Programs

The YMCA's health, fitness and sports programs are developmentally appropriate and help people at any stage of life build positive health habits. Participation in YMCA programs offer youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.

2016/17 Winter Sessions
Winter I: January 9 - March 4
Winter II: March 6 - April 22

2017 Spring Sessions
Spring I: April 24 - June 10

FOX VALLEY FAMILY YMCA SCHOOL OF DANCE

Dance01The YMCA offers a wide variety of dance classes for ages 18 months through 18 years for Yorkville, Somonauk, Plano, Sandwich and the surrounding areas. We have ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical ballroom dance lessons available. Dance develops a person physically, artistically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Our qualified and professional instructors are here to offer your children the best dance classes possible.

Call our Front Desk for more information at 630-552-4100 x235.

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2017 FALL SESSION
September 5 - October 28

We are excited to start dancing in our new dance studio! The wood-floored room is equipped with six-foot mirrors and Vita Vibe Extreme series ballet barres. Also, keep an eye out for our new online pro shop through Curtain Call for Class. Dancers will be able to log on and order dance shoes and attire straight from the website.

Find exact class times and schedules by clicking the link below in our program guide.

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Download this file (FVFYMCA_FALL17_DanceMusic.pdf)FVFYMCA Dance Music 2017

Infants01Our Early Learning Academy is located at our Central Branch (just west of the Yorkville Target) and is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:00pm.

We offer a full day / full year ages 0-3 years licensed program for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos where our highly trained and qualified teachers provide individualized care, create environments that support and encourage exploration, ensure children's health and safety and develop partnerships with families.

INFANTS (6 weeks - 15 months; 1:4 Ratio)
In the infant classroom, our primary emphasis is meeting the infant’s daily needs and providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Children are provided experiences that foster and develop their cognitive, social/emotional, and motor skills while encouraging their independence. Infants are engaged in developmentally appropriate toys, books, stories and finger plays throughout the day. They are learning through routines and attachments to their caregivers. Infant daily nap and meal schedule are based on the infant’s individual needs.

TODDLERS (16-24 months; 1:5 Ratio)
In the toddler classroom, children are introduced to a more structured and regular routine. Children are provided an environment that encourages exploration and curiosity through child-initiated and teacher-guided activities. Toddlers have opportunities to make choices in art, sensory, exploration, problem-solving, music, books, self-help skills, and interactive play. The toddler classroom provides a rest time as part of the daily schedule.

TWOS (1:8 Ratio)
In the two’s classroom, the children discover a stimulating environment arranged into various interest and learning centers. Our goal for our two-year-olds include: developing valuable self-help skills such as potty training, personal hygiene, dressing self and putting toys away. We also focus on building cognitive skills, such as counting, sorting, recognizing letters, colors and shapes. Another important skill we work on is interacting with others. We have many opportunities for sharing, listening and taking turns. The two’s classroom provides a rest time as part of the daily schedule.

Click here for our Threes, Fours, and Fives Program

If you have any questions about any of the Early Learning Academy services, please contact the Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (630) 552-4100 x230.

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SAFE01Safe, Active, Fun, Enrichment - SAFE is our before and after school program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, Leland, Hinckley-Big Rock and Newark school districts. Newark, Plano, and Yorkville offer AM and PM care. 

AM and PM care is offered in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Leland, Hinckley-Big Rock, and Newark grade schools. Somonauk grade school currently offers PM care only. Morning care begins at 6:30am. Afternoon care begins immediately after dismissal until 6:00pm. We offer homework assistance, creative enrichment activities, supervised athletic play, and many social opportunities for your child. Download a copy of our school newsletter and stay updated on what's happening at the Y.

A light, healthy breakfast is served in the morning and a healthy afternoon snack are served. Throughout the year, SAFE students enjoy a variety of themed activities, special holiday parties, and even in-class field trips. Activity Days, Winter Break, and Spring Break camp are included at no additional fee for full-time SAFE students (AM/PM - 5 Days). Download a schedule of Activity Days, Early Dismissals and extended breaks for each school here. Plus, all SAFE students will receive a FREE Youth Membership when they enroll (upgrade to a Family Membership for just $43/month). Stop by either branch to register your child today. Contact Before and After School Age Care Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information at 630-552-4100 x262.
 
