Benefits of Having a Family Membership at the Y

Published: 08/04/2023 - 8:00 AM

Finding a gym or child care center that accommodates your entire family can be difficult. As a result, you may end up with various memberships at different establishments to meet everyone's needs. If you're ready to simplify your memberships and find a place the whole family can enjoy, consider a family membership through the Greater Philadelphia YMCA. We have classes, programs, activities, and amenities for people of all ages and interests. Learn more about Greater Philadelphia YMCA memberships and how they can benefit your family below.

What Are YMCA Family Memberships?

A family membership includes YMCA access for two adults plus their children under the age of 25. A membership gives each member full access to the entire facility, including the pool, fitness center, child care center, and more. Additionally, with a YMCA membership, you gain the same full access to other YMCA branches nationwide. So, whether you're traveling or have a few YMCAs close by, you enjoy the same perks at these participating branches that you do at your home YMCA.

Benefits of YMCA Family Memberships

Benefits of YMCA Family Memberships

When you receive a YMCA membership in the Greater Philadelphia Area, you're not just getting any other gym or community center membership. Family memberships give Y members the following unique benefits:

  • Ability to add numerous children to an account: At no additional cost, account holders can add several children to their membership. This means larger families can enjoy all the programs and amenities the YMCA has to offer at the same cost as other smaller families. 
  • Priority family member registration: With a YMCA family membership, you have special access to register for programs before anyone else, thanks to our priority registration for family plan members.
  • No contracts or annual fees: Unlike other memberships, with a YMCA membership, you're always in control. We'll never lock you into a contract or require you to pay for a year-long membership upfront. You're also free to cancel at any time. 
  • Child care while working out: While you enjoy a workout, your kids will be in safe hands in our KidZone, where they can enjoy various activities, outdoor time, games, crafts, and more. Workout child care is capped at two hours per day, but other child care options are available such as early learning care and before- and after-school enrichment programs.

Programs and Amenities Included in a YMCA Family Membership

Regardless of age or interests, there's something for everyone at the Y. Whether you're looking for group classes to get involved in, community activities or access to gym equipment, we've got you covered. Check out some of our great amenities and programs our members have access to below. However, keep in mind that each branch's offerings may vary slightly, so check our website or call ahead before visiting a new facility. 

World-Class Swimming Facilities

From family fun to a powerful workout, having access to a pool is a great perk for our YMCA members. Enjoy recreational swimming for fun with the whole family, or swim a few laps for a low-impact but rewarding exercise. 

We also offer swimming lessons at a variety of skill levels. Our trained and certified instructors will give your little ones the skills and confidence they need to gain independence in the pool. Swimming lessons are offered in both private and group settings. However you choose to use the YMCA pool, we're sure you'll love our world-class facilities. 

Unique Fitness Opportunities 

At the Greater Philadelphia YMCA branches, we value health and well-being above all else. That's why we offer a variety of fitness opportunities so you can find the right program for you. Some of our fitness opportunities include:

  • Private training: Enjoy personalized attention with a certified personal coach who can help you reach your individual fitness goals. 
  • Group exercise classes: Make your workouts fun by joining one of our group fitness classes. With a membership, you'll receive unlimited access to our classes so you can try them all. 
  • Gym access: Of course, your YMCA membership will give you unlimited access to our gym so you can work out how you want when you want.
  • Virtual workouts: Enjoy free, unlimited access to our collection of virtual live or on-demand workouts so you can stay active even when you can't make it to the facility.
  • Les Mills™: Yes, even the world-class Les Mills™ workout classes are included in your YMCA membership. 
  • Fitness consultations: If you're not sure where to start on your fitness journey, utilize our fitness consultations to create a fitness plan unique to you and your goals. 
  • Nutrition Counseling: Working out is not the only aspect of fitness. Our relationship with the registered dietitians at Wellness Coaches can help guide you to healthy living in all aspects of your life.

Youth Programs

Through our various youth programs, we help our local youth build confidence, challenge themselves and learn a variety of important life skills. With a YMCA family membership, kids are able to join a variety of programs to explore their interests and find new hobbies. Just a few of our youth program offerings include:

  • Sports programs
  • Dance classes
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts
  • Art, Scienc, and Music classes

Special needs programs are also available to ensure every member of our YMCA can enjoy our fun programs and amenities in a way that is accessible, nurturing and safe for their unique needs and ability level. 

Additionally, we have several teen leadership programs available aimed at providing teens with the support they need as they continue to grow. From college and career readiness to civic engagement, our YMCA community will help nurture child development from youth to young adulthood.

Community Programs

At the Greater Philadelphia Area YMCA, we take pride in making positive impacts in the community. That's why we offer several community programs, such as the following:

  • Livestrong at the Y
  • YMCA Women's Opportunity Center
  • YMCA and Workready program
  • Soccer for Success®
  • Safe Places to Play

Learn more about our various community programs and how you can get involved. The YMCA is so much more than a gym — we work to help those in our community in all areas of their lives. 

Join the Greater Philadelphia Area YMCA Today

Join the Greater Philadelphia Area YMCA Today

Are you ready to enjoy all of the benefits a YMCA membership has to offer? Signing up is easy! Use our website to select your plan and your preferred YMCA location. From there, you can request a facility tour or purchase a membership directly on the site. Sign up today to get you and your family connected to a healthier lifestyle. We look forward to welcoming you to our YMCA community soon.