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Spring Break Programs – McGaw YMCA – Grades K-5

2015 McGaw YMCA Youth Triathlon – Sun. July 12

The McGaw YMCA Youth Triathlon strives to encourage all youth to be active and achieve their personal best, regardless of how many triathlons they’ve experienced. Give your child the chance to boost their confidence and grow their athletic abilities with the triathlon.

The 7th Annual Youth Triathlon is being held on Sunday, July 12, 2015 for kids ages 5 to 14 and is being hosted once again at Evanston Township High School.

Community Theater Project @ McGaw YMCA

ymca-site-logoIf you enjoy any of the following: theater, music, dance, writing, politics, or poetry – this is the program for you. Join our team of fellow Evanston middle schoolers as we attack real-world issues through performance.

Lead by a professional actor, using dynamic games, improvisation, creative writing and powerful discussions, we’ll work together to create a world-premiere play that tackles issues around the world and in our community.

1000 Grove Street Evanston, IL 60201
(P) 847 475 7400 www.mcgawymca.org

Activity Code: 9272


Tues/Thurs 4-6pm February 4th – March 27th

Contact Jordan Scott Johnson at johnson.jordanscott@gmail.com

Healthy Family Day – Sun. Oct. 6

McGraw YMCA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Healthy Family Day!YMCA Healthy Family Day

Sunday, October 6th from 2pm – 6pm

All over the Y!

1000 Grove Street
Evanston, IL 60201

The event is open to the entire community!


  • FRONT LOBBY – Receive passport to health and Spin the Wheel giveaways
  • CHINNOCK LOUNGE – “Small Changes Can Be The Difference” – Q & A discussion on diabetes from North Shore Hospital’s Dr. Herman Blomeier. 3-4pm and 4:30-5:30pm
  • YOUTH LOBBY – Family games and activities, Whole Foods healthy ‘make your own’ snack station
  • GROUP EXERCISE STUDIO – Family Zumba and Yoga
  • POOL – Family Swim from 2 – 4pm
  • GYM – Family Fun Gym, Soccer and Volleyball throughout the day
  • SKYDECK – Healthy Cooking Demonstration – 2:30-3pm and 4-4:30pm

Afterschool Program Enrolling Now

School’s Out is the McGaw YMCA afterschool program serving K-5 students enrolled in District 65 schools.

The program is more than just “babysitting.” Trained staff are actively involved in running planned activities for the kids, including active, physical play, creative arts, a game room, quiet activities and reading, computer time, library time, and swimming. The curriculum complements that of D65 and includes arts and humanities, character development, health & wellness, homework support, literacy, science & technology, service learning, social competence and conflict resolution.

School’s Out includes transportation from all D65 school’s. It’s available for 3 or 5 days a week until 6:15 pm. Enroll in the Holidays program for full-day programming on school holidays and District half-days.

If you are interested at all, please contact the Children’s Center immediately. More information and registration forms are available here.

5th Annual YMCA Youth Triathlon – July 7

On Sunday, July 7th, kids ages 5 to 14 will compete in the McGaw YMCA’s 5th Annual Youth Triathlon at Evanston Township High School.ymca-site-logo

5-6 year olds will compete in a “Splash & Dash” that consists of a 50 yard swim and 0.4 mile run; 7-10 years swim 100 yards, bike 2.5 miles and run 0.7 miles; 11-14 year olds will swim 200 yards, bike 4 miles and run 1.5 miles. Awards will be given to top finishers and all participants will receive a medal and goody bag.

All participants of the race are required to attend the Pre-Race Expo on Saturday, June 6 to pick up race packets and get bikes inspected. The Expo will be hosted at Sebring-Lewis Center Gymnasium at the McGaw YMCA from 10 AM through 2 PM.

Lori Siegel, Associate Operating Officer and Senior Director at the McGaw YMCA, notes that the Youth Triathlon is a great event for youth of all levels to showcase their skills and determination. Lori adds,  “for many families this may be the first triathlon they have attended and this becomes the catalyst for adults to say ‘if my child can do this, maybe I can,’ putting them on a path to becoming  more active as individuals and as a family.”

The event would not happen without the support of generous sponsors.  The McGaw YMCA appreciates the support of platinum event sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, and bronze sponsors, Wellness Revolution, Chiro One, Precision Multisport, Evanston Running Club, Chicago Endurance Sports, Wheel & Sprocket and Andy’s Custard.

For questions about this event, email youthtri@mcgawymca.org. To sign up for this event, register online at mcgawymca.org.

Martin Luther King Observances in Evanston

There are events scheduled all over the community for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, beginning Saturday, January 19.  For a complete list, see the City of Evanston website.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21. The Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Noyes Cultural Arts Center and Ecology Center will be closed. The Main Library and the North Branch will be open. The Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch will be closed.

Free drop-in gym sessions will be held on Monday, January 21 at Robert Crown Community Center. Times are 9-11am for grade school age children; Noon-3pm for high school students and 4-7pm for adults. For more information, please call 847/448-8258.

Aristotle Peers (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) will offer free tutoring for students in grades K-12 from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 21 at Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St. in downtown Evanston. Tutors will work with students on homework, study skills, test preparation and more! Parents are encouraged to stay for snacks and conversation. More>>>