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Free Demo Class Week!

Come into the Crowfoot YMCA during the week of September 2-6 and try out one of the following registered programs for free!

Fitness Programs:
Dance Fitness
Metabolic Conditioning: Tuesday 6:00-7:00am
Olympic and Platform Lifting: Tuesday 7:15-8:15am
Baby & Me H2O: Tuesday 3:00-3:45pm
My First Bootcamp: Tuesday 5:15-6:15pm
Yoga Active: Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
Hard Core: Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm
Tabata: Wednesday 6:00-7:00am
Swimfit: Wednesday 9:30-10:30am
Active Older Adult: Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm
Fitness Kickboxing: Wednesday 5:30-6:15pm
Yoga Passive: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Zumba: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Yoga Passive: Saturday 8:00-9:00am

Youth Programs:
Indoor Soccer (6-7 years): Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm
Youth Yoga (6-13 years): Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-5:15pm
Floor Hockey (8-9 years): Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm
Backyard Games (2-3 years): Wednesday 10:30-11:15am
Homeschool Sports (6-8 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Homeschool Sports (9-11 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Preschool Sports (3-5 years): Wednesday 1:30-2:15pm
Volleyball (10-13 years): Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm
Badminton (10-13 years): Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm
Badminton (8-9 years): Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm
Y Skip (6-16 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Y’D World of Sports (6-9 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Floor Hockey (10-13 years): Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Thursday 6:00-7:00pm
Cookie Monsters (3-5 years): Friday 11:00-11:45am
Homeschool Sports (12-15 years): Friday 12:00-1:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (8-9 years): Friday 4:00-5:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (10-13 years): Friday 5:00-6:00pm
Floor Hockey (6-7 years): Saturday 10:30-11:30am
Indoor Soccer (8-9 years): Saturday 11:30-12:30pm

Healthy Kids Day

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Sunday, June 1 | 10am to 1pm | all YMCA locations

YMCA Calgary warmly invites you to join us for Healthy Kids Day. This FREE annual community event runs at all of our locations. YMCA staff and volunteers along with various community partners will host a variety of fun, engaging activities, games and information for children, youth and families to become healthier in spirit, mind and body.

At the YMCA we believe when children, youth and families build healthy habits into daily living, it contributes to a stronger community.

Watch for more information and scheduled activities to be displayed at locations.

Crowfoot YMCA schedule
Eau Claire YMCA schedule
Saddletowne YMCA schedule
Shawnessy YMCA schedule
South Health Campus YMCA schedule





Healthy Kids Day at the Eau Claire YMCA

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Join in all the fun planned for Healthy Kids Day on Sunday, June 1 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Eau Claire YMCA.

Take part in loads of fun activities and make sure to see all of the great choices at our family resource fair:

  • Day camps and Outdoor Day Camps at Riveredge information booth
  • Sugar Content Awareness table
  • Calgary Public Library
  • Passport Station (awarding prizes for full passports)
  • Healthy Snacks
  • And much more!




Healthy Kids Day

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a free annual community event hosted by YMCAs across Canada in June. An action-packed event for the entire family, YMCA Healthy Kids Day places special emphasis on how healthy living can be fun and providing families with simple tips and resources to live healthy every day.

The YMCA believes healthy kids are the foundation and future of healthy communities. That’s why we offer programming and advocate year round for the healthy growth of children and youth in spirit, mind and body.

Raising healthy children is a community effort, and the YMCA is your community partner in nurturing the potential of kids.

Join us from 10am to 1pm on Sunday, June 1 for an engaging day of fun and exciting activities for holistic health!


Physical Literacy and Youth

Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE) describes a physically literate child this way: “Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.”

Research has shown that being physically active later in life depends on an individual’s ability to feel confident in an activity setting. That confidence most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sport skills, or physical literacy, as a child. Physical literacy is an indispensible means for active participation in the societies and the development and maintenance of good health.


Physical literacy is an extremely important aspect in youth development because it provides the fundamental movement skills needed to enjoy the wide range of physical activities that are available to us. Basic motor skills are the building blocks for more specialized movement skills and patterns that an athlete will need to reach greater levels of achievement.


Recent studies show that youth who have high physical literacy levels have an increased confidence in their abilities, a greater likelihood of participating in sport, and have a higher tendency to remain active as they age.

