Holiday Happenings at the YMCA

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From Adventure Camp to Climbing clinics, the holiday schedule is packed to keep kids and families engaged and give them the opportunity to try something new!

Holiday Adventure Camp: Holiday vacation begins Dec. 23 for school age children. Holiday break camp is available at the Creekside YMCA Outdoor Adventure Center for students, K-6th grade. Each day is a special theme providing campers an opportunity to experience the fun of summer day camp. Outdoor activities will include hiking, archery, treasure hunts, games and more. Children experience a full day of camp fun! Holiday camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and; Jan. 2, 3 and 6. All campers must be pre-registered.

Holiday Climbing Wall Clinics: Young climbers will learn how to choose the appropriate harness and helmet, climbing techniques and play games. Parents must accompany climbers. The holiday climbing clinic is offered at the Branch Crossing YMCA for ages 5 to 9, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Jan. 1: Open News Year Day! The Branch Crossing YMCA and Shadowbend YMCA will be open to the community on New Year's Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an opportunity to get a fresh start on that New Year's Resolution! Limited services will be available. 

Jan 1: New Year's Resolution Workout: Refresh, Renew and Rediscover! A chance to get started early on that New Year's Resolution as the South Montgomery County YMCA is hosting their annual New Year's Day Resolution Workout on Jan. 1 at the Branch Crossing YMCA Gym located at 8100 Ashlane Way in The Woodlands. This special holiday class is always full of surprises. Participants, ages 13 and older, will have two workouts to choose from: the 90-minute workout which includes Zumba, BodyCOMBAT and BodyFLOW; or the Resolution Long Ride, a 90-minute indoor cycling class. There will be numerous YMCA instructors on hand to teach. Child Watch will be available from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Along with the workout, there will be door prizes and refreshments. Pre-registration required, but YMCA membership is not. Cost is $10 with proceeds benefitting the YMCA Partners Giving Campaign, keeping the YMCA available for all. The annual Partners Campaign helps children and families all year long participate in YMCA values-based programs regardless of their ability to pay.

Jan 11: Family Adventure Day.  Members are invited to discover the great outdoors and reconnect with nature at the Creekside Y Outdoor Adventure Center. Enjoy a family hike, sharpen archery skills, challenge the climbing wall and much more. Bring a picnic lunch. Family Adventure Day is 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"Participation in YMCA health and wellness programs offers opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, self-confidence and improved intellectual abilities," said Roxanne Davis, Community Liaison. "And of course, being healthy means the opportunity to strengthen your heart, lungs, bones and muscles, too.  But at the YMCA, health and wellness is an historic, integral part of the YMCA mission — of building the complete individual." 

Begin the New Year with a healthy start. For more information, call 832-698-1283 or 281-367-YMCA. Pre-registration is required for many activities. To register for the Resolution Workout or pick up more information on YMCA Healthy Living programs for you and your family, please stop by any of the YMCA locations in The Woodlands:  6145 Shadowbend Place, 8100 Ashlane Way and 6464 Creekside Forest Drive.  Additional information is available at


About the YMCA

First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston is one of the city's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, seeks to serve all - regardless of age, income, faith or background and we welcome everyone. In the greater Houston area, 36 YMCA facilities, one residence camp and hundreds of program sites nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the city's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the Houston community, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. To learn more, call 713-659-5566 or visit us on the web at