Category: Kids




Alberta will be celebrating Family Day on Monday, February 19th.  This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

In conjunction with our partners at Parenting Power we are happy to support #NoPhoneFamilyDay.  A movement and intention to leave the phone on the charger and spend time together.

Please join us at any of our facilities across the city for some specific family programming.

Remington YMCA:

Wibit (inflatable obstacle course in 25m Pool) – 9:30-11:30am

Family Playground (Gym will be set up with obstacles, balls and a variety of gym equipment for children and their parents to explore and enjoy together.  Open to children who are walking to 5Y) – 11:30-1:30pm


Shawnessy YMCA:

Family Yoga – 1:00-2:00pm

Family Climbing – 10:30am – 12:30pm


Saddletowne YMCA

Family Playground (Gym will be set up with obstacles, balls and a variety of gym equipment for children and their parents to explore and enjoy together.  Open to children who are walking to 5Y) – 12:00-2:00pm

Family Climbing – 10:00am – 12:00pm Ages 4+ Max of 12 participants

Family Fitness Class – 11:00am – 12:00pm Ages 6+


Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA:

Wibit (inflatable obstacle course in 25m Pool) – 1:00-3:00pm

Family Playground (Gym will be set up with obstacles, balls and a variety of gym equipment for children and their parents to explore and enjoy together.  Open to children who are walking to 5Y) – 1:00-3:00pm


Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot:

Family Gym Time – 10:30am – 12:30pm


Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge:

Wibit (inflatable obstacle course in 25m Pool) – 12:00-4:00pm

Family Skating – 2:30-4:00pm

Family Climbing – 2:00-4:00pm


South Health Campus YMCA:

Family Fitness Drop in Class – 10:30-11:30am

Family Climbing – 1:00-5:00pm


Don’t forget to check out our online schedules for gym and pool open times. Or download the YMCA Calgary app.

Camp Chief Hector YMCA – REGISTRATION Summer 2018

Summer 2018 registration is just around the corner! It’s time to:

Returning Camper registration begins the week of December 5. *NEW START TIME – 10am*

New Camper registration begins the week of December 13.

The registration Newsletter has been emailed to families of campers who attended in 2017 and/or 2016.

Camp Descriptions are available at our website. Follow the link to registration information.
Be sure to read our TIPS and make your registration plans ahead of time.

Contact us at or 403-269-6156 | 1-866-430-9622

Are You Strong Enough to Support Strong Kids?

November is Strong Members for Strong Kids Month.


What does that mean? It means anyone interested will have the opportunity to engage in feats of fitness and pledge dollars for every rep/inch/second they complete, all in the name of raising funds for the Strong Kids campaign! One day per week throughout the month of November there will be a “Strong Members” booth set up in the lobby of the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA where you can stop by to see how strong you are for Strong Kids.

Through philanthropy, the YMCA and our donors are removing barriers to help children, youth and families live healthier lives and achieve their full potential. Our annual Strong Kids Campaign gives children and youth the opportunity to participate in YMCA programs that positively influence their health and well-being and connect them to a caring community. 100% of all Strong Kids donations directly support participation in YMCA experiences. In 2016, YMCA provided 23,000 subsidized experience and the need has only increased in 2017!

The specific days and themes of our Strong Members for Strong Kids campaign are listed below with the booth open from 6:30-8:30am, 11:00am-1:00pm, and 4:00-6:00pm each day. Whether you come at the crack of dawn Mondays or lunch time Thursdays, there will be a day and time where you’ll have the opportunity to have fun and show your strength for Strong Kids!


Wednesday November 1– Push Ups, reps per minute.

Thursday November 9– Skipping, reps per minute.

Friday November 17– Jump Height, inches jumped.

Monday November 20– Plank, seconds held.

Tuesday November 28– Wall Sit, seconds held.

Registration dates for Camp Chief Hector YMCA Summer 2018

It’s official!

Registration for Camp Chief Hector YMCA Summer Overnight Camps begins in December.

Get all the details here.

Contact us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or by email at with any questions.

Volunteer with Youth at Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot!

Are you looking to engage within your community? Instruct a new sport or provide leadership? We are looking for volunteers to work with youth in a variety of programs! Instructors follow a curriculum which helps youth build fundamental skills through physical literacy. Instructors will utilize their own experience, creativity, leadership and help youth grow into themselves and their community. Instructors choose a program to lead, volunteer 1.5 hours/week, gain leadership skills and participate in valuable training!group-diverse-sitting-close_78817786

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Free Membership to the YMCA
  • Leadership experience
  • Looks great on your resume and we’d love to be your next reference!
  • Build a relationship with the YMCA – We may be your next dream job!