Fundamental movement and sports skills – also called “physical literacy” – help a child learn to move with confidence and control. There are many benefits to learning movement skills. It enhances brain function in the early years. It improves motor skills, balance, strength, posture, coordination, and sleep patterns. It enhances confidence, social skills, and self esteem.

Think of how important learning the alphabet and phonics are to eventually reading novels. In the same way, developing fundamental movement skills helps children to be successful in sports later on.


Youth Badminton


In addition, the growing body of research from Canada and around the world shows that children who engage in regular physical activity have improved academic performance.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that children and youth accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per day. Yet research shows that only 9% of the boys and 4% of girls achieve that goal.

Benefits of Physical Literacy

  • Enhances academic performance. Basic classroom skills including arithmetic, readhing, memorization and categorization improve with sufficient physical activity.
  • Is beneficial psycologically, improving self estime regardless of the childs weight
  • Improves skeletal health, which in turn reduces their risk of developing osteoporosis in future. Daily weight bearing, of even brief duration during adolescence is critical for enhancing bone development that affects skeletal health throughout life.
  • Has a positive impact on behavior and healthy lifestyles. Among young people, high levels of fitness are associated with a decline in smoking and drinking behavior and healthyier eating habits.
  • Results in having less body fat.






Hot Fun in the Summer Time

by: Dalyce Eykelbosh, PFT, CPT, FNM

 As school lets out for another glorious Alberta summer, we at the YMCA know that we’re temporarily losing some of you to parenting over the two most beautiful months of the year.  Keeping fit and active in the summer time doesn’t have to be another chore on the to-do list; it can be fun and interactive for you and your kids!

Incorporating fitness into your daily routine at home can be a great way to reduce the inevitable “I’m bored” and “I have nothing-to-do’s” that will be headed your way all while keeping up your fitness routine, making September a little less painful for you when the kids go back to school.

Healthy Habits Start at Home

Begin the day with a healthy and balanced breakfast.  Involve the kids in the planning process and pack a healthy picnic lunch together, following the guidelines outlined in Canada’s Food Guide for Healthy Eating.  Recently revised, it now breaks down the serving sizes for different age groups and genders to ensure it’s easy to follow and understand.  Get the bikes, wagon, or stroller out, and head out to a community park or green area to enjoy your lunch and the sunshine.

 Make a Game of It

Pack a back-pack full of active activities, like a butterfly net, hopscotch chalk, Frisbee, kit, or a soccer ball.  Make up fun and silly rules like every time someone scores a goal, everyone else has to do jumping jacks, hop like a kangaroo, or do their best impression of a monkey climbing a tree. 


Heading to the pool? Hop in!  While you’re playing with the kids, work in some fun aqua-size moves.  Treading water instead of standing, push/pull movements with your arms and legs etc… will increase the intensity for yourself while the kids are playing.  If your children are older, or more experienced swimmers, try making up a game.  Keep a ball above water throwing it to one another, or catch and throw with the same arm while treading deeper water.  Throw rings to the bottom and have contests as to who can collect the most.

 Get Involved

Climb on the monkey bars, race them up that big hill, play tag with your kids instead of watching them or checking that smart-phone!  Kids don’t always do what they’re told, but they will emulate what they see.  You are the best example for ensuring that they keep active.

Summer is a great time to reconnect with your kids.  If you keep it fun and active, it’ll fly by in a flash.   Remember that September is only a few months away and keeping that fitness level current will make a big difference when getting back into your normal routine once the kids are back in school.  Don’t forget the sunscreen, and have fun out there!

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Are you looking for something fun to do with the whole family this upcoming Sunday?  Why not stop by your local community YMCA between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for our annual Healthy Kids Day.  There will be something for everyone!  For instance, at the Saddletowne YMCA there will be face-painting, carnival games, engaging parented activities for children of all ages, and a special performance by Rick the Music Man!  Don’t forget your bathing suit for our water safety demonstrations and the Big Splash competition in the pool!  Special prizes will be awarded to participants who visit each of our exciting activities and demonstrations! 

Non-members are cordially invited to attend for free.  We hope to see you Sunday!

Steve Elliot and Andrew Daw

YMCA Saddletowne