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PLEASE BE ADVISED: When registering children, if they are not in the same class & same cart you will not get the 2nd child discount. Please bring your receipt into the Illinois Valley Y and you will receive a credit voucher on your Y account.

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Illinois Valley Y
300 Walnut Drive
Peru, IL 61354
Telephone: 815-223-7904
Fax: 815-223-7955


Summer Hours

Hours: M-F - 5 am-9pm

Sat. - 6 am-5pm

Sun. - 6 am-8pm








Winter/Spring Hours

Monday-Friday:  5am to 9pm

Saturday:  6am to 5pm
Sunday: 6am to 8pm


Click below on the link to check out our Summer Brochure




Click Here for the new Embody Health Magazine








At the YMCA, our cause is community. We work everyday to develop the potential of our youth, support healthy living, and foster social responsibility. All three aspects of our work come together in YMCA Virtual Runs & Wellness Challenges.


When you participate in a virtual run and wellness challenge, you are making a contribution to our youth development programming efforts while striving to meet personal health and wellness goals. And we hope you have a lot of fun with our themes and make some new friends along the way!


We invite you to use YTRAAK to set and meet your fitness goals while earning points for other healthy behaviors and enjoying a little healthy competition among friends.


Thank you in advance for engaging in your Y community and supporting impactful youth programs like swim lessons, youth sports and day camp!




Y PreSchool Program

Just for Two's-2 year old class

T/Th from 9-10am


Y Tykes Academy-3 & 4 year old class

Mon-Thurs 9am-12pm

Check out the PreSchool Page for more information!


Montessori PreSchool and Kindergarten

In a Montessori class, children engage in interactive learning in a comfortable and busy, productive atmosphere where individualized work, group activities and stimulating classroom materials help a child to grow to her/his highest potential. Within the mixed age group of 3-6 year olds, cooperation replaces competition. The opportunity for daily repetition and progressive processes ensures that each child has the potential to learn a sense of order, habits of concentration, initiation of purposeful activity, self-control/discipline, curiosity and inner peace. The Montessori approach was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and has over 100 years of successful results. Ms. Kim Becker with 17 years of experience is a certified Montessori School instructor.

Registration now open!

Check out the pricing and class info on the PreSchool page


Miller Group Charitable Trust donates $50,000 to the Y


Y receives $7,931 in a grant for the Before and After School Care Program


Before & After School Care Sites:

Peru & Spring Valley-Before & After Care Availalbe

LaSalle & Oglesby -After Care Only

Click here for the BASC Registration Packet

BASC Registration Packet


Fitness on Demand

Fitness on Demand is the hot new way to get in shape at the Illinois Valley YMCA! It’s group exercise classes all the time. Classes will range from the industry's most popular exercise videos like Yoga,

Cycling to STRIKE, HardCore Fitness and so much more!

A lot of people prefer to work out in a group and this cutting-edge fitness technology delivers group exercise classes without the need of a live instructor!

Fitness on Demand creates an engaging group exercise experience anywhere, thanks to its HD projector, huge 120" motorized screen, audio receiver and 4-way speaker system.

Fitness on Demand allows us to offer more for our members, by bringing the industry's best group exercise classes to the Illinois Valley YMCA. With Fitness on Demand, we will offer a wide variety of classes all the time, making it convenient for all of our members!

Get in shape at the Illinois Valley YMCA with Fitness on Demand! Click for Full Details

Strong Kids Campaign 2016

Support the Y

Strengthen your Community

We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in kids, our health and our neighbors. 

Donors enable the Y, a charitable, non-profit 501(c)3 organization to offer a financial assistance program for those individuals and families that qualify as well as providing program subsidy for much needed community programs.

In 2014 over $200,000 was allocated to 245 children and families for programs and memberships including:  Camp, Childcare, Swim Team, Aquatics, Youth and Teens.  And the Youth, Teens and Sports departments received over $35,000 in program subsidy. 

To become a part of something great or to make a gift, call the Y @ 815.223.7904

For the Love of Swimming
Join the Dolphin Swim team. Learn proper stroke and form technique, sportsmanship, goal setting, and competitive spirit. Coaches are American Swim Coaches Association and USA Swimming Certified. The program is open to all athletes aged 5 to 21. read more



Illinois Valley Y/Mendota Area Y Voucher and Refund Policy

Program Cancellation Information
1. Payment of class fee is required at time of registration in order to secure your enrollment.
2. Certain programs have a separate registration form.
3. Refunds/Credit Vouchers

Refund – The YMCA will send a check for the amount owed to the member/participant. Processing a refund may take up to two weeks.
Credit Vouchers – The YMCA will electronically deposit the credit amount into the member/participant’s YMCA account (not a bank account).
It can be redeemed toward any program, product or service the Illinois Valley YMCA offers.

a) The YMCA reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or combine classes that do not have sufficient enrollment. In the event of a canceled class due to lack of enrollment, a full refund or credit will be issued.
b) A pro-rated refund will only be given if participation ceases due to medical reasons. A note from the doctor will enable one to receive a refund.
c) There are no credits given for individual classes missed.
d) No refunds/credits are given on individual classes cancelled due to weather.
e) Some programs require a deposit/registration fee that is non-refundable. Participant cancellation in these programs will result in loss of the deposit.
f) The YMCA will not make up or refund any programs (i.e. swim lessons, aerobic classes, camps, etc.) that fall on a holiday.
g) For school age care, preschool, and/or camp payments, No refund or vouchers will be given. Example: If you pay for a week of camp/school age care and there is a day missed due to illness, vacation, etc. No refunds/vouchers will be issued for days missed unless there is a medical excuse with a note from your medical provider.

Program Cancellations
In the event of insufficient enrollment, the YMCA may need to cancel a class. If this occurs, we will contact you and issue a full refund.





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16 years old to enter the free weight room

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