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!

Youth Development

LAST CALL FOR SPRING SOCCER REGISTRATION AT DUNELAND Y! Register now for the Youth Spring Soccer program for boys and girls from age 3 to 11 at Duneland YMCA. Registration ends on April 19, and the soccer season begins. Teams will be practicing and playing games from April 19 through May 31. The cost is $40 per child for members and $80 per child for non-members. There are multiple child discounts and financial assistance is available. Be sure to ask about our Late Fee Waiver! For more information, or to register your child, visit the Y or call 926-4204.

YOUTH SPORTS WITH CPD & CFD! The Chesterton Police and Fire Departments have partnered with the Duneland Family YMCA to coordinate gym activities with area youth. Beginning March 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. The program will run in the Y Gym Monday through Thursday each week for dodgeball, kickball, basketball and flag football. This program is open to the community, and free to all. Youth will have an opportunity to get to know the men and women who protect the community, and they'll have a great time trying to outscore them! No registration - JUST SHOW UP!

STRONG GIRL! For girls in grades 3-5 - Promotes self-esteem and leadership. Girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique. The purpose is to promote positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore beliefs around experiences and challenges all girls face and develop skills and strategies to help navigate through them through fitness and friendship.  Each girl will be entitled to a woman mentor to provide a positive experience. At the end of the course, the girls will participate in a community project and a big fitness event. Program runs March 9 - June 8 and meets each Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Duneland Y. For more info, contact Family & Youth Coordinator Sue McLaughlin at (219) 926 4204.

FREE ACT & SAT Practice Testing at the Y - Fully proctored practice tests will show students what to expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive comprehensive analysis of their performance on practice test detailing individual strengths and weaknesses. ACT practice test is Sunday, March 9 from noon - 5 p.m.; SAT practice test is Sunday, April 13 from noon - 5 p.m. Students should bring 2 pencils and a calculator.  You must pre-register. Each session is limited to 20 students. To register, call 1-800 KAP-TEST or online at www.kaptest.com/enroll/act/46304.

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.


Healthy Living

Lose the Belly Weight and Feel Great! Can't lose the belly weight? Tired? Want to control your blood pressure, sugar, heart and cholesterol issues? Come join the fun as Dr. Madiha Saeed, MD teaches you the key points to accelerate weight loss. Dr. Saeed is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She will explain the diet and lifestyle changes that will help with belly weight loss. Look and feel great for the summer! Lose the Belly Weight and Feel Great! will meet on Tuesday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m., in the Community Room. This seminar is free, open to the public and child care is available.

Fitness - New BAT Class - Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Fitness Room. Class focuses on toning the butt, abs and thighs. New Play Strong Live Strong for Kids 8-12 - Monday & Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Fitness Room. Have fun and keep moving with motivating games and activities played to upbeat music. Use all your major muscle groups! Parents welcome. Kids must be escorted to and from class. Class is free for members. Cost is $5 for non-members. New Danz Party for Kids 8-12 with instructor Vicky on tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Fitness Room. 45 minutes of fun, easy choreographed dance routines to youth appropriate music. Parents welcome. Kids must be escorted to and from class. Class is free for members. Cost is $5 for non-members. New Spin Class - on Wednesdays at noon in the Community Room with new instructor Sue McLaughlin. 

TAE KWON DO CLASSES - Learn how to defend yourself while learning how to use your mind and body in a way that requires self discipline, self-motivation and respect for others. Become a true martial artist. Class schedule: Traditional Forms on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m., JKD Defense / Sparring on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. and Board Breaking & Weapons on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. Single student cost - $75/month; family rate for 2 or more - $150/month. Fee includes first uniform and all material except sparring gear. For more information, contact Nicholas Wiseman, at 219-841-2925 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Community Nurse - On Friday, March 28, the Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting bood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index screenings from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Social Responsibility

Senior Center - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: WEEKLY: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Building Fit Friends at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday & Thursday - Silver Sneakers at 10:30 a.m.; Fridays - Bingo at 11:45 a.m. MARCH EVENTS: Mondays on the 24th & 31st - Movies & Popcorn @ 11:45 a.m. Bring a lunch or snack.Wednesday, March 26th @ 11:45 a.m. - "Get Your Kicks - Music of the 50's" at Memorial Opera House. Lunch (at the Y Senior Center) & transportation provided by the waters of Duneland. 

7 PEAKS "PASS OF ALL PASSES" - Available at the YMCA! 7 Peaks will donate a portion of the proceeds of every pass sold to the Duneland YMCA. Please help us achieve bigger and better things! The "Pass Of All Passes" entitles purchaser to unlimited admission to all of the following: 7 Peaks Waterpark, 7 Peaks Fun Center (excludes shoes), Washington Park Zoo, Oasis Splash Park, Talltree Arboretum & Gardens, all home Railcats games, Inman's Bowling & Recreation center (excludes shoes & arcades), Zao Island (includes free game of laser tag & golf Mon.-Fri. until May 2014, excludes arcades. Also included is admission to 3 Chicago Cubs home games! The cost is $29.95 plus tax. Special pricing is also available on Season Tube Rental & Season Parking. WHAT A DEAL. Passes are available at the Y Front Desk. For more information, call Emily Hoge at the Y.

Your Duneland Family YMCA Story - The Y is interested in your Y story. YOU MATTER TO US! We'd like to create "story boards" to display within our facility to help create friendships and a better understanding of our cause. If you have an interesting or compelling story to tell about a positive experience or program at the Duneland Y and are willing to share it with others, please contact Jane Delligatti at 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.