Throughout the year, the  Y hosts special events for adults, kids, families and the community. Y events are a great opportunity to have fun and meet new people in a safe and friendly environment.

Pumpkin Splash

Pumpkin Splash - Members Only

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
6 - 7 pm
Through Tuesday, October 23

Come swim with the pumpkins!  Open to youth of all ages.  Each child will get to jump into the pool to claim their perfect pumpkin.  Pumpkin picking will be followed by a time of open swim.  Refreshments will be provided. For more information call the Welcome Center at (660) 646-6677.  This event is free!

Every swimmer 7 years and under must have an adult IN THE WATER at all times. 

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We're turning off the lights and turning on the glow! Join us for a fun, family night in the pool.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 6 - 7:30 pm
Cost: Free for Members / $5 for Program Participants / $15 Max per Family
Registration: Through Thursday, October 25

Registration is required. Space is limited to the first 50 people.
Every swimmer 7 years and under must have an adult IN THE WATER at all times.


Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon - Members Only

Date: November 20, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of feasting, fellowshipping, and giving thanks! We will provide the turkey and drinks. We ask that you bring a side dish or dessert large enough to feed 10-12 people.  This is a free Members Only event.  Please register at the Welcome Center by November 16.

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Christmas Craft and Vendor Expo - Vendor Registration is Open!

Date: December 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Still need more ideas for Christmas.  Visit the YMCA Christmas Craft and Vendor Expo and find the perfect gifts and décor to finish your holiday shopping off right.  Vendor registration will be open September 1 until November 23.

Vendor Registration


Dinner with Santa - Members Only

Date: December 20, 2018
Time: 6 - 7 pm

Come meet Santa!  Join us for a light dinner, and take time to tell Santa what you’d like for Christmas.  This is a fun, free event to help you and your family celebrate the Holidays.  Please register at the Welcome Center by December 17.


Children's Pancake Breakfast - Open to the Community

When:  See you in 2019.
Where: YMCA's North Gym
Cost: Toddlers (Ages 0 to 2) - Free
         Children and Adults - $5
         Families (Parents and their Children) - Max $25
Registration: Ends February 16

Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America with an exciting morning of breakfast, story telling, and tons of fun activities. For breakfast, we'll be serving pancakes, green eggs and ham, and more.  The morning will also include time for reading, characters from your favorite Dr. Seuss books, photo opportunities, face painting, and fun prizes. Space is limited, so please register early.

Family Conservation Night - Free and Open to the Community

Conservation Night

When: Coming again in 2019.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.  Conservation personnel will be on hand displaying interactive exhibits including: live snakes, archery, laser shot, a fishing game, and a mammal fur display.  Snacks will be provided.

Easter Egg Hunt at Simpson Park - Free and Open to the Community

When: See you next year!
Where: Simpson Park
Who:  Boys and Girls ages 1-10 years

Join us at Simpson Park as we hunt for over 4,000 Easter Eggs .  There will be four age divisions (1-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, and 8-10 years). A grand prize will be awarded in each age division to the child who finds the egg with "Grand Prize Winner" inside.  Remember, the hunt only takes a few minutes, so don't be late! 

Diving Easter Egg

Easter Egg Dive - Members Only

When: TBA

The YMCA invites all our young members (ages 0-10) to an "eggs"iting Easter event.  Come jump, dive, float, and splash for more than 1,000 Easter eggs.  This free family event is open to YMCA members only.  We'll have a great time hunting eggs in age specific heats followed by prizes, snacks, and swimming.  This event is free!

All swimmers 0-7 years and any swimmers unable to pass the swim test, must have a responsible adult (16 or older) in the pool and within arms reach at all times.

Chillicothe's 3rd Annual Spring Home & Garden Show and Healthy Kids Day

When: TBA
Vendor Registration: TBA

Come find everything you need to get your home and garden ready for the upcoming Spring and Summer seasons. We're planning on a great selection of vendors, a line up of speakers and demonstrators, and much more. Plus we'll have fun activities for the kiddos including bounce houses, face painting, healthy snacks, and a chance to visit with local emergency responders. Healthy Kids Day will be held Saturday from 10:00 am until noon.

