YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

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


Youth Development

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.

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.

TEEN WEIGHT TRAINING STARTS JANUARY 9TH- Learn proper form for lifting weights and build muscle the safe and healthy way. For ages 15 - 20. Meets every Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the Heavy Weight Room with Instructor Paul.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 219-921-0183.

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.

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Healthy Living

DECEMBER PERSONAL TRAINING SPECIAL - Purchase four (4) one hour personal training sessions with Ashley, Chris, Paul, Penny or Vicky for only $99 for members! Cost is $120 for non-members. Sessions must be purchased in December and completed within six weeks. Twenty Four hour cancellation notice is required for scheduled sessions. To schedule your sessions, call 219-926-4204 TODAY!

INSANITY CHALLENGE - JANUARY 2015! Start the New Year off by shaping a whole new YOU! Enter the Insanity Challenge. The person who attends the most classes, brings one or more friends to participate, and works out the most non-Insanity class days will win the challenge. You must check in at the Front Desk when you're working out on non-class days. The winner wins an Insanity Certified T-Shirt, and of course . . . bragging rights! For more information, contact Ashley Hall at the Y, 219-926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

SILVER SNEAKERS CARDIO CIRCUIT CLASS - Starting January 6, 2015! Class consists of standing low impact choreography alternating with standing upper body work with weights, tubes with handles and s.s. ball. Class meets Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Fitness Room with Instructor Deborah and on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Fitness Room with Instructor Nancy.

COMMUNITY WELLNESS NURSE - 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. - HALF PRICE FOR DECEMBER! 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 $3 and for non-members, $5 for December only. For more information, contact Penny at 926-4204.


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Social Responsibility

RESERVATIONS TO THE 2015 SWEETHEART DANCE MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS! The 2015 Sweetheart Dance will be held at Sand Creek Country Club on Saturday, February 7th at 6:00pm. Enjoy dinner and dessert, open bar, silent auction, dancing and lots of fun. All proceeds support the Duneland Y Scholarship Fund. Don't miss the chance to dance with your Sweetheart! For more information, call the Front Desk at 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. SENIOR CENTER - CONGRATULATIONS TO SENIOR OF THE MONTH - RIITTA HAYES! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: WEEKLY: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Building Fit Friends @ 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday & Thursday - Silver Sneakers @ 10:30 a.m. and Cardio Circuit @ 11:30 a.m.; Fridays - Bingo @ 11:45 a.m. JANUARY EVENTS: Mondays on January 5, 12 & 19 - Movie & Popcorn - bring a lunch; Wednesday, January 7 @ 11:45 a.m. - Lunch presentation by MCSI on computer class options; Friday, January 9 @ 11:45 a.m. - New Years Bingo Party; Wednesday, January 14 @ 11:45 - Lunch trip to Dynasty Buffet. Transportation by the waters of Duneland; Thursday, January 15 @ noon - Senior Potluck Luncheon - speaker is Officder Joe Christian from Chesterton Police Dept.; Wednesday, January 21 @ 11:45 a.m. - Apples to Apples Game Day. Lunch by FirstLight Homecare; Monday, January 26 @ 11:45 a.m. - Book Review. Lunch by Jimmy John's (Chesterton).

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.

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.