2017 Spring Break Camp

Our Spring Break Activity Days will be full of fun activities as we partner with our Sports, Arts, Fitness, and Aquatic Departments! As always, activity days are held at our Central Branch and registration is required. Students must be registered by March 17 to ensure a spot! Children should bring a nut-free lunch. A light breakfast and PM snack will be provided. Children should make sure to wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Stop by or call 630-552-4100 to register!  Download a copy of our Spring Break Camp handout for more information.

2017 Summer Day Camp  |  May 30 - August 18

Kids enrolled in summer day camp at the Fox Valley Family YMCA have the best that summer has to offer right at their fingertips. With daily dips in our pool and use of our Aqua Track obstacle course, gymnasium, outdoor pavilion, and 17 acres of outdoor space to make the most of...whether that means practicing a talent show act with friends or grilling burgers for our Camp Cook-Outs. Register your child today! DOWNLOAD THE 2016 FVFY SUMMER DAY CAMP GUIDE

Visit our Early Learning Academy for birth to age five Child Care and Preschool options.
 

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Kids enrolled in summer day camp at the Fox Valley Family YMCA have the best that summer has to offer right at their fingertips. With daily dips in our pool and use of our Aqua Track obstacle course, gymnasium, outdoor pavilion, and 17 acres of outdoor space to make the most of...whether that means practicing a talent show act with friends or grilling burgers for our Camp Cook-Outs.

Our summer day camp also offers enrichment programs in gymnastics, dance, music, and sports that will further enhance your child’s summer. Program instructors will safely escort children to and from any classes they attend. These programs are discounted for Summer Campers. So join us and make it THE BEST SUMMER EVER! Write your own adventure, build character, and make new friends along the way!

DOWNLOAD THE FVFY BEST SUMMER EVER 2017 CAMP GUIDE!

NEW! FOR 2017

  • 2nd Location at Grande Reserve Elementary in Yorkville! Starting June 12th, kids will enjoy the same once-a-week field trip opportunities AND swim twice a week at Central Branch. Also, rates, camp information, and schedules included in this pamphlet will also apply to Grand Reserve.
  • Group Text Messages to Parents by Camp Director - Sign-up for this feature at registration.
  • New Field Trips - Bull/Sox Academy, FireZone, Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show, Santa's Village and more!
  • Community Garden - In partnership with the University of Illinois Extension Office and Plano Community Garden, kids will learn to grow and maintain a garden that provides food for camp.   

Y Camp Readers
Back again this summer, the Y is participating in an exciting new program called Camp Readers. Campers will explore reading through a variety of ways including independent reading, partner reading, staff read-aloud, thematic reading and much more. Let's bridge the reading gap together and make summer reading fun and engaging!

Pay for camp online! Download a registration form here.

What can you expect from our day camp program?

  • Professional, energetic, caring staff. All counselors are certified in First Aid, CPR and AED and many have experience working in our before and after school care program.
  • Full-day care from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm with USDA approved lunch and two snacks daily.
  • Daily dips in our indoor pool and use of our Aqua Track
  • Camp Cook-Outs, STEM Activities, Huddle Groups, and more!
  • Weekly Field Trips (Bulls/Sox Academy, Cyberspace Lazer Tag, Joliet Splash Station, and Silver Springs State Park...to name a few)
  • Seventeen acres of outdoor space and a covered pavilion - for rocket launching, practicing a talent show act, playing soccer, or tie-dyeing
  • Fully air conditioned 25,000 square foot indoor facility, with gym, and indoor pool.
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Age-specific ratios
  • YMCA day camps are tax deductible and qualify for flexible spending
  • Commitment to your child health, as we participate in the CATCH: Coordinated Approach to Child Health program
  • 2 Convenient drop off locations
  • Plus, YMCA Summer membership conveniently included in camp fee!

 SCRAPBOOK: BEST SUMMER EVER 2016

CAMP INFORMATION

what to bring to camp

  • YMCA Day Camp t-shirt
  • Change of clothes
  • Backpack with name visible
  • Swimsuit, towel and plastic bag for wet swimsuit/towel
  • Water bottle with name visible
  • Sunscreen/sunblock
  • Nut free snack/sack lunch (if needed)

Campers must wear closed toe shoes each day!

