What's New This Month At Dan McKinney Family YMCA

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Better Together: Refer a Friend!

Already a member of the Y? Get yourself a workout partner when you refer a friend who becomes a member. You'll receive a month free for each friend who joins! Make sure your friend mentions you when they come into the branch to pick up their new membership card.

Join the Y and support a movement dedicated to building stronger and more connected communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Learn more about this offer here.


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Popular Family Activities

School Break Camp

Best Camp Ever! • January 20

Our week-long camps are exciting ways to spend a school break! We include lots of action-packed trips and activities that keep your children engaged and happy, like daily field trips, arts & crafts, sports and games. 

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Parents Night Out

Enjoy A Night Out • January 25 • Dan McKinney & Firehouse YMCAs

Parents Night Out gives moms and dads the opportunity to enjoy an evening out while the kids have fun at the Y! Each night includes a fun theme with related games, arts & crafts, and healthy snacks for the kids. For more information, please contact Larry Banks at [email protected].

Parents Night Out Dates:

Saturday, January 25: Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

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After School Enrichment Program

Growing Together • Dan McKinney Family YMCA • Monday-Friday

We offer a variety of After School Enrichment Programs including Archery, Chess, Dance and more! For more information about Enrichment Programs, please contact Lauren Gregg at [email protected].

View Upcoming Enrichment Programs

Birthday Parties at the YMCA

Let's Celebrate • Dan McKinney Family YMCA • Saturdays & Sundays

Host your upcoming birthday party at the YMCA! Choose from a variety of party options, including Gymnastics, Adventure Center, Aquatics and Cooking themed parties. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Browse Open Dates and Times

Adventure Clubs Aloha Hula Bowl

Adventure Clubs • January 26

Bowling for pins, bowling for strikes, bowling for fun! Put on your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts and join your Circle and the rest of the Nation for a great day at the bowling alley. The highest scores and the best Hawaiian costumes will receive awards. Registration includes 2 hours of bowling, shoes, Hawaiian lei and an event patch.  You can either pack a sack lunch, or the snack bar will be open. There are limited spaces available so register ASAP!



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Activities for Children

Gymnastics Mini Meet

Flipping Fun • January 25

Join us for this Mini Meet where our gymnasts will have the opportunity to perform in front of family and friends. Each group will perform a floor routine, tumbling passes and vault passes. Our TeamGym members will help judge each event and each group gets a score and a medal at the end of the meet. Dress rehearsal takes place on January 24. For more information, please contact Kylie Savage at [email protected].

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Extra Curricular Enrichment

Keeping Them Engaged • Multiple dates and times 

School is back in session!  Keep your child growing with our after school enrichment programs. 

More Info on Enrichment

La Jolla Lightning YMCA Swim Team

Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids • Multiple Dates and Times Available

The La Jolla Lightning Swim Team (LJ Lightning) is a competitive swim team that strives to provide the best opportunity for kids to achieve success in and out of the pool. With a focus on team building, the coaches are committed to providing each swimmer with an environment that fosters personal growth, goal development and team unity. The LJ Lightning offers a complete program for all ages and level from beginning development swimmers to swimmers who are committed and striving for USA swimming time standards and success. Any swimmer interested in joining swim team must set up a time to do swim evaluation with the Head Coach to determine which group on the swim team will be the bets fit for them. The swimmer must have knowledge and ability to perform all 4 competitive strokes for 25 yerads: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. 

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Swim Lessons

Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids • Multiple Dates and Times Available

Knowing how to swim is a life-saving skill that opens up a vast array of opportunities to stay fit, develop self-confidence, build relationships and safely enjoy outdoor aquatic activities like snorkeling, surfing, river rafting and more - and it's never too late to learn! Find a class today.

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Gymnastics Lessons

Flipping Out • Multiple Dates and Times Available • Ages 5-17

At the YMCA, we offer a multitude of different gymnastic classes and combination gymnastic classes designed to teach young children the basics of several different sports.

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Youth Parkour Lessons

Flip Into Action • Multiple Dates and Times Available • Ages 6-17

Students will learn how to run, vault, flip, climb, and roll over obstacles. The goal of these classes will be to teach students how to safely maneuver through their environment in a fun and creative way.

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Winter Youth Sports

Kids playing sportsGet in the Game! • January 11 - March 7

No matter your child's age of interest, we have a fun and engaging program for it that focuses on teamwork, friendly competition, athletics and encouragement.

Our multi-sport programs promote fitness by providing an introduction to a wide variety of sports, games and a variety of enrichment activities while emphasizing character values and sportsmanship.

Dan McKinney Family YMCA leads the way in youth basketball! Our league is designed for all players from beginner to advanced skill levels. Players will be coached on the rules and strategies of the game in practice and in play. Teams are coached and supported by parent volunteers and YMCA staff with an emphasis on equal participation and sportsmanship. 

