The Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA  officials held an Open House on Saturday at their Valencia location.
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“The reason why we had this Open House is to show the community that the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCAis there for them,” said Sharlene Duzick, director of membership at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA. “At every YMCA, we try to tailor our programs for the community.”
Santa Clarita Valley residents were invited to come and check out the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA.
“You come in, go on a tour, speak with a membership associate, and then sign up,” said Cindy Schweiger, senior program director for the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA. “With the open house, we waived the joining fee for the day.
The building includes a pool where various activities are held.
“In the pool, we offer individual classes as well as group classes. We also offer adult swim lessons as well,” Schweiger said. “We have water aerobics classes,, Water In Motion, which is like Zumba, active older adults classes and water volleyball. Our active older adults love the water volleyball.”
A multi purpose room offers more variety of fitness classes.
“We have a full multi purpose room where we offer Zumba classes, Fittastic which is body sculpting and fitness, step classes, etc,” Schweiger said. “We have active older adult classes called Sit And Fit, where people who cannot stand the entire time, can sit and still be involved in the fitness classes.”
In the back of the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, there is a park and a backyard with a playset.
“What’s nice is we are connected to the park and we have our own backyard area, Schweiger said. “We host family event as well as youth sports such as little kickers soccer, fit-tastic, volleyball, and junior olympics.
During the summer, the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA holds campfire nights and movie nights, she said.
“We have two gyms and on each machine we have these things called FitLinks. When you sign up, our counselors create a personalized plan for you and you can see that plan when you are working out with the FitLink,” Schweiger said. “They show how many reps at what weight you’re supposed to be doing and we always have a counselor walking around the gym to help or increase your reps or weight on the FitLink.”
If parents have young children, the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA offers a child activity center so parents can exercise worry-free.
“it is a free service included in the family membership and the kids get to do arts and crafts, games, sports and get to go outside,” Schweiger said. “During the week, we sometimes offer dance, art and Glee classes.”
There is also a spin room and classes are offered once a week, she said.
“We have before and after school programs, specialty camps and dance camps,” Schweiger said. “There are new programs for junior high and high school students. Junior high students can be in the Model United Nations program and the high school students can be in the Youth in Government program.”
The Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA also offers summer camps for children.
“We do a resident camp in summer where we take about 150 kids to Big Bear for a week,” said Terry Dixon, program director for the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA. “We offer lakefront activities, archery, mountain biking, horseback riding, a human foosball game, ropes challenge course and zipline. “
The Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA offers programs for parents and children to enjoy together, and no membership to the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA is required.
“There is also a parent-child program, where parents and their children can do activity together,” Dixon said. “it is designed for the parent to nurture the child. There is a winter camp, pancake breakfast, pinewood derby, olympics, JetHawks game and a spring campout.”
A membership with the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA can cost between $30 to $75 per month with an initial registration fee of $100 for adults and families and $50 for children.
“For some programs such as using the gym, activity center, or any fitness classes you have to be a member,” Schweiger said. “If you want to use the pool during open swim, take adults classes or swim classes, you do not have to be a member.”
The Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA offers several options for families to enjoy physical fitness while spending time with each other.
“We invite people to see what benefits the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA has to offer you, your children and your parents,” Duzick said. “We’re kind of the one place where you, your children and your parents can all be at the one place that focuses on bringing the family together.”
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The Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA Holds Open House Saturday
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