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.
New!!! - Children's Pancake Breakfast - Open to the Community
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 8:30 - 10:00 am
Where: YMCA's North Gym
Cost: Toddlers (Ages 0 to 2) - Free
Children (Ages 3 to 11) - $3
Youth/Adults (Ages 12+) - $5
Families (Parents and their Children, Limit 2 Youth/Adults) - $15
Registration: Members - January 15 to February 10
Community - February 11 to February 20
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
When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5 -7 pm
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, and snacks will be provided. Conservation personnel will be on hand displaying interactive exhibits including: live snakes, archery, laser shot, a fishing game, and a mammal fur display.
New!!! - Spring Home and Garden Show and Healthy Kids Day
When: April 1, 2017 from 10 am - 3 pm (Healthy Kids Day from 10 am - Noon)
Vendor Registration: Now through March 24. Download your registration form here for more detailed information.
We're shaking things up this Spring. 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.
Easter Egg Hunt at Simpson Park - Free and Open to the Community
When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:00 am
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 beawarded 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!
Easter Egg Dive - Members Only
When: Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6 - 7:00 pm
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!
Registration begins April 1. Please sign up at the Welcome Center.
Freedom Run - Registration begins May 1!
When: July 4, 2017
Where: Simpson Park
Pre-Registration: May 1 - June 28 - $20 includes t-shirt
Race Day Registration: Begins at 6:15 am - $ 25 (correct t-shirt sizes not guaranteed for day of race registrants)
Start Time: Fun Run begins at 7:00 am followed by the 5K/10K
5K/10K Divisions: 11-14, 15-18, 19-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56+
The top two men and top two women in each age group will receive a medal.
One Mile Fun Run: Age 10 and Under
($5 Pre-Registration/ $10 Race Day Registration)
Awards will be presented immediately following the race. Results will be available on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GrandRiverY) by July 11. Refreshments will be provided.
Summer Family Fun Night - Open to the Community
When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 4 - 6 pm
Bring the whole family to the Y for this exciting outdoor summer evening event! We'll be grilling hotdogs on the grass lawn, playing water games, and painting faces. We will have the bounce houses set up, and so much more! Come experience a great free family Y event! This will be the same night as the Back to School Bonanza. To register your child for the free school supplies, please contact the MU Extension office at (660) 646-0811. This event is free!
Pups in the Pool - Open to the Community
When: Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 3 - 5 pm
As we get ready for our annual Shut Down Week, we are opening the pool for a special doggy dive. With a donation of money or items for the Forest O. Triplett Memorial Animal Shelter, non-aggressive dogs and their non-aggressive handlers are invited to visit the YMCA and take part in our first ever Pups in the Pool event. More information will be available closer to event day.
Member Appreciation Luncheon - Free and Open to the Community
When: Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 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!
Grand River Area Family YMCA Benefit Dinner & Auction - Tickets go on sale September 1!
When: October 7, 2017 - Social begins at 5:00 pm.
Where: Chillicothe Country Club
Join us for a New York style Comedy Night. This year, our annual benefit dinner and auction will be headlined by comedian Moody McCarthy whose high profile appearances include CBS' “Star Search,” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live, ”NBC’s “Last Comic Standing, 2 appearances on CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman and, most recently, Conan on TBS. The evening will also consist of a social hour, a delicious dinner, silent and live auctions, and much more. All the proceeds from the evening 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. Please mark the date on your calendar and plan to join us for this special event.
Pumpkin Splash - Members Only
When: Coming October 2017
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. Please register by October 25. For more information call the Welcome Center at (660) 646-6677. This event is free!
New!! - Christmas Craft and Vendor Expo
When: December 9, 2017 from 9 am - 2 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.
Family Christmas Party - Members Only
When: Coming December 2017
Bring your family to celebrate with us during the holiday season! A special visit from Santa, soup and sandwiches, and swimming for a fun filled family event. This event is free!
Couples Dance Class - Open to the Community
When: Coming February 2018
Cost: $10 per couple for Members / $15 per couple for Program Participants
Dance with your sweetheart this Valentine's Weekend at the Y! Get your Valentine's Day off to a romantic start with our annual Couples Dance Class led by Galen and Donna Switzer. Refreshments will be provided.