Youth & Family Activities
At the Y, our focus upon Youth Development is one of the ways that we seek to strengthen our community. By providing programs, opportunities, and simply a place to belong and play, our YMCA youth and families create, connect and grow stronger together.
Please explore the exciting programs and offerings for our youth, teens, and families. Whether it is taking a Family Zumba® or Cycling class together or some family swim time; teens at Y Night or kids in our Youth Sports program, there is something for every kid and every family at the Y!
Looking for a safe, fun place for your child to go when school is not in session, check out our School Age Child Care program!
Youth & Family Activities
Builders Club ages 6-12
Get your imagination growing with our brand new Builders Club! Each week will have its own theme and the materials can be anything from K’Nex to Legos to popsicle sticks. You have only your imagination to guide you! Join us each week as we design and build a new adventure. Offered to the General Public for $3.
Family Adventure Center ages 8 & under*
Family Adventure Center is a place where families can enjoy playing and growing together. The Family Adventure Center at the Ferguson Family Y features an open area where young kids can use their imagination and create their own fun with mats and fun shapes. For the older kids, the tree fort themed play structure creates an interactive play environment. The Family Adventure Center is available for children 8 years and younger with parental supervision.
Family Night all ages
We understand that family life is busy and you are always on the go, so slow down and make some memories at the Y. Our family night programs provide much needed quality time together. You’ll be able to enjoy theme nights, physical activity, swimming, and much more. Each week holds new fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Offered to the General Public for $15/family. Learn More »
Family Wellness Orientation ages 8-10 + Parents/Caregivers
The purpose of this program is to educate the family in wellness and fitness, to establish a lifestyle of fitness at a young age, and to encourage parents/caregivers and kids (ages 8-10) to work out together. The course encompasses the Mission and Core Values of the YMCA, the benefits and risks of exercise, and the policies and etiquette of the Wellness Center. Participants will learn how to use a selection of the cardiovascular equipment (participation is required). Once a youth has passed they will receive an orange wristband each time they want to use the cardiovascular machines and must be with their parent/caregiver. At least one parent/caregiver is required to take the Family Orientation with their child. Please register for this free program at your Y’s front desk at a time that is convenient for your family.
GaGa ages 8-12
A high-energy game played within an octagonal GaGa “pit” with players attempting to hit opponents with the ball below the knee while avoiding getting struck. This fun and easy game moves quickly and is a great way to get your 60 minutes of play and connect with other kids. GaGa is designed as an open time for Y Members or guests ages 8-12. It is supervised and facilitated by a Y staff member. Join the GaGa craze!
Mini Rompers ages 0-2*
This family group is geared towards families with children 2 years and younger. This is a great opportunity to have your children enjoy the use of soft mats, preschool gym equipment and more while you can watch and connect with other families! *Children and their caregiver. Offered to the General Public for $5/family.
Play Day Café all ages*
We know it’s fun to play at the YMCA, so we’ve stirred up a time for creative play and a bit of café! Little ones can play and create with pals nearby while you, the caregivers, enjoy some conversation and refreshments. Our Activity Center Play Day Café will offer simple snacks and beverages for the children and warm drinks like coffee, tea or hot chocolate for the adults. Kids will have fun playing with the friendly toys, games and story books or make a masterpiece with our art supplies. *Best suited for children stable walking to pre-school aged. Offered to the General Public for $5 per visit.
Power Zone ages 8-13
It’s easy to stay active during this fun-filled time where the activities change every day! Our staff will keep you busy playing games like dodge ball, basketball and kickball, running through obstacle courses or completing energizing fitness challenges. You may attend Power Zone for the full time or pop in when it works for you. Just be there! Learn More »
Power Zone Jr ages 6-10*
It’s easy to stay active during this fun-filled time where the activities change every day! Our staff will keep you busy playing games like dodge ball, basketball and kickball, running through obstacle courses or completing energizing fitness challenges. You may attend Power Zone for the full time or come early and stay late. Just be there! *Ages 6-7 parent/guardian must remain in Y facility and sign child in/out of Power Zone. Learn More »
Rainbow Rompers ages 6 & under
Preschoolers love to play, explore and make new friends and Rainbow Rompers is their opportunity to do just that! We offer a supervised play space where your child can climb, run, jump and swing with age-appropriate equipment and play toys. *Preschoolers and their caregiver. Offered to the General Public for $5/family.
Storytime all ages
Join your Y friends as we listen to a special guest reader tell a wonderfully animated story to delight kids of all ages. After storytime, stay for more fun with an active hour of Rainbow Rompers play time.
Tech Club ages 6-12
Mondopad….mondo-what?! Come play with the Ferguson Family Y’s newest and coolest toy, the Mondopad! We will do coding, games, trivia, solve puzzles and so much more. Join us each week for Tech Club as we explore the world through the Mondopad. Offered to the General Public for $3.
Y Night grades 5-8 at ES, WS, BV Ys; grades 4-8 at DT
Check out what’s happening at the Y on Friday nights for 5th-8th graders at the Broadview, East Side and West Side Ys and 4th-8th graders at the Ferguson Family Y. Youth have the opportunity to swim, play games like basketball or GaGa, and participate in exciting theme activities each week. Visit our Y Night page for a list of activities and additional information. *Program runs September – May. Learn More »
Y Zone up to age 13* + Family
Y Zone offers a place to hang out with friends or your family & enjoy games, craft projects or special activities. It also provides a place for families to just hang out & play together. Child must sign/be signed in and out of Y Zone. *Ages 8-13 can attend alone. Age 7 parent/guardian must remain in Y facility. Ages 6 & under must be accompanied by parent/guardian in Y Zone. Learn More »
Youth Activity Center (YAC) ages 8+
For ages 8+ years. The YAC offers free activities that are engaging, attractive to youth and make use of their talents, energy and creativity. Elementary and Middle School kids hang out after school, evenings and weekends. Pockey tables, homework zone, Mondopad and games create a fun environment.
Youth Wellness Orientation ages 11-13
The purpose of this program is to educate youth in wellness and fitness, to establish a lifestyle of fitness at a young age, and to encourage parents and kids (ages 11-13) to work out together. The course encompasses the Mission and Core Values of the YMCA, the benefits and risks of exercise, and the policies and etiquette of the Wellness Center. Participants will learn how to use the cardiovascular equipment and the strength training machines (participation is required). Once a youth has passed they will receive a green wristband each time they want to use the Wellness center. Parents are welcome to learn along with their children. Youth must complete both sessions 1 and 2. Please register for this free program at your Y’s front desk.
Youth Development Directors
Feel free to contact one of our Youth Development Directors if you have any questions about a specific program or getting yourself, child or family involved at the Y.
Learn more about the Summer Teen Adventure Program* HERE!
*Additional fee, available to members at a discounted rate, as well as the general public.