YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Welcome to the Duneland Family YMCA

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The Duneland Family YMCA is in your community to nurture the potential of every child and teen, to improve health and well-being, and to give back and provide support to our neighbors.

The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for empowerment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a service ethic. That's just the beginning. 

NEWS FROM THE Y

DUNELAND Y COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE JULY 31st at 7:30a-4p & AUGUST 1st at 7:30a-NOON. The Y is seeking donations of gently used clothes and household items from the community for its sale. Proceeds benefit scholarships to assist families who need Y services. Donations are accepted by appointment only from July 13th-July 29th. Or if you want to set up your own booth, rentals are also available for $10. For more information or to donate, call Abbi Blake at 926-4204 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Youth Development

ENROLL YOUR INFANT TODAY! The Early Childhood Program is designed to provide an environment that is safe, caring, and respectful of each child and his or her family while supporting each child’s unique developmental growth. This program is dedicated to quality child care by providing young children with creative learning experiences rooted in early childhood theory and practice. Our childcare staff focus is the same as yours, with emphasis placed on learning how to crawl, walk, talk, play, share, and dance. Flash cards, songs, books, Sign Language, discovery, and hands on crafts are integrated throughout the learning process.  Infant care is 5 days a week at $170/wk. There is a program fee of $150 that is split into two $75 payments biannually. Call (219) 921-0183 to schedule a tour.

LEARN SOCCER NOW – The Preschool Soccer Academy starts on Saturday Sept. 19 through Saturday October 31 at 9:00 am for boys and girls ages 3-5. Kids will learn the basic skills of soccer such as passing, dribbling, scoring and blocking goals. They’ll learn to build self-esteem and confidence in the fundamentals. Cost is $40 for members & $80 for non-members. Multiple child or multiple sport discounts when combined with Preschool Flag Soccer Academy are available. For more information, contact Kyle Jeffers at 9262-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - Wednesday, July 8th, 10a - 2p or 4p-6p.  Preview two amazing new half day programs for your preschooler being offered at the Y's Early Childhood Development Facility starting this fall. If your child is 3-5 years old, they'll engage in age-appropriate activities and curriculum focusing on the development of the whole child. For children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016 or who are four by August 1, 2015, the Half Day Pre-K program designed to provide children with the foundation necessary for kindergarten readiness and positive future learning. Meet with Catherine Lakatos, Half Day Lead Teacher, who has spent many years in early childhood education in the Duneland area. For more information, contact Catherine at (219) 921-0183 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Duneland Y Preschool is located at 651 Morgan Ave., Chesterton at Door #8.

PASS, CATCH, KICK – Preschool Flag Football Sports Academy is designed to help early sports learners understand the basics of the game. They’ll learn how to catch, pass and run with a football. Along with these skills, they’ll also develop self-esteem and leadership skills while working as a team. Saturdays at 1:00pm starting on September 19 through October 31 for boys and girls ages 3-5. Registration is limited to 10 children per how. Cost is $40 for members & $80 for non-members.

HALF-DAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM STARTS IN SEPTEMBER - Children will engage in age-appropriate activities that focus on the development of the whole child. Our classroom environment and curriculum will challenge your child to develop their cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills including large motor activities in our gym. Kids need to be potty trained and 3 years old by August 1. Curriculum and activities include Literacy, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Studies, Field Trips and Outdoor Exploration. We'll help them reach their next developmental milestones! Convenient drop-off provided with our car line system. At the Y, we believe everyone is welcome. Financial assistance is available. For more information, call the Y Preschool at (219) 921-0183 or email Shannon Spratley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Melissa Griffith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Duneland Y Preschool is located at 651 Morgan Ave., Chesterton at Door #8.

