At the Y, children learn what they can achieve, families spend quality time together and we all build relationships that deepen our sense of belonging. For more than a workout. For a better us.

Share your Y Story with us! Has the Y impacted your life? We love hearing from our members. Sharing these stories helps our community understand the importance of the YMCA as we work together to build community and improve health.
American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation's health, the YMCA of Lincoln offers the following tips to help families be heart healthy:

  • Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for play. If your family enjoys active video games, select versions that require moving the body's large muscle groups while playing. Or, if weather permits, take a brisk 10-minute walk around the block after dinner.

  • Take a Snooze: Lack of sleep can be associated with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Adults need at least seven, but no more than nine hours of sleep a night to aid with the prevention of heart disease. Children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Develop bedtime routines for the whole family to assist with falling asleep faster and staying asleep.

  • Shape Up Those Recipes: Makeover your family's favorite recipes by reducing the amount of salt and saturated fat and substituting a lower fat food without sacrificing tastes. For example, use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream and skip the seasoning packet and use pepper and olive oil instead.
Y Happenings
Join the YMCA of Lincoln's Weight-Loss Challenge: Y-Lose It, February 5 - April 1

It's not too late to register! This team-based weight loss challenge is held throughout all Lincoln YMCAs. Set and work towards realistic goals with a YMCA Wellness Coach. Prizes will be awarded to the individual and team that loses the highest percentage of body fat within the association.

Challenge for Change
Y Member Fitness Incentive
February 21 - April 7

Later this month, be sure to pick up a Challenge for Change Punch Card at the Front Desk. Complete all 21 punches to win a Challenge for Change t-shirt! (For ages 14+)
Indoor Sprint Triathlon
February 25

Held at the Downtown YMCA, this indoor triathlon will make you strive for a new fitness level and help you achieve new goals. It will consist of 10 minutes swimming, 30 minutes biking, and 20 minutes running. Each competitor will be placed in heats of 10 people and assigned a time to start.

Child Care Programming

Before and/or After School Care: The YMCA offers a lot of opportunities for your child to be active and productive before and after school. Each program has something unique to offer. Click on the link below to view available schools and program offerings.

Priority registration begins February 7 • Y Family Member registration begins February 14 • Non-Member/Open registration begins February 21

LEARN MORE & REGISTER (Information for 2018-2019 is currently being added to the website and will be available by the start of Priority Registration.)

Kids Day/Night Out: Consists of opportunities for kids to have a fun-filled, supervised time at the YMCA while their parents enjoy spending time outside of the YMCA. A great opportunity to work on projects, go on a date or have a few hours without the help of little hands.

View available dates, times & locations: KIDS DAY OUT | KIDS NIGHT OUT

Fundays: A licensed child care program offered through the YMCA on some Lincoln Public Schools non-school days.

View available dates, times & locations: FUNDAYS
Specialized Trainings & Workshops Offered throughout the Lincoln YMCA

Women's Wellness Weekend
May 19-20 at
YMCA Camp Kitaki

Be adventurous or simply relax in a peaceful forest setting. Enjoy a nature hike, read by the fireplace, or make s'mores by the campfire. Ride a horse, get moving in Group Exercise classes, or challenge yourself with the Tower Climb or Zip Line. Make crafts, experience our outdoor music playground, canoe, kayak and more!

Give the Gift of Wellness or Treat Yourself!
Parent & Child February Dances
Various Dates & Locations

Join us for an evening of fun with your little one! We have multiple dances being held throughout the association.
Father-Daughter Dances

Friday, February 2
$7 per person for Y Member

Saturday, February 10
$7 per child for Y Member | $15 per child for Non-members

Mother-Son Dance

Friday, February 23
$7 per child for Y Member | $15 per child for Non-members

Dive in Movie Night
February 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Held at the Copple Family YMCA, the entire family is invited to watch "The Little Mermaid" in the indoor pool area. Wear your swimsuit and bring your own pool noodles!

Y Members: FREE | Non-members: $5 at the door

Swim in the New Year Incentive
Now - March 15

Participate in this free lap swimming incentive to help get and stay motivated as the new year begins. Participants will receive a card from the Front Desk or lifeguard to track their swim mileage. Once pre-set goals are reached, prizes will be awarded: water bottle, t-shirt and a drawing for a $50 gift card to Scheels (one drawn at each Y branch). (For ages 9+)

YMCA Camp Kitaki
Cabin Fever Campout

When: Saturday, February 10 - Sunday, February 11
Ages: 7-14
Registration Fee: $65

Think your kids have what it takes to solve a mystery? Then this Clue-themed campout is for them! They'll sharpen their detective skills with mysterious games and contests to catch the caper. They will also make a few crafts, play some Spyball, make new friends and meet a real-life crime scene investigator! If weather permits, we'll be braving Kitaki's giant sledding hill, so please pack warm winter gear. Give your kids a night of memories, friends and fun while you enjoy a quiet evening for Valentine's deserve it and so do they!

Masterpiece Arts Weekend

When: Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25
Ages: 11-15
Registration Fee: $125

With the help of our caring and skilled counselors, you'll be able to select the projects that interest you most throughout the weekend. In addition to time to work at your own pace and explore your interests, you'll have the option to go on field trips, meet with local artists or even compete in Restaurant Wars. No experience necessarywe'll provide all the instruction and supplies needed to help you express yourself and connect with your peers!

March Madness

When: Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25
Ages: 7-14
Registration Fee: $125

Are you ready for an adventure? Camp Kitaki has been invaded by a devious Leprechaun who has hoarded all of the Kitaki gold. Come meet the rest of your new adventurer friends, plan your gold raid and see if you can liberate the booty from the clutches of the Leprechaun!

Summer Camp 2018 is Over 65% Full

We love seeing the growth people experience while at summer camp. Whether a first-time camper or a staff member with years of experience, YMCA Camp Kitaki is a place for learning and becoming your best self. As kids grow at camp, the program grows with them—offering new challenges and experiences that will create memories to last a lifetime.

YMCA Youth Sports
Community Events
Teen Night at Downtown

When: Saturday, February 24 from 7:00-10:30pm

FREE Admission/Open to the Public for All 5th - 9th Graders

Teens are invited to join us for open gym, swimming, fitness, ping-pong, racquetball, dancing, arts & crafts, music, pizza, guest speakers and more!

Now Hiring
Multiple Part-Time Job Opportunities Available at the Lincoln YMCA

Featured opportunity:
  • Aquatics Coordinator at Cooper: Assist the Aquatics Director in carrying out supervisory/leadership responsibilities to effectively manage personnel and programs in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Associate's Degree or equivalent education/training preferred. Must also have previous lifeguarding experience. Minimum of two years previous Y experience preferred. Previous supervisory experience preferred.

Plus, check out these opportunities:
  • Before/After School Program Staff
  • Child Watch Staff
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Gymnastics Instructor
  • Housekeeping Support Staff
  • Lifeguard
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Summer Lifeguard
  • Summer Swim Lesson Instructor
  • Wellness Specialist