New For You At Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA

Facility News & Updates • Health & WellnessYAA (Ages 55+)Family & KidsEvents & Special Activities • Y in the Community

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Secure your spot in our popular day camps for Fall/Winter 2023! Make sure your My Y account is set up and register for our most popular camps today.

  • Session 1: Friday, November 10, 2023
  • Session 2: November 20–22, 2023 (Monday–Wednesday)
  • Session 3: December 21–22, 2023 (Thursday–Friday)
  • Session 4: December 26–29, 2023 (Tuesday–Friday)
  • Session 5: January 2–5, 2024  (Tuesday–Friday)


Facility News and Updates

Check here news about special happenings and updates that may affect your visit to the Y! Scroll down to see more specific information for different programming areas.


The Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA aquatics area will be closed from October 29, 2023 to January 2024, as we will be making improvements to our pool and deck. We apologize for the inconvenience.

New Program: Preschool Gymnastics

Our YMCA is now offering monthly gymnastics sessions for children ages 18 months to 5 years!

Parent/Child Gymnastics, Ages 18 months - 2 years

  • Mondays, 10:30am - 11:15am
  • Wednesdays, 10:30am - 11:15am
  • Saturdays, 11:00am - 11:45am

Preschool Gymnastics, Ages 3 years - 5 years

  • Mondays, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
  • Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
  • Saturdays, 12:00pm - 12:45pm

Register for the upcoming session in our Welcome Center or onlineTry one class for free! For questions, or to redeem your free class, contact Ollie Ferrer at [email protected].

Enrichment at Bella Mente Academy 

Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA is proud to offer Fall 2023 enrichment at Bella Mente Academy! Our two offerings include engineering and cooking. Visit our Fall 2023 Enrichment page for more information. Questions? Contact Gage Daniel at [email protected] or call (760) 758-0808. 


Preschool at the Y is designed to give your child the best possible start in life. Our experienced and caring staff are committed to making each day a fun and educational experience! Enrollment is open for our part-time and full-time programs. Weekly gymnastics lessons are included in our full-time program.   For tours, questions or help registering please contact Tonja Handley at [email protected], or contact our branch by phone at (760) 758-0808. Register today!  Updated October 3, 2023.

Our Preschool is Hiring!

Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA Preschool is curently hiring and has part-time and full-time options available! Contact Tonja Handley at [email protected], or contact our branch by phone at (760) 758-0808.


Find out more about our aquatics facility at Joe & Mary Mottino Family YMCA and other pools around the county by visiting our aquatics facilities section page.


Family members can opt to add a Child Watch option to their accounts, which includes unlimited use of the service for $10 monthly. New: Use your Child Watch benefit at any YMCA that offers the service. While you exercise or relax at the Y, children can play under the supervision of trained YMCA staff. Child Watch is open to children ages 6 weeks to 9 years old!

Ready to build a healthy workforce?

The YMCA of San Diego County’s corporate membership solution offers you and your family access to membership, programs, and much more!

Benefits of a YMCA corporate membership:

  • Waived join fee ($60 value)
  • Access to all 16 locations across San Diego County and nationwide
  • Up to two hours per day of Child Watch services
  • Year-round heated pools, splash pads, and spas (Select locations)
  • Hundreds of group exercise classes throughout the week
  • Priority registration for YMCA programs - such as camp and preschool
  • 5 free 30-minute personal training sessions ($249 value)
  • Up to 25% off all programs
  • Free virtual membership

What’s the next step? For more information, visit

Events and Special Activities

Puppy Splash

Join us at Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA on October 30, 2023 from 10:00am–1:00pm for our annual Puppy Splash! Everyone and their furry loved ones are invited. Doggie toys and treats will be provided. Donations are welcome — all proceeds will go to the Annual Giving Campaign. Please visit our front desk to sign-up today!


Join us on the turf field on October 27, 6:00pm-7:30pm for a showing of "Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" at 6:35pm as well as a costume contest, snack, raffle and trick or treating after the movie. Wear your costumes and come have fun! Event is free for members and $10 for participants. Register today at the Welcome Center!


