We joined the Y Center so that all of us could get exercise throughout the late fall and winter. Our local membership was finally completed today. Unfortunately, we were not able to exercise. The Y has changed the availability of almost every area for the fall and winter. Family swimming is only available from 10-10:30 am or 7:30-8:30 pm. By 7:30 pm, my 3 year old is exhausted and I won't take her anywhere because she doesn't always behave. The staff spent over an hour getting our membership cards created and we missed the early swim time.
My 3 and 5 year old children could go to child care, the 13 and 15 year old children could go to any area at the Y that was open. My 10 and 11 year old children were not allowed anywhere in the facility. I understand the difficulties of only opening areas that are going to be used by a number of members. I understand the budget constraints. I understand that they don't want to make different rules for members in different situations. After our experience today, I also KNOW why all my friends have dropped their membership at the local Y.
I asked where the 10 and 11 year old children were allowed. I was informed that they could use racquet ball and tennis courts if I was present. They could swim during Family Swim time. They could use the 6-12 year old area. The racquet ball courts are reserved for the next month. The tennis courts are booked.
So now I'm trying to figure out a way to change our schedule, so we could go to the Y after normal school hours. A new problem arises. My 3 and 5 year old children are not allowed anywhere in the facility except the pool and Child Watch. Child Watch is only open from 8:30am-12:30pm.
I asked if the 10 & 11 year olds could read in the Child Watch room. They are too old. Could I take them up to the 6-12 year old room and watch them while they used the equipment there. No. The 6-12 year old area is only open from 4:30pm-7:30 pm. The manager offered the solution of having the 10 & 11 year old children sit in the lobby at a table near the door, while the rest of us used the facilities. Somehow, I didn't see that as a good solution. We left with everyone in tears. Our Family Y membership was supposed to be a large portion of the children's Christmas present. We will end up only doing the Family swim. I may let the older children walk down to the library a couple of times a week, so I can work out, while the younger 2 kids are in Child Watch.
Maybe a better name for the center would be Adult Y Center, with child care available for limited hours.
We ended up at a neighborhood park. We all played tennis for an hour and then the kids were allowed to play on the climbing equipment. At least we all ended up having a good time and getting some exercise. All of us.