The Northside YMCA Community Centre is opening the doors wide, and filling the calendar with social activities for Red Deer residents of all ages. Summer starts at the Y!
Registered day camps
Open to children aged six to nine and ages nine to 12. Register for a week or register for the whole summer! Themes vary every week, including sports, arts and adventures. A typical camp day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with pre- and post-care available, and the YMCA of Northern Alberta is committed to meeting or exceeding health guidelines to ensure children and staff are safe.
“At the YMCA no one is turned away because of an inability to pay. The Opportunity Fund offers financial assistance to ensure everyone can participate,” says Amy Komarniski, General Manager of the Northside Community Centre.
The first camp starts July 5! Register now at northernalberta.ymca.ca/campsandclubs.
Adult group fitness
After a year of remote fitness classes, connecting through a screen and sweating in your living room, group fitness classes are back! In person! Register through the portal at northernalberta.ymca.ca/online or call the Northside YMCA Community Centre at 403-967-9622 to take part in cardio and strength classes, yoga and more! Evening and daytime classes are available — come learn from expert coaches and enjoy the energy and companionship of other active adults exercising together.
Free drop-in community activities
We’ve survived more than a year of isolation, and rebuilding community will take time. Some Albertans are eager to fill their calendars with registered events, but the Northside YMCA Community Centre also has drop-in activities for people who want to ease back into socialization more slowly.
- Youth drop-in, outdoor: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Monday to Friday in the green space outside. No registration required. Come connect and enjoy some of the Y’s equipment and activities with other people your age.
- Youth drop-in, indoor: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday in the gymnasium, ages eight to 16. No registration required. Play recreational sports and games, and meet other youth in the community.
- Skate park mentorship: YMCA mentors are on site at the Glendale Skate Park from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. weekends to help build relationships, promote a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone at the park, and offer some help with skill development. “Those are great times for new users to drop in and meet new people, or relax with peers in a safe environment,” Komarniski says.
- Family Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays. Sign out a lawn game like beanbag toss, or a life-sized family game like Jenga, and play with other families in the Northside YMCA green space. “It’s a chance to rebuild that sense of community, safety and belonging.”