Enjoy an evening out while we watch the kids, ages 3-13! This event takes place every third Friday of the month from 4:00pm- 8:00pm. Snacks, games, crafts and more will be provided. Children must be potty trained. Reserve your spot today!


First Monday of every month | 5:00pm | Free — Come to listen, learn and laugh together during our exciting presentations. No registration is required.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Monday, October 2: Cortisol, what it is and why does it make a difference


Help address a critical need for blood donations in our community! View dates.

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Health and Wellness


Thinking about personal training? Our certified personal trainers have got you covered! From October 1–31 you can get 5 sessions for $249 or 10 for $479! Check out our personal training program here. Please note that personal training is available to members only. One must log in, choose their branch and then navigate to the Punch Pass section for personal training packages.


For more information or questions, please contact Susie Ferrer at [email protected].


Monday – Friday | 4:00 - 5:00pm | Teens ages 13 to 17 | Free for YMCA members — Drop-off your teen for an hour of free fitness! This program is designed to help teens kickstart a healthy lifestyle by learning the fundamentals of fitness while having fun with our daily fitness challenges! For more information or questions, please contact Susie Ferrer at [email protected].


Be sure to check our group fitness class schedule for new classes and updates. We also have a special group fitness class schedule posted in the branch. Remember, members have unlimited access to classes! 


Meet with a wellness coach to get acquainted with equipment and classes, ask questions and chart a path to reach your goals. Schedule your 30-minute orientation at the Welcome Center! Learn more.

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Y Active Adults (55+)


Are you looking to share your ideas, interests, and passion with other YAA members? Then these are perfect for you! The following clubs are currently running:

  • Book Club — First Friday of every month | 9:00am | Back studio: Share your ideas and enjoy reading a variety of books.
  • WOW — Second Thursday of every month | 1:00pm | Locations vary: Widows and widowers who enjoy going out to lunch, concerts and community events.
  • Craft Club — Third Thursday of every month | 1:00pm: We ask that you bring your own supplies, and our instructor will guide you through the craft with easy-to-follow instructions. A supply list will be provided each month — many of your supplies can be purchased at a dollar store.
  • Dance Club: Our dance club happens quarterly — check back for upcoming meetings.


Please pick up your YAA fitness schedule at the front desk or women’s locker room.

  • Fitness Schedule: We are so thrilled to have so many YAA classes on the schedule. Let’s continue to keep our attendance high!
  • Personal Training Tips: Do you have questions about our machines or equipment in the Fitness Center? Do you have a general question about an injury and need advice about what to do? Our friendly trainers and they will be glad to meet with you. They can show you specific exercises or set up a program for you. Look for staff wearing a black personal trainer shirt.

We’re listening to your comments and hear you are enjoying all of our low impact classes just as they are. Keep in mind, that we are always open to your suggestions and value your input for a better and stronger YAA program.


Get added to the YAA email list! The email comes directly from YAA Coordinator, Alexis Kramer. Get the latest information regarding classes, events and more.  You can also pick up all flyers in the lobby or women’s locker room. If interested in being on the email list, please leave your name and email address with Alexis Kramer or leave at the front desk.

Y Active Adult Activities Around the County

View our Y Active Adults page to view programming and activities around the county.

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Activities for Kids and Families


The After School Rec program is a non-custodial program where students will participate in educational assistance, daily physical activities, STEM & literacy programming, along with building life skills & developing healthy relationships. Learn more.


  • WHEN: Mondays & Fridays | 2:45pm–3:30pm
  • FEE: $128 for eight lessons


Adventure Clubs offer a unique experience for parents and their children to enjoy a mix of group activities and outdoor adventures while creating close and enduring relationships. Learn more.


Get your groove on with youth dance classes at the Y! Classes begin August 17. Register today!

  • Youth Ballet/Tap (Ages 5-7) | Thursdays, 4:30pm–5:20pm 
  • Dance Combo (Ages 3-4) | Thursdays, 3:30pm–4:20pm


Dive into swim team! Swim team takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with tryouts at 4:00pm and practices at 4:30pm. Email Head Swim Coach Maria Coffer at [email protected] to schedule your tryout today! Learn more about swim team here


The Extended Learning Academy is one of several state-funded Expanded Learning Programs (ELP) that provides free before and after school care for qualifying families at Bella Mente. Learn more.