WHAT not TO BRING TO CAMP
(unless specified by the day's events)

  • ALL electronics
  • ALL cell phones
  • ALL toys
  • Soda and candy
  • Money
  • Sandals and flip flops (allowed for pool/water park field trips only)

AGE GROUPS

K-1: Children entering Kindergarten or 1st grade

2-3: Children entering 2nd or 3rd grade

4-6: Children entering 4th, 5th or 6th grade

CIT (Counselors In Training): Children entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grades

DAY CAMP RATES

There is a one-time $35 registration fee for all participants. Free Youth Membership is included in our 3-Day and Weekly rates, as well as a free camp t-shirt, backpack, water bottle and weekly field trip costs.

  • 3-Day: $100 YMCA Members / $80 CIT (includes Youth Membership)
  • Weekly: $130 YMCA Members / $100 CIT (includes Youth Membership)

Payments can be made in person at our Central or West Branch, online, or can be set up for automatic drafts on a monthly or semi-monthly basis. Financial assistance is available and DHS subsidy is accepted.

REGISTER FOR CAMP ONLINE!

camp counselors

You can depend on the Y to make sure that all camp activity areas are well supervised. As role models, camp counselors are selected for sound judgment, maturity, experience, enthusiasm and creativity. All employees are interviewed and go through a complete background check prior to being hired and are trained in CPR, first aid, and child abuse prevention.

The Y and our camp counselors are here to help kids flourish socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Rooted in caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, our holistic approach works wonders, preparing kids for life, one fantastic summer at a time.

Camp is located at our Central Branch in Plano and Grande Reserve Elementary in Yorkville.  Camp runs Mon-Fri from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm with programming from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Call 630-552-4100 for more information.

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GroupEx01Group Exercise Classes
Central Branch / West Branch

Specialty Group Exercise Classes* (Fee-Based)
Central Branch / West Branch

*registration required

LES MILLS LogoFALL I SESSION: SEPTEMBER 5 - OCTOBER 29
FALL II SESSION: OCTOBER 30 - DECEMBER 23

 

group exercise classes

Monthly Group Fitness Pass $50NM
The Y offers many classes each week. Classes range from Les Mills BodyPump® to Yoga, and our schedule was designed with a variety of fitness enthusiasts in mind. Group exercise classes are included with your Y membership. Classes are subject to change, based on class size and seasonal fluctuations. Monthly group fitness pass gives non-members access to both land and aqua group fitness classes.

Aqua Fitness
Aquatic fitness classes are included with your Y membership and are a fun, lower-impact way to get your body moving, improve strength and flexibility, and develop all-around fitness. Classes are offered throughout the week at 9:00am and 7:30pm. Monthly group fitness pass gives non-members access to both land and aqua group fitness classes.

Enhance® Fitness
Enhance® Fitness is a proven, community-based senior fitness and arthritis management program. It helps older adults become more active, energized, and empowered for independent living. Each class will be led by a certified instructor and exercises will focus on cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance to help reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms. Older adults at all fitness levels are encouraged to participate. The program is especially beneficial for older adults living with arthritis. Call 630-552-4100 x247 for more information or download our fact sheet for more information.

specialty group exercise classes

YMCA BOOT CAMP
$41M/$62NM  |  Boot Camp is for individuals looking to be pushed to the next level. The class meets Monday through Friday from 5-6am and includes a mix of cardio and strength training utilizing body weight exercises, weight training and tabata methods. Instructors will work with all fitness levels. Must be at least 18 years of age to register. Pre-registration is required. You can pay monthly or sign up for bank draft and receive a $10 discount on your fee. Register Online!

TRX HIIT TRAINING
$58M/$87NM  |  This 45 minute, small group training class includes body weight resistance training, core strengthening, and cardio bursts. Participants will use the TRX Suspension System, Bosu Balls, and Stability Balls. Class is limited to eight participants, so don’t miss out. 

