Kids Play

On-site childcare for our youngest members!

Kids Play is complimentary, on-site childcare exclusively for YMCA members and their children. A haven for the youngest members of our community, Kids Play is where kids go for fun, education and care while you work out.

Here, kids benefit from a range of activities that promote learning and socialization, laying the groundwork for a strong foundation in their early years.

By providing on-site childcare, we create opportunities for parents to take a break, connect, and build lasting relationships. It’s our commitment to supporting families who are balancing responsibility and community engagement. We’re dedicated to providing more than just a gym.

As we continue to evolve as a community, our promise to uplifting and enhancing our members’ lives remains steadfast. Together, we’re building a stronger, more connected community that values the well-being of each of our members.

KIDS PLAY POLICIES & FAQ


WHAT AGES DOES KIDS PLAY SERVE?
We serve ages 8 weeks through 11 years old.

WHAT ARE THE KIDS PLAY HOURS?
Each Greater Austin YMCA center offers Kids Play:
· Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 4:00pm – 8:00pm
· Friday: 8:00am – 1:00pm
· Saturday: 8:00am – 1:00pm
· Sunday: Closed

Northwest Family YMCA also offers Co-Play hours where caregivers may utilize Explorer Point: Groves & Caves to play alongside your child (no drop-off childcare is offered during these hours)! It’s like YMCA members get their own children’s museum with their membership.

HOW LONG MAY MY CHILD VISIT KIDS PLAY?
Children aged 8 weeks through 11 years old may stay for a maximum of 2 hours per day.
Please note for children aged 8 weeks to 12 months, during peak times, YMCA staff may limit stays to a maximum of 1 hour per day.

DO WE HAVE TO BE MEMBERS TO USE KIDS PLAY?

Kids Play is only available as part of a One Adult Household or Two Adult Household membership. Parents and guardians of children on one of these memberships may leave their children in Kids Play for up to 2 hours per day.

DO WE HAVE TO STAY ON-SITE TO USE KIDS PLAY?
Yes, you must remain on property grounds to use Kids Play. Our property grounds are specific to each branch.
For members visiting our Townlake, Springs, and Hays Communities Centers, parents/guardians may use of the hiking and running trails adjacent to the Centers. A cell phone contact number is required.

CAN WE BRING SNACKS & DRINKS?
Yes, you may bring age-appropriate and nut-free snacks. Kids Play areas are peanut and tree-nut free and snacks may only be consumed in designated areas of Kids Play.
We ask that children only bring water or juice. Water bottles must be spill-proof, labeled with a child’s name, and we do not allow glass containers.

WHAT ARE YOUR DIAPERING AND TOILET TRAINING POLICIES?
YMCA staff do not change diapers or clothing. A staff member will locate the parent/guardian if a diaper or clothing needs to be changed.
If your child is in the process of toilet training, let us know so we can encourage them to use the restroom! We strongly recommend pull-ups.

HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO THE AMAZING EXPERIENCES IN KIDS PLAY?
The YMCA staff tirelessly works to create fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate experiences for the children in our care. As such, we frequently add materials to our Kids Play space. If you would like to help by donating educational materials to your local YMCA, please follow to wishlist link to your Center.

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Engaging Play

At Kids Play, your child will have fun playing with peers, exploring seasonal themes and engaging in self-directed learning.

Nurturing Staff

Kids Play staff provide your child with safe and watchful leadership. These caring, devoted professionals bring a passion for guiding youngsters to explore their interests.

The Power of Fun

Kids Play brings all the fun while you spend time at the Y. Enjoy some time just for yourself. We’ve got the kids covered, and they’re already busy having fun at Kids Play!

Explorer Point at Northwest Family YMCA: Kids Play & Co-Play!

At Northwest Family YMCA Kids Play and Co-Play hours are in Explorer Point: Groves and Caves! Inspired by the unique groves and caves of the Northwest Austin landscape, this nature-themed interactive space is filled with fun. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) exhibits invite your child to tinker and discover. A creative corner lets kids express the artist within. It’s a safe and engaging space for youngsters, ready and waiting for you to explore. Co-Play hours offer caregivers the opportunity to utilize the space to play alongside your child! It’s like YMCA members get their own children’s museum with their membership.

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