Update 2018-An invitation for a tour of the Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix
I was so excited to get an email from a few of the people who make the Kroc Corps Community Center an amazing place to be. We took an amazing tour and got to walk around the whole building (it is huge) and learned more about the programs they are offering!
Did you know that the KCCC received a grant to provide free swim lessons to kids K-3rd grade? Since there has been a high amount of drownings of small children in the valley, they received a grant to offer these lessons at no cost, no matter the income level of the family! Please contact them ASAP for that!
Also, the KCCC has a high school for kids who need extra help to graduate, such as care for a child, or extenuating home circumstances! They also offer homeschool groups, Sunday School and Church, music lessons, dance lessons, fitness classes for adults, CAMPS during break, date night care for kids, open swim, fitness classes and sports teams (basketball, football, soccer, baseball) and SO much more.
The Tour of KCCC
The building is amazingly well used. I got to tour with Terri C., who runs and schedules a lot of the programs on campus. She showed me all of the rooms in the building, and was able to recite off what days which room was used for which activity. Seriously, Amazing! The staff is made up of paid workers, and a lot of volunteers and interns.
The out door area has baseball, soccer and football fields as well as a brand new play area, a splash pad (where the map is), a gardening area, a concession stand, and an amphitheater!
Multipurpose meeting rooms for after school programs, seminars, dance classes and so much more!
Child care area and soon to be officially licensed pre-k area with playground!
Teen area with computers, TVs and a classroom!
High School and classroom area with computer labs and library. The second story looks over the pool (which is gorgeous!)
The fitness area with a full gym, dance area, boxing ring, bikes and room for so many classes!
The Kroc Center is so much more than their indoor pool and amazing indoor gym that has room for a full 3 basketball courts. Their signature programs for the whole family, plus support for the community is second to none. With a mission to reach out to the surrounding community to fill them spiritually, emotionally, and physically, the Kroc Corps Community Center has amazing programs year round. I highly suggest taking a look to see what they have available. There are also amazing seasonal events that are held-an Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Programs, Teen programs and classes for all ages.Having a one day pass is a wonderful way to really check out what they have available, and is cheaper than a pass to any of the nearby resorts!
Rewind Back to 2015 tour of KCCC
We went to the Kroc Center to do a PBS “Odd Squad” event, and I was amazed by the beautiful building right from the get go.
My family most usually will arrive early, like, super early. But, that often comes in handy when I want to explore new places. I get to talk with so many people about the wonderful offerings they have for their business or their passion, or whatever it is that we are doing. I was happy to meet Grant who was so passionate about telling me about the Center and let me go in for a little tour. We didn’t come prepared to do any of the activities that day, but I will tell you all you need to know so when you do go, you are prepared!
The Kroc Center is run by the Salvation Army, but is named after the McDonald’s founders, Ray Kroc and his wife Joan. The Salvation Army used the funds left to them to build the center which has so many beautiful and fun things available for the members. There is Camp Kroc, the pool and indoor splash pad, an outdoor splash pad, outdoor fields for many different sports including but not limited to:baseball, soccer and football, community rooms, a Chapel, a rock climbing wall, a wellness center, a library, a teen room, music rooms, fitness center and a cafe. Oh, and a huge gymnasium with a second story running/walking track (It looked like a 200 m track to me, which is half of a standard high school outdoor track).
They were set up for the odd squad and had paper on the floor, but you can see this is a huge space!
I know, get to the fun stuff already-the POOL!! Before you head out of the west valley (or East Valley, hi East Valley), you will want to make sure it is open swim hours. There are open swim different hours, and going to their site is the best way to check those hours (in cases they change!). Make sure you look at the “open swim” hours not just the facility hours! During the open swim hours, all pools including the water slide, lazy river and leisure pools are open. Slide is closed during evening swim lessons. And Swim lessons take priority of the lap pool from 9am-12pm.
I think the picture speak for themselves on how awesome this indoor area is.
That is one TALL slide!
The pool has some zero entry points, including the splash area where its very shallow and some nice areas that are under four feet deep for the little ones.
Bathrooms that lined the entrance to the pool-perfect for changing little ones. Remember, if you have a child under 3 years old (or one older than 3 and not potty trained) they must wear a swim diaper!
Near the pool is a great little party room, should you want to have a birthday party there. Scroll to the bottom of this post to read about a deal they are having with memberships and birthday parties 😉
After you leave the pool, there is a “waiting area” where there are comfy couches and a television where we found some kids lounging.
This area is great if you have children in a swim class. Plus, there is a cafe here that you can grab a meal or drink and hang out while your child is having a lesson!
An inside rock wall is also in the same area! WOW! if you choose to go, make sure you have closed toe shoes, otherwise you won’t be able to climb. Its over 2 stories high!
Behind the rock wall is a teen room with a ping pong table and pool table, and I’m guessing a lot more things that are available but were tucked away.
We didn’t adventure upstairs, but there is a library and community rooms, a fitness center (weights, exercise machines and fitness class space).
On the bottom floor as we walked around were music practice rooms, and the chapel and the cafe.
There is also a Kroc Town Child Watch and 7-11 club that you can drop your children off (like a little day care) for up to 90 minutes while you work out or use the amenities in the Croc Center. There is an additional cost for this.
If you think the Kroc Center is just for kids, I’ll have to tell you that you are mistaken! There are lots of teams and fitness classes for adults as well as for children. There are also education and fine arts classes as well. So much to do and enjoy, so little time.
Other than just the Camp Kroc that lasts the entire summer, there are other events that they have that you can go to the facilities for that you do not have to be a member for, but you would have to pay admission.
Day passes are available, but you should also ask about their six month membership. This is a great deal that the Kroc Center is offering (please call them, as it is not listed on their site), and will include one free birthday party for up to 12 guests. If you have a family of five like us, one trip to the Kroc Center buying day memberships would cost us about 38 dollars (at 2015 day membership prices), and if we went a few times a month during the summer months, the membership would pay for itself. Each family size/membership would be a different cost, so please give them a call for full details on this awesome offer!
1375 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix
602 425 5000