YMCA of El Paso

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Y Play

The purpose of this program is to provide our members' children, ages 3 months weeks to 8 years, with a safe environment where they will have fun and learn about the five YMCA core values...Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith.

This FREE drop-in service applies ONLY to the member’s children. Y-Play is only available for use while parents are INSIDE the YMCA of El Paso. Please do not leave the premises.


All children will engage in age appropriate activities at all times. We have a play room, infant area, arts & craft area, and an outdoor play area.  Click on the links below for branch schedules of age-appropriate games, crafts, Character Development activities and branch specific details.  Weather permitting; children will be taken outside to designated play areas.  Fresh air is great for the spirit, mind and body!

Loya Y Play (PDF)
Bowling Y Play (PDF)
Westside Y Play (PDF)


For the well-being of children, the recommended length of stay in Y-Play is one to two hours per day, depending on the age and personality of the child, with a max of 2 hours per day. You know your child best! We ask that you schedule your child in Y-Play for the appropriate amount of time necessary for your program / workout and locker room time, but that you please drop off or pick up your child promptly at the time scheduled. This is an important factor in reducing schedule overlap, overcrowding, and excessive stress on children. Y-Play is only available for use while parents are INSIDE the YMCA of El Paso. Please do not leave the premises.


Children should be fed prior to being dropped off at Y-Play. Drinks (juice, milk, & water) will be allowed if in spill-proof containers that are clearly labeled with the child’s name. If bringing a sippy cup please have it labeled with your child’s name on it.


We will gladly accept donations of individually wrapped snacks (peanut & tree nut free), small paper cups, cleaning wipes, Lysol, hand sanitizer, tissue, and toys for group use. To eliminate quarreling and disappointed children, please do not bring toys or electronic devices such as Game Boys etc. from home that cannot be left behind or shared with the other children. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Please be sure your child has been changed or taken to the restroom prior to visiting Y-Play. Should a soiled diaper occur, you will be called and asked to change your child.

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.