Child Care

Child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn fundamental skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

For more information on Child Care programs, please contact Katie Eagan.


A supervised area where children can play in a safe and caring environment while parents work out. Activities include playground time, music, arts and crafts and story time. Children may be checked into Child Watch for up to two hours per visit; parents must remain on YMCA premises.
play-binoculars-girlAges: 8 weeks to 4 years

ChildWatch Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7:45 a.m. – noon & 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m. – noon & 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – noon

Members: FREE
Non-members: $7 per child per visit

Adventure Club

Adventure Club is supervised area where children play games such as Four Square and dodge ball, create arts and crafts projects, use our Wii and DDR all the while developing their social skills and self esteem. Parents check their children in and out of Adventure Club inside Justin’s Place. *Adventure Club is not available in the morning when school is in session.

Adventure Club Hours
*Monday – Thursday: 7:45 a.m. – noon and 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
*Friday: 7:45 a.m. – noon and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – noon
Sunday: 2:15 – 5 p.m.

Members: FREE with Family membership
Non-members: $7 per child / visit

Justin’s Place

Justin’s Place is a fun and exciting children’s entertainment experience at the NorthWest Family YMCA. Justin’s Place includes a huge indoor playground, video gaming area, parent lounge area – something for children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent to enjoy Justin’s Place if outside of Adventure Club hours.

Justin Pepper was born on December 1, 1995 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. At the age of 2 his parents moved to Chapin, South Carolina. Justin was received in heaven on August 14th, 2007, as a result of a tragic motor vehicle accident. The YMCA of Columbia is proud to honor Justin’s memory with a great place for children of all ages to gather and play. Through “Play at Justin’s Place,” children will develop self-esteem, coordination and social skills to grow in spirit, mind and body.


2 – 12 years

Y-Club Afterschool Program

The Y-Club Afterschool Program is a fun place to be with lots of positive staff interaction and learning opportunities. We provide a healthy afterschool snack, physical fitness time, homework help and a wide variety of other activities, including STEM and time to socialize with friends or play games.


School dismissal – 6 p.m.
Ages: 4K – 8th grade
Weekly Cost: $50 members/$65 non-members

When there is a half day at school, we will still hold afterschool and pick up the children from school when they are dismissed. On School in-service days and student holidays we will hold All Day Outs and each participants must be registered by the Friday before to attend. Holiday breaks (Winter Break and Spring Break) are also registered and paid for separately.

Transportation is Provided From:

  • Ballentine Elementary
  • Crossroads Middle
  • Dutch Fork Elementary
  • Dutch Fork Middle
  • Green Charter School
  • H.E. Corley Elementary
  • Harbison West Elementary
  • Irmo Elementary
  • Irmo Middle
  • Nursery Road Elementary
  • Oak Pointe Elementary
  • River Springs Elementary

Download: In-HouseRegistration Form


All Day Outs

Ages: 5 -12

Cost: $15 for members/$25 for non-members per day for non-afterschool participants

In-service days/student holidays are included in regular Afterschool weekly fees, except for Holiday Breaks (Winter Break and Spring Break), which are registered and paid for separately.

All participants must register for All Day Outs by the Friday before so that staff can prepare.

Upcoming Dates:
March 8, 2019
March 29
April 22
May 27
June 7

Times: Drop off starts at 7 am and pick-up by 6:15 pm.


Fun Night

Ages: 5 to 11 years

Fun Night is just that…A FUN NIGHT! Parents go out to eat, enjoy some time away, we’ve got your kids and they will love it! During this time, kids will enjoy games, crafts, music, physical activity, and much more! The price includes entry and pizza, drink, & chips.

Upcoming Dates:
November 2
November 16
December 7
December 21

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Cost: $10


Homeschool Swim & Gym

The YMCA Homeschool Swim and Gym program is a great way to work physical activity, healthy living, socialization and play into your homeschool curriculum. The goal of swim and gym classes for students is to have planned individual and cooperative physical activity and fitness assessments promoting the students’ optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development. Participants will also learn sports and swimming skills while developing social relationships.

Day/time: Meets on Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

$45/YMCA members; $80/non-member

August 29 – October 17
October 24 – December 12
January 9 – February 27, 2019
March 13 – May 1, 2019

For more information, contact Troy Love.

For in-house registration, please complete this form.