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Spring Into Fitness

Kickstart your summer fitness goals! Join us in our Wellness Bingo challenge from April 1-30, and complete 5 challenges in a row to be entered into a drawing to win a free month of membership and some YMCA gear. Challenges include activities such as doing a cardio workout, taking a group exercise class, doing an outdoor activity, doing a strength workout and more!

How to play:

  • Grab a Bingo card from the Wellness Center or our Wellness Staff
  • Complete 5 challenges in a row to earn Bingo
  • Once you have Bingo, turn your card in to a YMCA staff member to be entered into the drawing



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Popular Family Activities

Parents Night Out

Enjoy A Night Out • April 27 • Dan McKinney & Firehouse YMCAs

Parents Night Out gives moms and dads the opportunity to enjoy an evening out while the kids have fun at the Y! Each night includes a fun theme with related games, arts & crafts, and healthy snacks for the kids. 

Parents Night Out Dates:

Saturday, April 27: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

Friday, May 3: Dan McKinney Family YMCA

Learn More About Parents Night Out

Preschool with the YMCA

Developing Our Youth • Dan McKinney Family YMCA • Ages 4-5 • Half Day Program

Prepare your child for kindergarten! Enroll today in Pre K Kinder Readiness Class. We have 5-day, 3-day and 2-day options are available. This program is Half Day from 8:30am-12:00pm. Contact Preschool Director Brenda Stevens at (858) 535-2922 or [email protected] for more information regarding enrollment. 

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Birthday Parties at the YMCA

Let's Celebrate • Dan McKinney Family YMCA • Saturdays & Sundays

Host your upcoming birthday party at the YMCA! Choose from a variety of party options, including Gymnastics, Adventure Center, Aquatics and Cooking themed parties. 

Browse Open Dates and Times



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Activities for Children

Safety Around Water

Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids • May

Join us in May for our Safety Around Water campaign — a month-long program dedicated to teaching your child critical drown-prevention skills. Find a branch near you for low- to no-cost lessons in the month of May. Space is limited. Registration closes April 26 — register online today! Swim safety is vitally important to fulfilling the Y’s mission and cause. Because we are devoted to the well-being of every person involved in Y programs, ensuring water safety is an important part of what we do every day. Equip your children with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.

Register For Safety Around Water

Single Day Camp

Best Spring Ever! • May 24

Our school break camps are exciting ways to spend a school break! We include specialty camps with lots of action-packed trips and activities that keep your children engaged and happy, like daily field trips, arts & crafts, sports and games.

More Info on Camps

Extra Curricular Enrichment

Keeping Them Engaged • Multiple dates and times 

School is back in session!  Keep your child growing with our after school enrichment programs. 

More Info on Enrichment

Gymnastics Lessons

Flipping Out • Multiple Dates and Times Available • Ages 5-17

At the YMCA, we offer a multitude of different gymnastic classes and combination gymnastic classes designed to teach young children the basics of several different sports.

Register Today

Gymnastics Recital

Watch Us Be Oz-Some • April 27 • 3:00pm

Invite your family and friends, to come watch. Participants will learn a routine to perform in front of everyone on April 27 We will be doing a raffle for free leotards and private lessons. There will also be food for sale as well as performances by our competitive team.

Sign Up!

Youth Parkour Lessons

Flip Into Action • Multiple Dates and Times Available • Ages 6-17

Students will learn how to run, vault, flip, climb, and roll over obstacles. The goal of these classes will be to teach students how to safely maneuver through their environment in a fun and creative way.

Sign Up!

Basketball 101 Skills Clinic

Learn Useful Skills • Ages 5-6 on Tuesdays • Ages 7-8 on Wednesdays

Our all new Basketball 101 Skills Clinic is designed for the beginner. This great introductory class will focus on the basic fundamentals of the game. Each week participants will work on a certain aspect of the game to help them become well-rounded players.

Register for April Sessions Today

Basketball Skills and Drills

Learn Useful Skills • Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays • Ages 7-11

If your young athlete wants some extra practice time, try our intensive Basketball Skills & Drills Clinic! Our dedicated and knowledgeable coaches will help develop and improve the individual skills of each player to take their game to the next level. Each week participants will work on different aspects of the game from shooting to defense, and all other parts of the game to help them improve on the court. Advanced clinic is available for ages 9-11.

Register for April Sessions Today

Spring Youth Sports

Kids playing sportsGet in the Game! • Leagues begin April 27

No matter your child's age of interest, we have a fun and engaging program for it that focuses on teamwork, friendly competition, athletics and encouragement.

Our multi-sport programs promote fitness by providing an introduction to a wide variety of sports, games and a variety of enrichment activities while emphasizing character values and sportsmanship.

League games begin on April 27. There is a mandatory skills assessment taking place on April 6 at the Dan McKinney Family YMCA.

Coed Basketball: Ages 5-6, 7-8 & 12-14

Boys Basketball: Ages 9-11

Girls Basketball: Ages 9-11

More Info on Sports Leagues

Rookie Sports Classes

Basketball: Ages 3-5
Saturdays, 8:30-9:15 am

T-ball: Ages 3-5
Saturdays, 10:30-11:15 am

Flag Football: Ages 3-5
Saturdays, 11:30 am-12:15 pm

Soccer: Ages 3-5
Saturdays, 9:30-10:15 am

Ongoing Activities for Your Children

Sports • Bring your game to the Y this spring! Browse Sports Activities

Dance • Dancing is a fun and creative workout experience that's fun for all ages! Browse Dance Activities

Pool • We offer lap swim, recreational swim, and aquatics activities. View Pool Schedule

Swim • Gain life saving skills!  Browse swim classes and levels. 

