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Pawtucket Family YMCA PROGRAMS

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For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

At the YMCA of Pawtucket, we understand that swim lessons are more than just stroke development. As they learn to swim, children also develop endurance, self-confidence, and an appreciation for water safety. The Y staff works hard to create an encouraging atmosphere in the water, where each swimmer can learn and progress at his or her own rate and comfort level.

All ages – from infants to seniors – can learn to swim. See our class offerings below to find one that best fits your family’s busy schedule.

Spring 1 Swim Lesson Offerings- Contact the Welcome Desk for schedule

Introduction to Swim Team- This program is geared for youth interested in joining a Swim Team.  Get ready to prepare and work on swimming skills needed to compete competitively.  Participants must be able to swim across the pool up and back. Check with the welcome desk at 401-727-7900 for more information on the next session.

The Pawtucket Family YMCA’s mission is to help develop fit people and build strong communities. Whether you’re in shape and want to stay that way or out of shape and ready to move toward a healthier lifestyle, we have a program and a place for you! You can choose from individual workouts on our cardiovascular and strength training equipment or take a class and have fun with a group of friends. The YMCA staff dedicates themselves to assisting and encouraging individuals to discover and maintain their full physical, mental and spiritual potential by providing complete wellness education, resources, equipment and professional guidance.

Wellness Center: The Pawtucket Family YMCA’s Wellness Center is 6,000 sq. feet and includes the latest state-of-the-art fitness equipment. The Pawtucket Family YMCA’s Wellness Center, designed to help facilitate the highest level of service to improve our members’ health and well-being, offers creative and dynamic programs and customized exercise opportunities. Equipment includes Cybex® treadmills, Arc Trainers, stationary bikes, recumbent bikes, Cybex® strength equipment, plate-loaded equipment, free weights, functional trainers, and cable crossover machines.

Personal Training: Whether it’s getting started or just maintaining your current fitness level, our team of personal trainers can provide you with challenges and motivation. Each member of the Family Y Personal Training team carries national certification or a related educational degree. 30 min sessions and 60 min sessions and Buddy Training available.  Contact Shelly, Wellness Director at 401-727-7900

Group Training: Small Group Training combines the best training tools from a traditional fitness class with exciting 60 min progressive workouts to help you improve cardio, power, strength and endurance for all ability levels.  This will help you meet your fitness goals with the benefit of a personal trainer and support from others in a small group setting.  Contact Shelly, Wellness Director at 401-727-7900

Ready-To-Be-Fit Program: Our Ready-To-Be-Fit Program is a safe and easy way to develop and acclimate into a fitness routine. Staffed by YMCA Fitness professionals, the program is specifically designed for members of all fitness levels to complete a full-body strength workout in 30 minutes. The program is held in the Ready To Be Fit Room, which is the perfect complement to an exercise class or cardiovascular workout. Equipment in the room includes Cybex® strength equipment, Life Fitness treadmills.

Group Classes: No matter what your style, the Pawtucket Family YMCA has a group exercise class fit for you! Our classes are offered for early risers, and continue into the evening for those who need to burn off steam from a long day. Our instructors are certified professionals who have your health interests in mind and offer a variety of difficulty levels and skills in each class. The Pawtucket Family YMCA provides proven programming that works!

Physical activity is a great way for older adults to have fun and maintain the strength and agility necessary to remain independent and healthy.

Offerings at the Pawtucket Family YMCA for seniors include SilverSneakers, a renowned group exercise program that gives seniors an opportunity to stay on track toward their health and fitness goals. The classes are designed for older adults and are taught by certified instructors.

Participants move to the sound of music through a variety of exercises aimed at increasing strength and range of movement, both of which are necessary to complete activities of daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball are used for resistance. Chairs are available for support, if needed.

Senior citizen programs exclusive to YMCA members are:

  • Aqua Fit Exercise, which combines water aerobics with periods of body sculpting for a non-weight bearing workout that is easy on the joints and bones.
  • Strong & Flexible Seniors, which consists of a variety of exercises and a 15-minute flexibility segment.
  • Cardio Latin Beat, which is held in the pool, where participants do a series of movements to improve their appearance and strengthen their cardiovascular systems.
  • !!NEW!! Pickleball- A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played indoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. Played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.
  • Silver Sneakers, This workout includes fall prevention drills and exercises to improve strength and endurance. A chair and handheld weights or tubing are recommended.

More information can be acquired at the member services desk or by calling (401) 727-7900.

The Pawtucket Family YMCA is home to some of the best parties in the area! The Y offers a vast amount of themes and activities that are fun, convenient, and affordable for all!


The perfect party for your little one! Reserve an hour just for your party in our soft-play and tube rooms. These two great rooms will have your child begging not to leave! This party area will be one that your child will not forget anytime soon! (one hour pre-school or Pool play, one hour party room)
Member/Non-Member: $200/$275


Birthday Party Rentals

Contact Veronica at (401) 727-7900 to reserve your party today!

Gym, Extreme Gym, Racquetball & Classroom Rentals

The Pawtucket Family YMCA has state-of-the-art facilities including a regulation-sized gymnasium, four lane pool, and Racquetball court. For more information, call (401) 727-7900.

