YMCA of Niagara

Building Strong Kids

YMCA membership programs provide high quality experiences that enable children and youth members to develop skills, clarify values and learn self responsibility, charity and leadership. Membership entitles children to participate in unlimited open access programs and one swim lesson. YMCA programs are offered all year round including the summer months. The Y’s program schedule is designed to allow families the opportunity to participate in programs with family convenience in mind. The YMCA offers skill development and a variety of programs to child and youth members. Click here for a full list of program descriptions.

YMCA Membership includes:     

• Unlimited drop-in and recreational programs     

• Free non-registered open access programs

• Unlimited access to open swim and open gym times     

• One registered swim lesson     

• Family programs     

• Youth ages 13 yrs+ may access the Fitness Centre after completing their fitness orientation     

• Youth gym 10-15 year olds

Youth program offerings are based on the needs of the community.  It is anticipated that as the number of Child & Youth members increases, so will the number and variety of program.

Birthday Parties

Parties are for kids ages 3-12 and include an energetic YMCA staff to help out throughout the afternoon! Parties are 3 hours in length and consist of an hour in the gym for the inflatable bouncer, an hour of swimming (YMCA of Niagara Swim Admission Standards apply) or Skating (available for Sunday parties) and an hour in the party room for your birthday celebration. Please note that you are responsible for bringing your own decorations, and party favors for the birthday celebration. Food/Drink arrangements must be made through Subway Restaurant, located on site (as per Vale Health and Wellness Centre agreement).  Party hosts may arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled party time to decorate for the birthday celebration. Parties take place on Saturday/Sunday afternoon. The cost is $150/ party for up to 20 kids.  For more information or to book a party, please contact the Membership desk.

Asset Building the YMCA Way

The YMCA is committed to building strong kids, strongfamilies and strong communities. Research has identified 40 “developmental assets” which are the essential building blocks that all young people need to be healthy, caring, competent adults.   The YMCA of Niagara is incorporating the “Asset Building” approach into all our children’s programs to help children make wise decisions, choose positive paths and grow up competent, caring and responsible.

Safety & Supervision of Children

Your child’s health and safety is important to us. Children 10 years of age and under must be supervised in the building by an adult or guardian (minimum 13 years of age) while participating in open gym and open swim times. Children under 6 must be supervised in the water by an adult or guardian (minimum 13 years of age). Children must be signed in and out of supervised programs.Children are not permitted in the Fitness Centre or in the gym during fitness classes. Children always have free access to a telephone to call a parent.

YMCA Play Centre 

The YMCA’s babysitting service - the Play Centre - allows YMCA adult members the opportunity to participate with the assurance that their children are being cared for in a safe and caring environment. Play Centre services are available for infants and children up to 12 years of age.

General Information

• Play Centre hours may vary from Centre to Centre. 

• Parents must remain in the building at all times. 

• For safety reasons we ask that children be signed in and out; food not be brought in due to food allergies; parents provide disposable diapers and bottled juice or water; and all personal articles are labeled with the child’s name.

• In order to protect the health of other members, children who are ill will not be admitted.

Play Centre hours are offered during peak times for member convenience and may change based on time of year and usage.  Please consult program schedules for availability.

Play Centre Fees             

     Hourly fee (per child)     $3.25

     Monthly Pass (per child)   $42  

     20/30 -Minute Punch Card     $31

Open Access Recreational Programs

The YMCA’s unique Open Access system allows child and youth members to participate in programs of their choice at their convenience. Youth are required to bring their membership card to each program and be signed in and out by their parent/guardian. It is recommended that youth arrive at the program when it begins to ensure their spot in the program. For safety reasons and to ensure a quality program, class size limits may be imposed.

Registered Programs

Registered programs are typically skill based in nature and require registration at the Membership Desk prior to attending. Registration is continuous, and parents are not required to re-register their children at any time. This “Rolling Registration” system provides parents the convenience of moving children in and out of lessons based on their needs.

Regular attendance ensures enrolment and development of skills. If your child misses three classes in a row, his or her spot will be given to another child waiting to participate. This practice ensures that all children have an equal opportunity to participate. Parents may re-register their children into program at any time based on availability.

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