Us is a Promise. Us is a Possibility.
October 1 kicks off our YMCA Annual Campaign-Strong Kids. Because of gifts like yours, the Y is able to provide youth programming and services for children in need whom otherwise would not be able to participate due to financial limitations. Programs include life-saving swim lessons, before and after-school care, summer camp, youth sports, Teen Night and more. When you give to the YMCA of Lincoln, you make our community better and the "us" who live here stronger.

There are many ways to get involved!
  • Attend a Sweatin' for Strong Kids Group Exercise class, October 21-27
  • Take part in Giving Week events at your neighborhood YMCA, November 26-December 2
  • Donate $44 or more at any Lincoln Y Front Desk and receive a Strong Kids t-shirt and donor bracelet
  • Become a sponsor

LEARN MORE | Your gift matters. Give today!
No Initiation Fee* on FREE Fitness Friday - October 12
Bring your friends to FREE Fitness Friday this October 12 at any Lincoln Y location. This event is free and open to the community. Enjoy the many amenities the Y has to offer. Additionally, the Y offers up to two hours per child in our Child Watch area while their parent/guardian is in the facility.

Just bring a valid photo ID to check-in at the Front Desk (minimum age is 19+ unless accompanied by an adult age 19+).

*No Initiation Fee waiver is available in-branch only on Friday, October 12.
Youth Programs
Fall Session II: October 15 - November 17
Registration Begins: Lincoln Y Members - October 9 | Non-members - October 11
Swim Lessons


Youth Gym

Jr. Chefs

Youth Fitness Training

Babysitter Training

Youth Boot Camp

Yoga for Kids & Tweens
Copple Family (Tween Yoga) | Fallbrook (Hallow-Tween Yoga or Halloween Nama-Play Kid Yoga)

Speed & Agility - Now Enrolling (Class begins October 4)

View each branch's Youth Programs informational brochure for details:
Health & Wellness + Trainings
ASHI CPR/AED/First Aid Training or Recertification

Where: Cooper, Downtown, Fallbrook, Northeast
When: Varies
Registration Fee: Varies

Aquatic Sports & Games
For Ages 11-18
This program continues to build endurance on all major competitive strokes and encourages aquatic sports and games as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Where: Copple Family
When: October 17 - November 14, Wednesdays 4:30pm-5:10pm
Registration Fee:
  • Lincoln Y Member: $27
  • Non-member: $55

Aquatic Conditioning
Adult & Youth Sessions Available
This program focuses on continuing to build endurance and stroke technique and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Where: Copple Family, Fallbrook, Northeast
When: Varies
Registration Fee:
  • Lincoln Y Member: $27
  • Non-member: $55

BARRE Boot Camp or Express
A workout that fuses elements from ballet-based Barre work with strength training and core work.

Where: Cooper (Boot Camp), Downtown (Express)
When: Varies
Registration Fee: Varies

Y-Maintain It
Now Enrolling
If you recently lost weight, struggle with maintaining your current weight or are seeking guidance about healthier choices, this 4-week program is for you. Meet twice a week with a certified trainer and five other members to workout, talk facts and log your nutrition.

Where: Copple Family, Downtown, Fallbrook, Northeast
When: October 22 - November 18
Registration Fee:
Lincoln Y Members: $48 | Non-members $96

Resistance Training for Distance Runners
Join YMCA Camp Kitaki for a Fitness Adventure for all skill levels. The day will consist of a trail hike/run, workout of the day, group initiatives, the Tango Tower and Zipline. Lunch is included (gluten free available).

When: October 23 - December 11, Tuesdays from 6:20am - 7:05am
Where: Downtown
Registration Fee:
  • Lincoln Y Member: $20
  • Youth Member/Non-member: $30

Marathon Preparedness
Prepare together! This class will help you develop the running base needed to participate in the YMCA Marathon Training class that begins in January.

When: November 6 - December 11, Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Where: Downtown
Registration Fee:
  • Lincoln Y Member: $35
  • Youth Member/Non-member: $60

Strong Kids Team Triathlon
Now - November 4
One team captain plus 9 or fewer teammates will work together for fun, prizes and to raise money for the YMCA Annual Campaign-Strong Kids . All teams that finish will receive a Strong Kids Team Triathlon t-shirt!

