* CORONAVIRUS UPDATES *

The YMCA of Lincoln has temporarily closed all facilities until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation to determine a reopening date.

Please see the links below for further information:

Message to the YMCA Community

Stay Connected to the Y (At-Home Workouts, Activities & More)

All YMCA of Lincoln Coronavirus Updates

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A Message from the CEO

Click here to view the full message from Barbara Bettin, CEO/President, YMCA of Lincoln.


Wellness Tip of the Day

Make a new playlist of music today! Sounds odd, but there are plenty of benefits to listening to good music. It improves mental focus, soothes and relaxes blood vessels, makes you happier, reduces stress levels, and gets dopamine flowing. What songs are you going to listen to?


Get Moving

Steay Health-Y 600 FREE Fitness Challenge

Graphic of workout challenge.

Healthy living is an important part of our mission - and we want to keep that mission alive despite our cirumcstances. It is important now, more than ever, that we come together as a Y movement to remain connected to each other and foster a sense of community.

This challenge combines your Y community with Y-approved workouts to help you stay active, connected, and motivated outside of the Ys doors. oh, and have a little fun and competition while doing so!

Sign up today and pick "Nebraska" as your team!


The YMCA wants to help you stay moving during this time! Check out these Y360 videos for awesome at-home workouts:

Want more workouts? Visit YMCA360.org for a full listing of videos!

Do your kids want to get moving too? Here are some fun resources for them to explore:

Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventures 

Family Fun Cardio Workout by POPSUGAR FItness

Glenn Higgins Fitness Vidoes: Workout with your favorite sci-fi movie characters, like The Avengers, Storm Troopers, and more!

The Body Coach TV, Kids at-home Workouts

Stay active with 5-minute bursts of daily physical activity you can do anytime, and anywhere!

 Visit 12bursts.org for awesome, active ideas!


Get Competitive

Stuck at home? You can still have fun! Here are some games you can play with your family:

60 of the Best Learning Games for Kids (Sorted by Age)

Design and make a homemade board game! Come up with the supplies, rules, and objective and then teach your family how to play.

Design and build an at-home obstacle course. Use objects you find around the house and arrange them in a large room or your backyard. Compete with your family to see who can complete the course the fastest.


Get Creative

Take a pause from screentime and your everyday tasks and let your imagination soar! Check out these awesome craft ideas from your Y family!

Boy holding drawing and object that he made.

Draw It Make It Invention Studio:

Place some random items on the table, make sure to include tape or glue, and challenge each other to come up with a plan, draw it...then make it!

Want more of a challenge? Only use items from your recycling bin, or add a time limit and see how fast you can create!

Submitted by Melissa Kinzie, Associate Executive Director, Copple Family YMCA and Carter

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems: Join Mo in his studio to draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing. New episodes are posted each weekday.

FREE YMCA Coloring Page

Make Cards for Nieghbors, Family & Friends: They'll appreciate the kind thought and you'll have so much fun creating them. You can even use this stationary for your notes.

Make a Birdhouse: Watching wildlife from the comfort of your own home can be both enjoyable and educational. Adding your own touch can make those experiences even more special! Make a birdhouse from a kit or from scratch, decorate it, and hang it outside! You'll have so much fun seeing the feathery friends that come to visit.

Make a Bird Feeder by following these steps: You'll need string, a pinecone, peanut butter, and bird seed. Tie the string to the pinecone so that it can be hung in a tree or on a post. Cover the pinecone in peanut butter and roll it in the bird seed. Find a great spot to hang it so that the birds have easy access.

Make Puff-Paint: Make any painting 3D with homemade puff-paint! Use equal parts glue and foaming shaving cream to make your creations come to life! You can also add food coloring to make your paintings pop even more!

Write a postcard to your teacher! They miss you as much as you miss them. Tell them about all of your at-home adventures and the things you miss about them. Maybe even draw them a picture they could hang up in their at-home teaching space.

Draw and write letters to seniors in local care facilities. They would love to get a kind note or fun drawing during a time where they aren't allowed to have visitors. 


Get Busy

Struggling to find things to do? Here are some ideas we thought you'd like to try:

Living Room Learning from Nebraska 4-H: Tune in every Tuesday & Thursday afternoon and youth can participate in a hands-on virtually guided activity where they will learn about healthy living, science, technology, and more! Each session will focus on a new activity that can be done with materials found at home. 

Kitaki Worldwide TV: Check out these awesome videos from our YMCA Camp Kitaki friends!

StoryCorps: StoryCorps gives people of all backgrounds, typically two at a time, the opportunity to record meaningful conversations and arches the recordings at the Library of Congress.

Healthy Body Learning for Preschoolers

Lincoln Children's Zoo Virtual Keeper Corner: Join the Lincoln Children's Zoo Keepers each day as they introduce you to animals we have at our zoo!

YMCA Activity Worksheet

Focus on the Good Activity Sheet

YMCA I Spy Activity Sheet

March 2020 Scholastic Worksheets  |  April 2020 Scholastic Worksheets

Scholastic Learn at Home Activity Site

Preschool At-Home Worksheets

Field Trips to Take From Home: The Greater Philadelphia YMCA has compiled a great list of "field trips" you can take at home!

Virtual School Activities: Fun and educational sites where you can learn and explore places around the world.

Make a Fort: One of our fondest memories as kids is making forts and hunkering down for the day. Use blankets, furniture, and pillows to make a great fort in the comfort of your living room.

Cooking Challenge: One of our favorite After School and Summer Day Camp activities is our cooking contest, so why not have one at home! Work with your family to see what foods and ingredienets you have at home and come up with an appetizer, main course, and dessert that you can make together as a team.

Create a Fun & Safe Space in Your Own Backyard: Having an engaging and safe place to go in your own backyard can be an important space for your child to learn and grow. here are some tips for a fresh spring space:

  • A water table can add an exciting option for your child to play with
  • Having a sand box can give your child a place to explore and be creative
  • Sidewalk chalk can help make cement shine
  • Take indoor activities outside...art projects, Legos, snacks and meals.


Get Informed

Follow our YMCA of Lincoln Facebook page for up-to-date information and other resources!


Get Compassionate

Especially now, it is important to remember all of the people in our community that could use a little extra help. Here are some ways you can support them during this time:

  • Give Blood
  • Donate to the Lincon Food Bank
  • Support your local and small businesses
  • Donate to local and global nonprofits: Feeding America, Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach, Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army, The YMCA of Lincoln, and so many more.
  • Reach out to your neighbors and loved ones: Have a plan of action, know how they're doing, and share a smile or laugh.


Messages from your Y Family

We hope you miss us as much as we miss you! Your Y Family wants to stay connected with you during this time:

Cooper YMCA Staff.

"It's the Cooper Y's 18th Birthday, but it's not the same without our members, program participants, and part-time staff. While we have been closed to the public, our directors have been working hard to deep clean our building to welcome you back.

We miss you! Stay safe and well, we will see you soon."

-The Cooper YMCA Staff