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Music is a catalyst for lifelong learning. Studies show that music appreciation lessons significantly improve reading comprehension scores. No doubt, music does so much more to enhance our lives. So sing. Strum. Make the difference within the walls of your YMCA.

At the Y we believe that music is an expressive outlet for many people, we want to foster this belief through our new music lesson program. Currently our program will be offering piano, guitar and voice

lessons. Piano lessons can start at age 4 ½ and guitar at age 6, voice lessons vary based on ability. The lessons we provide are onsite at the Fulton Family YMCA and our flexible with scheduling to meet the needs of the student. Lessons must be paid prior to the start of the lesson. To register for your music lessons please stop at the front desk.


Registration form: Music Lesson Registration Form


Member price

$10.00 per 15-minute lesson
$20.00 per 30-minute lesson
$29.00 per 45-minute lesson
$38.00 per 60-minute lesson

Non Member price

$11.00 per 15-minute lesson
$22.00 per 30-minute lesson
$32.00 per 45-minute lesson
$41.00 per 60-minute lesson


Ukulele Club: (ages 7+)
Wednesday’s 5:00pm-5:30pm
This group is designed for older children and is more focused on learning technique and musicality. While no prior experience is required, this session will include learning to read standard notation, chord charts, and play songs in a group. Students will play games, use rhythmic instruments, and listen to music critically.                                                                       Sessions:                                                                                                                                                                September 5-26                      Order kit by 8/22                                                                                 October 3-24                            Order kit by 9/17                                                                               November 7-28                       Order kit by10/22                                                                              December 5-January 2        Order kit by11/19

Members            $25 per session (lesson), plus $20 Ukulele kit
Non-Members $40 per session (lesson), plus $20 Ukulele kit
*Ukulele Kits are yours to keep after they are purchased.

Ages 3-5                                                                                                                                                    Wednesdays 5:45pm-6:15pm                                                                                                                                                                              Session:

September 5-26                                                                                                                                                      October 3-24                                                                                                                                                   November 7-28                                                                                                                                             December 5-January 2                                                                                                                                  Each class will allow the kids to sing songs, listen to different musical genres, play with different kinds of instruments and have a drum circle. This class will help children with following directions, listening skills and social interactions.
Members $10 per session
Non-Members $25 per session

YMCA Drumminators & Boomwhacker Beats                                                                                            Ages 6+
Wednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm                                                                                                                  Have fun learning rhythm through a variety of percussion instruments including drums, tambourines, rhythm shapes and more!                                                                                                          Session dates:                                                                                                                                                       September 5-26                                                                                                                                                      October 3-24                                                                                                                                                   November 7-28                                                                                                                                             December 5-January 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Member $10 per class per session                                                                                                                                                                             Non-Members $25 per class per session




Downloadable Family Activities Flyer

Family Fall & Winter 2018 Flyer


Ages: ALL  / 5:00pm-6:00pm
Friday, November 2nd                                                                                                                                    Friday, December 7th                                                                                                                                                                                        Spend time splashing in the pool with your family!  Registration is required.
FREE for Fulton Members

HALLOWEEN AT THE Y                                                                                                                                Ages: ALL / October 26 / 6:00pm-8:00pm                                                                                     Halloween at the Y is geared towards families and kids of all ages. Make your own spooky Halloween crafts, experience our pirate treasure hunt, ride through our creepy trails and more! Refreshments will be provided.

Members: FREE                                                                                                                                              Non members:  $10 per family                                                                                                          Registration by day of event    

PUMPKIN BOBBING                                                                                                                                 AGES: ALL / Oct 12 / 5:00pm-6:00pm  Pumpkin picking turns into Pumpkin Bobbing, a fall festivity with a twist. Pick your own pumpkin in the pool! Jump into the pool and find the perfect pumpkin to make your holiday jack-o-lantern.

Fulton Family Members FREE!                                                                                                                     Register by 10/10 




Ages 6 weeks—7

The Fulton Family YMCA provides on-site child care for our members and program users. This service is available to children from infants 6 weeks to age 12 years  while parents are using the facility. KIDS CLUB is an activity room where your child can be busy with arts and crafts and kid friendly activities while you work out or participate in one of the many programs  available to you here at the Y.


