Find Family Programs & Activities
At the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, we believe that spending time together as a family includes participating in fun activities, supporting each other through healthy living, and knowing you’re in a safe environment that will always be there for you.
We want to promote a healthy and supportive environment with activities for the entire family. Consequently, our goal is to help families build stronger bonds and be involved in the community, all while having fun. We accomplish that providing a family-oriented atmosphere for our members. Therefore, the Y will always be here for your family, whether it’s for a parent’s night out, participation in one of our many sports leagues, classes or clinics, or just enjoying each other’s company at one of our many family-oriented events. The Y has everything you need to make a change.
In our YMCA Play and Learn Centers, your child will experience all kinds of fun and engaging activities while you enjoy your work out!
At the Y, we believe that “play is the work of young children, and is the foundation for learning.” Our Play and Learn Centers offer children the opportunity to experience curriculum-based learning activities in a fun and nurturing environment.
Our trained staff can care for babies 6 weeks and older, and we have activities geared to toddlers and for children up to 10 years of age. A few of our locations also have Play and Learn amenities geared to pre-teens (ages 11-12); please ask at your local Y.
- Use of our Play and Learn Centers is included FREE as a part of YMCA household memberships.
- Play and Learn Centers are available at 11 of our 12 locations (the YMCA at the City Market is the only exception).
- Members may use our Play and Learn Centers for up to two hours per day while you are onsite at our facility.
- For Play and Learn hours of operation, please visit the Location Info tab and “hours” for your YMCA location of choice.
Take four hours of “me” time while your children make crafts, play games, and just have fun in a safe and well-supervised environment
The Parent’s Day Out program provides a play group for your child and a break away from the Y for you to shop, run errands, have an extended lunch, see a movie or just relax. Children can learn a lot from regular play dates with friends including social skills, sharing, communication with others and how to deal with separation issues. We offer arts & crafts, group activities, story time and free play.View Days & Times
With Kids Night Out, parents enjoy a night out while kids engage in fun and safe activities at the Y
We know parents need a break from time to time while kids enjoy games, crafts, and more centered around a unique monthly theme. Kids play in the Play and Learn Center while adults can enjoy an evening out. These specially themed evenings include crafts, games, dinner, physical activities and lots of fun!View Days & Times
Family Aquatics / Swim Lessons
This program introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment
Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
- Blow Bubbles – on surface, assisted
- Front Tow – chin in water, assisted
- Water Exit – parent & child together
- Water Entry – parent & child together
- Back Float – assisted, head on shoulder
- Roll – assisted
- Front Float – chin in water, assisted
- Back Tow – assisted, head on shoulder
- Wall Grab – assisted
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This program focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
- Blow Bubbles – mouth & nose submerged, assisted
- Front Tow – blow bubbles, assisted
- Water Exit – assisted
- Water Entry – assisted
- Back Float – assisted, head on chest
- Roll – assisted
- Front Float – blow bubbles, assisted
- Back Tow – assisted, head on chest
- Monkey Crawl – assisted, on edge, 5 ft.
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Semi-Private swim lessons are great for siblings, family members, and friends
These lessons allow two or more participants of similar skill level and age to learn together. Participants will receive eight thirty minute lessons with flexible scheduling that can be customized to your goals and needs.Email Us
Family Specialty Programs
Do you want to have a great time while benefiting a great cause? Join us to play Euchre! Euchre is a trick-taking card game most commonly played with four people in two partnerships. All proceeds benefit the Annual Fundraising Campaign.
Phone: (317) 547-9622
Learn a martial art build lifelong skills. It’s a great way to improve coordination and focus, refine agility and motor skills along with goal0setting and focus skills. Students in this traditional martial arts program maintain a healthy lifestyle, get whole body workout, relieve stress and develop self-defense skills in a non-competitive, welcoming environment.View Days & Times