Where: Northeast
Registration Fee: $20 per person, team goal of $200

10th Annual
Cooper YMCA Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving Morning
Family Fun for Everyone

Run. Eat. Be Thankful. Featuring a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, 5K, and 3x1 Turkey Leg Relay, there is going to be fun for all ages. All races are through beautiful Lincoln Memorial Park. This course offers paved roads with a few moderate hills. Each registered child who participates in a race will receive a finisher's ribbon. All 5K finishers will receive a finisher's medal. The first male and female runners to cross the 5K finish line will receive a frozen turkey. The first all-male, all-female and co-ed turkey leg relay teams to cross the finish line will all receive prizes. All registered participants dressed in a holiday-themed costume will be eligible for prizes. Join us!

When: Thanksgiving Morning - Thursday, November 22, 2018
Where: Lincoln Memorial Park across from the Cooper YMCA
Registration Fee: Varies  by race type

Child Care Programming
Kids Night/Day Out
Kids will have a fun-filled, supervised time at the Y, while their parents/guardians enjoy spending time outside the Y.

  • COOPER (October 20 & November 17)

A licensed child-care program offered on some Lincoln Public Schools' non-school days for youth in Kindergarten through age 13 at some Lincoln Y locations.

Where: Cooper, Copple Family, Fallbrook, Northeast

Upcoming Dates:
October 12*, 15 & 16; November 21 & 26*

*LPS Elementary Schools not in session

Y Happenings
Group Exercise Survey
All Lincoln Y Locations
Now - October 31, 2018
Let us know how we're doing. We invite you to complete a survey card following your Group Exercise class(es).

All Lincoln Y Locations
Now - October 31, 2018
Lincoln Y members are encouraged to attend our FREE Group Exercises and for every milestone reached--50, 75 or 100 classes attended--you'll receive a prize. Tracking sheets provided.

Cooper YMCA
Now - October 19, 2018
Donate items and bid on your favorites with proceeds benefiting the YMCA Annual Campaign-Strong Kids.

Halloween Party
Cooper YMCA
October 26, 2018
Join us for Halloween-themed carnival games, prizes and our famous balloon drop at the end of the night. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite costume.

Teen Night - last one in 2018; will return in January 2019.
October 27, 2018
Open to all 5th-9th graders. Event is FREE and you do not need to be a Y member to attend.
Fallbrook YMCA
October 31, 2018
Wear costumes and trick-or-treat in the Fallbrook parking area where vehicle trunks will be decorated in fun Halloween themes.

Strong Kids Extravaganza: Chili Cook-Off, Cupcake Wars & Pickleball Tournament
Northeast YMCA
November 3, 2018
More info coming soon!

Now - November 12, 2018
Want to get your hands on some coveted Nebraska Cornhusker Football tickets while helping a great cause? All bids take place online and end the Monday immediately prior to each home game at 9:00am.
YMCA Camp Kitaki
5 Weekends to Choose From
Halloween Fun Awaits at YMCA Camp Kitaki

Campers will take part in festive activities including an eerie good time at the costume dance, Halloween stories from a professional storyteller, carving pumpkins, hunting ghouls and so much more. There will even be some spooky activities for those who are brave enough. Plus, all campers will get to see the one and only Senser Family Glow Show!

The Entire Family Can Enjoy Camp
Fall Family BBQ
October 14

Come to YMCA Camp Kitaki for an afternoon of great family fun and a delicious BBQ dinner--all supporting the YMCA Annual Campaign-Strong Kids.

  • Hayrack Rides
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Black Light Show Performance
  • Archery
  • Crafts Den
  • Fort Pawnee
  • GaGa
  • Horse Rides (Available for an additional $10 purchase/person day-of on a first-come basis. Riders must be at least 7 years of age and wearing long pants and closed-toe shoes.)

Registration is Open!
Summer Camp 2019

General registration for Summer Camp 2019 at Kitaki is now open, with some programs like Leadership, Niobrara, and Regular and Challenge Ranch Camp completely sold out. Don't miss the chance to experience the memories, friendship and fun...sign up today!

YMCA Youth Sports