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Mother & Son Super Hero Party

Calling all super moms, grandmas, aunts, and other beloved ladies. You're invited to bring your favorite young man to our first ever Mom & Super Hero Party. We're planning a mutant ice cream bar, photo ops, visits from your favorite characters, skill challenging games, and much more. It's guaranteed to be a blast, so grab your costumes, and meet us at the Y!

Who: Boys (Preschool - 8th Grade)
When: TBA
Where: YMCA North Gym
Registration: TBA
Cost: $10 per couple, $3 per additional boy.

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Who: Girls (Preschool – 8th Grade)
When: TBA
Where: YMCA North Gym
Registration: TBA
Cost: $10 per couple, $3 per additional girl

Girls, come dance the night away with your favorite guy. Dads, grandpas, uncles, and even older brother are invited to join their best gals for a fun night of dancing and dessert.  Commemorative photo packages will be available for purchase, starting at just $10.

Color Fest

The Grand River Area Family YMCA presents the 3rd Annual Color Fest 5k Run/Walk! A part of the new Sliced Bread Celebration and Freedom Festival, this fun event promises to promote healthy living and comradery by bringing the community together with a whole lot of COLOR and FUN!

Participants may sign up as an individual or as a team! Teams will consist of 5-10 people. All participants will receive a registration gift.  An ending race celebration will be held with music, games, color, door prizes, color and MORE COLOR for all ages! Get your teams together!!

Date: July 6, 2019 (Tentative!)
Registration: Begins at 7:00 am
Race: Begins at 8:00 am
Starting Location: Grand River Area Family YMCA Parking Lot (1725 Locust, Chillicothe, MO)

Pre-Registration: May 1 - June 22  (All pre-registrants will receive a t-shirt.)
Pre-Registration Cost: Individual (Age 9+) - $25
                                 Team (5-10 people) - $20 per person (Youth registering on a team are $10.)
                                 Youth (Age 8 & Under) - $10
                                 Children Ages 2 and Under are FREE

Open/Day of Registration: June 23 - July 6 (Shirts will be provided upon availability.)
Open/Day of Registration Cost: Individual (Age 9+) - $30
                                         Team (5-10 people) - $25 per person (Youth registering on a team are $15.)
                                         Youth (Age 8 & Under) - $15
                                         Children Ages 2 and Under are FREE

Registration Form

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Member Appreciation Luncheon - Free and Open to the Community

When: August 22, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

We love our members.  Let us say Thank You by joining us for a delicious, free lunch!  Not a member?  That's ok.  Come see what the YMCA is all about.  We know you'll love our members, too.  This event is free!

Comedy Night with the Y: The Grand River Area Family YMCA Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction

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Date: October 6, 2018
Time: Door open at 5:00 pm
Location: Chillicothe Country Club

Our Benefit Dinner and Auction is an exciting evening complete with a catered dinner, dessert, a professional comedian, and both silent and live auctions.  The proceeds of the Benefit Dinner and Auction will support the Grand River Area Family YMCA's Partners with Youth Campaign.  Partners with Youth helps finance many of the YMCA's philanthropic efforts.  Each year we strive to raise more than $75,000 to fund programs like Y-PALS, our youth mentoring program; BackPack Buddies, a weekend nutrition program that feeds more than 250 elementary school children every weekend of the school year; and our scholarship program that makes our facility and our programs (including swim lessons and youth sports) available to low income children and families.

Grand River Area Family YMCA Weight Loss Challenge

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Participants must register in teams of two.
Winners will be decided by total percentage of weight loss.

Round 3 has a twist!  To increase the pot and step up the challenge, players who miss weigh-ins or gain weight, will be charged $5 each time.

Registration Dates:  Now through August 17
Challenge Dates: August 17 - September 28
Weigh-Ins: Every Friday from 5 am – 9 pm
Cost: $25 for Members / $75 for Program Participants – Costs are per person and include usage of the YMCA facility.  Fitness classes and other YMCA programs require additional fees and will be charged at regular member/program participant prices.

  • The first place team will receive 50% of the total fees collected for the challenge.

  • The second place team will receive 25% of the total fees collected for the challenge.

  • The third place team will receive Y Bucks that can be used toward the purchase of any YMCA membership or program.