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YMCA Saddletowne Family Fun

Come Together for FAMILY FUN!

At the YMCA, we believe that families that spend time together grow strong together.  Come join us for a themed afternoon of activities including, gym time, crafts and games!!  We will be delivering fun, healthy activities for children between the ages of 3 and 10, and parents and guardians of all ages.  Come out and meet some other families in your community.


Please e-mail Judy at jmartin@calgary.ymca.ca for more information.      



Grade 6 Event! Olympics!

Grade 6 Olympics!


Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm


At Crowfoot YMCA! Meet us in the Gym. Pick up will be at 4:45 pm in Multipurpose Room #3!


An Olympics-themed event for Grade 6 members. We will have opening ceremonies, fun Olympic games, closing ceremonies, and an after-party!


Register for FREE at the Front Desk! Bar code #102426

Elves at Play

Are you feeling the crunch as the Holiday Season approaches?

Take some time to relax this December and let YMCA instructors care for your children while you do some stress-free festive shopping or have a little quiet time to yourself.

This exciting event called Elves at Play is being hosted by the Saddletowne, Crowfoot, Shawnessy and Eau Claire YMCAs on Saturday, December 13 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Children taking part in Elves at Play will be entertained with crafts, games, swimming and more, all within your local YMCA.  All activities will be appropriate for children aged 3-12.

Registration for this fun filled event is only $25 for members and $35 for non-members.  Please contact your local branch to register today.  We’ll see you then!

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How to Stay Active at Home When It’s Too Cold to Go Outside

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Kids have energy. Sometimes that energy seems to be too much for indoors, but the weather outside is just too cold and snowy to spend more than a few minutes outside.

So what do you do?

I’ve done some research and asked some friends with kids for their ideas.

1. Blow up a balloon and try to keep it off the floor

2. Play Hide and Seek

3. Active Reading – choose an often repeated word in a book and read out loud, any time the chosen word is said you have to stand up or sit down

4. Play charades – pick a category of animals or jobs or even people you know

5. Play Freeze Frame – play music and dance or move around until the music stops then everyone has to stay still until mom or dad turns the music back on

6. Spell words by making letters with only your body

7. Build an obstacle course of pillows, chairs, tape and string

8. Play follow the leader

And two mommy favourites are:

9.    Do yoga or an exercise video together in the living room

10.  Make cleaning into a game

Eau Claire YMCA’s 25th Anniversary

This fall marks twenty five years since Eau Claire YMCA opened its doors, and we are looking forward to celebrating it in style! Join us for two fun events:

Sunday, September 22 |  noon – 3pm
Family Carnival
Join us for carnival games, activities, jugglers, magicians and much, much more. We will have variety of activity stations around the building, with a special surprise in the gym! Collect a stamp at each station and win a mystery prize! And don’t forget to pick up a piece of our birthday cake.

Wednesday, September 25 | 11.45am – 1.15pm
80’s Revival!
An 80’s DJ will be pumping out tunes to accompany a special 80’s themed retro circuit class. Dig out your leg warmers and fluorescent sweatbands! Breakdancing, special guests and more – all topped off with a piece of birthday cake.

Summer Day Camp Registration Begins Tomorrow!

At YMCA Calgary’s Summer Day Camps, your child will learn responsibility and make new friends while enjoying activities like art, gym time, group games, recreational swimming and environmental awareness.  What a great way to spend the summer!  Registration begins on February 1st.  Please see our Day Camp brochure at www.ymcacalgary.org

YMAP Kick-Off a Success!

Holiday Crafts!Eau Claire YMCA was buzzing with over 100 high school students this past Friday night as YMAP programs celebrated an awesome start to the year! YMAP (aka YMCA Achievement Program) is an after-school program for immigrant high school students to explore a wide variety of topics from financial literacy, to resume building, to how we can become global citizens working for social justice.

So now with just over a month of programs under our belt, what a better way to start the year off right than with a party?

The annual kick-off event provides a space to hang out, play games, and meet YMAP students from other high schools and quadrants of the city. Students were open to join activities of their interest, such as basketball, badminton, a hip-hop dance class, or making Holiday decorations for a local non-profit organization.

It was a blast to see some unlikely candidates tearing up the dance floor or to witness a heated 3-on-3 on the courts between good friends. Most exciting to see was the number of students who were so eager to be making gifts to give away for Charity. Students were overwhelmingly positive throughout the evening stating how they feel accepted and welcomed by the YMAP community.

It is truly remarkable to see young people collaborating together, forming new friendships, and choosing to spend a Friday night in a safe and positive environment. All in all, if this is just the beginning, brace yourselves for a jam-packed year of growth, learning and laughter.

A big thank-you to everyone who participated to put on such a fantastic event, to all of our volunteers, staff, and to our students who continue to be an inspiration as they learn what it means to be a leader in one’s community!

Educational Toys Already Hiding in Your Home

Check out this article by writer Cynthia Renolds on the Canadian Living Moms website talking about all the great educational type toys you can easily craft up at home in minutes. No crafting experience required – super simple, free and fun for many different ages!

“No one wants to feel like they’re scrimping on their kids, but considering the economy, we’re all looking for ways to cut back on spending. Fortunately, the best toys don’t cost a thing.

Research shows that expensive electronic toys aren’t at all good for stretching imagination or boosting cognition. It’s the low- and no-cost toys, tools of what specialists refer to as loose parts play, that are superior. The bonus? Most of them can be made at home. They’re great for your kids and light on your pocketbook – and you don’t need to be a craft queen to get started.”

Read the full article on the Canadian Living Moms website.

Summer Series #6: Ultimate Frisbee

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

Start from the beginning of my Summer Series.

Ultimate Frisbee uses a variety of skills from different sports. It is a non contact sport that uses the throwing and catching skills of football, the stop and start movement patterns of basketball and non-stop movement similar to soccer. The field is similar to that of football with two endzones. A team (with seven people on the field) scores a point by making a successful pass to a player standing in the end zone they are attacking.

Players are not allowed to move with the Frisbee, but rather pass it to other players. If the Frisbee gets intercepted or knocked down, there is a change of possession and the Frisbee goes to the opposing team. This game is great if you want to play something similar to football without the fear of being tackled or running with the football. It combines many skills and is a very good workout.

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