FALL SOCCER – Saturdays at 9:00 starting on September 19 through October 31 for boys and girls ages 5-12. Kids will learn how to kick, score, pass, dribble. block goals and learn the art of playing the game. They’ll focus on teamwork, building self-esteem and sportsmanship. Cost is $40 for members & $80 for non-members. Multiple child or multiple sport discounts when combined with Fall Flag Football are available. For more information, contact Kyle Jeffers at 9262-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

HALF DAY PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM - Enroll now for Fall Session! The year before a child enters kindergarten is a critical time in his/her life. Our pre-kindergarten program is designed to provide children with the foundation necessary for positive future learning. This program is designed for children entering kindergarten in fall 2016 or children who miss the cutoff date for entrance into kindergarten, and are ready for a more academic class environment. Children will engage in Language Arts, Handwriting, Math Concepts, Science & Technology, Social Awareness (Social Studies/Geography), Music, Visual Arts, self expression through journals, and large/small muscle development in our gym. They'll also enjoy field trips and outdoor exploration. For more information, call the Y Preschool at (219) 921-0183 or email Shannon Spratley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Melissa Griffith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Duneland Y Preschool is located at 651 Morgan Ave., Chesterton at Door #8.

PASS, PLAY SCORE! Fall Flag Football starts Saturday, September 19 through October 31 at 1:00pm for boys and girls ages 5-12. Learn football fundamentals without contact. Program focuses on sportsmanship and teamwork in a structured environment. Kids will learn passing, catching and running with the football while they develop leadership skills and build confidence in their athletic ability. Cost is $40 for members & $80 for non-members. Multiple child or multiple sport discounts when combined with Preschool Flag Football Academy are available. For more information, contact Kyle Jeffers at 9262-4204 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL - ENROLL YOUR PRESCHOOLER TODAY! The Early Childhood Program is designed to provide an environment that is safe, caring, and respectful of each child and his or her family while supporting each child’s unique developmental growth. This program is dedicated to quality child care by providing young children with creative learning experiences rooted in early childhood theory and practice. Our Preschool staff  focuses on making learning fun by integrating singing, dancing, and game playing into the curriculum while learning the calendar, shapes, letters, and numbers. Science experiments, food crafts, and stories all make the day fun and fly by. Focus is placed on introducing students to the skills they will be using in Duneland Schools and getting them ready for Kindergarten. Reading, writing, math, sight words, and learning to be independent are integrated daily. Preschool is offered in a variety of days: 5 days /$125 wk., 4 days/$115 wk., 3 days/$105 wk., and 2 days/$95wk. There is a program fee of $150 that is split into two $75 payments biannually. Call (219) 921-0183 to schedule a tour.

SWIM STROKE CLINIC IS AUG 3 - 7: Give your child a head start in competitive swimming and advanced techniques today by enrolling in Stroke Clinic! Stroke Clinic is designed for students who already have a strong foundation of the fundamentals for swimming and desire to learn more advanced swimming techniques.  Our Stroke Clinic classes put emphasis on proper technique over speed. A strong technical foundation will ensure that students progress much faster when the time comes for them to work on speed.  Members $30, nonmembers $50. Register at the Front Desk. For more information, contact Mindy Billings at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

TUMBLE TOTS – for boys & girls ages 3-5 on Mondays for 4 weeks starting Aug. 31 (no class on Labor Day, Sept. 7) from 9:00-9:45am or 6:00-6:45pm in the Community Room. Teaches kids to have fun learning gymnastics/tumbling skills through age appropriate activities. Benefits include focus on increasing physical strength and muscle control, fine and gross motor skill development, coordination and balance along with intro to colors, language development and self-expression and much, much more. Cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, contact Instructor Janet Grant at the Y.

TINY TYKES – for boys & girls ages 18 months to 3 years on Mondays starting Aug. 31 for 4 Mondays (no class on Labor Day, Sept. 7) from 10:05-10:40am or 5:15-5:50pm in the Community Room. For toddlers and their “fun loving” adult. Small and large motor development is enhanced with an emphasis on hand-eye and overall coordination, balance and basic tumbling skills. Kids have fun learning gymnastics/tumbling skills through age appropriate activities. Cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, contact Instructor Janet Grant at the Y.

PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL AGE TUMBLING – for boys & girls in kindergarten & older for 4 weeks on Mondays starting Aug. 31 (no class on Labor Day, Sept. 7). “Rollers” class for beginners is from 5-6pm. It lays the foundation for movement and learning the next levels. No previous experience necessary. “Swingers” class for advance beginners is from 6-7pm and builds on skills and elements of Rollers, rounding out the developmental information needed to give a sound foundation. Participants should have mastered forward and backward rolls and be able to do handstands and cartwheels. Cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, contact Instructor Janet Grant at the Y.

FUN FOR WEE ONES – for boys & girls ages 18 months – 3 years on Wednesdays for 4 weeks starting Sept. 9 from 10:05 to 10:40am in the Community Room. Class offers a parent and child the opportunity to socialize with others and enjoy art, music and movement. This is a time to explore, discover, create and play together while sharing the joys and challenges of raising happy children with other parents. Cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, contact Instructor Janet Grant at the Y.

JUST FOR FUN – for boys & girls ages 3-5 on Wednesdays for 4 weeks starting Sept. 9 from 9:00-9:45am in the Community Room. Introduces children to playing in a group setting with lots of hands-on activities and experiences in an environment conducive to exploration. The teacher will introduce your child to activities, science, exploration, music and story time. They’ll be encouraged to work on self-help skills like pouring during snack time, helping put toys and manipulatives away and putting on their own sweaters and jackets. This is not a parent participation class, but parents are always welcome. Cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, contact Instructor Janet Grant at the Y.

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Healthy Living

SUMMER MEMBERSHIP BLOWOUT! We are excited to offer a variety of summer membership specials for families or individuals that want to exercise or use the Y pool between now and Sept. 7. Pool only memberships for the summer are $75 per person. A family pool membership is $150. The pool opens June 5 and closes on Labor Day or after, weather dependent. Full Y summer memberships allow access to everything the Y offers priced at $1 per day from the date you join through Sept. 7 ($118 on May, 13, $99 on June 1, etc.). For more information, contact Emily Hoge, 926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

SILVER SNEAKERS SPLASH - Interval format class in the pool alternating between cardio, exercise working each muscle group and kickboarding for a total body workout. Class meets at 9:30am Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 16 for one hour through August. For more information, contact Ashley Hall at 926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Download a 2015 Pool Schedule here.

CO-ED BEACH VOLLEYBALL - Two sessions being offered: one league for adults 18 and older and a separate league for youth ages 14-17 at Burns Harbor's Lakeland Park starts on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00pm for six weeks plus a single elimination tournament.  Teams consist of 6-10 rostered team members with one female on the court at all times. Winner is best 2 out of 3 25 point games. The cost to participate is $20 per person or $175 per team for the season. For more information, contact Aquatics Coordinator Kyle Jeffers at 926-4204 or kjeffers@duneland ymca.

WALKIN' WEDNESDAYS - Join the Duneland Family YMCA Staff as we walk a designated 5k route through the Town of Chesterton every Wednesday afternoon starting on May 20th. Everyone is welcome to participate in this FREE community program - adults, teens, children, moms with strollers and pets on leashes. The Y is dedicated to building healthy lifestyles for all, so let's get moving and get healthy together! Meet at the Duneland Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 4:15pm. Bring your family and friends, and have some fun. Walkin' Wednesdays is sponsored by Porter Regional Hospital, the Town of Chesterton and the Duneland Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Ashley Hall at 926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

FREE ADULT & TEEN YOGA CLASS AT LAKELAND PARK - begins Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 am. Bring your own yoga mat, or use one of ours. This class is being offered as part of the Y's partnership with Burns Harbor Park Dept. For more information, call Penny Bigger at 926-4204 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

