Columbia North YMCA

The Columbia North YMCA

The Columbia North YMCA, serving North Philadelphia, Fairmount, Kensington, Northern Liberties, Brewerytown and the surrounding communities, offers a wide range of programs for children and teens including swim lessons, sports, fitness, child care and day camps. For adults and seniors, the Y has personal training, a variety of group exercise classes, wellness orientations and free babysitting services.

Not only is the Columbia North Y the place for you to stay active and healthy, but is a safe, fun environment to make new friends and volunteer to help others. There are many programs and services offered at the Y each day to help all our community members learn, grow and thrive in their own unique way.

The Columbia North YMCA is a branch of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA with a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

2014 Winter Brochure

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2014 Spring Brochure

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Summer Day Camp Brochure - 2014

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YMCA News & Events

Coffee with Cops at the Ambler Y

May 18, 2014 9:00 am

Sunday, May 18, 9-11 a.m. Join officers from the Lower Gwynedd Police Department in the Lobby for an informal chat to ask questions or voice your concerns. Coffee will be served.


YMCA Aquatics offers swim lessons for all ages!  The YMCA swim lesson program is centered around five main components:  personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports and game and rescue.  The emphasis is on progressive learning, using a student-centered and developmentally appropriate approach to teaching.  Our goal is to help children build confidence and skills through positive reinforcement, promoting life-long health and fitness.

Child Care

The Columbia North YMCA Child Readiness Center is a liscense, full-day, year round education and care facility, serving children ages 1-5 years.  The Center has earned a 3 STAR rating through the Keystone STARS program, and is a PA Pre-K Counts site.


Y Wellness programs are developmentally appropriate and help people at any stage of life build positive health habits.  Participation in programs at the Y offer youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.

YMCA programs and services cut across diverse populations with diverse needs and attempt to take into account the total-health of each person.  The YMCA provides a variety of health and wellness programs including exercise and water fitness classes for people and families of all ages, health and wellness seminars, educational classes, personalized training programs, non-competitive youth and adult sports leagues and social opportunities for seniors and families.