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.

Parents' Night Out

Parents’ Night Out

Our Parents' Night Out events support our Aerial Angels gymnastic team as they prepare for the national YMCA Gymnastics competition each summer. Our upocoming events will be held November 8 and December 13. Times may vary. Please call our Welcome Center at (660) 646-6677 for details. The cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. Dinner is provided.

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Grand River Area Family YMCA Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction

Date: October 12, 2019
Time: Doors open at 5:00 pm
Location: Chillicothe Country Club
Cost: $40 per person

Our Benefit Dinner and Auction is an exciting evening complete with a prime rib dinner, dessert, a comedy show, 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 200 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.

Big Wheels

Big Wheels

Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Grand River Area Family YMCA Parking Lot
Cost: Free and Open to the Community

Big wheels, big trucks, big fun! The YMCA's first ever Big Wheels event promises to give your children the chance to explore, learn about, and discover their favorite big trucks including emergency vehicles, tractors, construction equipment and more!

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Spooky Splash

Date: October 24, 2019
6 - 7:30 pm
Free for Members / $5 for Program Participants
Now through October 22

For many years, we've celebrated Halloween in the YMCA pool with Pumpkin Splash. This year we're mixing things up and bringing you an all new Halloween tradition. Plan to bring your family out for a haunting good time!

Refreshments will be provided. For more information call the Welcome Center at (660) 646-6677. 

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


Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon - Members Only

Date: We’ll be thankful again in 2019!
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

Date: December 14
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Expo
10:00 am - 11:00 am - Baby Show
11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Visits from Santa

Santa, really?!? Christmas is still several months away, but we're already getting ready for our annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Expo. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to purchase your Christmas gifts from your friends and neighbors during this fun, festive event. The day will be filled with lots of Christmas cheer, great opportunities for Christmas shopping, a baby show, and a visit from (the real) Santa.

Vendor registration is open now through December 6. Please call or stop by our Welcome Center for more information.

Vendor Registration

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New Year’s Eve Glow Party

Calling all 5th - 8th graders! Come ring in the New Year with us. We've got a great evening planned with a live DJ, pizza, and more. All this for just $5. You won't want to miss the fun, so tell your friends and sign up today!

Who: Grades 5 - 8
Date: December 31, 2019
Time: 7 - 11 pm
Cost: $5 per youth
Registration: TBA

Shamrock 5K Run/Walk

Date: TBA
Registration: Begins at 7:30 am
Race: Begins at 8:00 am
Starting Location: Simpson Park, Chillicothe, MO Pre-Registration: TBA (All pre-registrants will receive a t-shirt.)
Pre-Registration Cost: Adult (Age 14+) - $25 / Youth (4-13) - $15

Registration: March 4 - Race Day
Registration Cost: Adult (Age 14+) - $30 / Youth (4-13) - $20

Participants may walk or run.  Prizes will be given to the top finishers in each age group.  Call the Y at (660) 646-6677 for more information. 

Conservation Night

Family Conservation Night - Free and Open to the Community

When: Returning in 2020

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: Watch for it again in 2020
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!

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Diving Easter Egg

Easter Egg Dive - Members Only

When: Coming again in 2020

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.

Healthy Kids Day

When: Check back in 2020

Join us for a morning filled with 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.

Color Fest

The Grand River Area Family YMCA presents the 3rd Annual Color Fest 5k Run/Walk! A part of the Sliced Bread Days Celebration and Freedom Festival, this fun event promises to promote healthy living and camaraderie 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. The race will begin and end in the Grand River Area Family YMCA parking lot. 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 4, 2020
Day of Registration: Begins at 7:00 am
Race: Begins at 8:00 am
Location: Grand River Area Family YMCA Parking Lot (1725 Locust, Chillicothe, MO)

Pre-Registration: June 1 - June 19 (All pre-registrants will receive a t-shirt.)
Pre-Registration Cost: Individual (Age 13+) - $25
                                 Team (5-10 people) - $20 per person (Youth registering on a team are $15.)
                                 Youth (Age 12 & Under) - $15
                                 Children Ages 2 and Under are FREE

Open/Day of Registration: June 20 - July 4 (Shirts will be provided upon availability.)
Open/Day of Registration Cost: Individual (Age 13+) - $30
                                         Team (5-10 people) - $25 per person (Youth registering on a team are $20.)
                                         Youth (Age 12 & Under) - $20
                                         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!