ALL PROGRAMS

FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT​

CHILD CARE

The child watch area is open and supervised free of cost to all YMCA members and class participants. Youngsters are allowed to stay up to TWO HOURS per day while parents are on the YMCA premises and using YMCA facilities. Children must be at least 6 month old.

Child Watch Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00-11:00A & 4:00-7:00P

For additional information, visit the Child Care page.

The Illinois Valley Y Before and After-School Care (BASC) programs serve our area families by supplying a safe and entertaining place for children to focus on social growth and academic enhancement while parents have the freedom to work or study. These programs provide children with options to explore and develop their interests and talents, and allow parents the comfort of knowing that their children’s needs are well cared for by highly qualified, CPR and First Aid-certified staff.

For additional information, visit the Child Care page.

The IL Valley YMCA offers child care services in partnership with IL Valley Community College. The child watch area is open and supervised FREE of cost to all students. Ages 3 and up. 9am-2pm.  

• Children checked in at the door.
• Students must remain at IVCC.
• 2 staff members on duty.
• No reservations required.

Monday-Friday (fall/winter semesters)          **Hours are subject to change without notice. Contact mayaq@ivymca.org or more details.

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

Illinois Valley YMCA Preschool Programs

Your tiny tyke will love these classes! Warm, caring, patient teachers will promote growth in all areas.

Caring teachers lead a class – just for 2 year olds – that is filled with fun and socialization. Activities are designed to satisfy curiosity and to help develop fine and gross motor skills.

It is not necessary to be toilet trained; however, we do not change diapers.

For additional information, visit the Education & Child Care page.

Y Preschool is a complete program with experienced teachers and extras like tumbling, swimming and gym time. This class offers just what your 3-4 year old needs – a class that provides readiness skills such as color/shape recognition, counting, an introduction to the alphabet and fine & gross motor skills implemented through age-appropriate activities.

For additional information, visit the Education & Child Care page.

SWIM, SPORTS & PLAY

Competitive Swimming & Sports

Winning means different things to different people. To some, it’s bringing home the blue ribbon or the gold metal. To us, it is many things, like learning to do a good flip turn, learning to do a start off the blocks, swimming better and faster when the race is over no matter how you performed that day. 

It is our goal that during your time on the ILVY Dolphin Swim Team you will not only learn more about swimming and all that is involved, but you will also learn more about yourself. Swimming is not just a sport, it is a learning experience.

For more information, visit the Dolphin Swim Team page or the Swim Team website.

Winning means different things to different people. To some, it’s bringing home the blue ribbon or the gold metal. To us, it is many things, like learning to do a good flip turn, learning to do a start off the blocks, swimming better and faster when the race is over no matter how you performed that day. 

It is our goal that during your time on the ILVY Dolphin Swim Team you will not only learn more about swimming and all that is involved, but you will also learn more about yourself. Swimming is not just a sport, it is a learning experience.

For additional information, visit the Tumbling page.

Youth Sports & Programs

Pre-School basketball program that teaches the basics of the game will take place in the Green Gym on the south end.

Dates:

Age: Boys/Girls; 3-4 year olds

Time: 9-9:45A

Fee: $20/Members & $30/Non-Members

*INFORMATION COMING SOON

Tae Kwon Do teaches self defense as well as improves self confidence, discipline, coordination, and physical and mental capabilities. Through Tae Kwon Do, students learn to become leaders, not followers, and they develop the ”yes, I can” attitude when facing daily challenges at home, school or work.

The Illinois Valley YMCA’s Tae Kwon Do is a branch school of the Won Jung Martial Arts Association of Rockford. Amber Sessler is the instructor. White, Yellow belts & children 6-12 , Purple belt and above & children and all ranks of Adults 13 and up.

For additional information, visit the Tae Kwon Do page.

These classes introduce kids to a variety of sports including basketball, t-ball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, football, and more!

YMCA Youth Sports programs help children grow personally, develop leadership skills and cultivate relationships while having fun.

For more information, visit the Youth Sports page.

Youth Swim

All ages – from infants to seniors – can learn to swim. Check out our class offerings to find one that fits your family’s needs.

For more information, visit the Swim Programs page or view the Illinois Valley YMCA Swim Lesson Brochure.

Teens must be between the ages of 13 & 17 years old.

Teens can go to the Link Aquatic Center and see the Pool Supervisor at any time that the supervisor is available so the teen can be tested for swimming skills for lap swim in a lane.