How to apply:

  • Fill out an application at the front desk or online.
  • Or contact David Francis to begin your volunteer journey with Melcor YMCA!

Christmas Tree Sales at Melcor YMCA in Crowfoot

Tis the season to be jolly! This year, support Melcor YMCA youth leadership programs with your Christmas tree purchase! Bring the spirit home by purchasing a YMCA Christmas Tree. Trees are available at the Melcor YMCA in Crowfoot. You may purchase a tree for $5.00 per foot. We will be selling trees from now and until we sell out!

Stop by the front desk for more information, call 403-547-6576 or look for the YMCA Leadership groups awaiting your donation in our lobby after school hours. Follow the Christmas music to find them! The proceeds from your purchase will allow our YMCA leaders to attend the Western Canadian Leadership Conference held in February and fund the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! These leaders meet every week to gain skills and to give back within their communities!

We thank you for your generous support and we hope you find your perfect tree to light up your home during the holiday season!winter-teen-group-outside_54060982

YMCA Child Development Centres in Quarry Park – Kindergarten Transportation

The Remington YMCA Child Development Centre opens July 1 and we anticipate that the Quarry Park Child Development Centre will open mid August 2016.

It has been great fun preparing the spaces to welcome children and we have greatly enjoyed getting to meet families during tours and orientation meetings.

We are excited to announce that bus transportation will be available to Douglasdale School for kindergarten-aged children attending both the Remington YMCA Child Development Centre and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre beginning Fall 2016.

Please contact us for more details:

Remington YMCA – Trisha Skinner, Childcare Director    T 403-351-8287

Quarry Park Child Development Centre – Trudy Halvorsen, Childcare Manager    T 403-351-6688

For more information about YMCA Calgary Child Development Centre please visit our website


YMCA Calgary – Celebrating Neighbour Day on June 18!

YMCA Calgary is excited to be joining the vibrant community of Quarry Park in SE Calgary. With two new facilities opening this summer we are busy preparing to welcome new members and participants at both the Remington YMCA and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre.

We can’t wait to meet you and Calgary Neighbour Day gives us a perfect opportunity to say hi to our new neighbours.

When    Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time     10:00am – 1:00pm

Where   Quarry Park Child Development Centre (10702- 18 Street SE)

Please drop by for some family fun. Activities include:

Guided tours of the facility

Play activities for the whole family

Activity sessions to get you moving and shaking

See you on June 18th!

Quarry Park Child Development Centre - Entrance

Quarry Park Child Development Centre – Entrance






Update on New YMCA Child Development Centres

By Wendy Anderson, Childcare Administqpy playgroundration Director

My first day on the job this past week provided me with an opportunity to tour the Quarry Park Child Development Center. While still under construction it is clear to see each of the spaces and to imagine children at play. I was able to see the kitchen which will provide the children’s lunches and snack times. There is an indoor gym for children to experience indoor gross-motor play.

A large outdoor play area will feature landscaping, grass and a discovery trail for stroller walks and bike riding.

One feature I particularly enjoyed seeing was the Experience Studio (Below: Caryl Broen & Trudy Halvorsen in the Experience Studio). This space will provide lots of unique experiences to support YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. I could really envision children baking their own cookies or working on a science project there.

Trudy i Caryl

It was great to see the centre as we prepare to welcome children to the facility mid August.

We are excited to also be preparing to open a second Child Development Centre in the Quarry Park community. Located in the Remington YMCA, this centre is scheduled to open early July. Like the Quarry Park Child Development Centre, the childcare centre will feature the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum. Children will be able to experience time in the on-site Calgary Public Library and utilize YMCA facilities including the pool and active play areas.


For more information about YMCA Childcare please visit our website at YMCA Calgary .

To enquire about our childcare programs please contact the Childcare Registration office at
(403) 351—6689 or

Click here to sign up for news and updates on the YMCA in Quarry Park

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA – Childminding Area Renovations

We are excited to announce that the Gray Family Childminding area will be undergoing renovations Friday, March 25 – Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

To facilitate the renovations childminding hours have been adjusted as follows:

Friday, March 25         Closed

Saturday, March 26    Relocated to the YMCA Child Development Centre (just down the hall)

Sunday, March 27       Closed

Monday, March 28      Closed

Tuesday, March 29      Closed

We have contacted all families booked during this period of time to advise of this operational change.

We apologize for any inconvenience during this transitional period but look forward to sharing with you the new look of the childminding area very soon.