Quality Preschool, Convenient Downtown Indianapolis Location

Give your child a head start with Preschool at the YMCA!

Looking for a dynamic preschool program in downtown Indianapolis? The YMCA at the Athenaeum offers one multi-age, developmentally appropriate learning experience in a safe, caring community for children and their families in the heart of the Mass Ave... Read More

Camp Kids Captured Jasmine’s Heart

Toothy grins, mangoes helps AmeriCorp volunteer gain perspective

It all started with a toothy smile and from there Laurelwood found a forever spot in my heart. From swimming to hiking to eating juicy mangoes on the playground, this summer working with the children of Laurelwood and my fellow YMCA and AmeriCorp... Read More

Baxter YMCA Holds Many Memories for Wells Family

When adult children are in town, they go back to the YMCA

Beverly Wells and her children made lifelong memories going to the Y nearly everyday. They did basketball, football, soccer, swimming, diving, Day Camp, the Y Indian tribe and so much more. She chose the Y for her family among other reasons, because ... Read More

Children from Laurelwood Go Overnight Camping for First Time

City dwelling kids go creek stomping, rock wall climbing, do archery and more

This summer, the Intercollegiate YMCA partnered with Jameson Camp to take 30 kids from the Laurelwood community on their first overnight camping trip. The students went rock climbing and creek stomping, participated in archery and low ropes and s... Read More

Kids Learn to Lose and Other Life Skills with Youth Sports

Sports build character, teach teamwork, patience and other life lessons

In this day and age where electronics and technology rule, schools have less funding for physical education or daily recess, and some neighborhoods are no longer safe, youth sports are vital. Sports impact youth in more ways than you can imagine a... Read More

The Anderson Family Plays Hard Thanks to Play and Learn

A safe place to learn, grow and have fun

About two years ago, Landon and Christina and their growing family joined the Y when they moved to Lebanon to start a new church. Landon is the pastor of Restoration Church Lebanon, which meets at the Witham Family YMCA. He's a busy dad and serves as... Read More

Astonishing Numbers, Why We Need Before and After School Care

INDIANA'S YOUTH NEEDS QUALITY CARE

The need for quality before and after school care is more important today than it ever has been, for so many reasons. BY THE NUMBERS According to the Indiana Afterschool Network, 20 percent of children in Indiana, including kindergartners, are unsu... Read More

Kids Can Explore Downtown Indy at YMCA Bike Camp

Kids Love to Bike, We Want Them to be Safe

One of the greatest joys in life is to be able to jump on a bike, especially as a kid in the summer. What’s even better? Going to a week-long Bike Camp in Downtown, where you can ride the Indianapolis Cultural Trail to parks, tour top attractions a... Read More

Swim Lessons Give Davis Confidence, Independence

Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children how to swim

In 2017, 114 people drowned in Indiana. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. and second leading cause for children ages 5 to 14. Getting his feet we... Read More

Get up and camp!

The YMCA offers several youth camps to choose from - find the right one for your family

CAMP. This word is famous to kids – but what does it really entail? Not all youth camps are the same, and summer camp at the YMCA is out of this world. Jump. Play. Swim. Learn. The YMCA offers several youth day camps. Preschool summer camp ... Read More

What Will Your Child Do Before And After School?

Hang with friends, enjoy snacks, fitness, art and more at the Y

You don’t have to worry about your children when you can’t be with them. It’s time to enroll in the 2019-20 Before & After School program. Kids get a snack, help with homework and do these fun—really fun—enrichment activities with the Y... Read More

Y Helps Place Child with Special Needs, Mother is Able to Keep Job

YMCA Before & After School Program provides a safe environment

For many parents, after school programs are a great way to keep children stimulated and busy with activity after the school day ends. But this isn’t always an option for parents of children who have special needs. Care programs for these children c... Read More

How to Survive Summer Camp Deprivation

5 tips for surviving during the camp off-season

We survived the polar vortex and snow storms, but we still have three months until camp starts. Summer camp deprivation is real, but have no fear! We’re sharing some helpful tips to survive the rest of the winter. TRY OUT YOUR TIE DYE Replace... Read More

Here’s Why Your Kid Needs Camp This Summer!

Camp is something every child should experience

We know it's crazy. It's January. It's cold. We are about as far away from summer as you can get. And we want to talk about CAMP! It's time to start talking about camp, because it will be here before you know it. And we want to make sure you are p... Read More

It’s Time to Register for Summer Camp

Now is the perfect time to make summer plans, dream of outdoor fun

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has a way to fend off the winter blues—browse and register for summer camp. Registration is now open for over 150 Summer Day Camps at more than 30 locations across Central Indiana. Enrollment is also open for overn... Read More

Get a Jump Start on Education!

Get a Jump Start on Education!

Give your child the gift of learning. Early childhood education is a great way to foster a love for school and prepare for kindergarten. With more that 35 years of impact, the Baxter YMCA preschool program has been touted as one of the most success... Read More

YMCA Swim Club Chalks Up Win at First-Ever Home Meet

Swimmers from 5 area teams competed for a win against 9-time state champs

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis (YOGI) recently hosted its first official home swim meet against the Niles Mariners of Michigan and the Michiana Stingrays at the Ransburg YMCA outdoor 50-meter Long Course pool. Swimmers of the YOGI Swim Club come from f... Read More

Play and Learn Has a New Face

Welcome Sam Irvin to Play & Learn!

Sam Irvin lives for child enrichment and development, which made accepting the position of Early Childhood Coordinator at the Ransburg YMCA an easy decision. “Kids have so much knowledge and want to teach us,” Sam said. Loving children’s pass... Read More

Have a Smashing Good Time at these Halloween Events

Have a spooky, healthy Halloween with your family

Nowhere else will you find a floating pumpkin patch, “haunted” 5K, Yoga in Catacombs and s’mores! There's no better place to celebrate Halloween than at the Y. We've got hayrides and s'mores, costume contests and candy, and all that spooky stu... Read More

Camp Facts You Need to Know

Camp facts that every parent needs to know!

Facts are proof.  Verifiable, evidence based proof.  I think they are great. I love facts. But truth be told, they are a little boring. In fact they are quite dry. And without proper context, you get the bare bones information you need. We miss ... Read More