Gaston County Family YMCA

South Gaston YMCA

The South Gaston YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to helping you live a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind and body. We make a positive impact in the Gaston County community through encouraging wellness and family.

Address & Phone:

3210 Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28056
Phone (704) 865-2193
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Monday – Thursday: 4:30am – 10:00pm
Friday: 4:30am – 8:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Childwatch Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 12:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 12:00pm – 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Kid Zone Hours (5 – 9 years old):

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm


Cherry Blossom 5K

Cherry Blossom 5K


Participate in the Cherry Blossom 5K this year! Proceeds benefit the Cherryville Family YMCA “The Y: So Much More” Annual Giving Campaign.

Friday, April 25th @ 6:00pm; 1 mile Memorial walk 6:05pm

This race  begins and ends at First Presbyterian Church, 107 West Academy Street, Cherryville and is part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. After the race, you can walk downtown to enjoy carnival rides, vendors, and the “Fantastic Shakers” band.

Sponsors: Alray Tire; Don & Carla Beam Foundation;  Cherryville Federal Bank; Cherryville Animal Hospital; Cherryville Golf & Country Club; Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center; Dr. Paul H. Cloninger, DDS; Food Lion; FleetNet America; Ironton Animal Hospital; Medical Center Pharmacy; Mister Sparky; Modern Polymers; Papa’s Pizza; Peak Resources


Register online below or download the race brochure and registration form Cherry Blossom 5K Brochure


» $20 through April 20th, $25 April 21st-23rd & Race Day
» $25 on Race Day

» $10 for Girls On the Run through April 20th

1 Mile Memory and Survivor Walk: 

» $10 donation to LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA suggested,  waiver on race day required. You may purchase a T-shirt after the race if available.

Other Details:

Trophies to top make and female runners.

More medals this year: Medals will be given to top 3 male and female ages 9 and under, and in 5-year increments beginning with age 10.

Run with your dog on a fixed- length leash, and the first dog to finish gets a “Top Dog” tag.

The Cherry Blossom 5K is the 1st race of 5 in the 2014 Gaston County Y Race Series and The Gaston Cup. Save and register for the entire series!

 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

When is  early packet pickup?

Early packet pick up will be Thursday, April 24th  at First Presbyterian Church from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Can I walk the 10 Mile or 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. We will not have an awards division for walkers.

Can I wear headphones, run with my pet or push a baby stroller?

Headphones are allowed, but please be aware and cautious of your surroundings. We try to lessen as much traffic as possible, but realize we cannot close off traffic 100 percent. Your leashed dog can run with you for no extra charge, and may even win the dog division- just hold on when our New Year Shooter shoots the starting musket! Strollers are allowed.

Where can I find information on the course?

Download the brochure for course directions.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Please have them contact Jyma Atwell at  or (704) 445-9622. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Who made this all possible?

We had some incredible sponsors to make this race possible. They are listed above and on the brochure, and will be on the back of your shirt.  More sponsors may be added- if you would like to sponsor- give Jyma a call or email!

More questions? Feel free to contact the Cherryville YMCA at or (704) 445-9622

Toddler Classes


Experienced Staff

Learning Opportunities

The Stowe Family YMCA is now offering 3 special classes just for our Toddlers! Join us for one or more of these excellent monthly sessions.  Join us for an OPEN HOUSE on March 24, 26, and/or 28th for a free look at the classes.  


Art Classes – Little Picassos on Monday, Wednesday 8:55 – 9:55 am

Literacy Classes – Literary EDventures on Monday, Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 am

Sports + Swim Classes – Rookie Sports and Swim on Friday 9:00 – 11:00 am

All classes are intentionally structured with the goal of fostering a passion for learning, discovering new skills, and building confidence through interaction.


$45 a month for Members

$55 a month for Program Participants

Contact Freddie Mibelli with questions at or call 704.822.9622.


Youth Swim Lessons

Ages: 6 years +

Youth Swim Lessons promote stroke development, personal water safety, water sports, rescue and personal growth are included. During all swim lessons, participants and instructors find opportunities to learn and demonstrate the YMCA core values, (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith).

Session Days & Times:
Saturdays – 11:15 – 12:00pm, Tuesdays/Thursdays – 6:15-7:00pm

Download our Swim Lesson Registration Form for session information.

Fees per session: 

Members: $35

Program participants: $65

The Y 5K Race Series

The Y 5K Race Series

The Gaston County Family YMCA is proud to announce the 2014 YMCA 5K Race Series, a five race event throughout the county. Series registration includes specialized shirt and bib as well as qualify for Series awards.



