• School Release Day and Holiday Care
  • Kindergarten - Grade 5
  • Independent School District 621
  • Questions? Call 612-230-9622 


Kids have a blast in the Shoreview Y’s full-day recreational program on school release days and school vacation breaks. It’s safe, fun, full of age-appropriate activities that stretch kids’ minds and bodies – and gives them opportunities to practice caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and equity.

Kids are engaged and entertained

Each day is different – there’s a whole lot of things to do and places to go. Arts and crafts, group games, sports, indoor and outdoor play, themed projects and field trips are just some of the ways your child might spend their day.

Awesome field trips and fun themes

Field trip samples:

  • Rollerskating
  • Museums
  • Indoor Activity Parks
  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Movies
  • Seasonal Trips such as Pumpkin Patch or Sledding 


Bel Air Elementary
1800 NW 5th Street
New Brighton, MN 55112

Register Online

Island Lake Elementary
3555 N. Victoria St.
Shoreview, MN 55126

Register Online

Turtle Lake Elementary
1141 Lepak Court
Shoreview, MN 55126

Register Online

Registration Form PDFs


  • Drop-off 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Program Day 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Pick-up 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

When the School District calls for a LATE START, Before Care programs are cancelled.

When the School District calls for an EARLY RELEASE, After Care programs are cancelled.

When school is CANCELLED due to severe cold temperatures, YMCA will run Release Day programs at Bel Air Elementary and Island Lake Elementary. Inclement-weather Release Day Programs are open to children currently attending YMCA Before Care and/or After Care. Inclement weather program hours for Mounds View School District are 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

School Release Day Calendar


  • September 25 - Bel Air, Island Lake, Turtle Lake
  • October 9, 19, 20 - Bel Air, Island Lake, Turtle Lake
  • November 3, 20, 21, 22 - Bel Air, Island Lake, Turtle Lake
  • December 22, 27, 28, 29 - Bel Air, Island Lake, Turtle Lake
  • December 26 - Bel Air, Island Lake


  • January 15, 25, 26 - Bel Air, Island Lake, Turtle Lake
  • February 19 - Bel Air, Island Lake, Turtle Lake
  • March 11, 12, 13, 29 - Bel Air, Island Lake, Turtle Lake
  • March 14, 15 - Bel Air, Island Lake
  • April 10, 11, 12 - Bel Air, Island Lake, Turtle Lake
  • May 24 - Bel Air, Island Lake, Turtle Lake

2023-2024 School Release Day Schedule


$50 per child per day. Late registration $60 per child per day.

Program Fees

Advanced registration is required to receive the standard program rate. Fees are due Monday, one week prior to the Release Day.

Registrations received later than Monday, one week prior to the release day will result in a $10 premium increase in the school release day tuition. 


Registrations completed online can be paid at the time of registration or set up as an automatic electronic fund transfer (EFT). Payment is available for paper registrations via cash, check or EFT. You may authorize EFT on your registration form. EFTs will be processed on Tuesday prior to the week of the release day. You may login online to see your balance and make a payment.

Cancellations and Changes

YMCA of the North is committed to offering programs and services that strengthen youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Please review our refund policies, which support our programs and service delivery.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

What to Bring to School Release Days

(please label all belongings)

  • Lunch
  • Beverage and two snacks
  • Appropriate clothing for outdoor play and art projects
  • On swim field-trip days, a swimsuit, towel and lock

*The YMCA is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Please leave toys and valuables at home. In the event of low enrollment (less than 10 participants) the day may be cancelled. You will be notified five days in advance.