YMCA Child Watch  

A few adaptations have been made since we last offered this service. Learn more below!

What is Child Watch?

Child Watch is a drop-in daycare service available for YMCA Members. Reserve a time to drop off the kiddos with our caring staff and you can have a worry-free workout. A Family or Adult Membership is required and the child must be part of the family unit. 

When is this service available?

  • Available times differ between locations. See specific branch hours below.
  • Designated times are available by reservation and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Drop-ins are welcome, however, they are contingent on capacity limits.  

What is the cost?

Sessions are $2 per 30 minutes per child and sessions must be purchased in advance. Ages 4 weeks through 10 years are welcome and can stay for up to 2 hours! Parents must remain on the premises and are encouraged to feed their kids and take them to the bathroom/change diapers prior to drop off. No food is allowed in the Child Watch area but water bottles are recommended and encouraged. 

How do I make a reservation?

Click here to see the full tutorial on how to make a reservation.

 Can I cancel my reservation?

Yes, but cancellations need to be done no later than 1 hour prior to the scheduled appointment. Reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

Anything else I need to know?

  • No food is allowed in Child Watch areas except of formula
  • This service follows licensing procedures but IS NOT a licensed childcare program. 
  • Drop-ins are welcome, but we may close early if no reservations are made. Sessions are non-refundable and non-exchangeable (can only be used within the unit).
  • Cancel at least 1 hour before the reservation to avoid penalty.
    No-shows will be deducted 1 session per child reservation.
  • Late pick-ups will be deducted an additional session per child.

Eau Claire YMCA Child Watch  

The Eau Claire YMCA is excited to be able to provide drop-in childcare services once again! A few adaptations have been made since we last offered this service. Learn more below!


  •  Monday through Thursday from 8:45 AM - 12:15 PM    

 Chippewa Falls YMCA Child Watch

Located off the front lobby. No reservations are required. Just bring your little one to the Child Watch room, and we will be happy to watch your child while you workout at the YMCA!


  • Mondays & Thursdays - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Mondays & Wednesdays - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
  • Saturdays - 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Available to members with a YMCA Family Membership, and all children must be on the Family Membership.