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The Y is a non-profit like no other. When you join the Y, you're coming together with men, women and children from your community who are committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Membership Information

New Members

Welcome to the Y!

Our general policies and procedures can be found here on our website and in our program guide; for a more in-depth look at our membership guidelines, download our membership handbook.


Membership Benefits

  • FREE 24 Hour access available to Adult Members. See Membership Sales for details. 
  • FREE Child Watch services for children 3 months to 9 years of age with Household Membeships
  • FREE Land and Water based Group Exercise Classes
  • FREE Towel Service for Adult Members
  • FREE Wellness Center Orientation
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Members receive reduced rates and priority registration for most programs & services
  • Use of 2 pools – 4 lane lap pool & a family fun pool with water slide & play features
  • Use of 2 Wellness Centers with over 90 pieces of state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment
  • 2 regulation size Racquetball Courts for Racquetball, Handball, and Wallyball
  • Use of Walking / Jogging track with cushioned surface
  • Use of 3 Gymnasiums with 8 adjustable baskets for basketball, floor hockey, soccer, pickle ball and large group activities
  • Use of The Center featuring a variety of table games and a fireplace
  • Kid’s Gym with indoor playground
  • 3 locker rooms, all with daily use lockers - Male, Female and a Family / Special Needs locker room with 9 private changing rooms.
  • 3 complimentary guest passes each calendar year for Adult and Household Memberships
  • Nationwide Membership: YMCA members have the flexibility to use their YMCA membership at most of the 2,700 participating Y’s across the country at no extra charge


Membership Types & Rates (NEw for 2019)

The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA offers membership in the following categories:

Membership Types Monthly Fee
Youth (0 -18)


Young Adult  (19 -25) $33
Adult (26 -64) $55
One Adult Household $62
Multi Adult Household


Senior (65+) $40
Senior Couple (65+) $65



The Y has a great college specials for all returning students! Just click the link above or ask at the front desk for more information and stay fit while staying connected this summer at the Y! 

Enrollment/Joining Fee

The $50 fee is paid upon membership sign-up and will be charged only once per continuous membership. Those qualifying for a corporate membership (5 or more individuals from the same company) or an insurance company reimbursement program do not pay the joining fee.

(PDF) Download Membership Application
(PDF) Download Membership Change Form
(PDF) Download External Privacy Notice
(PDF) Download 24/7 Access Policies and Application

Billing Policy:

Your membership charges can be paid in the following ways:

  • Automatic withdrawal on the 5th or 20th of each month from a checking or savings account.
  • Automatic debit on the 5th or 20th of each month from your credit card.
  • Advance payment by cash, check or credit card

Cancellation Policy

Should you choose to end your Y experience, please fill out a termination form prior to the 20th of the month. Failure to do so will result in membership charges for the next month. The $50 joining fee must be paid upon membership reactivation


Guests are always welcome at the YMCA! All guests must present a photo I.D. and register at the front desk. Guests under the age of 15 must be signed in by an adult. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times or enrolled in a YMCA program. The only exception is that children aged 7 – 9 may be in the pool area when a parent is in the facility.

The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA participates in the AWAY program, which means we welcome members of other Y's to visit us free of charge up to 12 times in a calendar year. After 12 visits AWAY members are welcome to use the Y by paying the daily guest pass fee.

Guest Passes

Youth (-17 Years) $8.00
Adult (+18) $15.00
Family (All members of one immediate family) $25.00

Financial Assistance

The Y is a cause for strengthening community. That's why we're here working with you every day, making sure that you, your family and community have the resources and support your need to learn, grow and thrive. Financial assistance is offered to individuals and families who may not otherwise be able to afford a Y experience.

The YMCA does not turn anyone away due to the inability to pay. Financial aid is available for membership and programs to those who qualify. Applications are available at the Front Desk or may be downloaded

(PDF) Download Financial Assistance Application

Fitness Reimbursement

Effective January 2017, 
There have been some changes in the way the reimbursement program is managed and you will be required to take action by January 31 to avoid interruption to your reimbursement. Please click on this link for information and directions to continue receiving your reimbursement payments. The changes will give you the consumer the ability to monitor and manage your account by viewing your total visits, when your reimbursement is due, allowing you to make changes to your information as well as other added member benefits.


Please click here for information and directions on how to enroll in the program.

YMCA members enrolled in ELIGIBLE insurance plans with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and/or North Dakota, Health Partners, Medica, Preferred One, or Healthways can receive a reimbursement by working out a set number of days each month. That's more money in your pocket for staying healthy!

Call the 1-800 number on the back of your insurance card to see if your plan qualifies.

Silver Sneakers/Silver & Fit

The SilverSneakers® and Silver & Fit® Fitness Programs are innovative health, exercise and wellness programs helping older adults live healthy, active lifestyles.

The YMCA is a participating SilverSneakers®  and Silver & Fit® fitness facility. Individuals with ELIGIBLE medical insurance can enroll in a free Silver Sneaker or Silver & Fit membership which includes full use of the YMCA and participation in group exercise classes. Bring your Silver Sneakers/Silver & Fit ID to the YMCA to sign up.

Get fit, have fun, make friends! Go to or for more information.

Online Account Management

This feature allows members and program participants who are in our computer system the ability to edit their profile, change passwords, manage billing and payment options, make and schedule payments and view (print) their payment history.


Enter Online Account Management

Child Watch

Child Watch is available for parents with children 3 months to 9 years of age. A parent must remain in the facility at all times. It’s a great opportunity to take a class, swim or walk with a friend while our experienced caregivers take care of your children.  Child watch is "FREE" with all Household Memberships and $5.00 per child for up to 2 hours per visit for all others.  Ask for more information at the welcome center.  

