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 offers youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.

Cross the bridge, scale a cliff, jump the pond and slide to the finish on our inflatable obstacle course! The YMCA will have the Aqua Track set up on the following weekends for members use. From 2-5:00pm on Saturdays and 10:30-2:00pm on Sundays.

  • Dates TBD

Welcome Annette Smith to our Arts Department

Annette Smith is excited to start sharing her love and knowledge of theatre and all things dramatic with the Fox Valley Family YMCA community. She started acting at age 5 and found her passion on stage, spending every summer performing at theatre camps. When she reached high school she focused on theatre - beginning to teach at the same summer camp she attended growing up. When she started her time at Illinois State University she focused on acting and theatre education, wanting to help future generations find a home either on stage or backstage like she did. She also began her study of Shakespeare at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Annette moved to the Fox Valley Area from Chicago with her husband and son to be closer to their family.  She brings her passion for theatre in all its forms, especially Shakespeare and musicals, with her to the YMCA and looks forward to helping build a strong arts department for everyone!

View featured THEATRE WORKSHOPS, including Intro to Theatre and Improv, here.

Y FamilyWhat some of our Early Learning Academy parents are saying…

"I wanted to thank you and all of the teachers Lukas has had over the last four years. We picked the Y based upon meeting you and learning about the program you put together and we couldn't have been happier with the choice. He has come so far from being the shy little boy that didn't want to leave my side and I have everyone there to thank. At kindergarten registration, they complimented the preschool program that prepared him so well and said they were going to have a hard time challenging him in class. Everyone has done a wonderful teaching and taking care of him and I just can't thank you all enough! - Robyn L.

 

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you and your staff have done for Skye over the past few years. I have been so happy with the level of care that the YMCA staff has provided to Skye. I’ve never had to worry that she would be well cared for and I can definitely tell that the teachers care deeply for Skye and she for them.”  - Miranda K.

 

"We feel so lucky to be part of the Y's Early Learning Academy family! Our boys love their teachers and all the learning and playing that goes on throughout the day. Plus, the added benefit of being able to enroll them in enrichment classes like swim lessons, gymnastics, or sports makes their day at school even more fulfilling." - James M.

 

"Thank you so much for taking such good care of Abby this year. Finding a daycare we could trust to care for our first born was not an easy decision, but you impressed us from the very beginning. It means a lot to us to know that Abby is in good hands." - Jillian S.

 

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of Maddy! Going back to work was hard, but knowing I was leaving Maddy in your caring hands made it so much easier. I really appreciate the love and caring you gave to Maddy this year and all of the fun projects and experiences she had with you! I appreciate the photos and keepsakes from her time in the Infant room.

 

"Odi and I cannot thank you enough to tell you how blessed we have been these past months to have had all your love, guidance, patience, and care. Odi knows all that he does thanks to you ladies."

 

Have something to add? Email Academy Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we'd love to hear from you!

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small group training just for kids!

Small-Group Training (4-8 participants) isn't just for adults, kids now have the ability to participate and benefit from group training with a certified fitness instructor. Introducing a fun and exciting way for your children to participate in a non-competitive exercise program built just for their age group and ability level.

SUGGESTED AGE GROUPS:
2-4 years, 5-7 years, 8-12 years
For more Information visit a front desk or email:
Central Branch contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
West Branch contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What to expect from youth small group Training

  • No Session Dates! We know fitting a workout into your busy schedule is tough and we don't want that to be the reason you're not able to work out. A great convenience of small group training is that you're able to designate start dates and class times with your trainer so that it fits your schedule!
  • Think of small group training as a hybrid of personal training and group exercise classes. Benefit from one on one time but within a group of participants who are at your similar fitness level, creating a bond through healthy competition.
  • How many participants can I expect? 4-8 participants 

YOUTH SMALL GROUP TRAINING 30 min(M/NM) 45 min(M/NM)  
5 Sessions $26/$39 $40/$60  

 


Can kids use the wellness center? YES!

  • Kids age 10-13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the wellness center.
  • Kids age 10-13 must complete an orientation prior to using the wellness center.  Please make an appointment at the front desk.
  • Kids age 10 and up can participate in personal training and youth-specific small group training.
  • Kids age 10-13 must check in at a front desk to receive a wrist band to use the wellness center.

 

 

 

 

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A Gymnastics or Ninja birthday party at the Y means that kids will have fun in our foam pit and tumble through our obstacle course! The Y provides pizzas, juice, tableware, and even a Birthday t-shirt - this is all included in the price. Plus, YMCA Gymnastics staff member will be on hand to run the party from start to finish. This includes all the setup and cleanup! See below for our 2 party package options:

PARTY PACKAGE 1 | Up to 15 children | $150M / $225NM | Ages 3+
The Y provides 1 staff, 2 large pizzas, 2 juices, all paper products and a Birthday t-shirt! 15 invites max including the birthday child. No more than 15 children.

