What's New This Month At Dan McKinney Family YMCA
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
After School Youth Sports
Get 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 Leader • September-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Y's Active Adults (50+)
Ongoing Y Active Adult Activities
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!
11:00 am-2:00 pm, December 10
Transportation-Aging In Place
12:15-1:45 pm, December 13
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
Look at the New for You pages of the YMCA branches near you to see what exciting events you can attend at the Y! Take advantage of your all-access membership and our 18-branch network!
- Toby Wells YMCA (Kearny Mesa)
- Mission Valley YMCA
- Rancho Family YMCA (Rancho Penasquitos)
- Beach & Bay Family YMCA (Pacific Beach)
- Peninsula Family YMCA (Point Loma)
- Copley-Price Family YMCA (Kensington)
- Jackie Robinson Family YMCA (Southeast San Diego)
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