  • Must follow all pool rules
  • Must have yellow card at edge of pool deck in the lane they are swimming in.
  • For more information, contact the Aquatic Director.
Youth Team Sports

Hit the hardwood with the folks who invented the game – the Y!  Boys and girls develop skills including dribbling, shooting, passing, and rebounding. Youth Basketball League at the Y combines team play and individual skills in a fun and supportive environment. At the Y, everybody plays and everybody wins!

AGE / GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

5-11 YEARS
K-5TH GRADE

For more information, visit the Youth Basketball League page.

Youth Wellness

WELLNESS CENTER RULES

Must be 14 years of age to enter the Wellness Center. Ages 11-13 may be in the Wellness Center while next to a parent or guardian. 

Any child ages 11-13 can be in the Wellness Center unaccompanied with a BLUE CARD present & in visible sight. 

To obtain a BLUE CARD, you must receive your Wellness Center Training from one of the quality YMCA Personal Trainers.

To Complete the Blue Card Training you will need to study the Blue Card Study Sheet. After you review the study sheet and tour the Wellness Center there is a test, you must correctly answer 75% of the questions to receive your blue card.

How: Call the YMCA at 815-223-7904 to set up your appointment or check in at the Courtesy Counter.

Fee: Free to YMCA Members only

CLASS IS REQUIRED TO USE THE WELLNESS CENTER. 

Please Note: You must have blue card training and carry your blue card at all times when in the wellness center.

CAMP

NEW & IMPROVED AND ALL-INCLUSIVE SUMMER CAMPS AT THE IV YMCA

Discovery Camp (Half Day; Ages 3-5)

Each week’s theme will revolve around our weekly activities…Arts & Crafts, Music & Movement, Outdoor & Sensory Play, and Cooking & Preschool Enrichment!

Dates: May 30 – August (TBD) (Monday-Thursday) 
Time: 9:00a-1:00p
Cost: Members: Weekly $60 | Daily $20
Non-Members: Weekly $90 | Daily $30

Challenger Camp (Full Day Kindergarten-5th Grade)

Your child will have the opportunity to participate in an array of organized educational and recreational activities, all of which promote social skills, self-confidence, sportsmanship, character development, and healthy kids!

Dates: May 23 – August (TBD) (Monday-Friday)
Time: 7:00a-5:30 p
Cost: Members: Weekly $125 | Daily $29
Non-Members: Weekly $185 | Daily $43

Please note: Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Inquire at 815.223.7904


Find Out More

FOR HEALTHY LIVING

FAMILY TIME

Family Nights

Swim with Santa

Santa will visit the good boys and girls at the Link Aquatic Center for pizza, cookies, and a drink. Meet in the Teen Center with Santa at 6pm. After dinner, swim with Santa in our warm water family fun water park. Each child will receive a special gift bag from Santa. (While supplies last)

Date: 
Time: 
Ages: All ages
Fee: IL Valley Y Members Only

Dive-In-Movie

Dive into a night full of adventure. They Water Park will be closed during the movie, but the lap pool will be open. Bring a raft or enjoy one of ours! Pizza and drinks will be available. Members event ONLY!

Date: 
Time: 
Ages: All ages
Fee: IL Valley Y Members Only

Surf’s Up Winter Luau

Bring your family to the Link Aquatic Center for a night of fun the whole family can enjoy. We will be serving Pizza, BBQ pulled pork, fruit, and a dessert will be provided. Children will receive leis and be able to participate in a fun game of limbo. Members event ONLY!

Date: 
Time: 
Ages: All ages
Fee: IL Valley Y Members Only

St. Patty’s Day Pot o’ Gold Penny Pickup

Bring your family to the Link Aquatic Center for a night of fun the whole family can enjoy. We will be serving pizza and a drink for all families. Kids will be able to collect pennies out of the zero depth pool and receive a chance to win prizes. Members event ONLY!

Date: 
Time: 
Ages: All ages
Fee: IL Valley Y Members Only

Underwater Egg Hunt

Bring your family to the Link Aquatic Center for a night of fun the whole family can enjoy. We will be serving pizza and a drink for all families. Kids will be able to collect eggs out of our zero depth pool and receive a chance to win prizes. There will be different times for each age group. Members event ONLY!

Date: 
Time: 
Ages: All ages
Fee: IL Valley Y Members Only

Dive-in Movie Night

Dive into a night full of adventure. The Water Park will be closed during the movie, but the lap pool will be open. Bring a raft or enjoy one of ours! Pizza and drinks will be available.