Monday– Friday          8:45am—12:00pm

Monday -* Friday         4:30pm—8:00pm

Saturday    8:00am-11:00am

Sundays    Closed

*No Friday PM Kids Club June-September


$5 per visit  Adult/Youth/Reciprocal members/Guests or $40 punch card (10 visits)


Ages 6 weeks-12

This exciting program offers our parents the opportunity to use the KIDS CLUB/ Tween Scene program and LEAVE the building to shop without the kids, clean, take a nap or just have time to relax. While you’re away the kids will enjoy in all the KIDS CLUB/Tween Scene activities including gym time and arts and crafts. (During the summer kids ages 8-12 are allowed in Kids Club during the AM shifts)

Any 3 hour time frame during KIDS CLUB or Tween Scene hours.

Registration is required with 2 day advance notice; limited to 10 participants per day.


$10 First Child ; $6 each additional child





Downloadable Kids Program Flyer:

Family 2018 Fall winter flyer

Registration Form: Family Program Registration Form


*Kids ages 10 and Up can attend our Adult Fitness Classes.

* Kids ages 8-10 can use the cardio equipment in the fitness center with an Adult present on the adjacent machine, during Family Fitness hours.

* Tweens/Teens ages 11-13 can take the Fitness Orientation to be able to use the fitness center alone. They must take the orientation.

* Teens ages 14 and up can use all the classes and fitness center without an adult present.



Ages 8-10

Youth can now use the cardio equipment during our Special Family Wellness Nights! Children must be accompanied by a parent at all times while in the fitness center and on the adjacent cardio machine. For safety reasons, youth are allowed to use the cardio equipment only. Youth will receive a red wrist band from the trainers. Youth must wear a red wrist band each time they come in to work out.

Fridays           4:00pm-7:00pm
Saturdays     9:00am-12:00pm
Sundays         9:00am-12:00pm


Lessons are for Fulton Family YMCA family members and youth members only.  Please see the front desk for more information and to register.

Fulton Family Members- FREE

Non-Members $40 per session




Play Matters Sensory Play (Parent/Child Class)
Ages: 1-3 / Sept 26, Oct 24 and Nov 28 / 11:15am-11:45am
National Pet Adoption week is in May! We are celebrating by playing games, learning pet safety, fun facts about different animals and adopting a pet (stuffed animal)! Each child will receive a stuffed animal, carrier ans an adoption certificate for their very own pet.
Members FREE! /  Non-Members $8
Must register with Member Services

Ages: 2-6 / Tuesday / 4:45pm-5:15pm                                                                                                         Ages: 7-12 / Thursday / 4:45pm-5:30pm
This class is fun, high energy, original music plus it will incorporate all the traditional yoga class pieces; meditation, breathing techniques, poses and deep relaxation.                     Instructor Becky Craig
Fulton Members FREE /  Non-Members $6

Ages:5-12 / Oct 7, 14,21 and 28/ 9:00am-10:00am
Parenting is a balancing act. Throw in work, conflicting schedules, and attempts at any kind of self care, and juggling multiple balls, while walking on a tightrope! Join Yoga Instructor Becky Craig for a Family centered yoga experience that you and your child will love.
Members $20 / Non-Members $40
Must Register by September 26





GIRLS ROCK                                                                                                                                               Thursday’s 6:30pm-7:30pm                                                                                                                              Ages 8-12 / Starts Oct 4th                                                                                                                                    At the Fulton Family YMCA                                                                                                                                Members : FREE / Non members $20 per month             



Thursday’s 2:35pm-3:15pm                                                                                                               Grades 7-8/ Starts Oct 4th                                                                                                                               At Fulton Jr. High School                                                                                                                                   FREE for Fulton Students                                                                                                                  




FREE with a Fulton Family Membership!

AGES 4-6 (12 max)                                                                                                                                            Pool: 11:30am-12:15pm                                                                                                                                  Gym: 12:30pm-1:15pm

AGES 7-12 (24 max)                                                                                                                                   Pool: 12:30pm-1:15pm                                                                                                                                   Gym: 11:30am-12:15pm

Depending on the number of children enrolled these times may vary. Our Homeschool Program will run the same schedule as the Fulton City School District.  Homeschool families can use Kids Club unstaffed if needed while older kids finish up!


