For Kids

Wise Start

Wise Start is a Smart Start grant funded program designed for the preschool aged population. Wise Start offers physical and nutritional activities to child care centers throughout Stokes Co. These activities encourage preschool children and subsequently their families to adopt healthier lifestyle options.

Wise Start is not just focusing on the health benefits it has to offer, but a big part of this program focuses on teacher / child interaction. We want to see teachers more engaged with the children. By doing so, this gives our preschoolers a wonderful learning environment, with warm, inviting, caring teachers. We want to see all childcare facilities in Stokes Co strive to be a 4 star center or higher. Wise Start encourages teachers and caregivers to give the highest quality of childcare possible.

These children are our future and deserve the best. Let’s work together to help them receive a “Wise Start” in life.

Ask your child’s caregiver about Wise Start today!


Contact Millie Lambe at or 336.985.9622

Birthday Parties

We Work To Make Your Day Special

The party room will be decorated in a color of your choice: pink, purple, blue or green. We provide an energetic host to make your child’s birthday special, a free birthday t-shirt for the birthday child, all paper products (tablecloths, plates, utencils, napkins, decorations) enough for the number of kids attending.

How To Reserve Your Party

  1. Decide on a few possible dates for your child’s party.
  2. Reservations fill quickly, so please book a minimum of two weeks prior to your preferred date.
  3. Call the Stokes Family YMCA at 336-985-9622 to set up a day and time to meet to arrange the birthday party and to fill out necessary paperwork. Payment is taken in the form of cash, check or credit card at the time of reservation. One week cancellation is necessary; however, there is a $50 administration fee that is non-refundable.
  4. Invite your guests to have fun at your Stokes Family YMCA birthday party!


YMCA members: $150
Potential members: $200

Party “Add-ons”

1 additional hour of an activity: $50
Pizza and drinks: $35
Glitz/Glam and/or Spa Party: $25

All parties are for up to 12 children (the birthday child and up to 11 friends). For each additional child, the cost is $4.00.

Party Times

Saturdays: 10:00am-12:00pm, 12:00-2:00pm, 2:00-4:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm, or 3:00-5:00pm
Sundays: 2:00-4:00pm or 3:00-5:00pm 

Party Themes

  • Big Splash Party
  • Basketball Party
  • Volleyball Party
  • Archery Party
  • Zumba Party
  • Glitz & Glam Party
  • Spa Party

Learn more about birthday parties at Stokes Family YMCA.

Additional Information

  • The party rooms comfortably accommodate 30 guests or less.
  • A refrigerator and freezer are available for food storage on the day of your party. Please bring food that is already cooked.
  • A birthday cake is not included in the price of the party.
  • The hosting family may arrive 30 minutes before the start of the party.
  • All parents must sign a Release from Liability form upon arrival.
  • The hosting family will be responsible for signing for those children whose parents are not present.
  • The birthday child will receive a free Y birthday party t-shirt.
  • Want a theme not seen here? We may be able to accommodate a special theme at your request, but please allow several weeks notice.

For more information contact Stephanie Durick at at 336-985-9622. 


Stokes Program Center

Hours of Operation

Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-1:30pm, 4:00-6:00pm

We have 3 ellipticals and 2 bicycles that can be used daily free of charge.

Amanda Dickerson, Program Coordinator

Stokes County Recreation Department

Stokes Family YMCA
1070 Hospice Drive (PO Box 39)
Danbury, NC 27016
336 914 9310
Fax 336 593 2112


For Family


Join the fun of a tailgate favorite while spending time with family and friends. Fun-spirited atmosphere where new friendships can be made and memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are competitive, play for fun, or a beginner, this is the place for you!


All ages


Every Tuesday night in the community room, 4-6 pm (unless we close early).






Contact: Emily Coghill at or 985-9622 or ask at the Membership Desk for more details. 

group-man-woman-babyFamily Literacy

The YMCA Literacy Initiative offers El Nido (“The Nest”), which is a family literacy program that takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 pm at The Ledges Apartments Children’s Center on Anson Street in Winston-Salem (near the intersection of Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street). El Nido provides book-based activities for children while their parents participate in ESL classes. Volunteers are welcome to help with activities for children or with ESL classes for their parents.


Ellen Gallimore at 336.727.9850 or

Adventure Guides

The YMCA has a long history of bringing parents and children together for life enriching experiences. This history has left a legacy of strengthened relationships and close bonds in many families and communities around the country. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has been a part of the Y-Indian Guide/Adventure Guides program for more than 30 years. Adventure Guides currently serves 20 tribes with over 400 participants in Forsyth, Stokes, Davie, Yadkin, and Wilkes Counties. Collectively, these tribes form the Adventure Guides Saura Nation.

The Adventure Guides Program aims to strengthen the bond between fathers and their children through activities that allow them to spend quality time together. Based on strong traditions of the Native American Culture including dignity, patience, endurance, spirituality, concern for the Earth and family values, these programs are tools that will help build memories that will last a lifetime.

boy-frogThrough Adventure Guides, the YMCA provides the following benefits to father and child:

  • Foster companionship and understanding and set a foundation for positive, lifelong relationships between father and child
  • Build a sense of self-esteem and personal worth
  • Expand awareness of body, mind, and spirit
  • Provide a framework to meet a mutual need of spending enjoyable, constructive, and quality time together
  • Enhance the quality of family time
  • Emphasize the vital role parents play in the growth and development of their children
  • Offer an important and unique opportunity to develop & enjoy volunteer leadership skills
  • Opportunity to meet other families with children the same age

Learn more about Adventure Guides »

For further information, please contact Amelia Johnson at 336.983.3131 or email at


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