Child Watch is a feature of the YMCA’s youth programming that offers a variety of supervised activities for children while their parent’s exercise and stay active.
FREE SERVICE TO ALL Full Facility Memberships — Two hour time limit.


NEW HOURS: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 pm and Thursday and Friday 5:30pm-8:00pm
(2 years old- 11 years old)

Please contact Shelly Millett at 401-727-7900 for more information

Youth Programs

Fitness for Fun
Do you want your child to become more active and health conscious? This six-week class will focus on learning the exercise principles, guidelines and techniques to use in the Fitness Center or Ready To Be Fit Room. Participants will learn the proper use of the cardio and strength equipment. Children will also be taught about the importance of nutrition. Upon completion of the program, youth will be permitted into designated fitness areas, when accompanied by an adult, at select times throughout the week.

Young Chefs (ages 6-10 yrs)

A cooking class for children to help them learn the basics of cooking.  Each week your child will learn a new recipe and at the end of the session get their own little recipe book.


Teen Programs

Teen Center NOW OPEN!!!
The Pawtucket Family YMCA gives teens a safe place to call their own and a chance to connect with positive role models and adults who care about them. Teen programs include youth development activities, leadership groups, community service projects, exposure to diverse career options, after-school activities, tutoring and mentoring, sports, camping, strength- training, and fun, recreational events.

Teen Open Gym
This is a time set for teen members to drop in and play the sport of the day. Basketball, wiffleball, soccer, football and volleyball activities are enjoyed by teens and supervised by staff. Come join us for some fun! Teen Gym is a safe, monitored environment for your teens to exercise and develop healthy habits. Teen gym also gives teens the opportunity for fun, fitness and social interaction!


 Basketball Skills and Drills
(Ages 5 to 12-years-old)
This is a six-week program that focuses on the fundamentals and skill building of the game of basketball. The Rookie’s Basketball league is a great place for younger children to train and play. Every child will get to participate while learning new techniques. We have excellent instructors with backgrounds playing on a college level, professionally and also coaching AAU Basketball. Enroll your kids to be part of the team!

Shito Ryu Kai Karate
Students learn basic techniques, forms, and self-defense in a structured martial arts program. Students also learn the history of karate. Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30PM-6:30pm (6-17 years old)


Racquetball is an intense cardio workout that is quick and easy to learn. A faster game than traditional tennis, the game is designed for quick thinking and quick moving, and is great for participants looking to add variety to their workouts. Members may reserve court time up to one week in advance. For more information or to sign up, please visit the Member Services desk.
Free for members.

Lunch Break Basketball
This program is designed to offer adults a program where they can come in on their lunch hour and enjoy a basketball game. Basketball is a great cardiovascular workout that gets your heart and lungs active. Try this program to get a good workout while also building lasting friendships.

Shito Ryu Kai Karate- This class you will learn self-discipline/self-defense.  It is meant to guide you towards Leadership Development while teaching you balanced mind and body. Mondays at 10:00am  For more information contact the Welcome Desk at 401-727-7900.

Children that attend one of the Pawtucket Family Y summer camps will get to enjoy innovative programming in a beautiful setting that consists of 80 acres of heavily wooded land preserved for camping and hiking and the expansive and pristine Quidnick Reservoir used for activities such as swimming, fishing and boating at our Westwood YMCA campus in Coventry RI.

The day camps are ideal for children age 5 and older. Free transportation is offered for children from Pawtucket and Central Falls to and from Westwood.  Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there is complimentary pre-camp child care, starting at 7:00 a.m., and post-camp care, ending at 5:30 p.m. Camps are available for members and non-members. Families can apply for financial assistance and sibling discounts.


Camp Scouts  is for children ages 5-6 years old. Campers learn about healthy lifestyles and engage in activities to increase their social, emotional and physical development. Activities include arts and crafts, STEAM, outdoor games, sports, and nature throughout the week.

Camp Adventures is for children ages 7-8 years old, who learn new skills such as boating and archery while improving their swimming ability with daily lessons.

Camp Explorers is for children ages 9-12 years old, who concentrate on swimming and plan activities to develop leadership skills and build character and participate in hands-on project based initiatives.


Counselors in Training (CIT) is a program designed for ages 13-15 years old.  Participants will learn basic safety, group control, games, camp best practices and how to support the mission of the Y camp.  This experience will provide participants with valuable employment skills, healthy relationships, and opportunities to lead.

RACE FOR CHASE is program designed by the Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski Foundation in an effort to turn tragedy into triumph.  Participants take a part in a 6 week coaching program to teach and improve swim, biking and running skills, culminating in a TRIATHLON. Through a grant there is no charge for this program.  It runs 8:30am-12pm and participants and will join a regular camp after lunch.

To download the application and program book

2023 Summer Camp Application
*Coming Soon*

2023 Summer Camp Brochure

For more information about camp please contact our Welcome Desk at 401-727-7900.

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20 Summer Street
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860
(401) 727-7900


Monday-Friday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00AM – 3:00PM

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