School Age Program 5-12 year olds                                                                                                         Friday 10:30am-11:15am                                                                                                                        Members $45 per child / Non members $65 per child

Kinderage Program Ages 2-4 year olds Fee Based

Music: 11:30am-12:00pm / Gym: 12:00pm-12:30pm                                                                           Members $35 per child / Non members $55 per child

*Music and Kinder Program 10 week sessions                                                                           September 14th-November 30th                                                                                                      December 7th-March 15th                                                                                                                          March 22nd-June 7th












Ages: 4 & Up

When: Varies by appointment

At the Y we believe that music is an expressive outlet for many people, we want to foster this belief through our new music lesson program. Currently our program is offering piano, guitar and voice

lessons. Piano lessons can start at age 4 ½ and guitar at age 6, voice lessons vary based on ability. The lessons we provide are onsite at the Fulton Family YMCA and our flexible with scheduling to meet the needs of the student. Lessons must be paid prior to the start of the lesson. To register for your music lessons please stop at the front desk.



Member price                                         Non Member price

$9.00 per 15-minute lesson         $10.00 per 15-minute lesson

$18.00 per 30-minute lesson       $20.00 per 30-minute lesson

$26.00 per 45-minute lesson       $29.00 per 45-minute lesson

$34.00 per 60-minute lesson       $38.00 per 60-minute lesson









SHORIN RYU KARATE        INSTRUCTOR/SENSI: Suzanne Summerville-Black Belt

This program is aimed towards 4, 5, and 6 year olds. It teaches the preliminary fundamentals of the practice.

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Members $38/month
Non-Members $47/month


Classes are offered to instruct students in self-defense, kata and sparring techniques.  When appropriate, students may be tested and awarded belts for level advancements.  This program is open to anyone who is seven years of age or older.

Beginners (White Belts)
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursdays 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Member $40/Month
Non-Member $52/Month

Advanced Green/Brown/Black Belts
Tuesday 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Thursday 6:30pm – 7:45pm

Member $45/month
Non-Member $57/month


Speed Demons Swim Team


Speed Demons is a competitive swim team which offers high quality coaching and technique instruction for grades K-12.  We are a co-educational, competitive swim team that participates in junior and senior swimming under the direction of the Fulton YMCA.

Since competitive swimming is both a highly individual and team sport, the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, and individual development are stressed.
Our coaching is planned to teach, train and encourage swimmers to achieve their potential in competitive swimming. Swimmers will learn team building, responsibility and commitment which will prove valuable to them as they grow and develop.
Swimmers will learn how to read the warm up board, pace clock and will be introduced to beginner sets and intervals.

Both Junior and Senior teams will learn to enhance the opportunity for this personal development, a policy of “Everybody Swims” is followed.

Cassandra Jones, Head Coach
Brittany Zacharias, Assistant

Junior Team: Practices 3 times a week, M/W/F from 5:30-6:30pm
Senior Team: Practices 5 times a week, M/W/F 6:30-7:30pm and T/TH from 5:30-7:30pm

Team Calendar




Returning Swimmers Sign-up:  August 15th

2018 Team Tryouts:
September 18th, 19th and 20th                                                                                                              Granby Elementary Pool 5:30pm-6:30pm

Senior Swimmers: 11 & up

Fulton Y Member                                                                                                                                          Male $360 / Female $375                                                                                                                                     Non-member                                                                                                                                                 Male $405 / Female $420                                                                                                                               Practice Nights:                                                                                                                                Mon/Wed/Fri 6:30pm-7:30pm                                                                                                                            AND                                                                                                                                                                 Tue/Thur  5:30pm-7:30pm


Junior Swimmers 10 & under

Fulton Y Member                                                                                                                                              Male $335 / Female $350                                                                                                                                  Non-member                                                                                                                                                 Male $385 / Female $400                                                                                                                                Practice Nights:                                                                                                                                Mon/Wed/ Fri  5:30pm-6:30pm

  • Payment plans are available
  • Multi-Swimmer Discount: $25
  • Swimsuit included in fee


Printable Registration Packet:

Speed Demon Registration Form 2018-19

Printable Volunteer Sign-Up:

Parent Volunteer Request


Speed Demons Guidelines 2018-19


Printable Swim Meet Schedule:


Printable Meet Directions:

Directions to SUNY Cortland

Directions to Skaneateles YMCA

Directions to Norwich

Direction to Oneonta Swim Meet

Speed Demons Parent Group Information


2019 CNY YMCA Districts Information:

2019 CNY YMCA District Swimming Championship Website




Printable Qualifying Times:                                                                                                       2019 State Qualifying Times                                                                                                      
Fulton YMCA Speed Demons Team Records:                                                                      YMCA Team Records 2017-2018                                                                  

Dry Land Training

Access to the Fulton Family Fitness Center!

