February 23, 2024

Strong 90 Challenge

Registration for the Strong 90 Challenge is now open for adult YMCA Members. You can join the challenge too! Using the app, check in at least 3 times per week and allow the Y to retrieve the app data. At the end of the 90 days, any member who has achieved the weekly goals during the challenge will be awarded with a YMCA Tumbler.

Challenge begins March 1st!

Register Today!
Register Today!

Swim Lessons at Easterseals

Do you want to see your child confident in the water this summer? The time to start developing skills is now!

Registration for March lessons is open now for children ages 6 months to 10 years old! Visit our website at the button below to learn about our level options and register!

WERQ at the Y!

WERQ (pronounced “work”) is a fiercely fun dance fitness workout class based on pop and hip-hop music. Expect to SWEAT and burn around 500-900 calories each hour of WERQ! When attending class, please wear workout clothes and gym shoes. All dance and fitness abilities are welcome!

Program Details:

  • Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 5:15 a.m.
  • YMCA Multipurpose Room


  • Free of charge
Register Today!

New Group Fitness Schedule

Looking to add something new to your workout routine? Check out our new Group Fitness Schedule happening now!

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Instructor's Choice This Saturday!

Beginning this Saturday, we're bringing you an opportunity to switch up your fitness on Saturday mornings! Join us for our Instructor's Choice offerings every Saturday at 8 a.m.!

View the schedule here.

Get Fit. Get Strong. TOGETHER.

Get fit together with our Couples Training Package! Three 1-hour sessions for $210, including a FREE consultation. YMCA/RiverPlex members save $50 in February. Offer ends Feb 29th. Sign up now!

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Healthy Kids University is BACK!

Heathy Kids University (HKU) is a 10-week program fostering healthier habits in children (8-15) and their families through hands-on games, activities, and education. Spots still available this session.

2024 Winter Session:

  • February 6th - April 9th.
  • Every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • $20 per family
Learn More!
Register Today!

Women's Self Defense Seminar

Join the Y for a 2-hour women’s self-defense seminar on Feb 24th, 9-11 AM. Learn situational awareness, basic self-defense tailored for women, verbal de-escalation, emergency planning, and gain confidence in self-protection.


Members: $20 | Non-Members $30

Instructor Information

  • Phil Mahan
  • Current Peoria Police Officer (of 18 years)
  • Retired Military Veteran
  • Joshua Janis Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • 11 years of grappling experience.
  • Current Instructor at Fir Na Dli Jiu-Jitsu

Movement Discovery

Movement Discovery teaches children dance basics, explorative movement, and social skills through imaginative play and instruction, fostering rhythm, coordination, and gross motor skills in a fun, supportive environment.

Program Details:

  • March Session: 1st - 22nd
  • For kids 3-6 years old (Pre K – Kindergarten)
  • Every Friday from 4:30-5:15 p.m.


  • Members: $20 | Non-members: $40
Register Today!
Register Today!

Dance Discovery

Discover dance basics in 4 weeks! This introductory program explores various styles through games and activities. Join us for a fun dance journey!

Program Details:

  • March Session: 1st - 22nd
  • March's theme: Contemporary
  • For kids 6-12 years old (1st-6th Grade)
  • Every Friday from 5:15-6:15 p.m.


  • Members: $20 | Non-members: $40

Spring Break at the Y!

Did someone say, SPRING BREAK!?!

Join the Y's School's Day Out Program for SPRING BREAK!! March 25th - April 5th, for kids 5-10 years old.

Learn more about Spring Break at the Y here!

Register Today!

Toddler Story Time

Join us on Tuesdays for Toddler Story Time from 10-11 a.m. & 4:30-5:30 p.m. Explore themes like flowers, numbers, rabbits, and farm animals in our March session. Open to all Greater Peoria community members.


Members: $20 | Non-Members $40

2024 YMCA Cheer Clinic

Calling all young cheerleaders! Jump into the world of chants, jumps, stunts, and dance at our clinic. Let's cultivate skills and enthusiasm together. Registration for our March session is open now!

Clinic Times: March 6th-29th

Pre K – Kindergarten: Wednesdays | 5 - 6 p.m.

1st – 2nd Grade: Wednesdays | 5 - 6 p.m.

3rd – 5th Grade: Wednesdays | 5 - 6 p.m.


Members: $20 | Non-Members $40

Register Today!
Register Today!