How does Child Watch operate?

Child watch is "FREE" with all Household Memberships and $5.00 per child for up to 2 hours per visit for all others. Ask for more information at the welcome center. Parents check in their children with the staff, remove their shoes/boots and any jackets or sweatshirts. Shoes and coats are stored in the cubbies in Child Watch. Only the parent checking in the child will be allowed to check the child out, unless it is specified otherwise. There is a 2 hour limit that a child can be in Child Watch.

Parents may bring sipper cups with beverages for their children if they desire, but outside food is not allowed.

Child Watch staff are not licensed to change diapers. If a child is in need of a diaper change, the staff will locate the parent and have them change the diaper. There is a changing table in the bathroom of Child Watch.

Fitness Opportunities

Fitness Consultation/Healthy Lifestyles

(Orientation) FREE!

Healthy Lifestyles Consultation provides an overview of all the fitness equipment in the Wellness Center. It is free for members and takes about 30-60 minutes. All junior high youth who want to use the Wellness Center must complete this orientation. Sign up at the Welcome Center.

Personal Training

Personal Trainers work with people of all ages, help you stay on track, keep you motivated and assist you in achieving your desired goals. Members are able to register for Personal Training for either land or water based exercise. Contact Zach to sign-up or have your questions answered.

Y Staff recommend at least two sessions when you begin Personal Training. Our personal trainers are certified by national accredited organizations.

Group Exercise

Join us for a variety of workouts or slip on your swimsuit and try a water fitness class. Classes include Cycling, Zumba, Yoga, Boot Camp, Functional Interval Training, Step Aerobics, Stability Ball and many more. The Group Exercise schedule offers 50+ FREE classes each week. No need to pre-register, just arrive a few minutes before class to participate.

Fitness Challenges

Need a little motivation to make your weekly workouts? Take part in one of the many FREE fitness challenges which give you a chance to win weekly prizes or the end of challenge grand prize.

Information on current challenges is available at both the welcome center and wellness center desks.

Frequently Asked Questions by New Y Members:

Do I need to sign up for Group Exercise Classes?

Group Exercise classes are free with your membership. Our land classes are offered in the group exercise studios on the second floor and water classes are held in the aquatic center. Just check the guide on the group exercise schedule to find the class location.

To participate in group exercise classes, be present at the class location 5-10 minutes before class starts, and the instructor will guide you. If you’re new, don’t be afraid to ask questions!

When & where are pool, gym and group exercise class schedules available?

The pool, gym and group exercise schedules are available online, on our home page. We also keep copies on the literature racks in the lobby and wellness center. You can also find the day’s events, classes and programs under our schedules tab on our website.

What is the procedure for checking in?

Stop by the welcome center with your membership card to check-in each time you visit the Y. Workouts submitted for insurance reimbursement are taken from daily computer scans. If you have a guest with you, they will need to have a photo I.D. and sign in when they visit.

How old do I need to be at the YMCA alone?

Members must be 10 years old to be left alone at the YMCA. Guests must also be 10 years old but all guests under the age of 15 must be signed-in by an adult 18 years of age or older.

How old do I need to be to use the Wellness Center?

Children may begin independent use of the Wellness Center upon graduation from the 6th grade and completion of our Active Teens Orientation. Active Teens is a program that orients our younger members to the wellness center cardio and strength training equipment, to keep them and those around them safe during their time in the wellness center. The Active Teens Orientation must be completed prior to independent use of the wellness center. Children who have completed 6th grade but have not completed an Active Teens Orientation are permitted to use the center if accompanied by an adult.

Children of any age may use the track under direct (arms-length) supervision from a parent or supervising adult. Strollers are permitted on the track and the YMCA has one available to borrow.

Members that have completed 6th grade may participate in group exercise classes after completion of an Active Teens Orientation.

Students completing 9th grade can complete the Strong Teens Orientation to gain independent use of the free weight area. This program is free and will orient students to the weight room by discussing proper form, breathing technique and the proper amount of weight to use. Students who have completed 9th grade but have not completed a Strong Teens Orientation are permitted to use the free weight area if accompanied by an adult.

How old do I need to be to use the Aquatic Center?

Children 5 years old and younger must be within arms-reach of a parent or supervising adult in the pool. Adults must be in the water with the child and not on the pool deck.

Children 6 years old must have a parent or supervising adult in the pool area.

When children turn 7, they are allowed to use the pool independent from a parent or supervising adult, as long as they are present in the building. You will always find certified lifeguards on duty, every hour the pool is open.

Children age 10 and above may use the pools without a parent or supervising adult in the facility.

Children 48" and taller may use the slide. There are also appropriate aquatic features for Children under 48".

How do I register for youth & adult programs?

Online: Register for programs online, click here to browse open programs and register at your convenience.

In-Person: As always, we are happy to take your registration at the front desk during building hours

Facility Hours


Labor Day - Memorial Day  

Monday – Thursday  5:15 am - 9:00 pm
Friday  5:15 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday  7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Sunday  11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Memorial Day - Labor Day 

Monday – Thursday  5:15 am - 9:00 pm
Friday  5:15 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday  7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday  11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Child Watch Hours

Monday - Thursday  8:15 - 11:45 am  4:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday  8:15 - 11:45 am  4:00 - 7:30 pm
Saturday  8:30 - 11:30 am  Closed
Sunday  Closed  Closed


A 24 Hour / 7 Days Option is available

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