Family Time

Summer Fun For Everyone


Many of us are spending more time outdoors than ever before! We’re enjoying the fresh air and learning more about nature.

Nestled in an undeveloped wooded area of Monroe, sits a hidden gem for you and your whole family. The Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA Family Outdoor Center has been delighting members with its charming atmosphere on 47 acres of land. The possibility for exploration, relaxation and family fun are endless. You’ll find plenty of ways to be active in the outdoors.

The Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA Outdoor Center is on 204 Stanley Road in Monroe. Open to Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Members June through Labor Day.

FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Computer screens are non-existent at the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA Family Outdoor Center. Under parent supervision, children can enjoy the outdoors, investigate nature, run, laugh, swim and simply play. The Y Family Outdoor Center has the potential to be your new backyard with pools for family swims!

FOR HEALTHY LIVING: Whether you are looking to unwind in the sun by one of our three pools or get competitive on one of our two tennis courts, our basketball courts, gaga pits or mini golf, there is something for all ages. We even have a little pond for catch and release fishing or paddle boating. Our three pools provide an opportunity for all ages to learn swim and be safe in and around the water. Stroke clinics and lap swim times are available as well as aquatic group exercise classes.

FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: We have taken numerous steps to facilitate physical distancing at the Y and at our Family Outdoor Center. We are following guidance from the State of Connecticut, the CDC, our Health Department and other YMCAs. As always, we will maintain the highest health and safety standards for you, our volunteers and staff. Social distancing is required with mask wearing optional.


At the Y, you are not just a member – you are part of a community.  Our mission is to help you and your family achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body by encouraging good health, fostering connections with friends and giving back for a stronger community.

  • FAMILY OUTDOOR CENTER HOURS: Saturday and Sunday June 5–September 7, 1-5 pm.
  • FAMILY OUTDOOR CENTER REGISTRATION: All Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Members are welcome to register for any weekend day of their choice. To follow social distancing guidelines, space is limited. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations. In the unexpected case of low enrollment, we will email you before10am on the day of your reservation and issue you a system credit.
  • PARKING: For your convenience, we have designated parking near the pavilion in the main parking lot.
  • INCLEMENT WEATHER: It happens! Sometimes nature gets in the way of a beautiful day. We reserve the right to close the facility due to inclement weather. System credits will be issued, if we close prior to opening.



All participants must pre-register on-line. A daily fee of $8 per person for Central Connecticut Coast YMCA members. Children under 2 years old are free. The Y Outdoor Center welcomes guests only when accompanied by a Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Member. A family may bring up to 2 individual guests per visit. Daily fee: Adult and Youth Guest $10.

We’re so excited to have a fun summer! If you have questions, we’d like to answer them, just give us a call 203 261 2566

Summer Aquatic Programs!

The Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA Outdoor Center is able to provide outdoor aquatic programming, weather permitting. These fee based programs are held Saturday and Sunday 9am-12:30pm. Details are provided in our Summer Program Guide, by calling the Y or stopping by.

Swim Lessons

Give your child the opportunity to have fun, develop confidence and learn how to stay safe in and around the water. Do you know how to swim? Maybe this is the summer that you learn. All ages can learn to swim at the Y. Make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy. Our Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime. Lessons will be offered Saturday and Sunday mornings in a four weeks sessions. For private lessons please reach out to our Aquatics Director, Melissa Carroll at Rgistration and fees will apply.


Stroke Clinics will be available for anyone on a swim team or who are in swim lessons that are a Stage 4 or above. They are designed to help swimmers with their stroke mechanics for all four competitive strokes, starts and turns.


Special time will be allocated for Y members, 14 years and older to enjoy our pool and lap swim. Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Lap Swim Etiquette will apply as well as safety protocols. Enhance your wellness routine by moving outdoors and enjoying the pool.


Water exercise is a great for people and all fitness levels. For adults, Aqua Fit is a way to get fit while embracing the sun and water! It’s a therapeutic workout and a great calorie burn. Registration is required.

Keeping Kids’ Minds and Bodies Active

The Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

Camp and Outdoor Center

Our facility is open in the summer. We offer summer pool memberships, group and private swim lessons, swim team, pool parties, and group rentals.

Our Camp and Outdoor Center offers 3 pools, snack bar, boating, tennis, basketball, rental, birthday parties, swim lessons and is home to our summer day camp, Camp Tepee.

204 Stanley Road
Monroe, CT  06468
203 261 2566
203 261 3146
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For more information about Outdoor Family Center Membership fees or Aquatics, please call P 203 445 9633.