A Member Benefit for Our Family Members

Ages 6 weeks - 12 years

We strive to provide a supervised, safe, enriching environment through non-structured, age-appropriate play activities in an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment. This service is offered as a member benefit for family members at Mission Valley YMCA.

Our qualified, caring staff will take good care of your child while you use our facilities. Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years are welcome in Child Watch. See the schedules below for special care options for infants and for children age 6 and older at our Kids Clubhouse. Child Watch is a member benefit for family members. Visitors using a guest pass may utilize the service, but program participants and day pass users are not granted access.


M-F7:45am- 2:00pm.*
Closed for one hour for cleaning 2:00 - 3:00pm
 3:00 - 8:00pm
Sat8:00am. - 2:00pm
Sun9:00am - 2:00pm

* Infant care located in the portable for ages 6 weeks to walking.
Note: Two-hour time limit. During busy times or at staff discretion, a wait list my be utilized to maintain good safety practices. Children picked up after the maximum time limit or after closing may lose Child Watch privileges. We will not check in kids 30 minutes before closing. Children must be checked out for four hours before returning to the program on the same day.

Peak busy times:
During busy times, a wait list may be utilized to maintain good safety practices.
Monday - Friday: 9:00-11:30am
Monday - Friday: 4:30-6:30pm
Sat -Sun: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Infant Care — 6 weeks old to stable walking

Infant care is from 7:45am to 2:00pm, Monday – Friday, and we require that children be checked in at the portable building that is near the park at Toby Wells Y. After 3pm on weekdays and on weekends, children should be checked into Child Watch in the main building.

Staff will provide an age-appropriate environment for infants. Changing table available for parents only. Staff will use a text-message system for parent communication. This new infant care facility will allow your Child Watch staff to serve more children during peak hours. If you are unsure of where to take your child, please speak to the staff.

Kids Club — Ages 6-12

We've reserved time in our Kids Clubhouse for special activities for children ages 6 to 12. The clubhouse is located in the portable building near the park at Toby Wells Y. This handy space accommodates our infants in the morning and then transforms to a fun space for the Kids Club group later in the day.

  • Kids Club meets in the portable after 3:00pm., Monday – Thursday, and in the mornings on Saturday and Sunday. Additional hours: Mornings during all SDUSD’s school breaks (traditional calendar; see monthly schedule for details).·
  • Children will have access to the indoor portable area as well as playground, outdoor bathrooms and field area. Playground and outdoor play times will depend on seasons. All indoor activities will take place in the portable.
  • Check the monthly schedule for details.

Activity Calendar:

Kids Club Hours — Ages 6-12 years

Mission Valley Y

Monday - Thursday4:00-5:45pmKids Clubhouse
 5:50 - 6:50pmPlayground
 6:55-7:30pmKids Clubhouse
 9:30am-12:30pmKids Clubhouse
 10:05am. - 12:30pmKids Clubhouse

Your Child’s First Visit

Some children may feel comfortable immediately in Child Watch, and other children may need some time to adjust. On your first visit, we recommend you plan to spend 10 to 15 minutes in Child Watch with your child and the staff before your workout. Please share special instructions or concerns regarding your child with staff, and review the procedures and policies of Child Watch.

We want to work with you to make sure your child has a fun and positive experience with us!

  • Introduce your child to the area and the staff.
  • Review posted policies.
  • Present your membership card to staff upon check-in and check-out.
  • Label all belongings.
  • Share special instructions or concerns regarding your child with staff.
  • Have a great workout!

Policies and Procedures

  • Adults must stay on the premises at all times and must let staff know where they will be located
  • The adult who signs the child in must be the one to sign the child out.
  • Picture ID required at all times. If you do not have a membership card, you will be required to show another form of ID and proof of family membership.
  • All beverages and personal items must in closed containers (sippy cups) and be labeled with the child’s name. Beverages must be clear liquid or milk only. Formula must be premixed and ready for baby.
  • We do not allow children to bring in any snacks, outside toys or electronics. Comfort items are allowed and are weaned after the first couple of visits to aid in the child's growth.
  • Notify staff at time of check-in if your child has any allergies.
  • Children are asked to pick up after themselves prior to leaving.
  • Always bring your child in a clean diaper. For your convenience, diaper changers are located in the restrooms near lobby area and in the locker rooms. For health and safety reasons, we do not change diapers.
  • During Kids Club and infant care hours, we require check in at the portable space (near the park at Toby Wells Y).
  • Only children on a family membership may access Child Watch. Only parents and legal guardians may check in children to Child Watch. Child Watch Staff have the right to verify membership at anytime.
  • Shoes are required at all times for children who are old enough to walk.
  • Sick children are not allowed in Child Watch. If your child has a runny nose, cough or fever, you will be asked to take him or her home. (All illnesses are determined at staff’s discretion.)
  • Please, no cellphones in Child Watch or Kids Club.
  • Parents will be notified immediately about biting or other aggressive behavior. Depending on severity, the child may be suspended for up to one month.
  • Children ages 6 to 12 are required to attend Kids Club when it is offered.
  • The YMCA of San Diego County serves all people regardless of age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, ethnicity or disability. Questions regarding this policy may be directed to Vice President, Human Resources, 858-292-9622.