  •  Ages 14 & up may use all equipment (does not need orientation, but is recommended)
  •  Ages 11-13 may use cardio and hoist equipment after completing a Orientation. Please call or stop by to sign up (see below).

Orientation Hours Ages 11-13

Monday 6:30pm-8:30pm
Tuesday 4:30pm-6:30pm

* For accommodations for orientation time contact Rachael Guernsey, Health & Wellness Coordinator at the YMCA 598-9622 or

  • Ages 8-10 who have a Family Membership at the Fulton YMCA may use cardio equipment during designated times (see below) with their parent/guardian who is also a member. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a Family Membership at the Fulton YMCA 8-10 year olds will not be able to use the fitness center, they can use the pool and basketball court. If you would like to sign up for a Family Membership please see our front desk.

Fitness Center Hours Available for Ages 8-10

Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm

  •  Ages 10 and up may attend ANY YMCA fitness class! Schedules are available at our front desk.
  •  A Fulton Family YMCA Speed Demons Membership gives you access to the Fulton Family YMCA ONLY.
  •   If you choose to upgrade to a Fulton Family YMCA Membership you will get the $25.00 join fee waved, full family member benefits at the Fulton Family YMCA, member pricing for Speed Demons and limited access to other YMCA’s in NY.

If you have any further questions you can contact Rachael Guernsey, Swim Team Coordinator at

Personal Training

Our Personal Training programs are designed and administered on an individual or group basis by Certified Fitness Professionals. Experience the power of Y training and support. Register at Member Services

NEW MEMBER JUMP START PERSONAL                                                                                          TRAINING PROGRAM                                                                                                                                    The Starter Kit is available for new members only within the first 30 days of becoming a member. It is only able to be purchased once, but can help create a great plan to jump start your program. Includes a 30 minute consultation.

3 One Hour Sessions     $100


Personal Training Price Structure


Adult Fitness Classes


Whittle your waist away while engaging in exercises that will give your core muscles an extra challenge.  Features crunches, planks and many different ab exercises.


The Spinner® Chrono™ Power distances itself from the pack of indoor cycles that measure power by offering a hassle free riding experience. With direct power measurement, patent pending magnetic resistance, and the brightest  console in the industry, Spinner ®        Chrono ™will exceed all riders expectations   Cycle shoes can be worn as the bikes have clips.



Karma Yoga is the process of achieving perfection in  action. Our instructor will lead you through poses on each inhale and exhale.



Silver Sneakers Classic offers an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially oriented programming that allows older adults to take greater control of their health. Classes are designed exclusively for older adults who want to improve their strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. This class is not just for Silver Sneaker participants, members are encouraged to participate.


This fun, high energy class uses weights to target specific muscle groups. Instructors will offer several disciplines using Kettle bells, Weighted Bar, Exercise Ball and Free Weights with cardio integration. Improve balance and strengthen your core in one fantastic class!


This cutting-edge fitness program combines strength  exercise and flexibility-building yoga to create a  total-body workout.


Fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create  a dynamic fitness program that will blow you away. Zumba fanatics achieve long term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exhilarating hour of caloric-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements.



Gold targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers. Gold offers a variety of dance and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will keep you movin’ & grooving’.  Modified to suit the needs of the active older participant.


 WALK 15

This low impact class will use music and walking steps to get big results! The easy to learn format allows people of all fitness levels to feel successful on the first try. In this hour long classroom setting you can walk up to 5 miles and burn mega calories!


This class will offer a light cardio warm up, followed by a strength portion that will meet the needs of every fitness level. The last segment will focus on core strength and balance. We have created this class to offer beginner/intermediate weights program for those who want to tone and stay healthy and fit!



Progressive weight training and balances exercise, to slow bone loss and reduce the risk of fracture.



 Looking for a safe and gentle, yet effective yoga practice that doesn’t have you performing those “pretzel-like” yoga positions? A practice where you can enjoy all the benefits of traditional yoga while being comfortably supported by a chair?

