The YMCA of Rock River Valley is a place where the whole family can spend time together while building healthy habits. Everyone in your family can find something to do at the Y to keep them fit, healthy, and active all year long. Haven’t been to the Y lately? Here’s how a Y membership can support you through your current season of life and those to come!

For busy moms with little ones, there’s nothing better than a Y membership for getting some “me” time. The Y allows you to drop off your kids for up to two hours of free Kids’ Care every day. You can spend that time however you’d like – take a swim, enjoy the sauna, walk around the track listening to your favorite podcast, get a workout in, or just scroll your phone in the lobby. No judgment! 

Parents with school-age kids will appreciate the number of activities their kids can do at the Y. If you want to sign your kids up for structured lessons or sports teams, the Y is a great place to do so. They offer a variety of youth sports for kids ages 3 years and older. One of the main attractions is year-round swimming lessons in the heated indoor pool. They also offer basketball, tae kwon do, karate, rock climbing, dance, tumbling, and more. These classes give kids the chance to build confidence, make friends, and learn new skills. Don’t feel left out, mom and dad! The Y also offers adult sports including basketball, pickleball, rock climbing, crew, and more. They can also get your fitness on track with personal training sessions, lifestyle and health coaching, and regular challenges throughout the year to motivate you to make changes and stick to your healthy habits.

Need a better weekday routine for your family? Picture this! You walk into the Y on a weeknight with your three kids. The youngest kid has hip-hop dance class followed by swimming lessons. The middle kid spends time in the ninja gym before ballet lessons. The oldest kid shoots hoops in the open gym. All of them bring their homework to Kids’ Care where they also get to do crafts and play games. While they’re having a great time, you take a Zumba class and use the free weights. Your family heads home happy, tired, and ready to start their bedtime routine.

No matter what day of the week you stop by the Y, there are drop-in activities happening. At the SwedishAmerican Riverfront branch, kids can enjoy the ninja gym, open climb on a 27-foot rock wall, and jump around in an indoor bounce house. At the Northeast branch, you can enjoy games like ping pong and air hockey and play on indoor and outdoor playgrounds. Your Y membership gets you into all three locations.

Spending time together as a family is easy at the Y. They offer seasonal events for parents and kids to participate in throughout the year including Easter egg hunts, Cookies with Santa, Sweetheart Dance, Trunk or Treats, and more. Families can also swim together in the pool, attend movie nights, and walk the track together.

If you and your partner need a date night, the Y has you covered! They offer regular Kids’ Night Outs for children up to 12 years old. During these Kids’ Night Outs, kids swim, play sports, watch a movie, and even eat a healthy dinner. These events are monitored by Y staff members. Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t even notice you’re gone!

The Y offers all these benefits for families AND they’re the most cost-effective gym in the area! They recently assessed the average monthly income in the community and adjusted their prices accordingly. A family membership is now only $55 per month and financial assistance is available. Lessons, activities, and events are always discounted for Y members, too!

Bring the family to the Rock River Valley YMCA branch closest to you to take a tour and sign up for a membership! 

YMCA of Rock River Valley Locations:

SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA

200 Y Blvd., Rockford, IL

Northeast Family YMCA

8451 Orth Rd., Loves Park, IL

Puri Family YMCA

1475 S. Perryville Rd., Rockford, IL

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