Moms, dads – this place is really for you

kidsplace2Let’s say you’re a parent, and you want to go down to the YMCA for a morning or evening workout, but your spouse is at work, you don’t want to go to the trouble of finding a babysitter just to go sweat for an hour …

So you think, I give up. I can’t just take the kids to the Y and leave them there while I do Nautilus and the treadmill.

Actually, yes, you can.

“A lot of people still don’t know that we’re here,” said Melody Mendicino, the director of YMCA Kids Place, which provides childcare weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-7:30 p.m., and on Friday nights and Saturday mornings by appointment.

Kids Place takes infants as young as six weeks old and preteens up to 12 or 13.

“It’s a safe environment for parents to leave their children while they’re here working out,” said Mendicino, detailing the schedule of activities in Kids Place, which includes playtime in the Kids Place room downstairs and visits to the gyms for supervised playtimes there.

Basic arts and crafts are also on the activity calendar. “Even if it’s just a coloring page, the parents are just thrilled when they come back, and the kids say, Look, and they have something at home to put on the refrigerator,” Mendicino said.

More information about Kids Place is available at the front desk.

“It’s nice to be able to get that word out that we have this. You have two hours. It’s a break for moms and dads. Take advantage of it,” Mendicino said.


Kids Place
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4-7:30 p.m.
WEEKENDS: Friday night and Saturday morning hours are by appointment. Call the front desk at 540.942.5107 by Thursday at 7 p.m. to reserve a time.

Want more information?

Stop by the front desk or contact us by email or phone.