The Dan McKinney Family YMCA (formerly La Jolla YMCA) has been proudly serving La Jolla families since 1964 and recently opened a second location, the Shepherd YMCA Firehouse, in 2016. Dedicated to empowering people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, the Y believes a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. As a leading nonprofit organization, the Y offers programs that foster youth development, promote healthy living and advance social responsibility.

We offer a safe, nurturing and supportive environment for people from all backgrounds and walks of life to come together to bring about meaningful change not just within themselves but also in their community. With 18 locations across San Diego County, the YMCA builds stronger communities by connecting families and neighbors in a place where they can learn, grow and thrive together.

Address 
8355 Cliffridge Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone 
(858) 453-3483
Fax 
(858) 452-3761
Facility Hours 
Sun7:00 am-6:00 pm
Mon - Thu5:00 am-10:00 pm
Fri5:00 am-9:00 pm
Sat7:00 am-6:00 pm
Child Watch Hours 
Sun8:00 am-1:00 pm
Mon - Thu8:00 am-1:00 pm
3:00 pm-7:30 pm
Fri8:00 am-1:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat8:00 am-1:00 pm

Dan McKinney Family YMCAFull Amenities

All Access Membership

Membership at the YMCA includes plenty of opportunities to learn, play and get healthy. That’s because when you join one Y, you join them all! When you enroll at a YMCA near you, your membership will include all the benefits at your home branch with access to the offerings at 18 locations across San Diego County.

Amenities at Dan McKinney YMCA

You are experiencing one of the most complete YMCAs in the United States. Our goal is to provide our members and community with access to quality programming, attentive service, and state-of-the-art facilities — all at an affordable price. 

  • Two outdoor pools
  • Splash Pad Water Park
  • Spa
  • Water Climbing Wall
  • Fitness center
  • Member lounge and patio
  • Free WiFi
  • Café with beverage and deli offerings
  • Locker rooms, including family locker room and mother's privacy room
  • Studios for group exercise classes
  • Sports gymnasium
  • Gymnastics center
  • Adventure Center
  • Outdoor sports courts
  • Recreation field
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Massage and reiki room
  • Child Watch & Kids Club
  • Kitchen for cooking demonstrations and classes

The Wellness Center: Where Health is Wealth

The Dan McKinney Family YMCA offers state-of-the-art wellness center complete with cardio equipment, circuit training, free weights and group exercise studios.

  • Personal Training
  • KickStart
    • KickStart is a personalized wellness program consisting of three one-on-one sessions over thirty days, free for all members of the YMCA!
  • Group Exercise Class
  • Healthy Lifestyle
    • At Dan McKinney, we offer massages, nutrition appointments with a registered dietician, workshops on healthy eating, and acupuncture
  • LIVESTRONG
    • LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body

Sports at the Y: Do More, Be More

Look at our sports, aquatics and special-interest programs, including running, dance and hiking to try a new activity or pursue one you've always loved.

Swim at the Y: Learn Together, Play Together

We offer two outdoor pools for swim lessons for all ages, family swim, water aerobics, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs.

  • Youth and Adult Swim is offered at many locations across YMCA of San Diego as a learning and strengthening experience
  • Please see our Pool Schedule to know when swim lessons, open lap swim, and public swim occurs
  • Use our Program Finder to find swim lessons and competitive swim team opportunities at McKinney YMCA

Child Care at the Y: Call on Us

The YMCA is the nation's leading provider of child care. Playful, engaging options are plentiful for young children at the Y.

  • Child Watch and Kids Club
    • Child Watch and Kids Club is a program where the YMCA provides up to two hours of free supervised playtime in a safe, enriching environment for those with family memberships while they utilize the Y's facilities
    • The hours for Child Watch, for children 6 weeks to 12 years old, are
      • Sunday 8:00 am-1:00 pm
      • Monday through Thursday 8:00 am-1:00 pm and 3:00 pm-7:30 pm
      • Friday 8:00 am-1:00 pm and 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
      • Saturday 8:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Preschool
    • Dan McKinney YMCA offers a preschool that is licensed by the State of California
    • To learn more about it, contact our Preschool Director Brenda Stevens at [email protected] 
  • Character Builders
    • Character Builders is an on site before and after school program
    • For more information, contact our Character Builders Director Allison Crooks at [email protected]

Camp with the Y: Our Doors Are Open

The YMCA of San Diego County is proud to offer several amazing camps where every child can build confidence and make new friends in a safe and nurturing environment. Members get up to 25 percent off camp registration and we offer scholarships to families who qualify.

Socialize at the Y: Strengthening Our Community

The Y is a place where you can challenge yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, foster connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bring your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities.

  • Adventure Guides and Family Camp are opportunities for parents and children to develop strong bonds and set the foundation for positive, lifelong relationships.
  • Many of our branches across San Diego offer several fun-filled Birthday Party options.
    • At the Dan McKinney, you can have a birthday party at our pool or adventure center jungle gym or have a gymnastics or sports birthday
    • Browse our available birthday sessions at McKinney on the Program Finder
  • YMCA of San Diego offers many opportunities for Social Groups & Outings from book club to Mahjong
  • Y Active Adults: Age 50+ group
    • In addition to offering health and wellness activities geared toward the active older adults, Dan McKinney YMCA also offers events for the Y Active Adults to socialize and go on outings
    • To see what's coming up, use our Program Finder or contact the YAA Program Director, Gabby Lopez, at [email protected] 

Membership and Program Assistance

The YMCA offers financial scholarships to reduce membership and program fees to those that qualify, helping ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

Our scholarship program is based on a sliding fee scale that is designed to fit each family's financial situation, and is available thanks to our generous Annual Campaign donors.

Apply online for a scholarship here and find out if you are qualified for a membership and/or program assistance through express or traditional verification methods.

Better Together: Be a Part of Our Mission

The YMCA is a charitable, cause driven nonprofit. We are able to have the impact in our communities and on the lives of people because of those who dedicate themselves to making a difference. 

  • Join the Y: Be a part of a cause for strengthening community that is committed every day to helping you and your kids to learn, grow and thrive
  • Give to the Y: Donate vital financial resources for nurturing the potential of kids, improving your neighbor's health and well-being, and giving back and supporting the community
  • Volunteer with the Y: Take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood by volunteering
  • Advocate with the Y: Address the nation's most pressing social issues, with a nonprofit that has the long-standing track record and on-the-ground presence to not just promise, but deliver, lasting personal and social change

Did You Know?

622 homeless young adults and teens were served by the YMCA of San Diego County’ Youth & Family Services.

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Get Involved

Take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood.

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Our Partners

It is with deep gratitude that we recognize and acknowledge our partners for their continued dedication and support of the Y's mission.

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