Child,Youth & Family

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 are available on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Booking Information 

Please contact the YMCA at 905-835-9622 or click here to book your party on line. Cost of the party includes up to 20 children and unlimited number of adults [minimum 1 adult is required, more may be required to meet swim admission requirements].  Birthday child does not have to be a current YMCA of Niagara member.

Full payment is required at time of booking.  Cancellations must be made in person a minimum of 15 business days before the scheduled date of the party. Cancellations made less than 15 business days before the scheduled date of the party will be refunded less an administration fee of 35%. Cancellations will not be refunded within 7 business days before the scheduled date of the party. All refunds will be mailed within 14 business days of submission. 


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.

Child Minding

The Port Colborne YMCA's Child Minding service allows YMCA adult members the opportunity to participate at the YMCA with the assurance that their children are being cared for in a safe and secure environment. For member convenience, hours are scheduled during peak times and may change based on the time of year and usage. Please consult the program schedule for availability.

Hourly - $3.25 
Member Monthly Pass - $42.00 per child 
20 30-minute Punch Card - $31.00

Parents are required to remain in the building at all times.

General Information

  • Babysitting services may vary from YMCA branch to branch.
  • Special schedules or program offerings will be made available for Christmas, March Break and school holidays.
  • Babysitting is offered on a first come, first serve basis; pre-registration is not required.
  • Babysitting service is not available for paid caregivers.

For safety reasons we ask:

  • Children be signed in and out
  • Food not be brought into the Child Minding room
  • Parents provide disposable diapers and bottled juice or water
  • All personal articles are labelled with the child's name 
  • In order to protect the health and wellbeing of other members, children who are ill will not be accepted.

What to Bring

Help us give the best care for your child. Parents should provide disposable diapers, wipes and a bottle or 'sippy-cup' with juice or water. A change of clothes for children who are in training is recommended. Please ensure that all personal articles are labeled with your child's full name. We recommend parents do not bring personal toys. The YMCA will provide a selection of toys, for a variety of ages, to be used while visiting.


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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