Registration for all five races is $111. Individual race registration will begin 90 days prior to each race. Due to race limits, registration through the YMCA 5K Race Series is the only way to ensure your spot.

Register below or download form here




KinderDance (Ballet and Tap) Ages 3-4

This class will focus on three main goals of creative movement: time, space, and energy.  Students will be introduced to basic dance elements and ballet technique.


 Junior Dance (Ages 5-7)

This class will focus on ballet technique, elements of modern dance, and jazz.  Students will learn ballet terminology and movements during the ballet time.  In modern dance students will learn to create their own choreography based on time, space, and energy.  During jazz students will learn musical theatre and hip/hop type movement.


Senior Dance (Ages 8-10)

All class are held at the Pharr YMCA.


Class fees: Deposit – $20.oo/one time
Members – $40.00/month
Nonmembers – $50.00/month

CLICK HERE for a printable registration form.

For additional information:
Contact Ben Oeser at or (704) 824-1131


Kindergym for ages 3 & 4.
JuniorGym for ages 5, 6, & 7
SeniorGym for ages 8-11.

YMCA Gymnastics is a class for boys and girls with age appropriate skills in tumbling, floor exercises, bars, vault, and beams! Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, and other fundamental floor exercises are taught all in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere.

All class are held at the Pharr YMCA.

Registration: Open
Please register your child and they will be placed in a class that suits their skills.  Preferences do not gurantee class days and times.

Days & Times:
Classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and run from 3:oo pm through 7:00 pm. Each class is 45 minutes long.

Class fees: Non-refundable registration fee $20.00 per student

Members – $40.00/month
Program Participants – $50.00/month

CLICK HERE for printable registration form.

Contact Ben Oeser at or (704) 824-1131.

Middle School Madness

Ages: Middle School Students

Join the Stowe Family YMCA each month for an evening of dancing, basketball, video games, and more! The Y is just for teens! We will offer a  dance, basketball and/or dodgeball tournaments, video games, pizza, snacks, swimming for all who attend from 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Dates & Times:
September – May
Third Friday of each month, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Event Information and Rules

2014 Spring Semester Dates:
Friday, January 24

Friday, February 21

Friday, March 21

Friday, April 11

Friday, May 16

Members – FREE
Non Members – $6

Holiday Break and Spring Break Camp

Holiday Break and Spring Break Camp

The YMCA offers full day care during extended school breaks at both the Central and Stowe YMCA locations.  This includes Holiday Break 2013 (December 23 – 30) and Spring Break 2014 (April 21 – 25).  Full Day care will be provided for all registered at either a daily or weekly rate.

Students registered for After School and/or Summer Camp at the YMCA are not automatically registered or charged for this program.  Specific Registration is necessary.

Care will not be provided:

The camp day is from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm daily.

Please see the below registration form for specific dates and rates.

Registration Information and Form

Parents Night Out

Ages: 3 years through 5th grade

Once a month the YMCA is THE PLACE for kids! Kids can enjoy an evening at the YMCA while keeping busy with actives such as swimming, baking, playing games, eating dinner, and being silly while their parents are out and about!

Registration: Stowe Family YMCA 2nd Friday of each month, South YMCA 4th Saturday of each Month.

Information and Registration Form

Dates & Times: September 2013 – May 2014
Stowe – The second Friday of each month from 5:30 – 9:30 pm.

South – The fourth Saturday of each month from 5:30 – 10:30 pm.

Register online by clicking here.


Parents Day Out

What is Parents Day Out?

Parents Day Out is our annual program for your potty-trained 3 year old to 5th grader. It’s a chance for you to take a breath, shop child-free, and/or prepare for the Holidays. We’ll take your child off your hands for a few hours. They’ll get to hang out with their friends while being entertained and supervised by our youth staff.

We will craft, swim, play games, and eat lunch together!

When is Parents Day Out?

Parents  Day Out is on Saturday, December 7th at the STOWE FAMILY YMCA from  9:00 am —1:00 pm.


Members- $15 Program Participant- $25

*There is a $5 fee for registration after Wed, Dec. 4th

Register online by clicking here.

Information and Registration Form


Afterschool Enrichment

Ensuring A Brighter Future

The YMCA provides a quality, Christian-oriented experience that is safe, fun, and convenient. Y After School operates throughout Gaston County providing enrichment from school dismissal until 6:00 pm daily. During this time we aim to shape character by modeling, teaching, and reinforcing positive values to all students. The YMCA believes in the character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. The YMCA offers two on-site After School locations and fifteen off-site locations throughout the county.

To find your school and Afterschool location, please visit our Afterschool page.

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