Snack & S.T.E.A.M. at the Y

Youth ages 7-12 can develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through Snack & S.T.E.A.M. every Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Enjoy hands-on activities in science, technology, art, and math, followed by a healthy snack provided by the YMCA.

March Theme: SPACE!! Project topics will include - astronaut patches, rocket stability, impact craters, and soft landings!!


Members: $20 | Non-Members $40

Gymnasium (Basketball Courts) Schedule!

Get out of the cold and onto the court! Click here to view our updated schedule.

We're Hiring Strong Kids Attendants!

Are you looking for a part-time employment opportunity? Do you enjoy spending time with kids, are you creative, and do you have childcare experience? Well then this is the perfect job for you!!! Flexible hours & a fun work environment.

Apply Today!

Teen Reach

Registration for Teen REACH spring break is almost here! March 25th-March 29th and April 1st-April 5th, Teens will enjoy supervised activities from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Register and reserve your child's spot March 1st!

Busey Bank Bridge Free Homeownership Seminar

Discover homeownership at Busey Bank Bridge Center, February 21st, from 12-1:30 p.m. Free lunch & learn seminar with experts from Busey Bank, IHDA, and City of Peoria. Register now!

Register Today!



  • From: Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • Favorite Food: That's a tough one. I'm going to say pizza. But you couldn't put something in front of me that I wouldn't like.
  • Favorite Drink: Red wine, of course.  
  • Favorite Movie: Goodfellas 
  • If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I'd usually say pink, hands down, but lately I've really been into aqua.
  • Music tells a lot about someone, what song is currently on repeat? Usually Michael Buble
  • What's your free-time look like? List three hobbies: Working out, Reading (I love historical fiction) and traveling.
  • Coolest Place you have been: So many but let's go with Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Where do you see yourself working in 5 years: 5 Years closer to retiring and continuing to see the world


  • Stacy is a dedicated Group Fitness Instructor who has been with the Y for nearly 5 years. She creates a welcoming environment for all those who take her classes. She has a dynamic personality and is dedicated to helping everyone achieve their personal wellness goals. She promotes her programs regularly and is always inviting and welcoming new members to her classes. She is personally dedicated to her own wellness and that shows in everything she does. As a full-time plus employee at OSF Stacey makes personal fitness a priority in her life. She teaches 6 classes a week for the Y and is an active participant on the Board of Directors Community Awareness Committee. She also makes it a priority to attend and participate in YMCA special events like the Summer Soiree along with several of her fitness staff colleagues.
  • We love waking up with Stacy!
  • The Y wouldn’t be the same without Stacy!


Nominate the March Employee of the Month Here!

The Y’s Annual Scholarship Campaign raises money so ALL families and individuals can be members and participate in Y programs.

Your contribution to the Annual Scholarship Campaign, is 100% tax deductible and goes right to work in our very own neighborhoods!

Your support helps us meet community needs such as drowning prevention, reducing childhood obesity, preventing summer learning loss, creating confident future leaders, taking YMCA programming for youth and seniors into underserved areas, and to provide resources for children, families, and adults of all ages and backgrounds.


Click HERE to Donate & Learn More About the 2024 Campaign!

For all questions about the Annual Scholarship Campaign, please contact:

Ruthie Bertram, YMCA Director of Marketing and Development

Email: | Phone: 309-692-7631 ext. 107

Greater Peoria Family YMCA

2023 Impact Report

Discover the YMCA's impactful initiatives in our 2023 Impact Report! Explore the positive changes we've made together. Open the report now for insights and inspiration.

View Impact Report

Did you know the Peoria YMCA is a registered organization with the Caterpillar Matching Gifts Program? Our Annual Scholarship Campaign benefits tremendously from this program by helping us provide scholarships and outreach services to our community.

Thank you to our loyal donors who are current or former Caterpillar employees who utilize this resource and select the Y as their charitable organization.

To learn more about the Caterpillar Matching Gifts Program click the button below!

Caterpillar Matching Gifts Program

Additional Local Corporate Matching Programs:

  • State Farm
  • RLI
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
  • Starbucks
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Illinois Mutual
  • Gap
  • IBM

Support the YMCA through a corporate match! Check to see if your organization matches financial gifts today!

For questions about supporting the Y through corporate matching gifts, please contact: 

Ruthie Bertram

Director of Marketing & Development

309-692-7631 ext. 107

2024 RiverPlex Pool Schedule!

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RiverPlex Group Fitness Schedule