What's New This Month At Dan McKinney Family YMCA

For FamiliesFor ChildrenHealth and WellnessY's Active Adults (50+)Events and Special Activities

Strength in Numbers

It’s a fact that strong, stable, secure families form a solid foundation for the growth and success of all family members, particularly children in low-income areas.

At the YMCA of San Diego County, we are committed to reach out to kids and families regardless of income, to provide support by engaging in the Y. We are able to do so with the donations to our Annual Support Campaign, an annual fundraising effort to provide scholarship, inclusion and subsidized programs to our growing communities. Consider giving today. Learn more.



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Popular Family Activities

Parents Night Out

Enjoy A Night Out • February 23 and March 1, 9 & 23• 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, February 23: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

Friday, March 1: Dan McKinney Family YMCA

Saturday, March 9: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

Saturday, March 23: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

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. 

Learn More



Children playing at the Y
Activities for Children

Spring Break Camp

Best Spring Ever! • March 25-29

Our week-long 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

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!

Spring Youth Sports

Kids playing sportsGet in the Game! • January 26-March 16

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.

Youth Sports League

Coed Basketball: Ages 5-6 & 12-14

Girls Basketball: Ages 7-8 & 9-11

Boys Basketball: Ages 7-8 & 9-11

*All players must attend a mandatory skills assessment on January 12

More Info on Basketball 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.

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+

Recreational League - Starts February 21 Thursdays
Our leauges are a great way for you to stay in shape, have fun and meet new friends in the community while playing competitive basketball. Referee fees are included in our prices, so it’s a great value! Bring a team of five of your friends and get in the game!

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

Love Your Heart

The Key to a Healthy Heart • February 14 • 7:00am-7:00pm

Love Your Heart is a one-day, annual event in which organizations from across the US and Mexico join together to provide FREE blood pressure screenings to the public on Valentine's Day. Last year's Love Your Heart event helped over 50,000 people get to know their blood pressure numbers and take charge of their own heart health! Visit Dan McKinney Family YMCA on February 14 from 7am-7pm for your free blood pressure screening!



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