The parents at my children’s school must think I’m getting kickbacks from my local gym. Whenever I overhear them complaining about the costs of their children’s sports, I tell whoever will listen how much I value my family’s YMCA membership.

This is the spiel I give: I used to spend $60 a month just on swimming lessons for my two kids. Now, for $120 a month, the whole family gets unlimited gym access, which includes swimming lessons, martial arts and dance classes, crafts, a number of indoor sports, including soccer and basketball, a games room and a giant bouncy castle – my children’s favourite.

There’s affordable child care on site, special events and camps, and the YMCA offers financial help for families who cannot afford to pay the membership fee.  FULL STORY