Members event ONLY!

Date: 
Time: 
Ages: All ages
Fee: IL Valley Y Members Only

Pumpkins in the Pool

Come and enjoy a unique seasonal special night of family fun, swimming, and harvesting a real pumpkin from the pool, and decorating the pumpkin. Free treat bag for each child. (While supplies last) Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Date: 
Time: 
Ages: All ages
Fee: IL Valley Y Members Only

Turkey Chase

Enjoy a night full of fun and competition. Build your boat out of cardboard and set sail. Win a race and WIN A TURKEY! Pizza and drinks will be available. Cardboard will be provided.

Date: 
Time: 
Ages: All ages
Fee: IL Valley Y Members Only

HEALTH, WELL-BEING & FITNESS

Group Classes

Water Walking is a great workout without the stress on your knees and back with regular walking.

Fee: Free/YMCA Members – Daily Fee/Non-YMCA Members

Age: 18 & Over

Times: Tuesday/Thursday: 9:30-11:00am

How to Join

You can attend a class to try it out at any time. Once you decide to join the class, go to the courtesy counter to get signed up.

Benefits of joining a Group Fitness Class

  • Unlimited Classes
  • Updated Routines
  • Well Trained Staff
  • Free babysitting while you work out (Non-Members included)

For more information and a full listing of classes and schedules, visit the Group Exercise Classes page.

What you get out of your personal training session

The YMCA can provide you with one on one personal training sessions designed to meet your personal fitness needs. Each session is a duration of one hour and appointments must be scheduled prior to the training session. Our certified personal training staff members can assist you to:

  • Provide a personal exercise program that is specifically designed to help you attain your goals
  • Instruct you on the importance of your individualized program and how it works with your body.
  • Provide safe exercise settings, encouragement and support
  • Help motivate you in staying with your program.
  • Construct revolutionary and innovative new teaching methods to meet your needs.

For more information, visit the Personal Training page.

The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults. The program offers physical activity, health education, and social events for Medicare-eligible and Group Retiree members, usually those age 65 or older, but, in some cases, those of any age deemed disabled and receiving Medicare.

Here at the Illinois Valley YMCA, If you are a member of a Medicare health plan or Medicare Supplement carrier that offers the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program, you can enroll at no additional cost to you! If your health plan doesn’t offer SilverSneakers®, contact their member services and ask them when they are planning to provide it.

For more information, visit the SilverSneakers® page.

All ages – from infants to seniors – can learn to swim. Check out our class offerings to find one that fits your family’s needs.

For more information, visit the Swim Programs page or view the Illinois Valley YMCA Swim Lesson Brochure.

Healthy Lifestyles

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Take advantage of the free opportunity to regularly monitor your blood pressure. Free screenings are available through IVCH and St. Margaret’s Hospitals at the YMCA. In addition, the YMCA has a computerized Health Monitor Center that measures blood pressure, located in the Wellness Center.

BODY COMPOSITION & FITNESS ASSESSMENT ANALYSIS

A true measure of leanness is your percentage of body fat – not the old height and weight charts. Complete computerized body composition analysis is a great way to check your success before, during, and after your workout.

Stop at the Front Desk to use the Biomeasure machine for just $1

Click to view the YMCA online video library

These videos will help you learn more about our equipment and proper exercising techniques.

We’ll be adding new videos over time, so check back periodically!

The Peru YMCA is a Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating pickup location.

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating provides meals designed for both health and convenience.

Meals are freshly prepared and delivered in sets of 12 meals (4 days of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners) or 9 meals (3 days of breakfasts lunches and dinners).

How to Order
Meals can be pre-ordered through seattlesutton.com or by calling 815-434-4484.

Order by 10am on Friday to receive meals on Monday.

Order by 9am on Tuesday to receive meals on Thursday.

Located on the south end of the front lobby, Seattle Sutton coolers hold pre-ordered meal sets with customers names for easy and quick pickup.

View plans and pricing at seattlesutton.com.

Warm Water Therapy Pool

The Illinois Valley YMCA Warm Water Therapy Pool has Warm Water Jets, Underwater Exercise Equipment, Safety Rails, and Easy Access in and out of the pool.

Our therapy is open
Monday-Friday
7-9A, 11:00A-1P, 4:30-7P (6P on Friday)

Saturday
10:00A-12:00P

Illinois Valley Y Wellness Center has outstanding health and fitness facilities and equipment.

