TAMPA — The YMCA has always been a place for families. This year, it has launched a new initiative to ensure that families are indeed the foundation of its operations. Focus on Family has been designed to provide opportunities for families to spend time together.
“Families are central to the communities we serve. They look to the Y to be that parenting partner for after-school care in a safe environment, youth sports that keep their kids active or swim lessons that teach their kids a lifelong skill,” said Tom Looby, Tampa YMCA president and CEO. “We recognize our role in supporting families and are recommitting to them with quality, fun programming, which helps us strengthen our local Y communities even more.”
“Giving families what they really want, which is quality time together, and providing activities for them to do together, that’s the benefit of the program,” said Northwest YMCA Director Marilyn Gyselinck.
Some of the events planned are monthly “dive-in” movies, pool parties, family field trips and more. There will also be themed cookouts, story times, pool relays and family fitness challenges. Throughout its 125-year history, the Tampa YMCA has always done its best to serve all ages. The main goal is for children to reach their full potential and parents to have a moment to breathe and find others in the same life phase.
In May, the family field trip will be to Largo Park on May 3. Families can come to the YMCA and board the bus to the park together. The pool party will be held May 17 and the “dive-in” movie will take place May 29. In addition, there is a Mother’s Day Tea planned for May 9. All events are free with membership. The expansion of the family-friendly programming is available at all 13 of the Tampa YMCA branches.
The Tampa YMCA is offering a zero enrollment fee and a $25 program discount to those who join before May 30, to help bring in even more families to share in the fun and connect with others.
“It’s mostly about bringing families together to spend quality time and make memories. Seeing entire families coming together and having fun instead of being at home on their phones and computers is the best part,” Gyselinck said. “The YMCA is doing its best to keep family fun affordable for everyone.”