PARTY PACKAGE 2 | 15-25 children | $230M / $330NM | Ages 3+
The Y provides 2 staff, 3 large pizzas, 2 juices, all paper products and a Birthday t-shirt! 25 invites max including the birthday child. No more than 25 children.

All parties run for 2 hours. Gymnastic and Ninja parties can be held some Saturdays and most Sundays. 2 weeks notice is needed to secure a party date.

Call to book your birthday party today!
(630) 552-4100 EXT. 245


The Y offers many different themed parties.  Click here for more info.

Tuesday & Thursdays: 5-6:00am  |  Saturdays: 6:30-7:30am
Dates TBD

$120M/$170NM

Want a great workout or help training for a triathlon? Join our Masters swim program and have a coach help improve your technique and endurance. Give your day a fabulous start with a great workout with other like-minded adults! *Swimmers must be able to continuously swim 300 yards freestyle and be 18 years or older.

La Premiere Dance Company is a competitive, performance dance company for Y members ages 5-18. As a part of our dance company, your children will not only grow into talented dancers but also learn life lessons along the way. La Premiere competes locally and nationally.

La Premiere is a great starter program for dancers with 1-2 years of experience. This program is structured to accommodate dancers who want to experience competition without the feeling of being overscheduled and overwhelmed. 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.

The dance season is year-round, with auditions occurring in the summer. Children should have at least one year of dance experience prior to auditioning. If you have any questions about La Premiere Dance Company, please contact Performing Arts Director, Christine Milakis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JOIN US IN THE POOL!
Make a splash with us and join one of our Aqua Fitness classes today!
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.

An aqua fitness class is a great way to add something new to your routine and is a great workout for all ages! Aqua fitness can be tailored to challenge everyone from a twenty-something swimmer to an active senior. Do you sometimes feel exposed in a traditional group exercise class? Don’t think you can follow along to a routine? Never fear...the water hides all, leaving you to be more focused on your movements rather than worrying about keeping up with everyone else. Aqua fitness classes are also a great cross-training workout that will improve your performance in other high-impact activities like running, dance or team sports.

Your body will thank you for it! Water’s buoyancy will help avoid the wear and tear on your body that often comes along with working out. Aqua fitness strengthens muscles without stressing vulnerable joints, which makes it great for recovering from sports injuries and water provides equal resistance through your full range of motion, which results in balanced muscle action for your joints. Working out in water is a true full-body workout. Your heart, muscles, and internal organs all benefit.


"Enhance Fitness is a great combination of balance and strength training focused on getting your heart rate up and your body moving." -Dian Nielsen, Enhance Fitness Instructor


DISCOVER ENHANCE FITNESS
Free for members/*$96 non-member

Central Branch | Monday & Friday 10:15-11:15am
West Branch | Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-9:25am

Instructors will be conducting fitness checks at the 1st and last week of class for all participants.
NO JOIN FEE for participants interested in membership after 16 weeks

What is a fitness check? A 3 step assessment consisting of a sit-and-stand, bicep curl and timed up-and-go test.

*Non-member membership includes 16-week adult membership with full-access to Central & West branch. Take advantage of the Y's full group-ex schedule, both wellness rooms and the pool including our free aqua fitness schedule!

To register, stop by the front desk at either branch or call Central at 630-552-4100, West at 815-786-9998. Program participants are required to attend a minimum of 10 Enhance Fitness classes.


Moderate-impact classes with high-impact results

Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life.

Here are some of the changes our participants have noticed:

  • More energy
  • Better balance
  • Increases in upper body and lower body strength
  • More flexibility and range of motion
  • Better sleep
  • More feelings of happiness
  • Sense of independence

In addition to the physical benefits, research has shown that, among older adults who participate in Enhance®Fitness, health costs were lowered each year by close to $1,000. Download our fact sheet for more information.

AMERICAN SAFETY & HEALTH INSTITUTES (ASHI) CPR CLASSES
Join the ranks of those who can spring into action when trouble strikes: sign up today to get certified in CPR and AED. American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR classes are offered at the Y on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Classes are for those ages 12 and over and are $35 for members and $52 for non-members. Contact Aquatics Director, Mike Click, for more information at 630-552-4100 x237

Age 14+  |  $35M/$52NM
*not health care provider

WEDNESDAYS 11:00AM-2:00PM
Dates TBD

SATURDAYS 9:00AM-12:00PM
Dates TBD