Gymnastics • Weekly classes for ages 1 and up! Browse Gymnastics Classes




Activities for Teens

Model United Nation

Developing Leadership Skills • Grades 6-8

The California YMCA Youth and Government Model United Nations program is a simulation of the “real-life” United Nations Assembly.  Participants in the Model United Nations (MUN) will take part in some of the activities that the real U.N. participates in.  Ambassadors will research, debate and establish policies, treaties and resolutions focusing on international issues, including disputes between countries, peace keeping responsibilities, border crisis, stabilizing financial markets and dealing with hunger, disease and poverty. 

Our informational meetings will be January 8th and 15th; both meetings will be held at the La Jolla YMCA at 6:30pm. Weekly meetings will then held Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm at the La Jolla YMCA starting January 22nd.

Youth & Government

Become A Leader • Dan McKinney Family YMCA

Our Youth & Government program works with teens to develop leadership skills, public speaking, critical thinking, and learn about the California legislator and court system. This will be done over two training conferences and a final conference in Sacramento where the Model Legislator and Court program will take place.

More Info On Teen Programs



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Activities for Health and Wellness

Adult Martial Arts Class

Learn Self-Discipline • Ages 18+

The YMCA offers a variety of martial arts classes for different ages and skill levels. These classes are a great way to learn self-discipline, self-esteem, and respect.

Register Online

Personal Training

Get Fit • Multiple Dates and Times Available

Our certified personal trainers use their knowledge of current research concepts, methods of sound exercise principles, and state-of-the-art equipment to guide you to your fitness goals. Based on your health and individual needs, our personal trainers will customize and implement a program to fit your goals. No matter your fitness level, nothing can replace the support, challenge, and accountability that come with a trainer onboard your workout.

Learn More About Personal Fitness

Adult Sports Leagues

Get In The Game!Multiple Sports & Days

Adult Sports Leagues at the YMCA are great way to stay active and participate in friendly-competition. We offer leagues for different experience levels. 

Volleyball League: Ages 18+

Coed 6v6 League - Starts April 16 • Tuesdays
Bump, spike and volley at the YMCA! Our adult co-ed volleyball leagues are a blast, and offer a great way to stay in shape and be social.

Basketball Leagues: Ages 18+

Competitive "B" League - Starts March 13 • Wednesdays
This league is for high level, experienced basketball players: Some college/high level experience play in this league.

Competitive "A" League - Starts April 1 • Mondays
This league is for serious players: Players with collegiate/professional experience play in this league.

More Info On Adult Sports

Reiki Therapy

Treating The Whole Person Appointments Available Daily

Reike is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reike as a treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.

More Info on Reiki Therapy

Hayashi-Ha Family Karate

Learn Self-Defense • Appointments Available Daily

Hayashi-ha Karate is traditional Japanese karate-do classes taught by certified members of Japan Hayashi-ha Shito-ryukai with over 20 years of experience. Perfect for all all ages, Hayashi-ha teaches fighting basics such as punches, kicks and blocks, Kata (forms), Kumite (sparring), stretching, strength conditioning, self-defense techniques, as well as games and other activities.

Classes are divided into two groups:

Beginner/Novice Class for white through purple belts of all ages. 

  • Intermediate/Advanced Class for green through black of all ages as well. 

All new students are required to attend the beginner/novice class until they meet the requirements of the instructor to attend the intermediate/advanced class.

Martial Arts Classes


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Y's Active Adults (50+)

Ongoing Y Active Adult Activities

Wednesdays at 11:00 am and Fridays at 12:15 pm

Meditate for a better you! Come learn ways to relax your mind and body to connect with your inner peace.

Learn More About YAA Programs



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Special Events and Activities

La Jolla Half Marathon

Join Us • April 28 • 5:45 am

The Dan McKinney YMCA is in charge of a water station during the La Jolla Half Marathon. We are looking to build the best team of volunteers ever assembled to hand out water during this fun event! The water station is located at Torrey Pines State Beach. Volunteers are needed from 5:45 am - 8:30 am on Sunday, April 28. If you are interested in helping the community and having some fun, please contact Kaliko Kahoonei at [email protected] or (858)-453-3483.

More Info

Healthy Kids Day

Awakening Imaginations • April 27 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Y is here to awaken imaginations, provide new activities and teach healthy habits! Join us on April 27 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm for Healthy Kids Day, the Y's national initiative to promote active minds and healthy bodies! Come and see what we've got planned to support your family's health and well-being this summer and all year long.

More Info

Facility Updates and Member Alerts

Temporary Aquatics Center Closure

For Your Safety • Ongoing Updates

PONY Baseball season has started and due to safety concerns with baseballs potentially getting hit into our pools, we are closing our Aquatic Center during practices and games. We have been working regularly for a long-term solution with the City of San Diego and the baseball operators. Naturally, more permanent solutions, like a net, require permitting, etc. and take some time.  For more information and for the current pool schedule please click here. 



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