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Learn, play, and connect!

YMCA Child & Family Development programs offer safe places where kids and families can exercise, play and socialize together. Whether you want to take up an activity with your child or encourage them to try something new, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

You can also share parenting resources and exchange ideas with other families in a friendly environment that’s open to everyone. Why not bring your loved ones to the Y and make some new connections today? Your living room just got a lot bigger.

YMCA Purposeful Play Preschool 3-5yrs

The YMCA’s Purposeful Play Preschool is a 10-month kindergarten readiness program that encourages children to develop their creativity, imagination and social skills. While attending Purposeful Play two or three times per week your child will have countless adventures and opportunities to learn and grow. Exciting playscapes offer activities based on your child’s interests. Creative...

YMCA Purposeful Play Preschool 4-5yrs

The YMCA’s Purposeful Play Preschool is a 10-month kindergarten readiness program that encourages children to develop their creativity, imagination and social skills. While attending Purposeful Play two or three times per week your child will have countless adventures and opportunities to learn and grow. Exciting playscapes offer activities based on your child’s interests. Creative...

Positive Discipline

During eight weekly sessions, this course provides a foundation for parents. It is a set of principles that can be applied in a wide range of situations, not just those that occur during challenging times. Positive Discipline is about long-term solutions that help to develop your child’s self-discipline and will teach courtesy, non-violence, empathy, self-respect, human rights and respect...

Arts and Crafts

Encourage your little budding artists’ creativity through theme-based classes that include painting, drawing, cutting and pasting. During the session, classes may also include stories and songs. Each class will have a different theme.

Creative Arts (6-7yrs)

Get creative! This program includes workshops in everything from visual arts, dramatic arts, music, film and photography.

Creative Arts (8-9yrs)

Get creative! This program includes workshops in everything from visual arts, dramatic arts, music, film and photography.

Family Play – Parented

A drop in play group program for parents, infants and pre-school aged children. Activities include a coloring, crafts, parachute games, bouncy castle, dress up, obstacle courses and an imagination station with toys, books, puzzles, and more! Coffee, juice and light snacks provided!

Fort McMurray Chess Club

Contact Jina Burns, President, Fort McMurray Chess Club for details and schedules. 780-790-1008 or fmchessclub@hotmail.com.

Gym and Crafts

Develop your toddler’s sense of adventure as he or she experiments with gym equipment and discovers an artistic side with crafts. Gym activities will focus on balance, spatial awareness, movement, and safety skills. Participants will explore painting, drawing, cutting, and gluing during the craft component.

Jr. Nature Agents

Do you love the outdoors? Our goal is to provide every child with the opportunity to experience adventure in an outdoor setting. Exploration of nature increases children’s creativity and imagination, while developing an appreciation for the world around them. Participants will do scavenger hunts, play games, create crafts, make friends, and have fun!

Parachute Games - Parented

Join us in the studio for a selection of fun and exciting parachute games. Each week will feature some new games, as well as some regular crowd favorites.

Positively Scientific

Find out how things work, make a mess or just learn something new. We’ll explore biology, chemistry and physics in a child-friendly manner. Let us help your child become a budding Einstein.

Preschool Gym (0-6)

Develop your toddler’s sense of adventure as her or she experiments with gym equipment and discovers an artistic side with crafts. Gym activities will focus on balance, spatial awareness, movement, and safety skills. Participants will explore painting, drawing, cutting and gluing during the craft component.

Science Explorers

Children are invited to explore the wonders of science through our Science Explorers program. Each class will feature hands-on activities and experiments designed to stimulate the natural curiosity of the child.

Silly Science

Silly Science is geared for active and curious preschoolers. If your child has a passion for exploring and experimenting, they’ll have an outstanding time exploring the silly side of science. Learn about slimy creatures, oozing fluids, and other disgusting stuff. Come prepared to explore and get dirty.

Song and Dance - Parented

Encourage your child’s exploration of music through lively songs, rhythm and sounds. Your toddler’s experience will be further enhanced by dance, movement, and fun games to develop body and spatial awareness.

Sports and Games

Is your child crazy about sports? Let him or her try fun new games and sports that help improve movement and skill development. All sports will be adapted to meet your child’s needs and abilities. Each class will feature a different sports theme such as basketball, soccer, badminton, volleyball, golf and floor hockey. Appropriate indoor shoes are required.

Story Time - Parented

Develop your child’s love of stories through our interactive story telling program. Participants will enjoy stories, finger plays, puppets and nursery rhymes.

Storytelling (3-5yrs)

Children will explore the art of storytelling through writing, drawing, sculpting, moving, singing and playing. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination while exploring the magic of storytelling from concept to completion. Children will learn public speaking, leadership and teamwork skills while having fun in this facilitator lead group environment.

Storytelling (6-9yrs)

Children will explore the art of storytelling through writing, drawing, sculpting, moving, singing and playing. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination while exploring the magic of storytelling from concept to completion. Children will learn public speaking, leadership and teamwork skills while having fun in this facilitator lead group environment.

Support 4 Kids Playgroup – Parented

A playgroup specifically designed for parents and children with special needs and exceptionalities. Coffee, juice and light snacks provided.

The Hub Family Support Program – Parented

The YMCA and The HUB Family Resource Centre are working together to expand programming for families and children in the Thickwood area by offering this program. This programprovides a safe environment for caregivers to come and participate in programming with their children, while learning, developing, and growing different fine motor skills.

Toddler Time – Parented

The YMCA is proud to provide a positive and fun environment where children can play and parents can socialize together.

Y Chefs - Youth

Y Chefs (Youth) is designed to help teach healthy eating habits and provide high levels of nutrition following Canada's Food Guide. Youth will cook the food on site as their 'after school' snack.

Y Preschool (3-5yrs)

A great YMCA Play to Learn playschool program that encourages children to develop their creativity, imagination, social skills and movement through a variety of activities.

Science Explorers (6-7yrs)

Children are invited to explore the wonders of science through our Science Explorers program. Each class will feature hands-on activities and experiments designed to stimulate the natural curiosity of the child.

Science Explorers (8-9yrs)

Children are invited to explore the wonders of science through our Science Explorers program. Each class will feature hands-on activities and experiments designed to stimulate the natural curiosity of the child.

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    Parented Programs

    Get fit, learn and play all while enjoying some quality time together! Our parented programs are fun for you AND your kids!

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    Since 1907

    The YMCA of Northern Alberta has enjoyed serving the community as an independent registered charity since 1907!  We've certainly grown, with 1600+ employees, 600+ volunteers, 20+ community program locations, 3 housing services sites, 70+ child care programs, and 9 service and program centres.

    We can't wait for another 100+ years of seeing the potential in everyone!