Our hands-on learning curriculum emphasizes motor skills and creativity. We strive to provide an environment where children will learn and build confidence while making new friends.
At the Y, we believe that play is the work of young children, and is the foundation for learning. Our free 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 with a YMCA household membership. 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 Center Info page for your YMCA location of choice.
Child Development experts agree: Attending a high-quality preschool program prepares children for kindergarten and beyond. At the YMCA, children will be exposed to high quality early learning curriculum where they also learn valuable social skills, all in a safe and welcoming environment. The YMCA offers the following preschool options for your child:
3908 Meadows Dr. 317. 554.1049
2901 Tabor Street 317.653.1588
7900 S Shelby Street 317.881.9347
5736 Lee Rd. 317.547.9622
9012 E 126 Street, Fishers 317. 595.9622
301 Satori Parkway, Avon 317.273.9622
8400 Westfield Blvd. 317.253.3206
501 N. Shortridge Rd. (317) 357-8441
2791 N Lebanon Street, Lebanon 765.483.9622
401 E. Michigan St. 317. 685.9705
Each week is designed to introduce a concept as well as a basic skill from the movement framework. This program is considered gross motor and structured activity for early learners and home-schooled students ages 3-6 year olds. Participants will attend PE class at the Y two-days/week for one hour.
Children socialize with friends as well as engage in instructional learning on weekly themes which may include Lessons in Literacy, Creative Cooking, Moving with Music and Active Artists. Parents may drop-off and pick-up or are more than welcome to stay! Options are available for full-day and half-day programs, may vary by YMCA location.
Swimming is a life skill. The YMCA has been teaching people of Central Indiana how to swim for over 150 years, especially children, helping them to be safe around water and prevent accidents.
Exploration and knowledge building are at the core of the Y’s Before & After School programming. We believe in creating a solid foundation for children who need support in order to succeed in school.
Work out worry-free knowing the YMCA—the largest provider of child care in the country—is providing a safe, fun environment for your children.
With the vast number of sports offered, we want to create an environment that focuses on a healthy lifestyle, confidence building, developing new skills, and teamwork.
Healthy development starts early for children, and that’s why at the YMCA, we care for the health and well being of your child.
We offer programs as diverse as the people we serve. We have an unparalleled selection of classes and activities—everything from personal training to foreign language classes to summer camp—all waiting for you and your family to explore. (Looking for group exercise and pool schedules? Click on the "schedules" tab above, then choose your location.)