Fun Zone Policies – Green Valley Y

Please note that the Fun Zone area is provided as a benefit of Y membership so our staff can watch the children of our members while their parents work out or participate in Y programs.  Please help us by honoring the following policies:

Drop In/Pick Up Process

Only children listed on your YMCA family membership plan are eligible for this service. Children must be signed in and out by their own parent or guardian.  Grandparents with an active YMCA of Frederick County membership may utilize the Fun Zone with their grandchild who also has an active Y membership. Children ages 8 and under must have at least one parent remain in the building while in the Fun Zone. We have a sign-in sheet at the front of the room of the Fun Zone that needs to be completed each time you drop off your child.

Health Issues

A health waiver is required for each child (waivers can be filled out at the front desk). If a child is ill, or has a contagious condition, he or she should not come into the Fun Zone. This policy is followed to protect the health of all the children and staff. When a Y Staff notices signs of illness that can spread to others (vomiting, fever, diarrhea, head lice, slap-cheek, pink-eye, etc.) the parent will be asked to return to the Fun Zone to take their child home.

Bringing In Your Child

Please be sure that babies and toddlers have clean, dry diapers and have been fed when dropped off. We will give bottles to babies if time and availability of staff permits. Please have everything labeled with your child’s name. There is a changing table available.


Our staff get to know the children quickly and establishes relationships with them. Usually an explanation of the rules of the Fun Zone will resolve any issues that may come up. Once in a while a child may need a time out. This will allow the child to sit quietly, and to think about better choices. Major discipline problems will result in the parent being paged back to the Fun Zone.


The Fun Zone services children ages 8 weeks through 10 years of age. Parents of children eight and under must remain in the building while their children are in the Fun Zone. Children ages 9 and up are allowed in the facility without a parent or guardian.

Inclement Weather Policy

For information on late openings or early closings, please call our Weather Hotline at 301-696-9622 or visit


We do not allow snacks or drinks of any kind in the Fun Zone; however we do allow infants-2 years to have bottles/sippy cups.

Fire Drills

If there is a fire drill or a real emergency that requires the Fun Zone to be evacuated, all available staff in the YMCA will report to the Fun Zone to help take the children outside. The emergency exit for the Fun Zone is through the back door of the Y.

Please do not try to return to the Fun Zone during the drill or emergency since the children will already have exited the building. Parents should come and meet the children outside on the field behind the Y.

Do not try to pick up your child during the drill or emergency. The staff must keep an accurate count of all the children under their care. Once the drill or emergency is over the children must return to the Fun Zone. Parents can then come to the Fun Zone to pick up their child and sign them out.


The staff welcomes comments, suggestions, and praise from parents. Please direct any comments or suggestions to the Front Desk, who will do their best to remediate the situation or insure that the information is communicated to the Member Engagement Coordinator.

OUR MISSION: To Put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.