F.I.T.
$58M/$87NM  |  Functional Interval Training that uses boot camp, HIIT intervals, cardio and strength training to give you a great workout! No two classes are ever the same. All fitness levels welcome.

AQUA PILATES
Pilates exercises are translated into a pool setting in our new Aqua Pilates class. Participants will use pool noodles, water weights, and the pool wall and floor for assistance. Practicing in deeper water can bring an additional challenge to participants, although no swimming skills are necessary. These new aqua exercises challenge stability, core strength and help develop breathing in a way that traditional Pilates cannot.

EQUIP: STRENGTH & SCULPT
This is a 45 minute, small group training class that includes high-intensity cardio bursts, resistance training and focuses on strength and agility exercises using TRX Suspension System, Bosus, sliders, bikes and stability balls. Class is limited to eight participants, so don't miss out!

YOGA FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
Bone is a remarkable tissue with a functional structure (the skeleton). It is strong enough to withstand intense physical activity, adaptive enough to respond to changes in activity and lightweight enough to allow efficient movement. But when things go wrong, the result is FRACTURE. Osteoporosis is the condition associated with fractures. In the US alone, there is an estimated 2 million fractures from Osteoporosis, a number that continues to rise as our population ages. Yoga has been proven to prevent and reverse osteoporotic bone loss safely. Join us and build back confidence, balance, and bone to prevent a fracture.

POUND
Tues 10:15-11am  |  Wed 6:30-7:15pm  |  $36M/$54NM
Central
Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin' out!

BOXING TRAINING
M, W |  5:30-6:15pm  |  $58M/$87NM  |  West Branch
Whether a beginner or a pro fighter, this class offers the opportunity to achieve your fitness goals and learn the art of boxing. You will learn fundamentals in footwork, punching, defense, and conditioning through a variety of different drills all geared toward enhancing your skills as a boxer ( bag work, mitt work, agility training, light sparring and strength training). Ages 14 and over only. Check with instructor for equipment needed.

 

fitness center / group ex reminders

Children under the age of 11 are not permitted in the Fitness Center/Group Exercise class unless participating in a kids fitness program authorized by the Y. Members and guests 11-13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the fitness center/group exercise classes. Children under age 11 can attend Kids Zone (free with a Family Membership) while their parent or guardian attends a Group Exercise class. Children ages 11 -14 must complete an orientation prior to using the fitness center. Please make an appointment for the orientation at the Front Desk.

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Sundays | October 1 - December 17 | Central

This league offers a 10 game regular season schedule along with a playoff for those looking to test their team’s skill against the area competition. Weekly standings will be kept, IHSA officials will officiate games and all basketball rules/regulations will be enforced. Good sportsmanship is the responsibility of every captain, player, and spectator. All fees must be paid prior to the first game. To register an entire team, contact the Central Branch. Please indicate whether you are registering a team or individually. *League dates and times are subject to change depending on the number of teams registered. $650/Team REGISTER ONLINE!

*League dates and times are subject to change depending on the number of teams registered.

Mens BballFree Agent List

If you are an individual and would like to play on a team, you can be placed on our Free Agent List. This list doesn’t guarantee that you will be placed on a team, but if 10 individuals are on the Free Agent List, a team can be formed from the list.

Men's Noon Basketball (ages 18+)  |  central

M/W/F | Noon-2:30pm | Members only

The gym has been reserved for full court, pick-up games. We welcome all to come and participate in our open gym time but from 1-2 YMCA Members only. This allows guests use of the basketball courts only, no weight room usage allowed. YMCA Staff has the right to ask anyone to leave for any violations of the code of conduct. 

Dance LaPremiere

La Premiere Dance Company provides students the opportunity to develop technique and skill at a higher level of professionalism. This competitive and performance dance company for Y Members ages 5-18 gives dancers the chance to perform and compete at several venues throughout the year (including parades, competitions, special holiday events, and conventions). La Premiere consists of three companies; Mini, Petite, and Junior, companies are based on age and ability. All companies will compete at a local, national competition.

We provide a fun and affordable dance company so all children have an opportunity to dance. As part of our dance company, your children will grow into talented dancers and learn valuable, lifelong lessons.