This Chair Yoga course has you in mind. If limited mobility or  injuries are holding you back from enjoying your body to the fullest, then you owe it to yourself to give this course a try. It’s an amazing way to safely stretch and strengthen your body.



Can you get fit sitting down? The new craze for CHAIR Zumba Gold says you can… Improve muscle strength, balance, flexibility, mental awareness and functioning!



The practice of yoga is for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well   supported and relaxing  practice. The hour long class will offer careful movement, controlled pressure and well-measured stretches, including range of motion exercises. Postures may be approached in gradual steps, with plenty of focus on breathing and repetition. If you are new to yoga this is a great way to start a  program that will help increase flexibility and  increase your health overall.


Sculpt Yoga blends power flow yoga with resistance training. It offers the discipline of a yoga practice and intensity options similar to a challenging fitness class. This class will boost your metabolism as you tone and sculpt every major muscle group while improving  endurance and flexibility. Classes are taught with  intensity variations, focus on the breath, traditional asana and stretching sequences, and encouragement of mental focus to help maintain yogic integrity.


Our cutting edge *high intensity fitness program that combines compound lifts, weight training and endurance into one routine. You will shed body fat and increase your energy, speed and metabolism.


The Silver and Fit workout offers standing, low-impact choreography alternated with standing  upper-body strength work with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a Silver Sneakers ball.  A chair is available for support. This class is suitable for nearly every fitness level and can be adapted depending on the skill of individual participants.


Tai Chi, often describe as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Tai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.


This modified seated version of Tai Chi can be enjoyed by anyone wishing to practice Tai Chi sitting down. People with almost any chronic condition can learn to improve their health and mobility. This safe easy to learn program relieves pain and improves health and quality of life.


This synergistic yoga class fuses the two distinct styles of Vinyasa Yoga, a warming and heart-opening yang practice that allows prana, or energy, to flow through your body as you move with your breath through a sequence of poses, and Yin Yoga, a more gentle, restorative form of yoga which targets deep connective and fascia tissue to promote flexibility and self love, in order to help you cultivate an enduring sense of vitality and rejuvenation.

School Age Childcare

Download SACC registration form here:
2018-2019 SACC Registration


The Fulton Family YMCA is excited to offer safe, fun and creative before and after school programming at our local elementary schools.

The YMCA is a non-profit organization that is 160 years old.  We have dedicated our practices to building strong child care programs and are the #1 child care provider in the nation.  This program provides convenience for working parents by offering care Monday – Friday from 7:00 am until 8:45 am and 3:15pm until 6:00 pm.  Our program assists in the continual socialization of your child.  It encourages children to participate in activities which will benefit them mentally, physically, and emotionally.  The children are given the opportunity to interact with one another and with adults.  The program will foster children’s personal growth and cultivate self confidence.  It provides time in their day when the emphasis is placed on the individual and how they can feel good about themselves.  It provides a warm and friendly experience for children.

SACC is offered at Lanigan for Lanigan and Granby students. It is also offered at Volney for Fairgrieve and Volney students.                                                                                                                          Please see the Brochure for a complete list of monthly prices.

There is a $30 registration fee for this program.  Registration is waved for Fulton Family YMCA family members.                                                                                                                                   PLEASE NOTE: Payments may be made at the YMCA, by mail or by phone with cash, check and credit /debit card. For your convenience we can set up an automatic payment plan. Fees will then be drafted on a date of your choosing. 

Vacation Zone

(Vacation Days/Snow Days)

This program was created to give children a place to go during school vacation. A full day of fun in a well-supervised setting provides children with swim time and other activities that puts working parents’ minds at ease. This program is open to any elementary age student.

Time     7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. during Fulton City School District vacations.

Registration Fee: Fulton Members FREE / Non members $30
Full day: $ 34.00/child/day
Half Days/Early Dismissals: $22/child/day
2 Hour Delays $18/child/day                                                                                                                 *Scheduled days off MUST be pre-registered for!                                                                                * Healthy snacks are served at Vacation Zone, LUNCH IS NOT PROVIDED!

Additional Child/ren discount is 20% off full day rates.

*All rates are subject to change

Children must be enrolled in the SACC program or Vacation Zone to participate in snow days/Vacation Days/2 Hour delays.