Youth Development

Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active and developing healthy habits they'll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it's gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out. We offer great programs like:


Zumba Kids

ZUMBA KIDS is for boys/girls 4-12 years old. This program will increase focus, self-confidence, boost metabolism and improve coordination. This is a great way to stay active and healthy. ZUMBA KIDS classes offer a welcoming and upbeat atmosphere. Parents are welcome to participate or workout at the YMCA, but must stay inside the facility during the program.

Download PDF Registration or Register Online

Heart 'N' Sole Running Club

Open to kids ages 9 - 14 who want to be part of a run for fun group, make friends, train for the Foot Lake 4, and get into the sport of running.  Each week in addition to our feature run we will incorporate fundamental running lessons, the Y core values, fun running games, conditioning exercises and stretching, and a healthy snack.  Each participant gets a great club shirt and is automatically entered into the Foot Lake 4 as the highlight accomplishment to the season.



Youth Sports Programs

Youth Football

YMCA Youth Footballl focuses on fun, character development and fundamentals like blocking, passing, catching, handoffs, footwork and kicking. Open to all Boys and Girls in Kindergarten through 4th grade.  Each week will include a low-key game with adult quarterbacks and YMCA staff and volunteer coaches present a weekly Character Development Theme stressing the Y's Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and how they relate to teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.

Download PDF Registration or Register Online


Youth Basketball

YMCA Youth Basketball focuses on three primary objectives: Fun, Fundamentals and Character Development. YMCA staff and volunteer coaches teach the fundamental skills of basketball along with values like teamwork, sportsmanship and our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Each weekly session will include basketball skills, drills and low-key games.



Intramural Basketball

This league is open to high school students (grades 9-12) who are not involved in their school’s basketball program.  Students from all area schools are welcome to participate. The league runs 10 weeks on Mondays with games at either 8:00, 8:45 or 9:30pm. The season begins on January 11th and ends with a “March Madness” tourney on March 7th and 14th.


Youth Swim Lessons

YMCA Progressive Swim Lessons

Classes are offered for participants 6 months of age through adult. In each swim level your child will learn YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, along with personal safety, personal growth, stroke development and water games and rescue. Children 6-36 months can participate in our Parent/Child Swim classes; 3-5 years start in our Preschool swimmer program; Children 5 and older can start in our youth progressive lessons.

Still have questions? Contact Sarah, Aquatics Director at (320) 222-9622.

Download PDF Fall Registration form with class level descriptions.  

Download PDF After School Swim Lesson Registration 

Click here for the Gym, Pool and Group Exercise Schedules

Water Safety

Water Safety Awareness

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity.  Water Safety Awareness can help you make sure kids learn essential water safety skills, which can open a world of possibilities for them.

This class is for kids ages 6 to 11 years old who do NOT know how to swim.  (Non-swimmers only) Parents are invited to participate in on-deck water safety classes at the same time students are in the water.


Birthday Parties

Let Y staff organize your child's special day! Two hour parties feature a flexible schedule with options for swimming, play time in the Gymnasium or Kids’ Gym, table games in The Center and a private room for gift opening, food and fun.

All birthday parties are scheduled by contacting Rachel at or by calling her at the Y at (320) 222-9622. In the case that she is not present to take your call in person, please leave a message and she will contact you as soon possible.  Please schedule your party in advance to allow us to schedule staff and prepare for your special event.

Birthday Party Tips:

  • Parties may be reserved for any two hour block when space is available – call Rachel for availability.
  • All swimmers must wear a proper swimsuit and bring their own towel.
  • Socks are required for play in the Kids’ Gym.
  • Some areas of the facility are scheduled for Y programs on various dates and times and may not be availability for party use. Sarah will guide you through all options.
  • For the safety of all swimmers, the Aquatic Center has additional rules which must be followed. Click here to view the Aquatic Center Guidelines.


Basic Birthday Party


  • Two hour party with YMCA Staff person to assist you and your guests
  • 60 minutes in our Aquatics Area
  • 30 minutes of activities in the Gymnasium, Kids’ Gym or The Center
  • 30 minutes in the Party Room for gift opening and any food that may be served
  • A gift from our YMCA for your special birthday child

Hassle-Free Birthday Party


  • Two hour party with YMCA Staff person to assist you and your guests
  • 60 minutes in our Aquatics Area
  • 30 minutes of activities in our Gymnasium, Kids’ Gym or The Center
  • 30 minutes in the Party Room for gift opening and any food that may be served
  • Party Food: 2 large pizzas, 8-inch round birthday cake, two – 2 liters of pop, necessary basic paper products and a gift from our YMCA for your special birthday child.
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