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.

Our 2016 Winter Session runs January 4 - February 27.
Spring I runs February 29 - April 23 and Spring II runs April 25 - June 11.


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.

Contact Arts Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information at 630-552-4100 x235.

Spring Session I: 2/29 - 4/23
Spring Session II: 4/25 - 6/11
Recital Session: 2/27 - 6/11
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.

2016 DANCE RECITAL - February 29 - June 11
Join us for the Fox Valley Family YMCA’s School of Dance annual dance recital. This year's theme is, "On the Radio." The recital will be held at the Yorkville Middle School and will include performances from our dance classes and La Premiere Dance Company. Students must be registered by the beginning of March in order to participate in the recital. A $15 recital fee (per child) will be due at the time of registration. A recital t-shirt is included in the registration fee. Costume measuring will take place the second week of the session. Costume fees range from $40-$60 per class and payments are due by the end of March. Additional recital expenses include recital tickets, recital pictures (optional) and DVD (optional).

New this year! We are adding an optional Father/Daughter Dance to our recital! Rehearsals will be scheduled in May along with an extra minimal fee. More information will be given out on this during the recital session.


Our Early Learning Academy is located at our Central Branch (just west of the Yorkville Target) and is open Monday through Friday from 6:30am 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. Download a copy of our Child Care Guide for more information.

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.

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

Sandwich and Somonauk currently offer 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). 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. Download a copy of our Child Care Guide for more information.
Bring a Friend to SAFE Day | February 12
Bring a friend* to SAFE for free February 12 and when your friend signs up for the safe program, we’ll waive their registration fee. *pre-registration required

Spring Break Camp | March 21-25
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 the Friday before attending to avoid a late fee of $20. Children should bring a peanut free lunch. The Y will provide breakfast and an afternoon snack. Children should make sure to wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Stop by or call 630-552-4100 x250 to register.
Full time S.A.F.E. participants: Free
Part-time SAFE participants: $30/day
Non-Safe participants: $50/day

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


SummerCamp01SUMMER DAY CAMP STARTS MAY 23, 2016! 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 Friday 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. So join us and make it THE BEST SUMMER EVER! Write your own adventure, build character, and make new friends along the way!

Camp is located at our Central Branch (just west of the Yorkville Target) and 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. Pay for camp online! Download a registration form below.


SummerCamp02What 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 6:30am to 6:00pm with USDA approved lunch and two snacks daily.
  • Daily dips in our indoor pool and use of our Aqua Track
  • Friday Camp Cook-Outs
  • Weekly Field Trips
  • Seventeen acres of outdoor space and a covered pavilion - for lunching or rocket launching, practicing a talent show act, playing soccer, or tye-dyeing
  • Fully air conditioned 25,000 square foot indoor facility, with gym, and indoor pool.
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Age specific ratios
  • Weekly YMCA memberships conveniently included in camp fee
  • 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
  • Convenient drop off location


  • 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


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: $125 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.


GroupEx01Group Exercise Classes
Central Branch / West Branch

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

*registration required


specialty group exercise classes

$40M/$60NM  |  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!

$56M/$84NM  |  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. Winter Session: Jan. 4 - Feb. 27

This is an affordable way to take advantage of a trainer’s expertise, creativity and motivation at a lower cost. Draw from the energy of your group as you push yourself for real results. Trainings are for 4-8 participants creating smaller, intimate classes with more individualized attention. $50 for five weeks. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find a group to train with.

Please take a moment to take our Group Exercise Survey!

All branches of Gymnastics and Tumbling help develop motor skills through activities that increase strength, balance and body control.

FVFYMCA Instructional Gymnastics

  • Preschool Gymnastics Classes
    (ages 2-5 years)
  • Girls Instructional Classes
    • Beginner (ages 6+)
    • Progressions A & B (ages 6+)
    • Teen Basic Gymnastics (ages 12+)

For class times and descriptions download our program guide below.


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.

Our objective for the La Premiere is to provide a dance company that is fun and affordable so all children have an opportunity to be a part of it. Being a part of a dance company like this will grow your children not only into talented dancers, but it will also teach them valuable lessons that they will carry with them for years to come. Please join us on this adventure.

If you are interested in joining our dance company, please contact Arts Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 630-552-4100 ext 235.


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.

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!

  • December 19
  • January 16
  • February 13
  • March 12
  • April 16
  • May 14

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.

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


  • 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+)*
  • String Bass Lessons (ages 11+)*
  • Woodwind Instruments (ages 8+)*
  • Brass Instruments (ages 9+)*

*Not available at West Branch

Call for more information: 630.552.4100

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

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 acclaimed “Swim Lessons University” curriculum. The “Swim Lessons University” curriculum was developed by the Swim Professor Jim Reiser. The curriculum has earned the swim professor accolades such as:

  • USA Swimming Adolph Kiefer Water Safety Person of the Year
  • Life Saver of the Year by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance
  • WABC President’s Award for his contribution to Learn-to-Swim World Wide

All Fox Valley Family YMCA swim instructors are trained and certified by Swim Lessons University. Richard Quick, Head Womens Swimming Coach USA Olympic Swimming Team, says, “Swim Lessons University is a sound, easy-to-follow, learn to swim curriculum with progressions that are fun and effective. I recommend it without reservation.”

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. 630-442-4100 x237

$43 members / $70 non-members

Lessons start between the following times:
Mon/Wed: 10-11:30am and 4-5:30pm
Tues/Thurs: 10-11:30am and 4-5:30pm
Sat: 9am-12pm

Find exact schedules by clicking the link below for our program guide.

Parent and Tot
You are going to love, absolutely adore the experience the Aqua Force Swim School will create for your child while in our Parent and Tot course. Using the world famous Swim Lessons University curriculum, your instructor will show you, step-by-step, how to make your toddler safer in and around the water. You will learn what every parent and teacher should know. The Parent and Tot course will help make learning to swim incredibly enjoyable for your child! Ages 6-36 months

Swim 100  
A course that turns beginners into swimmers using a progressive, but child focused approach while teaching fundamental swimming skills. In the Swim 100 course your child will learn the following skills in a fun and exciting way following the Swim Lessons University proven curriculum: Freestyle Kick, Breath Holding, Breath Control, Back Kick, In-line Kick, and Paddle Stroke. Swim 101: ages 3-5; Swim 102: ages 6-9; Swim 103: ages 10+

Swim Strokes 200  
A course that teaches entry level swimmers the formal strokes of freestyle and backstroke using a progressive, but child focused approach while teaching fundamental swimming skills. In the Swim Strokes 201 course, your child will learn or refine the following skills in a fun and exciting way following the Swim Lessons University proven curriculum: Freestyle Kick, Breath Control, Back Kick, Backstroke, and Freestyle with side breathing. Swim Strokes 201: ages 3-5; Swim Strokes 202: ages 6-9; Swim Strokes 203: ages 10+

Advanced Swim Strokes 300   
A course that teaches breaststroke and butterfly to swimmers that have already mastered freestyle and backstroke. The Advanced Swim Strokes 300 course uses the same progressive, child focused approach while teaching fundamental swimming skills. In the Advanced Swim Strokes 300 course your child will learn and refine the following skills in a fun and exciting way following the Swim Lessons University proven curriculum: Butterfly Kick, Breaststroke Kick, Butterfly, and Breaststroke. Adv. Swim Strokes 301: ages 3-5; Adv. Swim Strokes 302: ages 6-9; Adv. Swim Strokes 303: ages 10+