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.


A gymnastics 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 6+
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 6+
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 parties can be held some Saturdays and most Sundays. 3 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.

May 6 - August 3
Mon/Wed: 5-6:00am  |  SAT: 7:30-8:30am
$75M/$120NM  |  5 Practice Punch Card $30M/$45NM

Masters Swimming is our swim group for people who are 18 and older. You will receive coached swimming workouts that help improve your swimming technique and fitness level. This group welcomes adult swimmers from lap swimmers, to adults interested in competitive swimming, as well as triathletes.

*no practice Memorial Day or 4th of July.

Christine Milakis, the new Arts and Humanities Director

A Whole New OUTLook

Christine grew up dancing from ages 4-17 and has been a dance instructor for over 13 years. Her philosophy is to provide a fun, safe and encouraging environment for children interested in dance, music, and theater. "A few of my long-term goals are to grow the art and humanities program in addition to making the arts more accessible to all children," said Christine.

Christine has been focusing her efforts on La Premiere’s Dance Company’s auditions coming up on Oct. 21st. La Premiere’s revamped program is perfect for dancers who are new to the dance world or who have only 1-2 years of experience. “We recognize that kids have school work and need family time, those things come first,” said Christine. “This program is structured in a way that makes it possible for kids to do both and still compete at a higher level.”

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WHAT’S NEW

• Updated class names and descriptions

• Additional classes for younger dancers

• Dance classes for students at Early Learning Academy - West Branch in Sandwich

• Plans to add a theatre program including workshops and improv classes

• And a WHOLE NEW LOOK –– stay tuned for the unveiling!


View fall dance classes here. 

Deb has been drawing and creating for as long as she can remember. At an early age, she was making doll clothes for trolls and Barbie’s and coloring and drawing anything she could get her hands on. Most all children color and draw but Deb never stopped.

Through the years she continued making crafts for gifts for family members and trying a variety of mediums. She has continued to hone her skills in drawing and painting. She has created in both Graphite and Charcoal, Pen and Ink with Watercolor Washes, Scratchboard, Scrimshaw, Glass Painting, Sculpting with clay and more. She attended the American Academy or Art in Chicago learning traditional skills of the Masters. Leaving there with a Fine Arts Degree and Commercial Degree. She secured an internship designing Point of Purchase Display in her last semester of Art School. During that employment, she learned computer skills and was able to apply both Sign Making and Graphic Design knowledge and experience.

Since 2006 She has been drawing Caricatures and has her own Caricature business. She offers both people and animal Caricatures from her Etsy Shop online done from photos provided. She also works live at both private and Corporate event providing entertainment and drawings to the guests. She gained her LIVE caricature experience working at Chicago’s Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium before venturing out on her own.

Deb is excited to bring her art background to programming at the Y!

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.

October 25 - December 13
Fridays  |  $36M/$47NM  |  Central  |  
Ages 7 - 12
This great summer league will keep your children active and moving during these fun, summer months. Players are placed on teams each week testing their throwing, dodging, catching, speed and agility skills. This league takes place every Friday evening from 5:30-6:30pm.

Register online or at our front desk.


"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.

PICKLEBALL
Mondays  |  9-11:00AM  |  FREE
Pickleball is a combination of tennis and badminton that is played by hitting whiffle balls with light-weight wooden paddles. The rules are simple and the game is relatively easy for beginners to learn. Played on a badminton court with a 3-foot high net.


BINGO

Dec. 14 & Feb. 22  |  10:00am - 12:00pm  |  FREE 
Bingo is a great way to bring people together to play an old favorite game and discover some new friendships.


PUZZLES AND LEISURE CLUB

Fridays  |  9-11AM  |  FREE

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information at 630-552-4100 x237

Age 12+  |  $35M/$52NM
*not health care provider

WEDNESDAYS 11:00AM-2:00PM
Sept. 11 | Oct. 9 | Nov. 6 | Dec. 4

SATURDAYS 9:00AM-12:00PM
Sept. 21 | Oct. 19 | Nov. 9 | Dec. 7

Ages 4-12  |  August 26 - October 19  |  $72M/$92NM  |  Central
Don’t miss a chance to join one of our most popular youth sports programs –– Fall Soccer League is designed to develop players’ skills, understanding of the game and elevate each players ability to play! Teams are co-ed, registration includes a team t-shirt. Practices are one day a week on Monday or Wednesday at 5 or 6 p.m. Games on Saturdays.

Shin guards must be worn. REGISTER ONLINE or call our Front Desk at 630-552-4100.

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