What's New This Month At Rancho Family YMCA
See You at the Top!
In November 2017, Hee-Jin Jun won a sweepstakes she had entered to hike Mount Kilimanjaro. She knew that if she accepted the grand prize opportunity, she would have to dedicate a great amount of time and work into training for the hike. In an effort to begin training, Hee-Jin joined the Y soon after winning the sweepstakes.
"My goal was to do what I can do. It wasn't about getting to the top of the mountain. I just wanted to do my best."
She began working out with YMCA trainer Erica, who worked slowly with Hee-Jin to ease her into a workout routine that would allow her to progress and prepare her for the once-in-a-lifetime hiking opportunity. The Y was the perfect environment for Hee-Jin to train for her exciting adventure. “I really wanted to prepare for it. I didn’t want to fail, and I wanted to feel like I did my best,” she says. Hee-Jin Jun is happy about her hiking results and grateful for Erica and the Y for giving her the resources to prepare her to hike Mount Kilimanjaro.
See her full story here.
Popular Family Activities
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.
Parents Night Out
Fun Times For All • Saturdays • 6:00-10:00 pm
Parents, we're here for you! Enjoy a night out every Saturday while your child has a blast at the YMCA! Children will enjoy four hours filled with games, crafts, and a movie! All children must be potty trained.
Let’s Celebrate • Multiple Dates and Times Available
Looking for something fun and easy for your child's next birthday party? Your child and friends will have a blast, learn new skills and playing their favorite sports, gymnastics, or archery.
Flick 'N' Float: Finding Dory
Come Float With Us • May 31 • 7:00-8:45 pm
Come float with us as we explore the deep blue see to help Dory find her family! Families are welcome to bring chairs and blankets, as well as clear floaties for the pool.
Memorial Day Camp
Best Camp Ever! • May 27
When school is out, the fun is happening at the Y! We include lots of action-packed \activities that keep your children engaged and happy, like STEM activities, arts & crafts, sports & games, songs, character building, and global education.
Rock and Roll
Dance and Gymnastics • Thursdays • Ages 5-11
School-age children experience two specialties in their one hour class - 30 minutes of jazz dance and 30 minutes of gymnastics skills.
Warrior Spirit Karate
Martial Arts Lessons • Mulitple days and times available • Ages 7+
Warrior Spirit Karate uses the samurai philosophy to support and teach. Students earn stripes and begin learning the five basic blocks and stances.
Flipping Out • Multiple dates and times available • Ages 6-18
The Y's progressive gymnastics program for girls has been developed by professional coaches to provide a safe and solid foundation for gymnasts of all levels to grow and work on strength, coordination and self-esteem.
Did you know that our Gymventures 1/2 classes are free for members?! This parent-child class is a fun introduction to gymnastics for your little one and great for motor skill development.
Spring Youth Sports Classes & Leagues
Get in the Game! • Begins in April
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.
From preschool sports to youth volleyball clinics, from soccer to recreational basketball leagues, we have a program that can help your kids get in the game, break a sweat and learn something new!
Co-ed Youth Sports Leagues
Sign up for co-ed soccer or basketball! Our sports leagues are designed to work on fundamentals of the sport, teamwork, sportsmanship and fun! Soccer and basketball leagues practice on Saturdays for 45 minutes, and continue with a 45-minute game. There's a mandatory skills assessment on April 13 for both leagues.
Youth Sports Classes
Ages 6-7, Ages 8-10
Pee Wee Sports Classes
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 • Swim lessons provide a lifetime of safety and fun in the water. Browse Swim Lessons
Gymnasitcs • Weekly classes for ages 1 and up! Browse Gymnastics Classes
Enjoying Nature • May 18 • Batiquitos Lagoon
We believe in healthy lifestyle activities that bring people together with shared athletic and recreational interests! Join us for a group hike on one of our local natural trails, Batiquitos Lagoon. Please come prepared with plenty of water and snacks, layered clothing, good footwear and sun protection. Please email [email protected] to be added to the hiker email list for reminders on upcoming hikes! Pre-registration is required.
Learning Life-Saving Skills • May 25, June 29 & July 13
Rancho Family YMCA offers First Aid and CPR/Aed Classes to the public! The cost for members and participants is $25 and the class maximum is 10. Age requirement is 16 or older. First Aid Training from 12:15-3:30pm and CPR Certification from 4:00-7:00pm. Register at the Welcome Center!
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Let's Dance • Beginner and Intermediate
Have fun learning favorites such as Salsa, Swing, and Cha Cha as well as ballroom classics including the Waltz, Rhumba, Fox Trot, and Tango. This class is taught by a competitive ballroom dancer. Singles and Couples welcome! Ballroom Dancing class is offered monthly.
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.
PQ Certified Farmers Market
Shop Local • Ongoing • Saturdays • 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Enjoy a truly festive atmosphere every Saturday at the PQ Certified Farmers Market. Local produce, artisan goods, and hot food available every week. Located in the YMCA Parking Lot next to the dog park at the corner of Fairgrove Lane and Salmon River Road.
Ongoing Y Active Adult Activities
9:45 am-10:30 am, Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays
11:45 am-12:30 pm, Mondays & Wednesdays
17th Annual YMCA Active Adults Day at the Bay
Celebrate Together • May 22 • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The YMCA of San Diego County is proud to celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day with a Day at the Bay. This yearly event brings together the Y's Active Adult senior community to participate in physical and social activities to enhance the spirit, mind and body. Join us for lunch and activities including: kayaking, paddle boarding, exercise classes, sailing, lawn games and more!
Keeping You Informed • May 27
The YMCA will be free and open to the community from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.
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
- Dan McKinney Family YMCA (La Jolla)
- 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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