Skills Assessments for our winter youth sports league are on December 14. See below for assessment times:

  • Co-ed Ages 5-6: 9:00 am
  • Girls Ages 7-8: 11:00 am
  • Boys Ages 7-8: 10:00 am
  • Co-ed Ages 12-14: 2:00 pm
  • Girls Ages 9-11: 1:00 pm
  • Boys Ages 9-11: 12:00 pm


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Ongoing Activities for Your Children

Sports • Bring your game to the Y this season! Browse Sports Activities

Dance • Dancing is a fun and creative workout experience that's fun for all ages! Browse Dance Activities

Pool • We offer lap swim, recreational swim, and aquatics activities. View Pool Schedule

Swim • Gain life saving skills!  Browse swim classes and levels

Gymnastics • Weekly classes for ages 1 and up! Browse Gymnastics Classes


Teen Programs

Model United Nations Program

Gain Real Life Experience • January - May

The California YMCA Youth and Government Model United Nations program is a simulation of the “real-life” United Nations Assembly.  Participants in the Model United Nations (MUN) will take part in some of the activities that the real U.N. participates in.  Ambassadors will research, debate and establish policies, treaties and resolutions focusing on international issues, including disputes between countries, peace keeping responsibilities, border crisis, stabilizing financial markets and dealing with hunger, disease and poverty. There will be an informational meeting on January 6 at the Dan McKinney Family YMCA at 6:30 pm. 

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Activities for Health and Wellness

New Year Cooking Classes

Start the Year Off Healthy • January

Join us at the Dan McKinney Family YMCA this new year to learn how to make healthier holiday recipes!

  • Healthy Kids Meals: Tuesdays, January 7-28 at 5:30pm: Learn from Justin how to make the most delicious healthy kids’ snacks and meals! This is hands-on fun for children Ages 3 and up.
  • Plant-Based Eating: Saturdays, January 11-February 1 at 11:00am: Come learn the basics of following a healthy whole-food plant-based diet in the kitchen with Maggie this New Year!
  • Resolution Menu: Monday, January 13 at 11:30am: Cappie will show you how to get on track in the New Year with healthy meals!

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Body Transformation Challenge

Get Ready to Sweat • January 4-February 15

Join us for a transformation challenge!

  • Attend at least two BODYPUMP classes per week
  • Includes two InBody assessments, one nutrition class and one BODYPUMP fundamentals class
  • Winner of the challenge will receive five personal training or nutrition sessions

Plus join us for the new Bodypump launch on January 4 at 8:30 am at the basketball courts. For more information, contact: Maggie Paola at [email protected].

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Private Yoga Sessions 

Building More Than Muscle • Private sessions by appointment

Benefit from focused attention, hands-on alignment, coaching and adjustments to ensure your yogic experience meets your individual needs! Your instructor will focus on teaching you the fundamentals of common postures and yogic breathing techniques, and answer any questions you have. A private session also offers the perfect introduction to yoga or if you are returning to yoga and want to learn special modifications and techniques that you can apply to your practice in class and at home. To schedule an appointment, call Courtney at (858) 336-1265.

Adult Martial Arts Class

Learn Self-Discipline • Ages 18+ • January 6-31

The YMCA offers a variety of martial arts classes for different ages and skill levels. These classes are a great way to learn self-discipline, self-esteem, and respect.

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Personal Training

Get Fit • Multiple Dates and Times Available

Our certified personal trainers use their knowledge of current research concepts, methods of sound exercise principles, and state-of-the-art equipment to guide you to your fitness goals. Based on your health and individual needs, our personal trainers will customize and implement a program to fit your goals. No matter your fitness level, nothing can replace the support, challenge, and accountability that come with a trainer onboard your workout.

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Reiki Therapy

Treating The Whole Person Appointments Available Daily

Reike is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reike as a treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.

More Info on Reiki Therapy

Hayashi-Ha Family Karate

Learn Self-Defense • Appointments Available Daily

Hayashi-ha Karate is traditional Japanese karate-do classes taught by certified members of Japan Hayashi-ha Shito-ryukai with over 20 years of experience. Perfect for all all ages, Hayashi-ha teaches fighting basics such as punches, kicks and blocks, Kata (forms), Kumite (sparring), stretching, strength conditioning, self-defense techniques, as well as games and other activities.

Classes are divided into two groups:

Beginner/Novice Class for white through purple belts of all ages. 

  • Intermediate/Advanced Class for green through black of all ages as well. 

All new students are required to attend the beginner/novice class until they meet the requirements of the instructor to attend the intermediate/advanced class.

Martial Arts Classes


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Y's Active Adults (50+)

Ongoing Y Active Adult Activities

Wednesdays at 11:00 am and Fridays at 12:15 pm

Meditate for a better you! Come learn ways to relax your mind and body to connect with your inner peace.

Learn More About YAA Programs



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Special Events and Activities

Staff Recognition

Congratulating Our Staff 

Help us recognize our amazing staff at the Dan McKinney Family YMCA! We appreciate our staff for all that they do and would like to congratulate the following staff who are Department Employee of the Year award winners:

Kristin Simmons: Aquatics DepartmentBarb Wiens: Membership Department
Sandra Figueroa: Childwatch DepartmentMeghann Cook: Wellness Department
Mathew Horvath: Sports DepartmentEmily Veliz: Gymnastics Department
Mia Kelliher: Camp/Enrichment DepartmentTori Buss: Childcare Department
Rosalba Gottschalk: Preschool DepartmentBrad Dolfo: Executive Award
Eliis LaTulip: Group Exercise DepartmentCallie Smith-Everett: Administration Department



What's happening at a Y near you?

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Questions? Contact Us!

If you have any questions or concerns, our membership team is here to help! Call us at (858) 453-3483 during regular business hours or email us at [email protected] and we'll get back to you soon!