FREE FAMILY FITNESS CLASSES AT LAKELAND PARK - In partnership with Burns Harbor Park Dept., Family Fitness classes will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5:15pm starting on June 22. Everyone is welcome and all equipment will be furnished for those attending the class. For more information, contact Penny Bigger at 926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

TRY SCUBA -   See how cool it is to breath underwater. TRY SCUBA is only $20. Learn about the exciting SCUBA courses that will be available this summer at your Duneland Family YMCA. Meet the instructors and sign up for a summer full of fun and adventure. Minimum age for TRY SCUBA is 10 years old with a parent or guardian. Starts Friday, June 5 from 6-8pm. For more information, contact Kyle Jeffers, 926-4204.

SILVER SNEAKERS CARDIO CIRCUIT CLASS - Class consists of standing low impact choreography alternating with standing upper body work with weights, tubes with handles and s.s. ball. Class meets Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Fitness Room with Instructor Deborah and on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Fitness Room with Instructor Nancy.

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Social Responsibility

The Y. So Much MoreTM

BACK YARD SWIM LESSONS - The Duneland Family YMCA provides swim lessons right in your backyard pool.  Become part of the Back Yard Swim Program and have the luxury of private swim lessons in your pool.  We know you will find this an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience.  Our instructors are CPR, First AID, AED and American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards who have been trained specifically to teach people of all ages, how to swim.  The Y sets the standard for swim programs, with participants enjoying the sport for years.  Safety comes first.  All lessons are taught in a progressive manner, with elements of fun.  $75 for members; $125 for nonmembers. $25 for each additional child, maximum of 3 per session. To schedule classes or for more information, contact Kyle Jeffers at 926-4204.

SENIOR CENTER - CONGRATULATIONS TO PHYLLIS MAHONEY, JUNE SENIOR OF THE MONTH! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 10:15am - 2:00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. WEEKLY FITNESS CLASSES: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Building Fit Friends @ 10:30 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday - Silver Sneakers @ 10:30 a.m. and Cardio Circuit @ 11:30 a.m.; Fridays - Bingo @ 11:45 a.m. JUNE EVENTS: Mondays on June 29 @ 11:45 a.m. - Movie & Popcorn. Bring your lunch. CONGRATULATIONS TO MARCY WASINSKI, JULY SENIOR OF THE MONTH! JULY EVENTS: Mondays on 27 @ 11:45 a.m. - Movie & Popcorn - bring your lunch. Wednesday, July 22 - lunch trip to Marty's Landing. Transportation provided by Chesterton United Methodist Church. CONGRATULATIONS TO STELLA MARKOVICH, AUGUST SENIOR OF THE MONTH! AUGUST EVENTS: Mondays on August 3, 10, 24 & 31 – Movie & Popcorn @ 11:45a.m. – bring your lunch. Wednesday, August 5 @ 11:45 a.m. – Ice Cream Social at the Y provided by Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso. Wednesday, August 12 @ 11:45 a.m. – Mexican Domino Gram – bring your lunch. Monday, August 17 @ 11:45 a.m. – Book Review – lunch provided by El Salto’s Mexican Restaurant of Chesterton. Thursday – August 20 @ noon – Senior Potluck Luncheon – bring a dish to share. Enjoy a Tai Chi demonstration by Boting Mo. Wednesday, August 26 @ 11:45b a.m. – Lunch trip to Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton.

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT - Every Friday night 6:00-9:30 PM, Parents can utilize the Parent’s Night Out program and stop worrying about finding a sitter. Trained YMCA staff have organized and fun activities planned to keep each child’s attention. From arts and crafts to gym time it is never a dull moment on Friday evenings at the Y. Not to mention, it is affordable! The cost for members is $10 for the first child & $5 for each additional child. The non-member rate is $20 for the first child & $10 for each additional child. Please call the Y by noon on Thursday to ensure proper staffing levels, 926-4204.

 

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.