We're thrilled to bring our families together for some fun new activities. Register for all four classes and save! Register now for:

  • Music & Movement: Mondays, 11:30am
  • Gymnastics: Wednesdays, 11:30am
  • Little One & Fun: Fridays, 11:30am

Stay and play! These programs are for ages 2 to 5. Parents can stay and play or go get a workout in!


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Come out and play sports at the Y. Register now online for youth sports and peewee lessons. You can also register by visiting the front desk or calling us at (760-758-0808).

  • Youth soccer leagues: Youth soccer leagues! Play soccer with the San Diego Loyal SC! Enjoy instruction form caring coaches that have been taught by the professionals and cobranded YMCA and San Diego Loyal SC jerseys! Get in the game and register today! First game begins on September 23, 2023 (when leagues start). Sign up today!
  • Peewee lessons: 
    • Multi-Sport: Fridays, 9:00am–9:50am | $64/member | $85/non-member | Register Today!
    • T-Ball: Wednesdays, 10:00am–10:50am | $64/member | $85/non-member | Register Today! 
    • Soccer: Wednesdays & Satursdays, 9:00am–9:50am | $64/member | $85/non-member | Register Today! 
  • Play pick-up youth soccer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm. We have open games, changing teams and rotating team sizes (3v3 to 5v5 to 7v7) to keep games fun and competitive.  Drop-in daily for or pay for the month (Cost: $45 member | $60 nonmembers). See you on the field! Register today online or call or visit the Welcome Center (760) 758-0808.


Keep active and get creative in more ways that just traditional sports! Accept the adventure of art and creativity, or get in the game on the playground with fun, classic games! These exciting activities will be starting in September at the following times: 

  • Playground Classics Partners: Ages 5 - 13 | Mondays, 2:00pm | Register today!
  • Art Adventures: Ages 5-13 | Mondays, 3:10pm | Register today!


We are proud to offer many high-quality martial art programs that provide an encouraging, non-intimidating and family-friendly environment for students of all ages. Learn more.


Build your confidence, personal discipline, muscle strength and self-respect! We are now enrolling for for youth karate classes for October and November!

  • Ages 3-5 | Wednesday, 4:00pm–4:30pm | $63/member | $73/non-member
  • Ages 5-10| Wednesday, 4:45pm–5:30pm | $63/member | $73/non-member

Register online today! To register in person, visit our Welcome Center or give us a call at 858-517-4411.


Parent Support Groups play a key role in inspiring and guiding parents through the development of their children and taking care of older adults. Our YMCA is creating a safe environment for members to come together to share in their trials, efforts and solutions. A support group can be a great way to check in with others and get advice, share your feelings, and build a support network. Please come and join us!

No registration is required for these monthly meetings. Join a Parent Support Group with others who have dependents in similar life stages. Contact Susie Ferrer at [email protected] for more information.

MONDAYS at 5:00pm

  • 1st Mondays = High school age
  • 2nd Mondays = College age
  • 4th Mondays = Taking Care of our Parents

WEDNESDAYS at 10:00am

  • 1st Wednesdays = Baby/Toddler age
  • 2nd Wednesdays = Elementary age
  • 3rd Wednesdays = Preteen/middle school age
  • 4th Wednesdays = Caring for Diverse Abilities


Have fun after school at the Y playing classic playground games like tag, dodgeball, kickball and more! Register today.

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Connecting You To Care

We've streamlined the child care search process with our enhanced referral system to help parents make the best decision for their families. Learn more!

Help Paying for Child Care

Do you or someone you know need help paying for child care?

The San Diego County Centralized Eligibility List (CEL) is one application that connects you to different agencies across San Diego to help pay for child care for families who qualify. Child care has become the second-largest expense for families – spending up to 50% of their household budget a year. See if you qualify for this service today.



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If you have any questions or concerns, our membership team is here to help! Call us at (760) 758-0808 during regular business hours or send an email: [email protected] and we'll get back to you soon!