Coming to the YMCA as a family has so many benefits—from staying fit to learning new skills and more. The Y is dedicated to providing quality family fitness programs, youth activities and special events that encourage the whole family to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Group Exercise classes for kids and families

Introduce your kids to fitness fun through high-energy, fun classes the whole family will love. We offer a wide variety of classes that focus on strength, stamina, cardio, dance, yoga and water exercise.

See all Group Exercise classes for kids and families.

Family-friendly Fitness Center

The Fitness Center at each YMCA includes exercise machines, stretching areas, free weights, a weight room and staff ready to help you get the most from your workout. So that families can have a safe workout at the Y, kids ages 7-17 need to attend a fitness orientation prior to using the Fitness Center. 

Members can choose from four free orientations for families and youth that teach safe and age-appropriate fitness techniques. Sign up at the member services desk at your local Y.

Youth and Family Fitness Cards

Kids and families can enjoy fun, safe and diverse workouts at the Y with five family fitness cards and four youth fitness cards. Our family fitness cards detail group workouts for families with kids ages 7+. Our youth fitness cards are designed for members ages 10+ who can workout at the Y without a parent or guardian. Every card outlines an entire workout, from warm-ups to cool down stretches, and is designed to last 20-30 minutes. Workout topics include Tabata, abs and core, interval training and Fitness Bingo. Pick up a fitness card at the Member Services desk.

Free child care while you work out

When you come to work out at the YMCA, consider bringing your children along for the fun that awaits them at Kids Stuff, the Y’s child care program. Children ages six week to 10 years can participate in age-appropriate activities in a safe environment—free for members. 

Reservations aren’t required, and your child can enjoy Kids Stuff for up to two hours a day while you are in the building. Check with your local Y for Kids Stuff hours.

Swim Lessons and pool fun

From free-time splashing around to structured aquatics programs, YMCA pools offer something for nearly every age and skill level, including:

Visit your local Y for lesson, class and pool schedules.

Youth programs spark creativity and teach skills 

The Y offers year-round programming designed to help kids discover and enjoy their passions. From arts and music to individual and team sports, there’s something for your young person to practice healthy habits.

Programs vary by location—find class and sports league schedules by location.

Camping adventures for the whole family

Camp isn’t just for kids! Family camp often coincides with school breaks—there’s a weeklong camp in the summer, or long-weekend options in the fall, winter and spring. At Camp du Nord in Ely, Minnesota, your family can enjoy age-specific activities, crafts, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, campfires, saunas and all that the north woods have to offer.

Get more information to plan your family camp experience.

Ideas and inspiration for family fun

Follow our Healthy Kids article series for to get a peek at entertaining seasonal activities and how to maximize your family’s membership at the Y.