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Illinois Valley Y
300 Walnut Drive
Peru, IL 61354

Fax: 815-223-7955

Hours: M-F - 5 am-9pm
Sat. - 6 am-5 pm
Sun. - 6 am-8 pm
(Subject to change)


Fitness is FUN for everyone.
The Illinois Valley Y is a place to have fun and learn how to be healthy during class time.

Youth Gym
The Illinois Valley youth gym is open during all operation hours of the YMCA. The gym is open for basketball or volleyball, and is equipped with 3 volleyball courts and 6 basketball backboards. At times the gym may be scheduled with youth activities in non-primetime hours.

Youth Wellness Center Blue Card Training
Are you 11 years of age and tired of just playing in the gym and are you serious about getting in shape? Well, the YMCA has a program for you. Sign up now to receive your Wellness Center Training from one of the quality YMCA personal trainers. Class is required if you wish to use the Wellness Center. Must have blue card training and blue card on person at all times when in the wellness center.
Who:  YMCA members age 11-17

Fee: Free to YMCA members and is by appointment only please call and set up an appointment now




Youth Sports Programs





Instructional Basketball

Dates: Thursdays & Saturdays for 5 weeks,

October 15th- November 14th

Ages:    Th 5:30- 6:15 PM, Sat 9-9:45 AM, Grades 1st & 2nd

Th 6:15- 7 PM, Sat 9:45- 10:30 AM, Grades 3rd & 4th

Th 7- 7:45 PM, Sat 10:30- 11:15 AM, Grades 5th & 6th     

Description: Learn and practice basketball basics.

Fee: $50 Members; $60 Non-Members


Rookie Indoor Soccer

Dates: Mondays for 5 weeks,

October 19th- November 16th

Ages:    5:30- 6:30 PM, 3-6 year olds

Description: Rookie soccer is a recreational opportunity for young athletes to begin to learn soccer skills in a fun environment. 

Fee: $40 Members; $50 Non-Members



Dates: Thursdays for 5 weeks,

November 19th- December 17th

Ages:    5:30- 6:30 PM, 1st & 2nd Graders

            6:30- 7:30 PM, 3rd & 4th Graders

            7:30- 8:30 PM, 5th & 6th Graders

Description: Learn and practice volleyball basics.

Fee: $40 Members; $50 Non-Members


Rookie Indoor Flag Football

Dates: Mondays for 5 weeks,

November 23rd- December 21st

Ages:    5:30- 6:30 PM, 3-6 year olds

Description: Rookie flag football is a fun opportunity for young athletes to enjoy beginning to learn football skills. 

Fee: $40 Members; $50 Non-Members


Youth Basketball League

Dates: Saturdays for 5 weeks,

November 21st- December 19th

Ages:    9- 10 AM, 3rd & 4th Graders

Description: Refereed basketball games with coach instruction.

Fee: $30 Members; $40 Non-Members


Crash Course Volleyball Camp

Date: December 28th

Time: 9 AM- 3 PM

Ages: 5th- 8th Graders

Description: A one day crash course in volleyball skills to prepare for the coming volleyball season. Participants should bring a packed lunch.

Fee: $20 Members; $30 Non-Members





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.




Nerf Nights

Drop the kids off for a night of fun, pizza and NERF wars.  Participants need to provide their own NERF guns, darts and protective eyewear.  We will provide the obstacle course.  A variety of games will be offered including Capture the Flag, King of the Hill and Team Elimination.  Age levels will be seperated. 

Who:  boys & girls ages 6-9 and 10-12 yr olds

When: 1st Friday of the Month-Sept 11th, Oct 2nd, Nov 6th, Dec 4th


Time: 5-7pm

Fee:  $5/Y Members & $7/Non Y Members

2015:October 2, November 6, December 4

2016; January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6


Y Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do teaches self defense as well as improves self confidence, discipline, coordination, and physical and mental capabilities. Through Tae Kwon Do, students learn to become leaders, not followers, and they develop the ''yes, I can'' attitude when facing daily challenges at home, school or work. The Illinois Valley YMCA's Tae Kwon Do is a branch school of the Won Jung Martial Arts Association of Rockford. Amber Sessler is the instructor. White, Yellow belts & children 6-12 , Purple belt and above & children and all ranks of Adults 13 and up.
When: Subject to change, please contact the YMCA at 815-223-7904 for more information.
Fees: $30 Monthly YMCA member $50 Monthly non YMCA member




Little Tigers Tae Kwon Do

          Tae Kwon Do isn't just for adults.  Our Little Tigers program offers children as young as 3 and up to 6 years of age a high energy class that helps stimulate the mind, focus their abundant energy and learn simple techniques and training to build a lifetime upon.  We have seen an overwhelming number of over exuberant youngsters with little or no outlet for their energies.  This course was developed with that need in mind.  Our main focus for Illinois Valley Tae Kwon Do is respect.  We hope to teach your child to bring the tenants of Tae Kwon Do into their lives, not just as a sport but as a way of life that will help them be more confident, reliable and perserverant individuals.  Because the Little Tigers Program provides the core elements, when your child outgrows Little Tigers, they can smoothly transition into our Pee Wee Tae Kwon Do Class.  Instructor Amber Sessler, who began martial arts training at the age of 7 is a 3rd degree Black Belt, a certified primary and secondary teacher with a special education endorsement and coaching certification.        

          Course highlights:

  • Develop basic skills such as coordination, following instructions, balance and attention
  • Develop major muscle groups with exercises such as jumping, running, kicking and punching
  • Learn discipline through consistent, patient instruction by caring, qualified instructors who thoroughly and simply explain the rules and instructions in a way younger minds can comprehend and grasp
  • Learn respect, self control, self confidence and self esteem
  • Learn to focus and concentrate on tasks at hand and complete tasks

              Course Objective:

  • Increase coordination
  • Boost self confidence
  • Focus energies
  • Positive peer interaction and socialization
  • Prepare little ones for entry into their school years

          Class times & days:  Saturdays 10am to 11am

          Fee:  $30/month Y Members

                   $50/month Non Y Member

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