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How much does it cost to join the Y?
Because the Y is an inclusive organization that strives to be affordable to all, we offer Open Doors membership rates based on your income. We believe the opportunity for good health should be available to all people. To learn more, use our rate calculator.
Do you have to be a member to use the swimming pool?
A membership is needed to use the pool on a regular basis, or you may pay a daily-use fee. However, swim lessons are available to anyone in the community for a flat fee. Y members do receive a discount on swim lessons. You also may rent the pools and choose among our pool party packages. Contact a Y near you for more information.
Can I try the Y before joining?
People wanting to try out the YMCA services before joining are welcome to use a free guest pass before joining the Y. Other special promotions may apply for longer periods. Inquire at the Welcome Center at your Y for more information, or download a seven-day pass.
Do you offer discounts for area companies?
We do offer discounts for employees of companies that become a YMCA Healthy Living Partner. There is no cost for the company to become a Healthy Living Partner, although many of our partners do pay part of the monthly rate for their employees. To find out if your company has a corporate membership, view our Healthy Living Partners listing. For more information on how your company can become a Healthy Living Partner, contact Vic Perrin at 816.561.9622 or VicPerrin@KansasCityYMCA.org.
If I join the Y, can I bring guests?
As a member of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, you are welcome to bring guests. With your membership, you will receive three free visit passes each calendar year that can be used at your discretion. Additional guest visits can be purchased for a nominal fee at the Welcome Center. All guests must provide a photo ID at each visit. Members must be at least 16 years old to sponsor a guest. Use of certain areas of the facility may be restricted. Please inquire at your center for complete details.
What is included in my Y membership?
YMCA of Greater Kansas City benefits include:
• Use of all YMCA of Greater Kansas City centers
• Free Wellness Coaching program, which includes two personal training sessions
• Free health assessments
• Free fitness classes
• Free water fitness classes
• Free Child Watch while you work out for memberships including your children
• Free senior programs
• Reduced rates on swim lessons
• Reduced rates on kids' sports
• Reduced rates on other specialty classes and programs
• Priority registration for all Y programs
• YMCA AWAY Program that recognizes your membership at participating Ys across the country
• Access to fitness software
Do you honor Silver Sneakers members?
Yes! The YMCA of Greater Kansas City has a thriving Silver Sneakers program. The preventative SilverSneakers® exercise program enhances the quality of life for mature adults across the country. Health Care Dimensions (HCD) developed the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program over a decade ago, and it has since grown into the largest senior-focused exercise program in the United States. The partnerships between HCD and HMOs allow Medicare-eligible members of these health plans to participate in Y programs at no additional cost
Is the Y a charity?
Yes, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. That means that any revenue brought into the Y goes back to the members and community in programs and services, financial assistance is provided for people not able to afford the monthly fees, and the Y is governed by a board of directors made up of community volunteers.
How old is the Y?
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City celebrated its 150th birthday in 2010. The Y started in London 1844. During our history, the Y has started, nurtured and shared many programs. Organized swim lessons, the game of basketball, Father’s Day and here in Kansas City the Negro League of Baseball all started at a Y.
Do you offer personal trainers at the Y?
Yes. As a benefit of your membership you can take advantage of the Wellness Coaching Program, which will provide you a health assessment, fitness orientation, and a personal training session. Additional personal training packages are available for a fee.
I will need child care while I work out. What does the Y offer?
Y membership centers provide Child Watch free of charge with your household membership for your child ages 3 months to 8 years old. Care is available for up to two hours while you are in the Y facility. Your child will be engaged in active play during their time in Child Watch. We put safety first with a sign-in and sign-out procedure practiced at all times.