What's New This Month At Dan McKinney Family YMCA

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Kickstart Your New Year's Fitness Goals

Let’s get a jump start on your New Year’s fitness resolution! Join us in our 12 Days of Fitness challenge, and complete all 12 fitness challenges for a chance to win a variety of prizes.

How to Play:

  • Grab a fitness challenge card from the front desk or fitness center
  • Each day you complete a challenge, a Wellness Coach will sign off on your challenge card
  • Finish all 12 challenges and submit your challenge card to the front-desk for a chance to a variety of prizes


moms in pool with children
Popular Family Activities

Parents Night Out

Enjoy A Night Out • December 7, 15, & 29 • 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:

December 7: Dan McKinney Family YMCA

December 15: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

December 29: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

Learn More About Parents Night Out

Trail Blazers Agua Caliente

Bonding Time • December 7-9

Adventure Club programs like this one provide an amazing opportunity for a father and his child to spend quality time together and bond over new memories.

Each session works to foster understanding and companionship in a fun-filled setting, building strong relationships that last a lifetime.

More Info on Trail Blazers

Family Ice Skating

Fun on Ice! • December 16

Get ready for a great afternoon of fun, games and music on Ice! The Adventure Clubs will have exclusive use of the Ice Arena and pizza too!

More Info on Ice Skating



Children playing at the Y
Activities for Children

School Break Camps and Vacation Fun Days

Best Camp Ever! • December 24-January 4

The fun doesn’t stop just because school is out! Take your camper over to the YMCA for Vacation Fun Days! Campers will enjoy traditional camp activities, games, arts & crafts - or try a specialty camp option!

More Info on Camps

Extra Curricular Enrichment

Keeping Them Engaged • Multiple dates and times • 3:30-4:30 pm

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

More Info on Enrichment

Preschool Winter Sing-a-Long

Let’s Sing! • December 20 • 6:00 pm

Please email Brenda Stevens [email protected] for more information.

Rookie Sports Golf

Hole In One! • Saturdays • 5:00-5:45 pm • Ages 4-7

Learn the fundamentals of golfing including etiquette, technique and strategy from exellent instructors at the YMCA. 

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Volleyball Skills and Drills

Bump, Set, Spike! • November 29-December 20 • Ages 8-14

Youth leagues introduce the fundamentals while emphasizing learning and teamwork over winning or losing, while more experienced players can play more competitive games with peers of similar skill. Clinics are a great way to improve and get ready for high school while making friends with teammates.

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Gymnastics Lessons

Flipping Out • Multiple Dates and Times Available • Ages 6-17

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.


Competitive Basketball Tryouts

Play Ball • December 12 • 5:00-7:00 pm • Ages 9-11

The Dan McKinney YMCA leads the way in youth basketball. Our competitive basketball league is designed for young athletes looking for a place to take their basketball skills to the next level. Players are coached and supported by experienced YMCA staff and volunteers who will work to improve players' skill level and endurance while placing an emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship and safe play.

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After School Youth Sports

Kids playing sportsGet in the Game! • Classes run weekly

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.

Ongoing Activities for Your Children

Sports • Bring your game to the Y this fall! 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. 

Gymnasitcs • 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.

Missed an info night? You can attend a meeting as registration isn’t due until January 29th.

Youth & Government

Become A LeaderSeptember-February

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 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. 

Basketball Leagues: Ages 18+

Monday “A” Open Division - Starts December 4
Serious players: Players with collegiate/professional experience play in this league.

Volleyball Leagues: Ages 18+

6v6 League: Intermediate - Starts January 8
Our adult co-ed volleyball leagues are a blast, and offer a great way to stay in shape and be social.

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. (T/Th: 6-7pm and Sat: 3-4pm)
  • Intermediate/Advanced Class for green through black of all ages as well. (T/Th: 7-8pm and Sat: 4-5pm)

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

Massage Therapy

Time To Relax • Multiple dates and times

Massage Therapy is a health service that spans a wide variety of therapeutic approach which improves an individual's health and well-being through the manipulation of muscles and other soft tissue of the body.

Massage Therapy Programs

Work Out, Shop Out

Rewarding Workout • December 6 • 8:00-11:00 am • Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

Try our scheduled group exercise classes and then visit local vendors who will be set up on our patio! Vendors featured will be Lorna Jane, Girard Gourmet, Peet’s Coffee and more! Please contact Sarah Standerford [email protected] for more information.

YMCA and Eliel Cycling

The YMCA has partnered with Eliel Cycling to develop unique, premium Y branded cycling apparel! The online store will only be up for a limited time only and will close on December 10, so order your apparel today!

Order Your Apparel Today!


woman in the fitness center

Y's Active Adults (50+)

Ongoing Y Active Adult Activities

Exercise Lite
9:00-9:50 am, Wednesdays

Enjoy a low-impact workout followed by strength/stretching exercises. May include floor work.

Medicare Open Enrollment Info
5:30-7:00 pm, December 6

The YMCA is a huge supporter of giving people the tools they need to lead a healthy lifestyle and increase their overall personal satisfaction. Our lifelong learning programs are designed to encourage participants and help guide them through the process of making a positive and lasting change towards a healthier and happier life!

Textile Class
11:00 am-2:00 pm, December 10

Transportation-Aging In Place
12:15-1:45 pm, December 13

Learn More About YAA Programs



People coming to the Y
Special Events and Activities

Milk and Cookies with Santa

Holiday Fun • December 15 • 9:00-11:00 am

Join us at the Dan McKinney Family YMCA to do holiday-themed crafts, listen to Christmas music, decorate a cookie, and of course, meet Santa Claus! We will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys to gift to give to those in need in our community. For more information, please contact Sarah Hunter [email protected]

Upcoming Holiday Hours

Keeping You Informed • December & January

Please see below for our holiday hours and closures. We thank you for your patience!

  • Christmas Eve: Open 5:00 am-2:00 pm
  • Christmas: CLOSED
  • New Year’s Eve: Open 5:00 am-4:00 pm
  • New Year’s Day: Open 7:00 am-4:00 pm



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Questions? Contact Us!

If you have any questions or concerns, our membership team is here to help! Call us at (858) 453-3483 during regular business hours or email us at [email protected] and we'll get back to you soon!