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Child Watch

Enjoy a good workout or period of relaxation while your children play, explore and learn with experienced, caring YMCA staff in our Child Watch program.

Child Watch

The YMCA of Greater Richmond offers infants and children a safe place to play and socialize while their parent or guardian is utilizing our facilities. Below you will find general guidelines for the Child Watch programs. Please visit your branch specific page for hours of operation and additional information.

General Guidelines

  • Child Watch is available to children ages 6 weeks through 10 years of age. At peak facility usage times, Child Watch may be at capacity. This capacity will be determined by each branch and the staff on duty. Please be patient with us; the staff will do all possible to ensure an opportunity for all to utilize the program.
  • Children may stay in Child Watch for up to 2 hours consecutively and 3 hours daily.
  • Parents/Legal Guardians must sign children in to Child Watch. Children will only be released to the parent/legal guardian who signed them in. Parents/legal guardians may be asked to provide a photo ID when picking up a child.
  • Snacks and drinks are not permitted except in the case of prefilled bottles for infants and water in clearly labeled sippy cups with lids.
  • Children must be dropped off in a clean diaper. Employees will change diapers for infants up to 36 months of age. Parents must provide wipes and diapers.
  • Children should be in proper attire. At a minimum, the Y requires tops, bottoms (or dresses) and socks and/or shoes. Infants and small children unable to walk are not required to wear footwear.
  • Children must be free of any communicable disease symptoms for 24 hours before being permitted into Child Watch. If we notice any symptoms of communicable disease while in our care, parents/legal guardians will be required to pick up the child immediately.
  • Child Watch staff are trained to comfort children while under our care. We understand that the transition period can be tough, but please keep in mind that we must also look after the well-being of every child in the room equally.  After 15 minutes of continuous crying, the parent will be asked to return to the Child Watch area.

Branch Child Watch Hours & Options

Atlee Station Family YMCA

Amenities: Wii, Xers games, Rock Wall, Parents’ Night/Mom’s Morning Out
Rooms: Child Watch room, near Studio 2 (sometimes using the multi-purpose room)
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4:15 – 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 7:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.

Chester Family YMCA

Amenities: games, toys, playground, Kid Fit, Parents’ Night Out,
Rooms: Child Watch room, near Cycle Studio
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 5 – 8:45 p.m.
Friday: 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.

Chickahominy Family YMCA

Amenities: Kids Pavilion, Kid Fit, Unplug & Play, games, toys, Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room, near Cycle Studio
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:45 a.m. – noon & 4 – 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 8:45 a.m. – noon
Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.

Downtown Family YMCA

Amenities: games, toys, Rock Wall, Wii system, Kid Fit, Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room, near elevator
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:45 a.m. – noon & 5 – 8 p.m.
Friday: 8:45 a.m. – noon
Saturday: 8:15 a.m. – noon
Sunday: noon – 4 p.m.

Goochland Family YMCA

Amenities: Wii, Playground, games, toys, Mom’s Morning/Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room, near elevator
Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – noon & 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – noon
Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.

John Rolfe Family YMCA

Amenities: games, toys, Mom’s Morning/Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room, Multi-Purpose
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. & 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Manchester Family YMCA

Amenities: Playground, Kid Fit, Parent’s Morning/Night Out events, specialty movement classes
Rooms: Child Watch room,
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – noon
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Midlothian Family YMCA

Amenities: games, toys, Rock Wall, Wii system, Kids Adventure Center, playground, science & sensory, Kid Fit, Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room,
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 4 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Northside Family YMCA

Amenities: Playground, Wii system, Parent’s Night/Morning Out
Rooms: Child Watch room,
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 8 – 11 a.m.
Sunday: Closed

Patrick Henry Family YMCA

Amenities: games, toys, Rock Wall, Wii system, Mighty Movers, Mom’s Morning/Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room,
Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

Petersburg Family YMCA

Amenities: games, toys, Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room,
Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – noon & 5 – 8 p.m.

Elizabeth Randolph Lewis Powhatan YMCA

Amenities: games, toys, Mom’s Morning/Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room,
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – Noon & 4 – 7:15 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Sunday: CLOSED

Shady Grove Family YMCA

Amenities: Playground, Kid Fit, Multiple age-appropriate rooms with games/toys, Parent’s Night Out events
Rooms: Tot Lot, Busy Bees, Kid Zone
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3:30 – 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 7:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: 9:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Swift Creek Family YMCA

Amenities: games, toys, Rock Wall, Wii system, Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room,
Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuckahoe Family YMCA

Amenities: Playground, Kid Fit, Wii, Rock Wall, Parents’ Night Out
Rooms: Child Watch room
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 – 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Parent Education Guide

At the Y, we ask our parents and guardians to be our partners in child abuse prevention. This Parent Education Guide seeks to equip you to be informed about child abuse and to protect your child from abuse.

View the Guide here.