Kids Zone & Kids Club

Kids Zone

Ages 6 weeks to 5 years at Southlake while 6 weeks to 7 years at Griffith, Hammond and Whiting locations who have an active family membership.

Your child’s time in our Kids Zone drop-in day care will be a fun, enriching experience with activities, games and crafts that reflect the core values of the YMCA.

Kids Club

A drop off program for children ages 6-12 years old who have an active family membership.

We will have programs and activities for kids to get moving through fun, age appropriate play and games.

Check-In
For your child’s safety, a parent/guardian is required to sign their child in and out of the Kids Zone & Kids Club. The parent/guardian who signs the child in must also sign the child out, unless prior arrangements have been made with Staff. No one under the age of 18 is allowed to check children in and out of the Kids Zone & Kids Club. Be sure all children are listed on your account in our system before check-in.

Checklist: Before you drop off
• My child is wearing shoes, socks and is dressed for play, crafts, etc.
• My child is in a clean diaper or has used the restroom.
• My child is well fed/nursed
• All personal items are labeled with my child’s name
• I have brought all items needed to care for my child (i.e. plenty of diapers, change of clothes, wipes and prepared bottles).
• The Y Kids Zone has capacity limits. On occasion you may have a wait time before you can sign in your child. We want to ensure each and every child is safe in our Kids Zone.

Time limits
The Y’s drop-in Kids Zone is not a licensed child care center. We have a limit of 1 hours of care while the parent/guardian is at the Y. Kids Club is available for a maximum of 2 hours per visit.

Clothing
For your child’s safety, shoes or socks are to be worn at all times. Socks are to be worn in the play area. Winter items may be stored in the Kids Zone but must be kept in a cubby.

Food & Drink
If you provide a drink for your child, please bring only water or juice (milk allowed ONLY for infants). Drinks must be in spill-proof cups. No food, candy, gum, raisins, peanut products or meals are allowed.

Leaving the YMCA
Kids Zone is not a licensed child care facility, therefore a parent/guardian MUST remain inside the YMCA facility during the child’s stay. Failure to comply will result in revocation of Kids Zone services.

Illness
Children showing signs of illness will not be allowed in the Kids Zone & Kids Club. A child must be symptom-free for 72 hours in order to return. If your child has a communicable illness or head lice, please notify the staff immediately so appropriate action can be taken.

Qualified Staff
Our caring and professional staff members are certified in CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse Training, and Appropriate Touch to ensure the safety of your child during their visit. In addition, staff members work hard to develop a variety of age-appropriate activities to keep your child active and engaged.

Please see our staff for full details on policies and procedures at your Y location.