Welcome to the Duneland Family YMCA
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The Duneland Family YMCA is in your community to nurture the potential of every child and teen, to improve health and well-being, and to give back and provide support to our neighbors.
The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for empowerment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a service ethic. That's just the beginning.
News From the Y!
CHRISTMAS BREAK CHILD CARE CAMP - Week 1 (Dec. 22 &23, 6am-6pm): "Let It Go" (Frozen Week). If you are into the holiday spirit, fun and games, this winter camp is what you're looking for! Your kids can dress up like their favorite FROZEN character. Campers will make Christmas goodies for their families and Christmas tree ornaments. Games for this session that will have all your kids talking are "Santa's Boot Toss" and "Reindeer Nose Dive"! Register your child for Christmas Break Child Care Camp at the Y Preschool located at Entrance #8 at 651 Morgan Ave. If your child is already participating in Y After School Care, you can register them for camp at the their school site. Cost is $25 per day for members and $30 per day for non-members. For more information, call Paul Jones at the Y - 926-4204 or Melissa Griffith at the Preschool, 921-0183.
ALL DAY PRESCHOOL 3-5 YEARS & TODDLER CARE AVAILABLE - Duneland Family YMCA has openings for children ages 1-5 years in our All Day Preschool and Toddler Programs. Both programs are available Monday-Friday, between the hours of the 5:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Children need to bring a sack lunch and drink each day. Enrollment is available full time only for toddlers. Enrollment is available full time or part time for preschool. Children will engage in age-appropriate activities that focus on the development of the whole child. Our classroom environment and curriculum will challenge your child to develop their Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Physical, and Language Arts Development. Our lead teachers have educational background in teaching early childhood. All teachers are required to pass a criminal background check and complete trainings in CPR Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and AED; Child Abuse Prevention; Bloodborn Pathogen Precautions; and 15 additional hours each year in Early childhood Education. All teachers continue early childhood education through various YMCA certification courses and early childhood conferences. To register or schedule a tour contact Shannon Spratley, Child Care Director by email
or phone 219-921-0183.
CHRISTMAS BREAK CHILD CARE CAMP - Week 2 (Dec. 29,30, 31 & Jan. 2, 6am - 6pm): "Ringing in the New Year". Kids will countdown to the New year with games and food. Campers will build a time capsule from the year 2014, play the "Resolution Game" and have a "Celebrity Hunt" and much more! Register your kids at the Y Preschool, Entrance #8 at 651 Morgan Ave. Or, if already registered for Y Care, at their school site. Cost is $25 per day for members, $30 per day for non-members. For more information, call Paul Jones at the Y - 926-4204 or Melissa Griffith at the Preschool, 921-0183.
AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE AT LIBERTY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL provides a safe environment for intermediate school students to engage in educational, recreational, cultural and social activities after school. Program offers homework assistance, academic enrichment, tutoring, reading/literacy, sports, art, community service, leadership development and cultural enrichment with a high staff to student ratio. Registration forms available at the Y Front Desk, the Y Early Childhood Development Program at CMS Entrance #8 or online at www.dunelandymca.org. For more information, call Shannon Spratley at 921-0183.
COMMUNITY WELLNESS NURSE - On Friday, December 5, the Community Wellness Nurse will conduct blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index screenings from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. On Friday, December 19, the Community Wellness nurse will provide bone density screenings from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. All screenings take place in the Y Senior Center.
CHANNEL YOUR INNER PERFORMER - Pound. Rockout. Workout. - New program starts November 4th. Rock your body with this modern-day fusion of movement and music. using Ripstixtm weighted drumsticks engineered for exercise, POUND transforms drumming into an effective 45 minute full-body workout. Meets Tuesdays @ 8AM in the Community Room and Thursdays @ 7PM in the Fitness Room with Instructor Amanda Weaver. Cost for members is $6 and for non-members, $10. For more information, contact Penny at 926-4204.
BOOT CAMP - A fun mix of calisthenics and body weight exercises along with cardio and strength training. Be prepared for some fun high intensity training with instructor Michelle Corrigan. Starts November 4. Class meets twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 a.m. For more information, contact Penny Bigger, Fitness Coordinator at 926-4204.
Y SENIORS SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS TO RECOVERING SOLDIERS - On Wednesday, December 3 starting at 11:45 a.m., the Duneland Family YMCA Seniors spend the afternoon preparing Christmas cards and writing notes of encouragement at the Y Senior Center to send to our brave recovering military men and women who will be hospitalized during the holidays around the world. If you would like to help by donating Christmas cards, note paper or stamps to the Senior's efforts, please bring them to the Y Front Desk. The cards can be new or unused cards from previous years. All donations will be appreciated.For more information, contact Nancy Zlamal at the Duneland Family YMCA, 219-926-4204.
SENIOR CENTER - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: WEEKLY: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Building Fit Friends @ 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday & Thursday - Silver Sneakers @ 10:30 a.m.; Fridays - Bingo @ 11:45 a.m. NOVEMBER EVENTS: Thursday, November 20 @ NOON - Senior Potluck Luncheon. Bring a dish to share. Topic - Keeping Hydrated presented by Porter Regional Hospital. DECEMBER EVENTS: Wednesday, December 3 @ 11:45 a.m. - Making Christmas cards to send to our recovering Soldiers. Lunch provided by RCS. Monday, Decenber 8 @ noon - Birthday celebration at Addison Pointe for Wally Peterson. Thursday, December 11 @ 9:00 a.m. - Barker Mansion tour followed by lunch at Maxine's. Transportation provided by Chesterton United Methodist Church. Thursday, December 18 @ noon - Senior Potluck Luncheon & Christmas Sing Along (bring a dish to share). Friday, December 19 @ 11:45 a.m. - Bingo & Pretty/Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.
PARENT'S NIGHT OUT - Every Friday night 6:00-9:30 PM, Parents can utilize the Parent’s Night Out program and stop worrying about finding a sitter. Trained YMCA staff have organized and fun activities planned to keep each child’s attention. From arts and crafts to gym time it is never a dull moment on Friday evenings at the Y. Not to mention, it is affordable! The cost for members is $10 for the first child & $5 for each additional child. The non-member rate is $20 for the first child & $10 for each additional child. Please call the Y by noon on Thursday to ensure proper staffing levels, 926-4204.
Your Duneland Family YMCA Story - The Y is interested in your Y story. YOU MATTER TO US! We'd like to create "story boards" to display within our facility to help create friendships and a better understanding of our cause. If you have an interesting or compelling story to tell about a positive experience or program at the Duneland Y and are willing to share it with others, please contact Jane Delligatti at 926-4204.