Kid Zone

Where Kids Thrive

YMCA Kid Zone is a before and after school recreation program for students in area schools.

Through this program, we provide a safe and secure environment where children can learn practical social skills and develop positive values. Our goal is to nurture each child’s potential, ensuring the development of healthy, trusting relationships that build confidence and character.

Through guided play, children learn to respect themselves and others, work out their differences and discover the value of true friendship. Academic support from caring role models enriches your child’s educational experience and enables families to spend more quality time together.


In the YMCA’s Before and After School Program, caring and professional role models are committed to helping kids build confidence and character.Our low staff-to-child ratio also allows our team to give each student the attention and guidance necessary to create a positive and safe environment. All YMCA Kid Zone Counselors are 18 years of age or older and have been trained or certified in the following:

  • CPR
  • AED
  • First Aid
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Prevention/Recognition of Child Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention

YMCA Kid Zone programs are currently serving elementary school students in the following area school districts:

  • Plainfield District 202
  • Joliet District 86
  • Troy District 30-C
  • Minooka District 201
  • Morris District 54
  • Morris District 60-C
  • Union School District
  • Laraway School District
  • Rockdale District 84
  • Elwood District 203

Program Hours:

Monday through Friday, on school days
Before School: 7-9 a.m.
After School: 3-6 p.m.

Program hours coordinate with your district’s school day.

Programs vary by location.

Each Greater Joliet Area YMCA location provides offerings based on the needs of their members. To learn more about the Y’s Kid Zone programs, please contact your local Y branch:

C.W. Avery Family YMCA

Galowich Family YMCA

Morris Community YMCA

Smith Family YMCA