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Old 07-29-2007, 02:54 PM
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I just joined the YMCA, and I am wondering for those of you who have been to several, which branch is your favorite one and why? If you have kids, do they enjoy the activities there while you are working out?
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Old 07-29-2007, 06:11 PM
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Default YMCA Services

We have a metro YMCA membership for our family, which means that we can use any Y that is part of the meck. are system. My kids like the water parks at Univ. and Harris. We have done swimming at several branches over the years, and that has always gone well.

My husband uses the membership the most. He moves around, some days for work. So, he has used the Gateway (small, but clean and good...basically an adult Y), Dowd (lots of adult stuff from b-ball to raq. ball to bible studies...but it is often too crowded), to the McCrory (Beatties Ford Road location...nicer than some think, clean and easy to get in and out of).

We do neighborhood, not Y sports. But many we know do and LOVE YMCA sports for their kids. You can work out while they practice, which is a good plus. Also, most SHOULD have an 'everyone plays' rule. This is good for younger kids in my opinion. Remember also that they have, at most family Ys, judo, gymnastics and other types of things for kids. For young kids, there is also child watch.

Hope this helps--
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:47 PM
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We also joined at the Dowd Y so we can use all the campuses. I like the Harris Y, and the Morrison Y. The pools are clean, and I love the BOSU class that is offered at the Harris Y. Also, the summer camps for the kids, especially the Little Splash Camp was a favorite with my kids.
The Harris Y offers separate areas based on age, and the Kids Clubhouse for ages 5 and up is awesome...an indoor treehouse complete with slides, ropes, and a bridge is loved by my kids.
The only thing is, you have to pay $2.50 for each child. The Morrison Y offers free childcare during workouts, but my kids didn't like that as much.
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