Free Programs


These free programs are open to everyone at no charge plus the YMCA has financial assistance so anyone can become a member of the Y or participate in Y programs.

Family Night (monthly)

An evening of free, fun family time every month on the third Friday from 6:00pm to 8pm. Activities include swimming, basketball and racquetball. Try rock climbing while staff belays you in our climbing gym or enjoy a swim in our large swimming pool with toys and a giant hot tub.

Potluck Lunch (monthly)

Come and enjoy a healthy lunch at the Y on the first Friday of each month from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. It is a simple way to meet new friends so bring yourself and a side dish, drink or desert to share.  Use the Y facility after lunch for free.

Nutrition Workshop (quarterly)

When you eat healthy food you feel better, look better, have more energy, think more clearly and enjoy life more!  Learn how to eat more healthful and make better food choices for yourself and your family.  Learn dates and times on the 2020 Nutrition Workshop flyer.

Train Your Brain (weekly)

Mind, body and spirit are foundational principles of the YMCA.  Empower your mind with this lively class focused on cognitive functioning!  We will exercise six aspects of brain health in every class with a variety of challenges.  Learn strategies to improve your memory, focus, processing speed, and more. 

YMCA Open House (April)

Held every year on the second Saturday in April on the same day as the Pear Blossom Festival in conjunction with the YMCA’s signature event, the Pear Blossom Run and Mayor’s Cup Fun Run.  Next one is April 11, 2020.  A free pancake feed is served after you explore the booths and games in the gym.

Water Safety Day (June)

Held every year on the first Saturday in June from 12 noon to 2 pm at the YMCA.  Next one is June 6, 2020.  Join us for a day of water safety, fun and education as professionals teach pool, lake, and river safety. Activities include swim lesson evaluations, life jacket fittings, safe boating practices, and water rescue demonstrations. Lots of booths like the Jackson County Sheriff, US Marines, US Army, Mercy Flights Explorers, and Coast Guard will be on site to talk to kids and families.  Free life jackets are given out to the first 100 youth.

Halloween at the Y aka Trunk-o-Treat (October)

Held every year on October 31 Halloween night from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Y parking lot. With over 30 decorated cars and 700 kids in costume, this event is a safe, fun, event for the whole family. There are three ways to join in: 1) Donate treats and prizes, 2) Decorate your car trunk like you would your front porch and pass out the treats, or 3) Bring your kids to trick-or-treat from car to car.

Jingle Bell Jog (December)

Held every year on the second or third Monday of December.  Next one is December 14, 2020.  We gather at 6:30 pm at the Pony Espresso in Jacksonville where one group runs about 3 miles and the other group walks about 1 mile, all enjoying a neighborhood decorated with Christmas lights.