  • Complete Life Fitness and Hammer Strength Exercise Circuits
  • New Lifecycles, Treadmills, and Cross Trainers
  • Over 150 different cardio and strength machines
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Separate and complete Free Weight room
  • Flat Screen Entertainment on Cardio Machines
  • 9 Personal Trainers
  • 12 Group Fitness Instructors

SPORTS & RECREATION

Adult Team Sports

**Due to Covid-19, we aren’t offering a Men’s Basketball league at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

This is a 5-on-5 full court competitive basketball league. Depending on number of teams signed up and levels of play, teams will be grouped into an A and B league. For more information call Mike Wallaert at 815.223.7904 Ext. 013

Age: 18 and older

Fee: $250/Team and $20/Non-Member

*All Fees and Rosters must be received by the third game*

Adult Sports

**Noon Basketball has resumed! – Must wear a mask!

The main gym is reserved for adults, full court basketball on specific days and times.

Age: 18 and older

Day & Time:
Monday-Friday: 11A-2P
Tuesday-Thursday: 4P-6P

Pickleball is a fun game that is played in the back gym of the YMCA; the net height is 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Call the Front Desk at 815.223.7904 to reserve your court today!

Location: Pickleball Participants meet at Washington Park, Peru 

Day: Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings from 9-11A.

Age: 13 and older
Fee: Free to all members

The YMCA offers free racquetball as part of your YMCA membership. It’s a great cardiovascular exercise! Reservations can be made up to 3 days in advance by calling the YMCA at 223-7904.

Day: Daily

Time: 5A – 9P

What is Wallyball? Wallyball is an off-the-wall volleyball game played on a racquetball court. Wallyball plays like, feels like, and basically is volleyball with the added dimension of being able to play the ball “off the wall.” In order to play, simply reserve either of the racquetball courts and checkout the wallyball equipment at the YMCA service counter. A brief description of the game and a set of generals rules are available. It’s great for 3 on 3 or 4 on 4!

Day: Daily

Time: 5A – 9P

Recreation

Welcome to the YMCA Walking Club

The time is now and the place is here! Looking for a new daily challenge or hobby? Have you recently decided it’s time to start incorporating more cardiovascular exercise into your current program? Do you know all the health benefits that walking can do for your body?

Join the Illinois Valley Y Walking Club today and receive free prizes and health benefits all year long for no extra charge!

For a great web site on walking facts, pedometers and 10,000 steps go to: America On the Move

Call the YMCA at 223-7904 with specific questions, or you can email us at csmith.ivymca@gmail.com

GROUP INTERESTS

Spiritual Development

Bible Study at the Illinois Valley YMCA

Day: Thursday

Time: 10A – 12P

Bible Study meets in the Conference Room

Life-long Learning

62 or older? Come join our Senior Group!

In addition to our Y’s exercise programs, special events, etc, the Y offers our senior members an opportunity for socializing and meeting new people by attending our senior group events. Don’t miss out on our Bingo and lunch as well as our other events such as crafts, writing classes, presentations, potlucks, games, movies, etc. Senior events are free for our Y and Silver Sneakers members. There is a fee for non-members to attend.

Calendars for Senior Group events are available monthly at the courtesy counter.

Fees:
YMCA members – FREE
Non-YMCA members – the rate will vary according to activity.

FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY​

VOLUNTEERISM & GIVING

Opportunities to Volunteer

You can help make a difference in your community. For more information about volunteering, call 815-223-7904.

Opportunities to Give

The Y for a Better Us

Help the Y Create Endless Opportunity for Our CommunityWhen you give a gift, you are helping to open doors for those less fortunate so that, regardless of income, everyone has the opportunity to be a part of the Y programs, classes and activities.

We count on the generosity of our members and community to help people of all ages and from all walks of life be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.

Our Goal: $150,000

As the leading non-profit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact here at home.

DONATE TODAY

Support the Y and Strengthen Our Community

  • Make a meaningful, enduring impact right in your community – 100% of your donation stays at the Illinois Valley YMCA or the Mendota YMCA.
  • Help a child gain self confidence and make new friends in summer day camp.
    Give youth the opportunity to learn teamwork, sportsmanship and good character through Y sports teams.
  • Help a person living with cancer take control of their health through 5 free personal training sessions at the YMCA, a program for cancer patients.
  • Support a senior in their pursuit of healthy living and social engagement.
  • Help provide before and after school care for children.
  • Help provide pre-school enrichment.

