February 2, 2024

Employee of the Year

Help us honor exceptional YMCA staff! Nominate your pick for Employee of the Year by February 16th. Celebrate their dedication and impact on our community. Your nomination counts!

Nominate Today!

February Parents' Night Out

We are not sure who is going to have more fun... The parents getting a night out or the kids who get to hang out here at the Greater Peoria Family YMCA! The night will include multiple activities, such as games, arts & crafts movies, stem projects, and gym recreation time. Pizza, snacks, and drinks are provided!

Program Details:

  • Friday, February 16th
  • 5 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Ages 5-12 years old
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  • Members: $20 for the 1st child | $10 per additional child
  • Non-members: $30 per child

Swim Lessons at Easterseals

Due to scheduled pool maintenance, swim lessons will not be offered at Easterseals Central Illinois in February. We won't let you be a fish out of water for too long though! 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!

Register Today!

2024 YMCA Cheer Clinic

This clinic is designed to help kids in Pre-K through 5th grade to learn the fundamentals of cheerleading, develop skills, and grow a love for the sport. Participants will perform chants, jumps, basic stunts, and dance!

Clinic Times:


  • Pre K – Kindergarten

Time: 4:30-5:30 PM

  • 1st – 2nd Grade

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM


  • 3rd-5th Grade

Time: 4:30-5:30 PM


Members: $20 | Non-members $40

Register Today!
Register Today!

Toddler Story Time

Join us Tuesdays for Toddler Story Time! 10-11 a.m. & 4:30-5:30 p.m. Explore themes like cats, friendship, dinosaurs, and feelings. Register today for our February session. This program welcomes all members of the Greater Peoria community, YMCA Members and Non-Members.


Members: $20 | Non-Members $40

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

Snack & S.T.E.A.M. is the perfect way for youth ages 7-12 to acquire critical thinking and problem-solving skills during hands-on activities that include science, technology, art and math. This program meets every Thursday from 5-6 p.m. in the multipurpose room and will conclude with a healthy snack provided by the YMCA each week.


Members: $20 | Non-Members $40

Register Today!
Register Today!

Dance Exploration at the Y!

Groove into Dance Exploration! Learn techniques and terminology in various styles over 8 weeks. Conclude with a student-led performance showcasing newfound skills. Register now for an enriching dance journey!

Program Details:

  • February 2nd - March 22nd
  • For kids 6-12 years old
  • Every Friday from 6:15-7:15 p.m.


Members: $80 | Non-Members $120

Movement Discovery

Movement Discovery teaches children dance basics, explorative movement, and social skills through imaginative play and instruction. Through the use of props, songs, and play, children learn rhythm, coordination, and gross motor skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Program Details:

  • February Session: 2nd-23rd
  • 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:

  • February Session: 2nd - 23rd
  • February’s theme: Jazz.
  • For kids 6-12 years old (1st-6th Grade)
  • Every Friday from 5:15-6:15 p.m.


  • Members: $20 | Non-members: $40

Healthy Kids University is BACK!

Heathy Kids University (HKU) is a 10-week program that helps children ages 8 to 15 and their families develop healthier habits through hands-on games, activities and education.

2024 Winter Session:

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

Get Fit. Get Strong. TOGETHER.

Get fit together with our Couples Personal Training Package! Three 1-hour sessions for $210, includes a FREE consultation. This exclusive offer saves all YMCA/RiverPlex members $50 in February. Offer ends February 29th. Don't miss out, sign up today!

Gymnasium (Basketball Courts) Schedule!

Get out of the cold and onto the court! Check out our updated schedule below.

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Nominate the February Employee of the Month Here!

January Employee of the Month



  • From: Peoria, IL.
  • Favorite Food: Pizza.
  • Favorite Drink: Margarita.  
  • Favorite Movie: Casablanca. 
  • If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Yellow - It adds a bright glow to everything else!
  • Music tells a lot about someone, what song is currently on repeat? Anything from the Rolling Stones.
  • What's your free-time look like? List three hobbies: Reading, spending time with my kids, & watching movies on Netflix.
  • Coolest Place you have been: Egypt.
  • Where do you see yourself working in 5 years: Closer to retirement!


  • "Extremely Reliable!"
  • "Hard worker and very reliable. Always willing to help out when needed."
  • "The weekends wouldn’t be the same without Elizabeth at the front desk!"


Living With Diabetes

Join a Methodist College - Carle Health student and faculty led course designed to provide the information you need to improve your health while living with diabetes.

Program Details:

  • Saturday February 3rd and 10th
  • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • At Greater Peoria Family YMCA


  • Free of charge

Register in person at the YMCA or call 309.692.7631

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

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

2023 RiverPlex Fall Pool Schedule!

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