• Grades: K-5
  • Select your school location to register online
  • Questions? Call 612-230-9622 


Kids have a blast in the River Valley 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 and responsibility.

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 


Eagle Creek Elementary
6855 Woodward Avenue
(P) 612 770 6071

Register Online

Jackson Elementary
1601 Lusitano Street
(P) 612 719 2743

Register Online

Red Oak Elementary
7700 Old Carriage Court
(P) 952 221 1614

Register Online

Sun Path Elementary
2250 East 17th Avenue
(P) 651 338 1518

Register Online

Location for School Release Days varies by date of release day. See schedule below.

Looking for information on our Shakopee Area Catholic School before and after care program? Learn more.

Registration Form PDF


  • Drop-off 6:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Program Day 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Pick-up 4:00 p.m. - 6:15 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 extreme snow fall and/or poor travel conditions, YMCA Before Care and After Care programs are cancelled. YMCA will run Release Day programs at the River Valley YMCA.

When school is CANCELLED due to severe cold temperatures, YMCA Before Care and After Care programs are cancelled. YMCA will run Release Day programs at Sun Path Elementary.

Inclement-weather Release Day Programs are open to children already attending YMCA Before Care and/or After Care. Program hours are 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

School Release Date Calendar for ISD 720 and Shakopee Area Catholic School

For students currently in grades K - 6


  • September 3, 4 Sun Path
  • October 16, 17, 18 Jackson, Eagle Creek
  • November 8, 27 Jackson, Eagle Creek
  • December 23, 26, 27, 30, 31 Sun Path


  • January 20, 24 Jackson, Eagle Creek
  • February 14, 17 Jackson, Eagle Creek
  • March 27, 30, 31 Sun Path
  • April 1, 2, 3 Sun Path
  • May 1 Jackson, Eagle Creek

2019-2020 School Release Day Schedule

Early Release Date Calendar for ISD 720 and Shakopee Area Catholic School

For students currently in grades K - 5


  • September 26 Jackson, Red Oak
  • November 7 Jackson, Red Oak


  • January 23 Jackson, Red Oak
  • March 26 Jackson, Red Oak

*There will not be a choice for early release day location.

Early release day care only available for participants in SAC care.

Release day care not available for Shakopee Area Catholic School Preschool


$44 per child per day. Late registration $54 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

Changes to the registration for individual release days, including cancellation, must be made in writing to the YMCA Customer Service Center by Monday, one week prior to the start of the release day. We encourage change notices to be submitted as soon as possible. If the change notice is not received, you will be billed for the original enrollment and additional days attended. To submit your cancel request, visit the Contact page. You can email or chat with customer service to complete your request.

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.