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

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Youth Development

T-BALL/COACH PITCH REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - for youth ages 3 to 7. Children will be introduced to the basic skills of the sport and play short games. Each child needs to bring his/her own baseball glove and wear athletic shoes. Shirts are available for $15.The T-Ball season runs for six weeks from July 18th - August 22. Cost for members is $50 per child and $100 for non-members. A fee waiver program for T-Ball/Coach Pitch is available! Each child is eligible for one late fee waiver per year. Financial assistance is available. For more information, contact Kyle Jeffers, 219-926-4204 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.

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.

2015 SUMMER AQUATICS - swim lessons available morning, late afternoon and evening for youth starting at age 6 months. Session 2: July 13-Aug. 14. Cost is $40 for Y members; $80 for community residents. Other aquatics lessons for adults, backyard lessons, scuba lessons, private swim lessons, lap swim and more aquatics opportunities available. For more information contact Aquatics Coordinator Kyle Jeffers at 926-4204 or kjeffers@duneland ymca. Download a 2015 Pool Schedule.

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.

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.

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.

SWIM STROKE CLINIC IS AUG 3 - 8: 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 $40, nonmembers $80. For more information, contact Mindy Billings at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

YOUTH SUMMER SPORTS PROGRAM - Registration is open now through July 3rd for a variety of sports for youth ages 11 to 15. Participate in six weeks of different sports clinics Monday through Friday from 10am until noon, and then swim and enjoy the pool from noon to 2pm. Track/Running, June 15-19; Basketball, June 22-26; Volleyball, July 13-17; Rugby, July 20-24; Flag Football, July 27-31; and Lacrosse, August 3-7. Cost is $30 per week for all participants. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Kyle Jeffers at 924-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

TRACK & FIELD - registering now through June 13 for youth ages 4-12. Orientation is June 13 at 10am Practice starts June 16 from 5:30 to 7pm and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Summer meets are currently scheduled for Saturdays on june 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25 in Valparaiso. Cost is $50 for members and $100 for non-members. Contact Kyle Jeffers for information at 926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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 Penny Bigger 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 Penny Bigger 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.

SPARTAN TOUGH - Obstacle course race training for all ages. Classes held inside and outside as weather permits. For more information, contact Penny Bigger at the Y.

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

FREE WEEK FOR SENIORS - JULY 6 - JULY 10! Seniors age 65 or olders are welcome to receive free services for one week! Try classes, meet new people, join in our Movie Monday and Bingo Friday activities. Stop in at the Y or give us a call to see if you qualify for FREE Y membership through our Silver Sneakers program. Your supplemental insurance may cover member ship cost at our Y! Contact Emily Hoge, Membership Coordinator at 219-926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 July 6, 13 & 27 @ 11:45 a.m. - Movie & Popcorn - bring your lunch. Wednesday, July 1, 8 & 15 @ 11:45 a.m. - Mexican Domino Game - bring your lunch. Thursday, July 16 @ noon - Senior Potluck Luncheon - bring a dish to share. Singalong with the Golden Fingers performers. Monday, July 20 @ 11:45 a.m. - Book Review - lunch provided courtesy of Ivy's Bohemia House in Chesterton. Wednesday, July 22 - lunch trip to Marty's Landing. Transportation provided by Chesterton United Methodist Church.

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.