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Has anyone tried joining the YMCA? - Updated

Posted by on Dec. 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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I'm thinking about joining the YMCA to help with my sanity. We took a tour of the facility this afternoon. The tour guide told me that they have an inclusion specialist that works in the childcare rooms and that they have another non-verbal toddler that attends. They said that we can have up to 2 hours per day of childcare with our membership and that for an extra fee ($15) we're allowed to leave the building for 3 hours. They also have "date night" once per month. 

I'm not really a "fitness" type of person, but I might be willing to work out if it means I get a break from my son. I love him to death, but I really really need some "me" time. They have a hot tub and a pool, and I guess I could take an art class or something if I wanted to. I think that my son would enjoy going in the pool. He's a year and a half, by the way. 

I was also thinking that my husband and I could try to find something to do together at the facility during the week, like *attempt* to play basketball or something. Agan, we're not really the athletic type, but we're getting a little desperate here. 

Has anyone joined the YMCA (or anything like it)? What was your experience like? 

Thanks! 


by on Dec. 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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Krystal.Ingalls
by Member on Dec. 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM
I have. Ours doesn't sound as nice as yours though. There's a basketball court and the workout area. There's also a soccer field. The childcare room is great. I really wish we had a pool though. That would be awesome. :) My autistic son is 5 and in school now, but my 2 year old still goes with me. She loves playing with her friends and I love having a little time to myself.
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VioletsMomTown
by Robyn on Dec. 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

My mom used to take my daughter to the childcare room to play, its free if you're there with them. I haven't tried just leaving her as I went to use the facilities. I have thought about it though. I admit, I went one time by myself on a stressful day and payed the one time visit fee, just to use the whirlpool and sauna. It was worth every penny.

MistyMoo
by Bronze Member on Dec. 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM
I want to join! But I'd have to apply for the subsidy. I can't afford a family Membership. I'm also leery about leaving my son with people who don't know him that well...
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Ajisai43
by Bronze Member on Dec. 30, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I haven't joined the Y before but your sounds like a little slice of heaven! If it isn't going to strain your budget I would give it a try.  Or ask if you can join for a month on a trial basis.  Even if you aren't into exercising the hot tub and pool could do wonders for relaxation and lowering your stress levels.  And a date night? How cool is that?!

When you son was younger (he is eight now) I joined a gym and it was a life saver.  The first time I did an aerobics class, a 45 minute one, I realized that was the first 45 minutes in years that I hadn't spent worrying or thinking about my son! It was a really strange feeling and I almost felt guilty.  But I quickly lost the guilt feelings and relished those 45 minutes of sweating and getting lost in the routine.

So I say to go for it! It sounds really nice and a chance for you to distress and maybe even for you and hubby to get some alone time.  :)

lady_katie
by Silver Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Thanks for the responses! I think I'm going to give it a try. I'll let you all know how it goes!

jyofray
by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:44 AM
The Y here wouldnt take my son with out an aid which we dont have yet. And they kept ripping us off through the child care of my younger child. Never will deal with the Y again
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lady_katie
by Silver Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Wow! That's so sad. The tour guide at this one kept insisting that his special need's wouldn't be a problem. Gosh I hope that she was being sincere, because my hopes are definitely up. 

Quoting jyofray:

The Y here wouldnt take my son with out an aid which we dont have yet. And they kept ripping us off through the child care of my younger child. Never will deal with the Y again


jyofray
by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I'm sure your experience will be different from the horror we dealt with. Good Luck :)
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saltycoqui
by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM
A few yeas ago I tried to get info from them , via phone, about if the place would be suitable for my kids and me. Left messages two , maybe three times. Nobody ever got back to me. I felt unwanted. It's pretty far so that's why I didn't go in person.
Good luck n happy new year.
lady_katie
by Silver Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

So, we joined a few weeks ago and it's going pretty well so far. 

I'm *trying* to get into exercising, but I keep gravitating to the whirlpool and sauna lol. We signed our son up for the swimming lessons that are included in the membership for him, and he likes it well enough. We've been taking advantage of the "family fun night" and "sensory play" that they have on weekends. 

The childcare has been working out fine so far. The only problem is that they can't seem to clean his diaper area very well after a poopy. I understand that this is not an easy task with my son, but I'm going to have to talk to them about it. Other than that, he seems fine in there. I've been spying on him through the window and he's usually just playing (by himself) contently. There's always a ton of childcare workers in there, so I know he's definetly being watched. Several of them have asked questions about his special needs and what they should and shouldn't do in various scenarios, which made me feel like they care, and the director keeps reminding me that the inclusion specialist is there for him. 

I'm still hoping that it's not too good to be true though heh. 

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