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FEATURED

Check here for 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.

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE — APRIL 20

Celebrate Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 20, 10:00am - 12:30pm by attending our preschool open house! Open houses offer parents and caregivers an opportunity to explore the facilities, meet the team and learn about our curriculum and activities offered. At this event, gain insight into the learning environment, ask questions and make informed decisions about your child's early education journey. 

  • Healthy Kids Day Exclusive: Sign up for preschool and get 50% off your registration fee and your waitlist fee waived! (Children must be enrolled by September 1 to receive this offer).

2024 DAY CAMP

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

SUMMER 2024

  • REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

CAMPS AT ECKE

EGYM

Let technology take the guesswork out of working out!  Just scan your band and go with EGYM at the Magdalena Ecke Family Y! EGYM leads you through a workout process where smart circuit machines adjusts to your personalized settings for the ultimate fitness experience. Schedule your onboarding appointment and find your EGYM BioAge through a range of assessments including InBody composition, strength and cardio. Your unique EGYM BioAge baseline will help you develop a tailored, progressive training plan targeted to achieve your customized fitness goals over 24 session segments. Learn more about EGYM at the Y. Sign up for your EGYM onboarding session at the Welcome Center today!

WE'RE HIRING NOW!

You belong at the Y! Make an impact that goes beyond your work day. Be the reason someone discovers their potential, courage and joy while building and creating memories that will last a lifetime! 

CHILD WATCH

Y members with Community Plus family memberships have unlimited access to Child Watch services at 12 YMCA branch locations across San Diego County. With easy reservations through the YMCA app, you can focus on your fitness or unwind at the Y while your children play under the supervision of highly trained YMCA staff. Not yet a Y Community Plus member? Upgrade to the Y Community Plus family membership plan at any YMCA branch today! Family memberships with Child Watch add-on may continue to use Child Watch services on a drop-in basis. Learn more here.

AQUATICS OVERVIEW

Find out more about our aquatics facility at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA and other pools around the county by visiting our aquatics facilities section page.

  • Did you know? On the coast of North County, off the Interstate 5 located in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA aquatic park is home to day camps and family fun. The aquatic park is available for day pass or weekend rentals, and now hosts two-hour kayak tours! You don't have to be a member to join in the fun!  Learn more here.

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HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

We're here to help you find what moves you at the Y!

PERSONAL TRAINING SPECIAL

APRIL 1 - 30

If you've been thinking about hiring a personal trainer, April is a great month to get started! Through the month of April, you can get 5 one-on-one sessions for $249 or 10 for $479! That's up to $71 in savings!

Our personal trainers use their extensive knowledge of current exercise research concepts, methods of sound exercise principles and state-of-the-art equipment to guide you to your fitness goals. YMCA trainers are accredited through the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) or have a degree in exercise science (or a related field). Based on your health and individual needs, our personal trainers will customize and implement a program to help you achieve your goals.

Find your package online here! Filter for Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA and look for "Personal Training Special" or visit us at the branch! After purchasing, a wellness leader will then contact you to discuss your goals and connect you with a trainer.

GROUP FITNESS CLASSES

Be sure to check our group fitness class schedule for new classes and updates. Remember, members have unlimited access to classes!

LIVESTRONG

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person — mind and body. Through this program participants work with trained Y staff to improve cardiovascular endurance and functional ability, build muscle mass and strength, and increase flexibility. In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the mental and emotional well-being of survivors and their families. This creates a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. Get more information online here.

For any questions, please contact Carrie Myers at [email protected]

SMALL GROUP TRAINING

Small group training coming to Ecke! For more information, contact Christine Silcox at [email protected] | (760) 942-9622 ext. 3089.

Classes will include:

  • Total Gym™ 
  • Functional Strength Movement
  • TRX
  • Treadmill (Class)
  • Pickleball Power

HEALTH AND WELLNESS ORIENTATION

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.

MASTERS SWIM

Looking for a new fitness challenge or just want to improve your stroke? The Masters swim team at the Ecke Y practices are held in our 11-lane, Anne and Edward Woolley Competition pool. Spots are limited to 44 swimmers each month. Those currently enrolled will receive priority registration to register for the next month. Learn more about Masters swim, or contact the aquatics team at [email protected].

PERSONAL TRAINING

Working with a personal trainer can help you reach your goals and maximize your fitness potential! Improve your training with our class packages. Learn more about personal training here

ADULT SPORTS

Ready to come out and play? Get back in the game at the Y! Spring season is currently underway, and you can still join! If you are interested, please contact our sports department for team availability at [email protected]. Join a team, be a substitute player and get back on the field with the game you love! Learn more about adult sports at the Y here

ADULT KICKBALL LEAGUES

Get ready to kick off an unforgettable summer at the Y with our exciting new program! Dive into the dynamic game of kickball, where athleticism meets camaraderie in a game reminiscent of baseball and soccer. Stay active, socialize and soak up the summer sun playing this recreational sport on a field with a stunning ocean view. Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the game, there's a place for you in our inclusive and welcoming environment!

