Dance Day

July 30, 2016

Let’s get moving! Today is National Dance Day, founded and officially celebrated in 2010 when American congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton decided to dedicate a day to dancing. Her goal was to promote physical fitness and dance education. Every year, National Dance Day is celebrated on the last Saturday of July. At the Y, we offer many classes that

Parents’ Day

July 24, 2016

In the year 1994… President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” National Parents’ Day has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July ever since. Not sure how to celebrate? Today, we can start by sending our parents a

Junk Food Day

July 21, 2016

“At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.” -Michael Pollan It’s National Junk Food Day. At the Y, we’re here to coach you through it! With a little training and practice, a fresh, juicy peach can trigger the same satisfaction as a doughnut. It’s all about taking steps toward betterment;

Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15, 2016

Protect your family, home and pets from house fires According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 50,000 pets are affected by home fires each year; however, 1,000 house fires are actually caused by pets each year. National Pet Fire Safety Day was founded to spread awareness about pets starting house fires and how owners can

Pokemon Go PokeStops

July 13, 2016

Did you know that several of our YMCA’s are PokeStops in the new #PokemonGo game? Get active and catch them all at our Bethlehem YMCA, Greenbush YMCA, Guilderland YMCA, and the Troy YMCA.

Father Daughter Take a Walk Day

July 7, 2016

“In every walk with nature one receives more than [she] seeks.” -John Muir It’s National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day and we’re challenging all father, daughter duos to lace up those sneakers or hiking boots and hit the trails! Not sure where to go? Anywhere is fine, even the sidewalks around town. But if you’re feeling

Independence Day

July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day! Give these recipes and crafts a try, at home, with your kids! We guarantee they’ll be a hit. Today is the perfect opportunity to teach our kids a history lesson the fun and tasty way. Fourth of July Kids Craft: Firework Painting This craft couldn’t be easier. Intended for kids age 2-10.

Anti-Boredom Month

July 1, 2016

“Boredom: The desire for desires.” -Leo Tolstoy July is Anti-Boredom Month, so let’s make the choice, right now, to have desires. Do you desire to read more? Write more? Play harder? Lose weight? Travel? Love harder? Eat healthier? Learn to draw? Knit? Cook? Run? There are many chances, in life, to run after our desires.

Summer Camp Week 1

July 1, 2016

We’re Having The BEST SUMMER EVER! Our first week of Summer Camp is in the books and we are well on our way to having the #BestSummerEver. Check out some of the fun camp action from around the Capital District YMCA, then share this video with your friends and family on Facebook.

Picnic Month

July 1, 2016

A Forks Over Knives Picnic! National Picnic Month is here! It’s July and the whether is beautiful, which makes it the perfect time to get outside and picnic with friends and family! While enjoying the fresh air, sunshine and good company, don’t forget a major component of healthy living. Round out your picnic experience with a