La Premiere will hold an Audition/Placement Class on Saturday, August 20 for anyone interested joining our dance company. Ages 5-7 from 1-1:45pm; Ages 8-11 from 2-3pm; and Ages 12-18 from 3-4pm. Please contact our Front Desk with any questions.

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Download this file (8.14.17_FallDance_laPremiere.pdf)Fall Dance Auditions

Art01Our YMCA arts programs promote confidence and creativity through dance, drawing, drama, painting, music and more.

While the YMCA is traditionally known as a place to learn how to swim or practice your favorite sport, YMCAs are quickly becoming the place where kids and adults learn to paint, write, sing or act. The Fox Valley Family YMCA offers a variety of art and theater classes for children to experience a variety of art mediums such as theater, painting, drawing, sculpting, and more.

According to a recent article, Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University says, “Parents need to be aware that children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past. Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.” 

Register online or call (630-552-4100) for more information.

OPEN ART CLASSES
Ages 5-12 | 1-3pm | $10 | Central
Join us once a month for our fun and creative art classes! We will use paint, ceramics, clay and more to create our masterpieces!

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 11
  • April 22

 

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Welcome to the Fox Valley Family YMCA Music Academy. The academy offers music lessons in piano, guitar, drums, voice, violin, cello, viola, string bass, woodwinds, and brass instruments. Piano lessons start at age four. All other instruments begin at age seven.

Session I: September 5 - 30
Session II: October 2 - 28
Session III: October 30 - November 25
Session IV: November 28 - December 23

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-552-4100 x235 for more information. REGISTER ONLINE

WE CURRENTLY OFFER:

  • Pre-School Piano Music Lessons (ages 4-5)
  • Piano Lessons (ages 5+)
  • Voice Lessons (ages 7+)
  • Guitar Lessons (ages 7+)
  • Bass Guitar Lessons (ages 7+)
  • Drum Lessons (ages 7+)*
  • Violin Lessons (ages 7+)*
  • Cello Lessons (ages 9+)*
  • Viola Lessons (ages 8+)*
  • Woodwind Instruments (ages 8+)*
  • Brass Instruments (ages 9+)*

*Not available at West Branch

Call for more information: 630.552.4100

INTRODUCING NEW & IMPROVED YMCA SWIM CURRICULUM!

Our Swim School is Kendall County’s best and safest way for your child to learn to swim! Join us today – REGISTER ONLINE!

Our swim lessons are Kendall County’s best way for your child to learn to swim safely! Learning to swim is the most important thing your child can do when it comes to reducing the risk of drowning. The Fox Valley Family YMCA is proud to offer swim lessons following the newest Y USA curriculum. The Y USA Swim Lesson Program helps adults, children and families learn an important life skill and supports them in gaining the knowledge, ability, and stamina to become strong and confident swimmers.

Fox Valley Family YMCA Swim School offers low student-to-instructor ratio with a maximum of four students per instructor. Each session will consist of eight swim lessons. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 630-552-4100 x237

COST
8 week: $48 members / $72 non-members
5 week: $60 members / $90 non-members

LESSON TIMES
Lessons are set between the following times:
Mon/Wed: 9:30-12pm and 4-6:15pm
Tues/Thurs: 9:30-11:30am and 3:45-5:15pm
Sat: 9am-12pm

Find exact schedules in our program guideJoin us today – REGISTER ONLINE!

YMCA SWIM CURRICULUM DESCRIPTIONS:

Swim STARTERS (Parent & Child)

Swim Level A & B  |  Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Swim Basics

Level 1-3  |  Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim
  • Jump, push, turn, grab
  • These skills will make your child safe to swim short distances and climb out of the water

Swim strokes

Level 4-6  |  Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that improve health and well-being and prepare them for a lifetime of physical fitness and swim team.

*Levels 4-6 require evaluation with a passing certificate to register at the front desk.

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS  
Class is constructed around abilities and taken at a pace that works for the swimmer. Class times are set up between the instructor and the swimmer and can change/adjust whenever needed. If you have questions contact Aquatics Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 630-552-4100 x237.
Half Hour: $20M / $30NM
One Hour: $40M / $60NM
Package of 6 – 30 minute lessons $105M / $160NM