  • Adult coed kickball | Ages 18 + | Season: June 20 – August 15 | Thursday nights

For more information, contact the sports director, Caylin Mason, at [email protected].

CHESS CLUB

Checkmate! Harness your finesse in Chess Club at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. All ages are invited to join us in the lobby, 3:00–4:30pm, Wednesdays. No registration required. For more information, please contact Brian Wagner at [email protected].

PICKLEBALL

Pickleball is available for open play sessions on indoor courts. View our pickleball page for more information.

PILATES

Pilates can be a game changer. In this safe and effective low-impact workout you will stretch and strengthen your way to a stronger core and better posture. Contact Carolyn Mack [email protected].


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FAMILY & KIDS

Family-time is special at the Y. Spending time together or discover new activities for your child to explore.

YOUTH SPORTS

Come out and play at the Y! Registration is open now for all lessons, clinics and leagues for ages 3 to 14. Sign up now for:

  • Play in a recreational youth league! Leagues are a great way to get in the game and make new friendships on and off the field. Registration remains open until teams are full. Leagues are available for  - Register today!
  • Youth clinics (ages 6-15) run monthly through June! Clinics take place to help you take your skills on the field to the next level. Learn more about the technical skills of volleyball, basketball and soccer. - Register today!
  • Peewee lessons (ages 3-5): Sports at the Y put the fun in fundamentals for our youngest athletes. Learn your new favorite sport through technical training and encouraging coaching. - Register today
    • Learn to skateboard (ages 3-5) on Saturdays, 1:00pm and Sundays, 10:00am.
    • Learn track and field (ages 4-5). Sessions continue monthly on Saturdays at 9:00am.
    • Score in soccer (ages 4-5). Sessions continue monthly on Saturdays at 9:00am.
    • Learn basketball (ages 4-5). Sessions continue monthly on Saturdays at 10:00am.
  • Play in a competitive league with Challenger soccerRegister for Challenge leagues here.
  • For more information, view our sports pages. View all youth sports options and register online today!

VOLUNTEER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

We need parent volunteers for youth soccer coaching! If you can help, contact our Sports Department at [email protected].

GYMNASTICS

Jump into fun with gymnastics! Toddlers and teens can grow strong, get confident and find balance in a safe, fun and encouraging environment. Learn more.

CLASS OPENINGS

We have openings in our popular gymnastics classes! Register today!

AFTER SCHOOL RECREATION AT ST. JAMES ACADEMY

Welcome to the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA's After School Recreation program serving St. James Academy students from TK to Grade 8.

Our YMCA Recreation Program is a way to ensure your child is in a safe, fun, and caring environment after school. Each day includes new curriculum or activities to help participants learn, build life skills, and develop healthy relationships — including healthy snacks, sports and games, art and music, tutoring, and more!

REGISTER TODAY!

For questions about the program, hours, eligibility, fees, or other administrative inquiries please email · Stephanie Kohler, Youth Development Director | [email protected].

DANCE

Spring Sessions – Registration now open!

Little Feet Dance Program — Our eight week Little Feet dance is open for registration! To register, please contact Donna Link at [email protected].

SWIM

  • Swim team: Our swim team is back in the water! For more information or to schedule a tryout, contact our aquatics department at [email protected]. Or visit our swim team pages to learn more about practices and registration.
  • Swim lessons: Learn to swim with America's Swim Instructor! Swim lesson registration will open on the 15th of the month for Y members and 17th of the month for nonmembers. - Register today!

CHESS CLUB

Join us for a game of chess on Wednesdays at 3:00–4:30pm.

PRESCHOOL AT FLORA VISTA

Our preschool program is designed to be engaging, stimulating and interactive, with hands-on activities that help children learn through play. We believe that every child is unique and has their own strengths and abilities, and we work to support and encourage each child to reach their full potential. Learn more.

Registration is now open! Email Karisa Riddle today at [email protected] to join our list today!

PRESCHOOL

Learn about preschool at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA.

  • Preschool openings at the Ecke YMCA Preschool! Preschool is open from 7:30am–5:30pm.

Y CLUB

Y Club is a way to ensure your child is in a safe, fun, and caring environment before and/or after school. Each day includes new curriculum or activity to help participants learn, build life skills, and develop healthy relationships — including healthy snacks, sports and games, art and music, tutoring and more! Learn more.

Y Art

Tuesdays, 10:00am — Explore your inner artist with the guidance of our instructor Colleen! Supplies are provided We'll meet in the lobby.

AQUATIC PARK RENTALS

Make a splash at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA aquatic park with our Lagoon rentals! Enjoy relaxing, celebrating a birthday with friends or just hanging out in the beautiful Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Learn more

KAYAK TOURS: STAR WARS EDITION!

May the 4th be with you! Whether you are for the Jedi or the Dark Side, all are invited to our Star Wars-themed kayak tour on Thursday, May 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Join us as we paddle through the marshlands of our very own Dagobah: Aqua Hedionda Lagoon! Kayak tours will be two-hours, filled with Star Wars music and exciting stories of lore. All are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character or wear something Star Wars related!

