Weekly Member News: Your Latest Updates for Y Members and Community

Last updated: April 26, 2021, at 12:22 p.m. PT

Originally published: December 7, 2020, at 1:35 p.m. PT

Two members lap-swimming in the pool


Top Stories: More Group Exercise, Just for Members

Members can enjoy more of their favorites starting this May! We are opening more reservations for high demand group exercise classes, bringing back water group exercise at select locations, opening registration for summer day camps at exclusive member rates, and more! Get the details in this week’s member news.  

  • Water Group Exercise Starts May 3: Starting soon, you can reserve your spot in the pool at seven local Ys. Browse group exercise class schedules and get ready for reservations to open beginning Saturday, May 1. See schedules >

  • Receive a Discounted Rate for Summer Camp: If you talk to a child after a week at Y summer day camp, it’s easy to see what makes us special! From outdoor adventures to science and technology, the Y offers kids the chance to try new things in a safe and caring environment. Members enjoy discounted rates! Find your camp today > 

  • Double Your Donation for GiveBIG: During the GiveBIG statewide fundraising campaign, individuals and organizations come together across Washington to invest in our community. This year, a generous donor is DOUBLING your donation to the Y now through May 5. Will you donate today to help meet our communities’ most urgent needs? Donate today >

  • Thank You, Volunteers! In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we wanted to share this quote from Yvette, who works at the Y Social Impact Center: "To all our volunteers, thank you for your selfless sacrifice in making a huge difference! This last year has been difficult, but because of you, it was a little more bearable. Thank you and may the light of favor be shown on you always." Learn more about volunteering >


Coming Soon

Wednesday, April 28

  • Introduction to Organic Food: In this week’s online cooking class, learn how to be strategic with your grocery budget to make organic choices where it counts the most. Free for Y members in Virtual Y. Register > 

Thursday, April 29

  • The Science of Music Online Preschool Class: Music is an artform — but it also is science! We will explore the science of sound by making our own water xylophones as well as demonstrating how to construct a homemade harmonica. Free for Y members. Register > 

Saturday, May 1

  • Ramadan Donation Drive: Together with the Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering (i-CERV), we’re hosting a donation drive for families in need. Please drop by 12025 115th Ave NE, Building D, Kirkland, WA 98034 with your donation! See Details > 

Saturday, May 8

  • Canoeing Outdoor Adventure: Learn basic paddling strokes before exploring the shores of Lake Washington from the water. This small group day trip provides not only time outdoors but also some social time with other adventure seekers! No previous experience is necessary. Register >

  • Ramadan Donation Drive: Together with the Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering (i-CERV), we’re hosting a donation drive for families in need. Please drop by 12025 115th Ave NE, Building D, Kirkland, WA 98034 with your donation! See Details > 

Wednesday, May 19

  • Weight Loss Classes Starting Soon: The Y’s weight loss approach is smart, effective, and sustainable. No gimmicks, restrictive approaches, or quick fixes – just encouragement, a supportive community, and the tools you need to reach your goals. And it’s free for Y members. Register > 



For Members


  • Gym Time: Up to six people from the same household can reserve half a court to play together with equipment from home or borrowed from us. All participants must be in the same household and on the same membership to use a Gym Time reservation. Learn more >

  • Net Sports: Up to six people from different households can reserve space in the gym to play a game of badminton or pickleball. Learn more >

  • Group Exercise Classes: Group exercise classes are back! Join us for Zumba, Yoga, Active Older Adult classes, and much more. Classes are socially distanced and masks are required. See reservation times >

  • Drop-In Cardio, Strength, and Free Weight Equipment: Equipment includes treadmills, rowers, stationary bikes, free weights, and resistance-based stationary machines. Check branch hours >

  • Outdoor Climbing: The climbing towers at our Northshore and Auburn Valley Y's are now open. Members can make a reservation for a 90-minute climb, and everyone can join us for a guided climb with instructors. Registration for guided climbs opens on March 24. Learn more >

  • Outdoor Adventure Day Trips: The Y offers a variety of outdoor day trips for teens and families! No previous experience is necessary. Join us for hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. Learn more >

