Southdale YMCA

7355 York Ave S
Edina, MN 55435

Homeschool classesGetting there

Homeschool classes

Homeschool Swim & Gym is a co-ed physical education program designed to provide homeschool students an opportunity to strengthen their motor skills in a safe and fun environment. The goal of the program is to help each student understand the importance of good health, fair play and teamwork. Because every child learns and develops at different levels, YMCA coaches adapt the structured activities to meet each child’s needs.

Ages 5 to 8 and ages 9 to 12 participate in 50 minutes of swimming instruction and 50 minutes of gym activities. Everyone should bring a swimsuit and towel, gym shoes and a water bottle.

Gym activities for ages 5 to 12 include fitness testing, rock climbing, floor hockey, dodge ball, soccer, and yoga.

Pool activities for ages 5 to 7 include pool rules, pool safety, breath holding, back float, diving skills, being confident in the water, following directions and accepting constructive criticism.

Pool activities for ages 8 to 12 include treading water, floating, front crawl, side stroke, butterfly, swimming for fitness, being confident in the water, following directions and accepting constructive criticism.

Teens (ages 13–18) split their time between the gym and the Fitness Center. Activities include Turbo Kick® and Group Cycle.

Cost per Child/Student: Swim & Gym is $68/7-week session ($52/YMCA member). Teen gym is $33/7-week session ($26/YMCA member).

Target Age Range: for ages 5 to 18 years, broken into three main age groups: ages 5–7, ages 8–12, and ages 12–18.

Sibling policy: Free Kids Stuff drop-off childcare for siblings ages 6 weeks to 10 years old for up to 2 hours per day. Parents must remain in the building while child is in the Kids Stuff area. Your child will enjoy safe, fun, structured, age-appropriate activities including story time, arts & crafts, outdoor playtime and gym time. No reservations required. No additional cost.

Educator/parent/guardian policy: A parent must come into the building and sign each child in and out every day. Students are not allowed to do this for themselves. The Southdale Y offers a spacious lobby with comfortable seating, free WiFi, and a discounted membership!

To minimize interruptions, parents are asked to ensure that all participants visit the restroom before the beginning of class.

On the first day of class, there are multiple forms for each family to complete and a short meeting for both participants and parents for announcements and daily specifics. Families are asked to arrive five minutes early to allow enough time for this.

Ages 5 to 7 should come dressed in their swimsuits under their gym clothes. Parents will meet their children at the family locker rooms after class to assist them with getting dried off and changed into street clothes.

Starting with the second week of classes, ages 5 to 7 start in the gym and then transition to the pool. Ages 8 to 12 will start on the pool deck, in their swimsuits and ready to get into the water, and then transition to the gym. Teens start in the gym.

End of Session Popcorn and Awards Ceremony: Please join the students for the last 30 minutes or so on the last day of class every other session (that is, every 14 weeks) at a small award ceremony and popcorn party.

For more information, contact Steve Ketter at 952-897-5464 or steven.ketter(at)


HYPE is FREE and open to all YMCA members and YMCA Program participants, ages 10–16 years, on Tuesday and Thursdays, 6pm–7pm.

Activities include Baseball, Bootcamp, Capture the Flag, Clean up the Y!, DodgeBall, Fitness Class, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, KickBall, Soccer, and more.

For more information, contact Samantha Axelson, Healthy Youth Program Director, at samantha.axelson [at] or 952-897-5460.

Weekday Workout Special for Homeschool Parents

This pilot program, which offered reduced weekday afternoon memberships to parents of Homeschool Swim & Gym students, has ended.

Getting there

Parking: Free parking is available in the lot on site.

Driving directions: Located in Edina on York Ave, near Adams Hill Park...
about 1 mile northeast of the France Ave exit off I-494
about 1¼ miles northwest of the Penn Ave exit off I-494
about 1¾ miles south of the Xerxes Ave exit off Hwy. 62

Information subject to change. Please check with Southdale YMCA for the most current information. Last updated on Tue, Dec 19, 2017.

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