SKATE PARK

The world-famous Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA Skate Park is one of the biggest and most diverse in San Diego County. Our open skate sessions are a great way to enjoy the park daily! Great for ages 6 and up. Check out session times and prices. And the skatepark is now hosting birthday parties! For more information on anything skatepark, contact Mike Wilson at [email protected].

  • Transportation to the skate park: Need your skater picked up from school? We can help with that! The YMCA bus will pick your child up from school and safely transport them to the skate park where they will be supervised by our amazing skate park staff. Once at the skate park, there will be a snack, skate tips and free skate! Program offered at: Capri Elementary School, Ocean Knoll Elementary, Park Dale Lane Elementary and Paul Ecke Central Elementary School Times: school dismissal to 6:00pm. Learn more.
  • Skate classes: Classes take place on weekdays, Mondays-Fridays, 11:00am-1:00pm, for amateur skaters who want to connect and improve their skills. Fee: $34 members | $45 participants. - Register today
  • Shred it up at the skate park! Open skate sessions coming soon.
  • Roller skating lessons are available at the skate park! Group or private lessons will be available! - Register today!

MARTIAL ARTS

Now offering private and semi-private martial arts lessons to better help your kids build confidence, discipline and strength! Register now for our martial arts classes and learn a blend of tae kwon do, karate, judo and jiujitsu. For more information, contact Sascha Fischer at [email protected].

ADVENTURE CLUBS

Adventure Clubs offer a unique experience for parents and their children to enjoy outdoor weekend camping experiences at some of the best camping spots in Southern California! The monthly campouts will take you to deserts, mountains and beaches. Your weekends will include many fun activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, campfire skits, songs, pinewood derby races, crafts, bead trading, event patches and more. Learn more!

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Celebrate your special day at the YMCA! Our birthday options range from gymnastics, martial arts, pool, skatepark and more! The YMCA will provide an instructor, party area, cake, gift bags, party t-shirt and tons of fun! Space is limited so be sure to reserve early


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Y’s Active Adults (55+)

MAHJONG

Let's play mahjong! Our new mahjong group is now starting. We are playing this exciting game on Fridays, 9:30–11:30am. Free for members!

ORIGAMI

Our fun and engaging origami workshops with Walter are held each Wednesday from 11:00am–12:00pm.

RARE BEARS SEWING CLUB

The Rare Bears Sewing Club sews and finishes stuffed bears for children with rare diseases. Meets every fourth Tuesday from 10:00am–12:00pm. No experience necessary! For information, contact Brian Wagner, [email protected].

BOOK CLUB

FOR WOMEN

Do you enjoy reading and like to share your thoughts with others? Join us for our newly formed YAA Women's Book Club for Y members! You will gain various perspectives, learn and be exposed to many different types of books while meeting new people and exercising your mental aptitude.

DETAILS

The book club meets on the second Thursday of the month from 6:00–7:30pm in Conference Room C. No registration is required. We will read the following award-winning selections on their respective dates:

  • April 11Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  • May 9All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • June 13Beloved Beasts by Michelle Nijihuis

WALKING CLUB

Our Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA Walking Club meets twice weekly at 8:00am on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Members can sign in at the lobby before gathering outside in front of the Y.  The route varies each week, and we have a light and non-light group!

Y Active Adult Activities Around the County

More to explore

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


Events and Special Activities

KAYAK TOURS

Embark on a two-hour Kayak Tour at Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Paddle through pristine waters, guided by our experts who reveal the lagoon’s rich history and diverse wildlife. With 14 on-site kayaks catering to all levels, our program combines adventure, education and relaxation. Join us for an immersive escape into nature! For all ages. Schedule your tour with Timothy Hall through email: [email protected].

Y ART! WHY NOT?

All ages are invited to embark on a vibrant journey of self-expression every Tuesday at 11:00 am with our resident artist, Colleen, in the captivating world of mixed media art.  Unleash your inner artiste and dive into a realm of creative exploration with a new fun activity! Supplies will be provided. Please contact Brian Wagner via email, [email protected] for more information. No registration required.

FINANCIAL FITNESS

Join us for our financial fitness seminars that will take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm. The series will have a new topic every month, taught by Personal Finance and Investing with Alan Nelson, CFP, who will discuss 401 (k)s/403(b)s/TSPs/IRAs/Brokerage accounts and more! For more information, please contact Brian Wagner via email, [email protected]. No registration required.

BLOOD BANK

Did you know you could help save up to three lives by giving blood? The YMCA of San Diego County has partnered with the San Diego Blood Bank to host blood drives across the county this year. Help address a critical need for blood donations in our community! Make an appointment here or call (619) 400-8251.


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Y in the COMMUNITY

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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PROGRAM CATALOG

Check our catalog for a roundup of all activities and programming available at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA.

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CONTACT US

If you have any questions or concerns, our membership team is here to help! Call us at (760) 942-9622 during regular business hours or send an email: [email protected] and we'll get back to you soon!