The Stonestown YMCA serves the surrounding neighborhoods of the Sunset, west of Twin Peaks, Ocean-Merced-Ingleside Terraces, Merced Manor, Daly City, and Pacifica. Their friendly staff and well-organized and clean facilities make each visit a pleasant experience.
Fridays are fun at the Stonestown YMCA. Family Nights on Fridays from 6:30pm–8pm feature different activities such as theme nights (the first Friday), Kids Night Out (2nd Friday), Movie Night (3rd Friday), as well as other special events.
The Kids Night Out program is a big hit and is available to kids ages 3 to 11. Offered every second Friday of each month, this special event lets children have dinner, swim, do all kinds of activities, and watch a movie without their parents. Drop off is at 6pm and pickup is at 11pm. The fee is $30 per program member and $25 per facility member. There must be at least 12 kids signed up or the program is cancelled for that date.
The Stonestown Family YMCA offers ongoing programs for all age groups. Classes offered include: dance, golf, martial arts, and team sports like soccer, basketball, T-ball, and baseball. Swimming classes start at the parent-child level through teens. They offer individual lessons to kids 3 and above, private lessons, a youth swim team, lifeguarding, and snorkeling.
The Child Watch area for kids ages 12 weeks through 10 years has an infant/toddler nursery, toy kitchen play area, puzzles and games, and lots of crayons and coloring papers. Kids can be dropped off for $3 per half hour, per child. Monthly payment options are available.
The Y now offers a Model United Nations program for middle schoolers. Model United Nations is a simulation of the "real-life" United Nations Assembly. Participants will learn how to research, debate and establish policies, treaties, and resolutions, with a focus on international issues, including disputes between countries, peace-keeping responsibilities, and stabilizing financial markets. The program concludes with an Assembly involving youth from YMCAs all over California representing each nation recognized by the United Nations. Visit www.calymca.org/mun for more information or contact Theresa De Dios at (415) 242-7129.
The Y also offers two parent/child programs. The first is Adventure Guides, a national YMCA program designed to enhance the relationship with a parent and child through meaningful activities and fun trips! Adventure Guide pairs will explore the world, earn badges, and meet a lot of great people. The sign up fee is $90 for facility members and $110 for program members.
GymVentures is a unique program for newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents to engage in activities that develop the child’s motor skills, social skills and self-esteem. In the classes, which occur on the 4th Friday of every month, you and your child will have the opportunity to play in either a structured or unstructured environment, with all the age-appropriate toys and activities designed to nurture your child’s development. The cost is $10 per class for facility members and $15 per class for program members.
Summer, spring, winter and vacation day camps are a blast at the Stonestown YMCA. They also offer sports and specialty camps including sailing, cooking, horseback riding, magic, and more. They have Counselor-in-Training (CIT) and leadership camps for kids in grades 10 and 11. See their website for registration and program information.
2013 Week-long Y-Tykes, Traditional, Sports, and Specialty Summer Sessions:
Dates: June 3–August 16 (no camp on July 4)
Ages: entering grades K–5
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 7am–6pm
Cost: $180–$325 per session
Counselors-In-Training (CIT): grades 8–10; $60–$70 per session
2013 Week-long Extreme Teen Camp Sessions:
Dates: June 3–August 9 (no camp on July 4)
Ages: entering grades 6–9
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 7:30am–6:30pm
Cost: $218–$251 per session
2013 Week-long Spring Camp: March 25–March 29 and April 1–April 5
Ages: grades K–5
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 7:30am–6pm
Cost: $250 per session or $58 per day for program members, $222 per session or $50 per day for facility members
2012–2013 Winter Camp Sessions: December 24–December 28, December 31–January 4
(no camp Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)
Ages: grades K–5; 3 to 5 (Y-Tykes camp)
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 7:30am–6:30pm
Cost: $250 per session or $68 per day for program members, $222 per session or $60 per day for facility members
The Stonestown YMCA hosts licensed afterschool programs at Commodore Sloat (grades K–5), Jose Ortega Elementary (grades K–5), and Sunset Elementary (grades K–5) schools. They provide snacks and activities such as tutoring, arts and crafts, group games, values building, field trips, and community service projects. The ratio is one staff member per 12 kids. Kids can attend two, three, or five days per week. A once-a-year program membership fee of $50 is required. A two-week deposit is required at the time of enrollment. The deposit covers the last two weeks of the program. Afterschool monthly fees range from $230 for two days per week up to $428 for five days per week. There are also before-school programs at Commodore Sloat and Sunset Elementary from 7am–8:30am. Monthly fees range from $56 for two days per week up to $150 for five days per week
The Stonestown YMCA also hosts free (grant-funded) afterschool weekday enrichment programs serving 800+ youth annually at Lincoln High School, Hoover Middle School, Aptos Middle School, Lawton Alternative School, Commodore Sloat Elementary, Miraloma Elementary, Jose Ortega Elementary, and Sheridan Elementary. The three primary components of these programs are academic assistance, recreation, and enrichment.
Great party packages are available for kids 3 and up. Pick a theme or customize your own. Parties are supervised by Y staff, who will lead children in games and activities. All packages include decoration, one hour of a Y staff-led activity, set up, and clean up. Packages range from $200 to $360, depending on the number of children and the type of party. Available to Y members and non-members.