Main Post Gym: Mon–Fri 5:45am–10pm, Sat–Sun 7am–7pm; Letterman Pool: Mon–Fri 5:45am–9:30pm, Sat–Sun 7am–6:30pm
The Presidio Community YMCA is located in Presidio National Park. This "Y" is comprised of facilities surrounding the brand-new Letterman Digital Arts Complex. They have a main fitness center, a gym, and a pool.
Activities for families include:
- Family Nights: Families can join in the fun on Friday nights at the Letterman Gym multi-purpose room for the first hour and swim next door at Letterman Pool for the second hour. Pool activities are led by a facilitator.
- Halloween Carnival: They set up a moonbounce, a costume parade, a face-painting booth, and a raffle giveaway. The cost is $5 per person.
- Childwatch: Fun and safe child care is available while parents work out. The cost is $2.50 per half hour. Call (415) 447-9650 to reserve by phone.
- Parents Night Out: Kids ages 2 to 8 can be dropped off from 4:30pm–8:30pm on the third Friday of the month for games, sports, and arts and crafts. The cost is $25–$50 per child. Call (415) 447-9622 to register.
They offer basketball, tennis, and baseball leagues for school-aged children. They have pick-up basketball and tennis lessons for kids. See the Sports page on their website for a complete listing.
The aquatics program offers group and private swimming lessons for kids from 6 months to 14 years old. They also have a swim team for kids ages 7 to 18 years old. Extensive information on the Aquatics program is available on their website.
Kids can sign up to learn bicycle riding and maintenance skills through this Y's Bike Smart, Ride Safe! classes that are offered on some Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Classes for the younger set include Jungle Gym for kids ages 1 to 5 and Zumba Kids & Mommies for parents and their kids ages 6 months to 3 years. These classes are usually FREE for facility members and $5–$10 per class for program members.
This Y offers camps during winter, spring, and summer breaks.
During the summer, three types of summer camps are offered: Traditional Day Camp, Specialty Camp, and Sports Camp. Traditional Day Camps are for kids who want to participate in arts and crafts, games, field trips, and hiking outdoors in the Presidio National Park. They have a Counselor-in-Training Program (CIT) for kids entering grades 9–10.
Specialty Camps focus on a particular interest the first half of the day, while the rest of the day is spent doing fun activities in the Presidio National Park.
Sports Camps teach the fundamentals of each sport through fun games the first half of the day, while the rest of the day is spent doing fun activities in the park.
Register online or in person at the Main Post Gym, or call (415) 447-9692.
2013 Fall Holiday Camps:
Dates: October 14, November 11 and November 27
Ages: Preschoolers (must be 3 years old and potty trained), Grades K–8
Days/Times: Mondays, and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 9am–5pm
Cost: $55–$65 per session
Extended care: 8am–9am, 4pm–5:30pm
2013 Week-long Summer Sessions:
Dates: June 3–August 16
Ages: Grades K–8, 9–10 (Counselors-In-Training CIT)
Days/Times: Mondays to Fridays, 9am–4:30pm
Cost: $55–$425 per session
Extended care: 7:30am–9am, 4:30pm–6pm (no additional cost)
2013 Spring Camp Session:
Dates: March 25–March 29 and April 1–April 5
Ages: Grades K–8
Days/Times: Monday to Friday, 9am–4:30pm
Cost: $275 per week per facility member, $325 per week per program member; $55 per day per facility member, $65 per day per program member
Extended care: 8am–9am, 4:30pm–5:30pm (no additional cost)
2012–2013 Winter Camp Sessions:
Dates: December 26–29, January 2–4
Ages: Grades K–8 (preschoolers ages 4 to 5 invited to January camp)
Cost: $55 per day per facility member, $65 per day per program member
Afterschool programs are hosted by this Y at Claire Lilienthal Learning Academy (CLLA), Marina Middle School's Expanded Learning Program and Sutro Elementary School's ExCEL Afterschool Program. They also host Earth Service Corps clubs at Marina, Francisco, and Roosevelt Middle Schools. Students learn group building, leadership skills, and experience personal growth through outdoor adventure and service learning projects. The afterschool club runs a few times a week and includes monthly field trips.
The Waves for Change program provides free water safety lectures/workshops and swim lesson programming to at-risk or under served populations, specifically at Downtown High School.
The YBike Enrichment Program serves youth, schools, and communities-at-large throughout the city, mostly from low income families and children of color. This started as an afterschool program but is now part of some schools' PE curriculums. Kids learn how to fix flats, repair breaks, and navigate roads.
The Point of Inquiry (Fourth Grade Field Trip Program) takes fourth graders from all over the City into the Presidio to learn about history, nature, Leave No Trace Philosophy and more, while using the park as a classroom. The program is a partnership between the Presidio Y and The National Park Service. Youth decide what their questions are and find the answers to those questions by exploring the park.
You can have a Bike Ride-, Pool-, Tennis-, Sports- (includes bounce house), Zumba-, Dress Up- and Yoga & Art-themed party. Party packages include two hours in the party rooms and gym and a staff member to coordinate the games. Party packages are $450 for up to 15 participants and $550 for 16 to 30 participants (pool parties are $550). Call (415) 447-9674 to schedule your party.