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YMCA Saddletowne Preschool Open House


Stop by the Saddletowne Preschool Room over the Spring break and meet our friendly teaching team.  Bring your preschooler and get crafty with art, or run, throw, catch and jump in our multipurpose room.

Whether your child is already registered, or you are looking for the right class for your little learner, we look forward to seeing you!


Monday March 28th: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Thursday March 31st: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Friday April 1st: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Family Wellness Day at the Saddletowne YMCA

Visit the Saddletowne YMCA Saturday, December 19th from 1:00-4:00 PM for our Community Wellness Day.  There will be games, activities and more throughout the afternoon, and access is FREE for everyone.

Click here for a full list of activities, and don’t forget to bring your bathing suit!

Eau Claire Family Night

family-revised_94700359Eau Claire is hosting a grade 6 family night! Join us on Thursday March 12th from 6:00-8:00 PM! This is a great opportunity for you try something new and to find out what Eau Claire has to offer your children everyday! Family members of all ages are welcome to attend!

We will be offering a variety of activities for you and your family to try free of charge. We will have paper copies of the schedule (below) posted within the branch on the day of our Family Night. 

Time Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
6:00-6:30 Hapkido – Gymnasium Gaga Ball – RB/HB Court Y Skip – Squash Court



Family Yoga – Yoga Studio


Cooking Class (First come
first serve. max. 10) –
Multi Purpose Room


Art Activity – Lobby




Pop-up Youth Café  – Studio West


Drop-in Floor Hockey – Gymnasium

 None Planned



Pop-up Youth Café – Studio West


Drop-in Floor Hockey – Gymnasium

None Planned

Click here for a printable version of the night’s schedule!

All are welcome to attend – activity options will be adapted to suit a variety of ages and experience levels.

Please note that there is no need to register for this opportunity as it will be running on a drop-in basis.

For any further questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact Sarah Thornton, Youth Coordinator at 403-781-1685 or via e-mail at sarah.thornton@calgary.ymca.ca


Exciting New Programs at Eau Claire

Exciting New Programs at Eau Claire!


Are you looking for exciting new ways to get your child involved at the Y? We have so many options to choose from. Check out some of our new opportunities!



Cookie Monsters | Mon 2:00-3:00pm | Jan 8-March 24 | M $121 | NM $143 | Code: 101888

Let your children express themselves through food preparation and selection, nutrition and cooking. They will learn, create and explore using quick, easy recipes. The best part is they get to eat what they make!  Child must be toilet trained to attend this class.


family yoga_22007539Parent & Tot Yoga | Thurs 9:30-10:15am | Jan 15-March 19 | M $85 | NM $127 | Code: 101891

family yoga_22007539Discover with your toddler the joys of yoga through dance, play and stories. Introducing from an early age the ideas of breath and relaxation, this class will interwove these concepts through different journeys.





Culinary Kids | Wed 6:00-7:00pm | Jan 14-Feb 18| M $72 | NM $90 | Code: 101889

Allow your child the opportunity to explore the art of cooking! They will learn to create their own nutritious snacks and meals using quick, easy recipes. The best part is they get to eat what they make! We will cover basic kitchen and appliance safety, knife skills, measuring, mixing and adapting recipes to different ingredients.


Art in the City | Thurs 5:30-6:30pm | Jan 8-March 19 | M $110 | NM $154 | Code: 101937drawingboy_104716181

Are you looking for a creative way to spend your time? Are you interested in expressing yourself through art? Our youth arts and crafts programs provide you with opportunities to explore and discover your inner artist. We will use many different media and supplies to give opportunities to experience something new!

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

Preschool Graduations, Spring Term just around the corner!

The Saddletowne Preschool department is proud to celebrate another round graduates! Our Winter Term is coming to an end, with songs, games, and smiles. We are very proud of all of our students and all that they have accomplished. We have a strong focus on early literacy and playing to learn; and our students strongly embody these elements.

Our Spring Term will begin on March 31st. If you would like to register your child in a fun, and engaging class: please contact our Member Services Desk for descriptions, times and costs, or contact Preschool Director, Shay O’Brien at 403-537-2712

Some exciting classes:

Cookie Monsters: Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 pm

Let your preschooler learn the basics of baking and cooking in a fun, age-appropriate, and messy class!

Imagination Station: Saturdays from 11:00 -12:00 pm

Allow your child to explore their imagination through art, games, and songs! An hour of wonderful play with fantastic instructors; you could hit the gym while your child enjoys Imagination Station



LINC Students Eager to Volunteer

Our students learn more than English language skills in their LINC classes at the YMCA. LINC instructors help create a sense of belonging for their students by encouraging them to be an active part of building their new community.  With their classes, LINC students participate in many volunteer opportunities throughout the city; recently classes have sorted clothing at the Mustard Seed, cooked lunch at the Salvation Army, and worked together to gather food and clothing donations for various organizations.

Volunteering is a great way for newcomers to build job skills and engage in positively developing their new communities. LINC students are keen to volunteer on their own after the positive experiences they have volunteering with their classes. Many are especially eager to become YMCA volunteers; we have North and South LINC students volunteering in many areas at both Saddletowne and Shawnessy YMCA.

Preschool seems to be the most popular volunteer choice for LINC students at Saddletowne! There are currently 3 LINC students volunteering regularly at the Saddletowne Preschool: Musarrat, Jahan, and Shahana.  They are enjoying connecting with other YMCA staff, volunteers, and members through their work with the preschool. It’s great to see so many smiling, familiar faces giving their time and building relationships in a different area of the YMCA.

Way to go, LINC! You have really shown what it means to Belong, Grow, Thrive and Lead!

PReSchool’s Spin for Strong Kids Team!

Hi Everyone!

The Saddletowne Preschool Department put in a team for our Spin for Strong Kids Fundraiser on March 3, 2014. Our team was made up of instructors, directors, community members, and volunteers; if there was one word to describe our team it would have to be amazing!

We are sending out a sincere THANK YOU! to all our sponsors; especially the Karbani family, the Persaud family, the Elliot family, the Khamba family, and Sam Haneef (our youngest and best team member)!

The Saddletowne YMCA is truly a community; one that is made up of dedicated and kind members – it was a privilege to be able to participate in this event and spin along side people of such high caliber.

In total, the Preschool department alone raised $140.00!

Here is a great photo of some of our Preschool students cheering on our first group of spinning ladies!




A Big Thank You to the Christensen Family from the Saddletowne YMCA Preschool Department

The majority of our programs run by dedicated volunteers! We would not be able to deliver such quality programming without their help. We also are fortunate to have many wonderful and generous families in our community who think of us often! We would like to send out a big thank you to the Christensen family for their donation of some new cool gym equipment!

We're having 'a ball' with this new equipment!

Thank you to Kristi and her wonderful family for their donation to our Preschool gym: Thanks Kristi, Riley, Kyla, and Richard! We love seeing your smiling faces in our Branch!