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  • Lap Swimming: Lap lanes are open for two swimmers at a time. Lanes are first-come, first-served, and we ask members of the same household to share a lane. See reservation times, or learn more >

  • Swim Lessons: Registration opens at 6:00 am on the 15th of every month. All swim levels are welcome! We're offering prviate, semi-private, and group swim lessons. Learn more >



  • Kids Club Pilot Program: At the Dale Turner Family, Sammamish Community, and West Seattle Family Y's, we're welcoming back kids ages 2 to 9 with Kids Club. This monthly, reservation-based care program is designed to keep kids active and entertained while you get a worry-free workout. Learn more >

  • Family Recreational Swim: Up to five people in a household can reserve time in the pool for a friendly family swim. Spend your afternoon with us this weekend. See reservation times, or learn more >

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Active Older Adults

  • Community Café - Investing in the Next Generations: We all have gifts to give and relationships to foster in the generations following behind our example. Come explore how to identify these relationships and ways in which investment can take place. Learn more >

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  • On-Demand and Live Classes: The Virtual Y allows members to participate in live online classes and browse on-demand content from the comfort of home. Learn more >

  • Cooking Classes: Our instructor will guide you through recipes providing tips and answering questions along the way. Classes are hosted online. They're FREE for members or $20 for community members. Learn more >

  • Martial Arts: Take Tae Kwon Do virtually! Students learn punches, blocks, and self-defense techniques, but kicks are the Tae Kwon Do trademark. Learn more >

  • Lose to Win: Achieve your desired weight loss by learning accountability, planning, and problem-solving measures all while receiving group and coaching support. Registration is open for upcoming virtual sessions. Learn more >



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Camping and Outdoor Adventures

  • Outdoor Adventure Day Trips: The Y offers a variety of outdoor day trips for teens and families! No previous experience is necessary. Join us for hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. Learn more >

  • Spring Family Camps at Colman and Orkila: Join us for a special series of Family Camps featuring traditional camp activities like archery, boating, arts & crafts, hiking, outdoor environmental education, and campfires. Fee include nutritious meals and cabin lodging. Learn more >

  • Y Cabin Rentals: Explore the outdoors together! Join us for a physically-distanced campout this spring. Rentals are available at both Camp Colman and Camp Orkila. Learn more >

  • Outdoor Leadership (BOLD & GOLD): Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership (BOLD & GOLD) experiences are geared specifically for young people ages 11 to 18. Our expeditions will take you to some of the most beautiful and natural places in the Pacific Northwest. Registration for summer 2021 expeditions is open. Learn more >


Child Care

  • Y LEAP Academy: We’re offering full-day, in-person programs designed to support kids and families with distance learning and school-day care along with the enrichment activities, social emotional learning, and play that the Y is known for. Learn more >


Free Resources

  • Counseling Services: We are proud to announce that we now offer virtual and in-person counseling services for all ages. Services include mental health support, substance use counseling, family therapy, and more. Learn more >

  • Volunteer With the Y: We've posted new opportunities this week, including Social Impact Center Cook a Meal and Coal Creek Family YMCA Backpack Meal Programs. Learn more >

  • On-Demand Workouts and Wellness Resources: In our Healthy Living Room, use our library of on-demand videos to workout on your schedule. Plus, find recipes, mindfulness exercises, and other wellness resources. Learn more >

  • Activities and Games for Families: Bring the Y's education and enrichment activities into your home. Add variety and creativity into days without school, child care, or work through our virtual family room. Learn more >

  • Virtual Community Cafés: Come together in a virtual space for conversations that we typically enjoy in-person, but find are less available these days. Each café includes time for a resource person to share, pose, and answer questions in a discussion space facilitated for support and encouragement. Learn more >

  • Annual Fund Drive: Help tell the Y story and advocate for what you care about during our Annual Fund Drive. Find volunteer and donations resources here, or donate to the Y today. Learn more >

  • Equity and Justice Resources: The Y of Greater Seattle has formalized our commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization. Join us on our journey. Learn more >



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