Child Watch, Youth Center and A Place availability has been affected by COVID-19.  Please visit our Welcome Back page for more information about these Y services.

The HRYMCA offers Child Watch services in order to allow whole families the benefits of healthy living. Our staff are certified in First Aid, CPR and Epi-Pen administration. We are dedicated to engaging your child in entertaining and educational experiences.

What We Offer

Cuddle Room  (Open Sept—May)

6 weeks – 18 months
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am-12:00pm
**When the Cuddle Room is open children in this age range must be signed in here**

Weeble Wobbles

6 weeks – 3 yrs
Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Monday thru Friday 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Young Explorers

3 yrs – 5 yrs
Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Monday thru Friday 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Amaze Place

6 yrs – 9 yrs
Monday thru Friday 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tumble and Play in the Gym

6 weeks – 4 yrs
Tuesdays and Fridays 10:15 — 11:15 AM

Children will interact with other children and families while playing their way through a series of tumbling mats and toys. Adult Supervision required.  Sign in at Welcome Center, waiver required. Runs from September through May

Amaze Place Family Times*

Monday thru Friday 5:30 am – 3:30 pm
Monday thru Friday 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

*Family Time is occasionally altered during School Vacations, and for HRYMCA staff meetings

Family Fun Fridays* are held every 1st and 3rd Friday from 5:30pm-6:30 pm (Sept-May).  FREE for members!

*Non-member Family Fee: $10.00

Join our fun team of Child Watch staff for a screen-free evening of themed fun and excitement for the whole family!  Children will laugh, tumble, dance, play and bounce as they make friends, enjoy fun activities and spend time with their caregivers.

Rules For Child Watch Rooms

  1. You must have a HRYMCA Household Membership to use Child Watch. Child watch is not available to any guests or nationwide members.
  2. Children can only be dropped off and picked up by the adult(s) on their household membership.
  3. Child Watch may be used up to 1½ hours per adult, per day. Child Watch may be used up to five times per week, per adult.
  4. Two adult household members may use Child Watch  twice in one day. However, there must be a minimum of a two hour break between visits and each visit the child must be accompanied by a different adult.
  5. A visit begins when one child is signed in and ends when the child is signed out of Child Watch, even if the full 90 minutes have not been used.
  6. Adults must stay in the building while their child is in Child Watch.
  7. Adults may stay longer on the first visit to help their child acclimate to child watch. At other times, adults are asked not to stay in Child Watch to play with their children.
  8. For the safety and security of your belongings, please refrain from bringing toys/games from home into Child Watch.

Child Watch Policies and Procedures

& Sign-Out

Please be sure to sign in your child each time you visit. You will be issued an identification bracelet which must be worn for the duration of your visit to the Y. Record your name, cell number, bracelet ID#, your planned location in the YMCA, and the drop-off time. We ask you to state where you will be in the building so we can reach you if a need arises. On signing out, staff will check the number on your bracelet for identification. Use of Child Watch is limited to 90 minutes per adult per day, up to five times per week. Even if the whole 90 minutes have not been used up, it still counts as your visit for the day. Please be on time to pick up your children. If there is a pattern of over use of time, there may be time penalties or you may not be allowed to use the space. There must be 2 hours between visits for children on a 2 parent membership.


You are welcome to provide your child with a snack. Please label it with your child’s name. This is done for the safety of all. Children with food allergies must be protected and nutritional concerns respected. We will not give out unlabeled snacks. Children are not allowed to share snacks. We are not an allergen free zone. Please alert the staff at the time of drop off if your child has food related allergy.

Health Policies

We care about the health and safety of all the children in our programs, and our staff. Please adhere to the following policies.

A child may not attend Child Watch if he/she has:

  • Been absent from school that day due to illness
  • Discolored discharge from the nose
  • A persistent cough
  • Had a temperature over 100°F within the last 24 hours
  • Had diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
  • Has active lice that have not been treated

If any of these symptoms are present, or any symptoms that cause our staff concern, we reserve the right to prevent you from using Child Watch.


YMCA staff is not allowed to change diapers, so please have your children freshly diapered before drop-off. If there is a need for a diaper change, we will come to get you. Both of the Child Watch rooms have bathroom facilities; the Cuddle Room and Wibble Wobble rooms are equipped with changing tables.

Weather Policies

We take all children outside as often as the weather permits. Therefore, children must have outside coats or sweaters. Your child will get dirty! Please make sure they are dressed accordingly. Shoes must be worn at all times outside. However, babies who do not walk yet may wear only socks. Please understand that outside play is integral to our program. We are not staffed to provide inside care when we take the children outside. Please follow these additional season-related policies:

  • Apply sunscreen and bug spray to your child before drop-off. We cannot apply it for you.
  • We do not eat snacks outside – if we are already outside when you arrive and your child is hungry, you may sign your child in, sit inside with your child until they finish their snack and then take them outside.
  • Inside toys are to remain inside.

Winter Weather Policy

Northampton School District Delayed openings:

If Northampton schools are delayed, all group exercise classes and scheduled programs will run.  Child watch services will be open for ages 6 weeks – 5 years.

Northampton School District Closings:

If Northampton schools are closed, all youth programs, group exercise classes, and child watch services will be canceled until 1pm. The YMCA leadership will make additional decisions regarding afternoon and evening classes/programming/child watch by 1pm.

Weekend Policy:

Weekend decisions are made the morning of or evening before and communicated through voice mail, website, Facebook, and TV.

Youth Center

Child Watch, Youth Center and A Place availability has been affected by COVID-19.  Please visit our Welcome Back page for more information about these Y services.

The HRYMCA Youth Center offers a welcoming space for youth ages 9 years and older to play, work out, do homework or hang out with friends. The Youth Center is staffed with energetic and engaging staff who are certified in First Aid and CPR. The Youth Center is intended to be a safe, fun, and inviting space where youth can socialize, learn new skills, and spend their free time in productive and healthy ways.

Youth Center Hours

Monday-Friday 3pm-7pm
Weekends 10am-2pm

Youth Center Policies

The Youth Center is open to members and their guests. Guests may purchase a day pass to access the Youth Center.  Guests must also have a waiver signed by a guardian to visit the Youth Center.

9 year olds must be household members of the HRYMCA. They must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian who is on their household membership, and the adult must stay within the facility while the 9 year old is in the Youth Center.

Youth 10 years old and up may sign themselves in and out of the Youth Center. Parents do not need to be present during this time. Parents should note that while in the Youth Center there is adult supervision, but outside of the Youth Center, youth 10 years and up have full access to most areas of the Y. They may enter and exit the building at their own will. We do expect everyone to uphold the Y core values of Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Honesty at all times while in the YMCA.