The YMCA has restructured our on-site, drop-off child care program. We've now updated our name to Kid Zone and added structured programs like Art, Circle Time, Kid Fit and Movement and Play, plus less structured drop-in care at most locations.
As a reminder, in accordance with local and state ordinances, children ages 5 and over who are participating in Kid Zone must wear a mask while indoors in the program. We encourage children ages 3 & 4 to wear masks indoors as well.
While Kid Zone care and classes are free for YMCA Members some of our locations require advance registration. Branches requiring registration are listed by selecting the "Register Today" link on this page. Branches that do not require advance registration are the Chatham YMCA, East Triangle YMCA, Ingram Family YMCA and the Poole Family YMCA.
Please ensure you are selecting a Kid Zone Care or Class at the same location and time as your group fitness class or planned workout.
Ages and Locations
As with all YMCA youth programs, kids are kept with similar ages. This is the range of ages each YMCA serves. Care and Classes may not be available for all ages.
A.E. Finley YMCA*: 2 months - 10 years
Alexander Family YMCA*: 8 weeks - 5 years, 8 weeks - 11 years during the evening, weekends and WCPSS school holidays.
Chatham YMCA*: 2 months - 10 years
East Triangle YMCA*: 6 weeks - 10 years
Ingram Family YMCA*: 6 weeks - 10 years
Kerr Family YMCA*: 2 months - 12 years
Kraft Family YMCA*: 6 weeks - 11 years
Northwest Cary YMCA: 8 weeks - 11 years
Poole Family YMCA*: 6 weeks - 10 years
Southeast Raleigh YMCA: 2 months - 12 years
Taylor Family YMCA*: 6 weeks - 11 years
*These branches do not currently require prior registration. Kid Zone Care hours can be seen on their linked homepages.
Kid Zone Care
Kid Zone Care is a drop-off (but reservations are still required at some locations) child care program held at the YMCA. This program is specifically set up to help our members enjoy a workout knowing their child is secure, safe and well taken care of. Kid Zone Care is for YMCA members whose children are on their membership and is offered at no charge as part of YMCA member benefits. Each session is up to two hours. Parents must remain on YMCA property while their children are in Kid Zone.
Kid Zone Classes
Kid Zone Classes are structured one-hour programs that focus on a particular theme or activity, such as Art, Circle Time, STEM or Kid Fit. Program themes and activities may change out each month. Our small, age-appropriate groups are safe and in accordance with our youth supervision guidelines and CDC recommendations. Kid Zone classes are for YMCA Members whose children are on their membership and are offered at no charge. Parents must remain on YMCA property while their children are in Kid Zone.