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.

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

When: March 24, 2018 at 10 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 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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Easter Egg Dive - Members Only

When: March 29, 2018

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.



2018 Grand River Area Family YMCA Weight Loss Challenge (Round 2)

Challengers must register individually.  Winners will be decided by total percentage of weight loss.

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Registration Dates:  March 20 - May 25
Challenge Dates:  April 6 - May 25
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 winner will receive 50% of the total registration fees collected for the challenge.
  • The second place winner will receive 25% of the total registration fees collected for the challenge.
  • The third place winner will receive Y Bucks that can be used toward the purchase of any YMCA membership or program.

Download: Registration Form

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Chillicothe's 2nd Annual Spring Home & Garden Show and Healthy Kids Day

When: Friday, April 6 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 7 from 9:00 am  - 3:00 pm
Vendor Registration: February 1 - March 26

The Grand River Area Family YMCA and the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to Chillicothe's 2nd Annual Spring Home & Garden Show. 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.

Want to promote your home or garden business with a booth at the show? Register now through March 26 at the Grand River Area Family YMCA. For more information, call the YMCA at (660) 646-6677 or click here to download a contract.


City Wide Garage Sale

When: May 4 - 5, 2018

One big sale.  Three great ways for you to support YMCA Youth & Scholarship programs.
1.  Rent a booth and sell your wares at the YMCA. The registration deadline is May 3.  To have your items listed in the paper, please register by April 22.
2.  Donate your unwanted items for us to sell. We will be collecting items May 3 and 4.
3.  Make the YMCA the first stop on your garage sale adventure

Registration Form

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Who: Girls (Preschool – 8th Grade)
When: Friday, June 8 from 6 - 8 pm
Where: YMCA North Gym
Registration: April 1 - June 1
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.

Splash n Glow

Splash 'n' Glow

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

When: Coming again!  Stay tuned for dates and times.
Cost: Free for Members
         $3 for Program Participants / $15 Max per Family

This is a family event.  Every swimmer 7 years and under must have an adult IN THE WATER at all times.

Color Fest

Color Fest Special Events

The Grand River Area, North Central, and Carroll County YMCA are excited to join together for our Annual Color Fest 5k Run/Walk! This exciting event promotes healthy living and comradery by bringing communities 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. This race will not be timed. All participants will receive a registration gift bag along with a white t-shirt for the event.  An ending race celebration will be held with music, door prizes, color and MORE COLOR for all ages! 

When: Coming June 2018
Registration: Begins at 7:00 am
Race: Begins at 8:00 am
Where: TBA


Summer Family Fun Night - Open to the Community

When: Coming July 2018

Bring the whole family to the Y for this exciting outdoor summer event! There will be hotdogs on the grass lawn, face painting, bounce houses, giveaways, and more. Come enjoy a great evening with your family at the Y! This even is free and open to the public.

Member Appreciation Luncheon - Free and Open to the Community

When: Coming August 2018

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!


Pumpkin Splash - Members Only

When: Coming October 2018!

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!

Pumpkin Splash

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Christmas Craft and Vendor Expo

When: Check back for our 2018 dates and time!

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 in December 2018!

Bring your family to celebrate with us during the holiday season!  We'll have a special visit from Santa, soup and sandwiches, and swimming for a fun filled family event.  This event is free!  Please register by December 19, and don't forget to bring your camera.


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.