Smith Family YMCA

  • Youth Basketball Leagues Forming Now

    YBL JolietWhen kids play sports, they do more than just exercise. Besides being physically active, they develop higher self-esteem, perform better in school and work better in groups.

    Our Youth Basketball Program teaches kids the fundamentals of the game while emphasizing the importance of teamwork. Above all, kids who play YMCA basketball have a lot of fun!

    • Open to youth in preschool through Grade 12
    • Early Bird Pricing available
    • Includes FREE preseason clinics

    Learn More

  • Ho Ho Ho…Hold Your Weight

    Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge Starting November 13

    Our 8-week Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge will help you get in shape and keep the weight off this holiday season. We have a great plan to help you adopt healthy eating and exercise habits while saying ‘No’ to those tempting holiday cravings.

    Are you up for the challenge?
    If you can maintain your weight within 2 pounds for 8 weeks, you will receive your money back in the form of a YMCA voucher that can be used towards any fitness program including personal training. If you gain more than 2 pounds during this 8-week challenge, your $20 fee will be donated in your name to the Y’s Annual Campaign.

    As part of this fun-filled Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge, you will receive:

    • A one-of-a-kind YMCA Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge T-shirt
    • Three weigh-ins: Weeks 1 and 8 (mandatory) and Week 4 (optional)
    • Weekly emails with workout tips, healthy holiday recipes and special fitness challenges, designed specifically for our Weight Loss Challenge participants

    Let’s have a little fun this holiday season. Together, we will help you celebrate the holiday season happy and healthy!

    Cost: $20

    Register Online

  • Trunk-or-Treat

    featured-halloween-2014Friday, October 27 | 7-8:30 p.m.

    Trunkor-Treating at the Smith Family YMCA allows families to enjoy the excitement of Halloween in a fun and safe environment. Our parking lot will be filled with decorated cars as children go from trunk to trunk to collect candy and play games.

    Plus, we’ll have a face painting booth, a Haunted Bounce House and more! Don’t forget to come dressed in your Halloween costume. If you are interested in volunteering or hosting Trunk-or-Treat vehicle, please contact Youth & Family Director Marlene Kirsch at (815) 782-0808.

    Free and open to the community.

  • Let Your Talents Shine


    Holiday Card Design Contest

    Open to Y Members, ages 6-12, our Holiday Card Design Contest is the perfect opportunity for kids to let their artistic talents shine and help spread a little cheer this upcoming holiday season.

    Here’s how to enter:

    1. Download an entry form and print it out. Entry forms are also available at the Y’s Front Desk.

    2. Grab some crayons, markers and colored pencils and draw a picture that depicts your favorite things about the holidays and the winter season. From snowmen to Christmas trees, to candy canes and snowflakes, we can’t wait to see your original designs!

    3. Complete the entry form and drop it off at the Y.

    We will select our three favorite designs—one from each age group—to be featured on the Y’s holiday card.

    Age Groups

    • Ages 6-7
    • Ages 8-9
    • Ages 10-12

    Each of our winners will receive a YMCA Sweatshirt and other exciting prizes.

    Download Entry Form

    The deadline to enter is Friday, October 27.

  • Try The Y’s New Swim Lesson Selector

    To accompany its new swim lesson curriculum, the Y is happy to introduce it’s Swim Lesson Selector. Available online today, this tool is a must-try for parents who are interested in enrolling their children in YMCA swimming lessons.

    By answering short “yes-or-no” questions—and in some cases, by watching a short video—the Swim Lesson Selector can help you quickly identify which swim stage is right for your child.

    Try It Now

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