Change a Life, Give Today.
DONATE HERE

For Youth Development

“I cannot thank the Illinois Valley Y enough. My wife was having a rough patch with her health, which required a great deal of my attention. We applied for a scholarship to defray some of our monthly expenses. The Y was a great outlet for my children to come and relieve energy in the gyms, but also be a positive environment. We are able to participate in many activities, such as camps, sports programs, swim lessons and, the most fun of all, the Family Nights. The Y’s scholarship program helped us at our most desperate time.”

For Healthy Living

Every year, hundreds of Y volunteers help friends and neighbors in their community. From coaches to campaigners, every volunteer is making a difference.

“After falling and breaking my hip, I applied for a scholarship at the Y. Therapy was through, but I knew there was a long road ahead of me. Having a membership helped me continue my exercises I learned in therapy, but also enjoyed the warm water therapy pool. Being a Mendota resident, I was thrilled to utilize both facilities.”

For Social Responsibility

“Being a single mom with tween aged children is hard. They always asked to go to the Y with their friends, so I decided to apply for a scholarship to help with membership and program costs. Since joining, we have enjoyed many advantages of being Y members. We are now a healthier family since I can come workout and the kids can participate in the basketball or volleyball programs, swimming on the weekends, Family Nights, and the Parents Night Out program.”

SERVICES

Room Rentals

Rooms at the YMCA are available Monday through Sunday when they are not being used for classes or other activities. To rent a room for parties, meetings and special occasions, pick up an application and fee schedule at the YMCA. The application must be submitted to the YMCA at least two weeks prior to the rental date.

Call the YMCA at 815-223-7904 for details.

Lock-ins

The YMCA is available to rent for overnight events for schools, church groups, Boy/Girl Scouts and more!

Lock-ins can include:

  • Swim time for 2 hours
  • Gym and other areas of the YMCA for the entire night
  • Pizza

Rental fee for Lock-ins is $500. This includes swim time and use of other areas of the YMCA. Food is an additional charge.

All groups are requested to provide chaperones for these events.

To rent the YMCA for Lock-ins, pick up an application at the YMCA.

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA at least two weeks prior to the rental date.

Call Chris Weittenhiller at at 815-223-7904 ext. 015 for complete details.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION​

The Illinois Valley youth gym is open during all operation hours of the YMCA. The gym is open for basketball or volleyball, and is equipped with 3 volleyball courts and 6 basketball backboards. At times the gym may be scheduled with youth activities in non-primetime hours.

  1. Payment of class fee is required at time of registration in order to secure your enrollment.
  2. Certain programs have a separate registration form.
  3. Refunds/Credit Vouchers

 

Definitions:

Refund

The YMCA will send a check for the amount owed to the member/participant. Processing a refund may take up to two weeks.

Credit Vouchers

The YMCA will electronically deposit the credit amount into the member/participant’s YMCA account (not a bank account). It can be redeemed toward any program, product or service the Illinois Valley YMCA offers.

The YMCA reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or combine classes that do not have sufficient enrollment. In the event of a canceled class due to lack of enrollment, a full refund or credit will be issued.

A pro-rated refund will only be given if participation ceases due to medical reasons. A note from the doctor will enable one to receive a refund.

There are no credits given for individual classes missed.

No refunds/credits are given on individual classes cancelled due to weather.

Some programs require a deposit/registration fee that is non-refundable. Participant cancellation in these programs will result in loss of the deposit.

The YMCA will not make up or refund any programs (i.e. swim lessons, aerobic classes, camps, etc.) that fall on a holiday.

For school age care, preschool, and/or camp payments, No refund or vouchers will be given. Example: If you pay for a week of camp/school age care and there is a day missed due to illness, vacation, etc. No refunds/vouchers will be issued for days missed unless there is a medical excuse with a note from your medical provider.

Program Cancellations
In the event of insufficient enrollment, the YMCA may need to cancel a class. If this occurs, we will contact you and issue a full refund.

Child Abuse Prevention Committee

Last fall, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) launched enhanced Child Abuse Prevention tools and resources to strengthen support for YMCAs to galvanize the culture, practices and behavior needed to prevent child sexual abuse. We are working together with Praesidium to assess their existing policies and practices, enhance them where possible and develop a plan to sustain a culture of abuse prevention.

For further information contact the Praesidium Guardian, head of our Child Abuse Prevention Committee, Casey Loving.