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1325 W Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
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Monday - Thursday • 5:30AM to 11:00PM
Friday • 5:30AM to 10:00PM
Saturday • 7:00AM to 7:00PM
Sunday • 7:00AM to 8:00PM

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2016 Holiday Hustle

Drop and Shop: Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
We know the holidays are a very busy time for parents. How amazing would it be to do a little shopping while your child was participating in fun activities? Drop your child off at the Y! The day will include arts & crafts, swimming, games, and more. The Drop and Shop event will be held in the YMCA Anthony Bowen's Future Leaders' Academy. Please pack your child with a nut-free lunch (PM snack will be provided).

  • Ages: 2-12
  • Full Privilege Members: $50 per child | Program Members: $60 per child
  • Register online at easytoenroll.ymcadc.org/program_detail.aspx
  • Space is limited; registration deadline is Friday, December 18, 2016.
For more information, please contact Kathryn Higgins at 202-459-4226 or Kathryn.Higgins@ymcadc.org.

Winter Break Camp
Dates: December 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and January 2nd

  • Full Privilege Members: $50 per day | Program Members: $60 per day
Don't let your children hibernate during this winter break! The YMCA Anthony Bowen's School Days Out camps include swimming,  arts and crafts, STEM, and more! We hold day-long camps, and you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing where your child is and that she or he is having a memorable day making new friends, learning a new craft, experimenting with science and playing fun games. Camps run from 9am to 6:00pm. For more information, please contact Patricia.Taylor@ymcadc.org.

welcome to summer camp 2017

Registration Dates:

Open registration begins on Thursday, November 24, 2016

Registering is easy!

Register your child using any of the following methods:

What's happening at the y
New Pilates Reformer/Chair Classes 
Boost strength and balance, increase your flexibility and coordination through our new Pilates Reformer and Pilates Chair classes! Through a series of pushing and pulling exercises, you'll challenge yourself in a new way

Full-Privilege Members: Drop-In: $25
Community Members: Drop-In: $32

New Group Exercise Classes Coming to the Schedule!
  • Tae Kwon Do - Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on kicks. Students will develop discipline and confidence as well as incredible levels of fitness through self-defense. 
  • Capoeira - A Brazilian martial art known for its quick and complex, yet graceful moves, Capoeira blends power, speed, and leverage to improve participants’ mobility and coordination. This is a great class if you are looking to improve your stamina, gain confidence, and learn about a new culture. 
  • Pilates Chair - Pilates Chair classes creates a unique and challenging way to build strength in the core, improve balance and increase muscle coordination and control.

personal training - get more with 12 & 24 sessions!

Whether you are a competitive athlete or you just want to lose a few pounds, our personal trainers can help you achieve your goals. Our certified trainers’ expert advice and personalized attention can keep you motivated, and help you overcome hurdles and plateaus. 

Now offering our best value for training. With the Y's 12 and 24 packs, you will get more training, have even greater results and achieve long-lasting fitness goals! Save over $100 with the 12 pack and over $300 with the 24 pack. Packages include one-hour sessions, a full fitness assessment, goal setting and evaluation.

Package Prices:
  • 12 sessions for $720 (plus tax)
  • 24 sessions for $1,396 (plus tax)
Contact Kimeshia Junkins, Wellness Director, at 202-232-6936 or Kimeshia.Junkins@ymcadc.org to register or learn more! 

Cooking Classes at the y!

Whether you're looking for a unique date night, girl's night out, a better understanding of nutrition or more freedom and confidence in the kitchen, our cooking classes are just the answer. We are thrilled to offer beginner, seasonal and guest-hosted Cooking Classes in our culinary studio!

Click here to see our upcoming classes

We are bringing you exciting new classes each month to help you prepare delicacies in the comfort of your own kitchen.


Are you looking for an inspired space to host your upcoming party or meeting? YMCA Anthony Bowen’s conference room and terrace is available to rent! It’s ideal for birthday parties, holiday parties, receptions, trainings and other meeting needs. It hosts 80 people seated and 120 people reception-style. Rates are:

Morning Half Day
Conference Room Only - $600
Terrace Only - $400
Room & Terrace - $900

Full Day
Conference Room Only - $1,200
Terrace Only - $800
Room & Terrace - $1,800

Evening Half Day
Conference Room Only - $600
Terrace Only - $400
Room & Terrace - $900

Includes white board screen, TV monitors, podium, A/V system, kitchen space, access to the rooftop terrace and a preferred vendors list for catering options. Contact Linda Blake for more information and availability.  Team building packages are also available - including culinary experiences!

The Legacy Continues...

We've been innovating for 160 years and we're just getting started. This redeveloped YMCA unites the right minds and resources for community interaction, education, healthy living, and our life-changing programs. The unique design celebrates the legacy of YMCA Anthony Bowen as historically the first African American Y, founded in 1853, along with its ability to adapt and serve our community’s evolving needs. It also pays tribute to its famed visitors (such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Poet Langston Hughes and Dr. Charles Drew) and founder Anthony Bowen, a slave who purchased his freedom in 1830 and went on to become a prominent religious and community leader. Click here for a detailed history of this Y's service

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