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February 13-15th, 2015

President's Day Throwdown Swim Meet 2015
The Kroc Center will be playing host to our annual President's Day Throwdown swim meet, beginning Friday, February 13th through Sunday evening February 15th.

Please note that our competition pool will be unavailable from:
Friday through Sunday (our recreational swim lanes will also be used for swimmer warm-up during meet times throughout the weekend).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your understanding.

December 20th, 2014

5th Annual Toy Drive & Aerobic Marathon!
This December 20th, beginning at 8:30am, partake in our day of workout from our Morning Yoga to our coveted (hour an a half long) Zumba - A - Thon at noon! Bringing in a new toy wil give you a raffle ticket to be used on for a chance to win one of a variety of gift baskets! Also, our Guest Fee is waived for the day if your guest brings a toy as well! It's well worth it this holiday season! See a fitness Specialist for more deatils.

December 12th, 2014

Movie feature: Silver Bells!
Holiday Magic ahead! A heart-warming story that was filmed on location at the Grand Rapids Kroc Center. Besides the movie, we will have sweet treats for the children and photo opps with Santa. It's going to be a wonderful way to have a family night out that is our gift to you. Stop by Friday, December 12th at 6:30 pm!

December 10th, 2014

Kroc Center Jazz Band Christmas Concert
Your are invited to a free Jazzy Holiday Christmas Concert featuring our own Kroc Jazz Band along with a few surprise guest musicians. The concert will take place Wednesday, December 10th, in our very own Worship & Performing Arts Center at 7:00pm.

For more information on our Jazz Band and other musical opportunities for members, please contact Jason Collier, Performing Arts Manager, at 215 558 1585 or by email at

December 12th-14th, 2014

Kettle & Bell Swim Meet 2014
The Kroc Center will be playing host to our annual Ketle & Bell Classic swim meet, beginning Friday, December 12th through Sunday evening December 14th.

Please note that our competition pool will be unavailable from:
Friday through Sunday (our recreational swim lanes will also be used for swimmer warm-up during meet times throughout the weekend).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your understanding.

July 17th, 2014

Summer Sunset Swim Meet 2014
The Kroc Center will be playing host to our annual Summer Sunset swim meet, beginning Friday evening August 8th through Sunday evening August 10th.

Please note that our competition pool will be unavailable from:
Friday (at noon) through Sunday (our recreational swim lanes will also be used for swimmer warm-up during meet times throughout the weekend).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your understanding.

June 11th, 2014

Member Appreciation Day 2014
Join us as we again celebrate our members on Friday, June 20th here at the Center! Our lobby area will be full of special community vendors who will be sharing their programs and services, and we will have food offerings throughout the day! Event hours are 7:00 am until 5:00 pm - so stop by and be appreciated here at the Kroc!

June 11th, 2014

Parking Notice: Kroc Graduations
It's Graduation time at the Kroc! Please be aware that with a few charter school graduations scheduled on campus on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (6/16, 6/17, and 6/18), parking will be at a premium! We will have staff ready to assist and expect to use our special event lot (across the street) for most graduation participants.

We do appreciate your patience and cooperation by not parking illegally while on our campus. Please don't hesitate to stop by our Member Services desk if you have any issues related to these special events or give us a call at 215 717 1200. Thank you!

May 29th, 2014

Fitness Field Day & Health Fair
Nice weather is here! We're taking advantage of nature's gifts and taking our Fitness outside on Saturday, June 7th. Grab your schedule for the day in the Fitness Center and enjoy some fresh air!

The schedule for Saturday, June 7th is as follows:
  • 9am: Zumba - taught by Poonam, Ivy, Mark, & Kenyetta
  • 10am: Super Cycle - taught by Ron
  • 10am: Hatha Yoga - taught by Carol (inside)
  • 10am: Body Barre - taught by Antoinette (inside)
  • 10am: HIIT High Intensity Interval Training - taught by various Fitness Staff
  • 11am: Kids Fun & Games - taught by various Fitness Staff
  • 11:30am: Cycling - taught by Alana

April 24th, 2014

Cycling Studio Renovations;
We're giving our Cycling Studio a serious makeover! During these times please enjoy our Cycling classes held outside in our Pavilion team room. The Pavilion classroom can be found between our Horticulture Zone and Athletic Field. If you need further directions to get to it, speak with one our Fitness Specialists or our Welcome Desk. The renovations will change the Cycling classes to the below dates & times Get pedaling!
  • Thursday, May 1st
  • Friday, May 2nd
  • Saturday, May 3rd
  • Monday, May 5th

April 1st, 2014

Wednesday's Special at the Kroc Café
This month, stop by the Kroc Café and try our Curry Chicken Pita Pocket! This delicious, under 500 calorie, dish will be served each Wednesday.

Curious for the recipe? Try this one, from

  • 6 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 cups cooked, cubed chicken breast (see Tip)
  • 1 ripe but firm pear, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)
  • 4 4- to 5-inch whole-wheat pita breads, cut in half
  • 2 cups sprouts
  1. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise and curry powder in a large bowl. Add chicken, pear, celery, cranberries and almonds; toss to combine.
  2. Fill each pita half with 1/2 cup chicken salad and 1/4 cup sprouts.
Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the salad (Step 1) for up to 2 days. Tip: If you don’t have cooked chicken, poach about 12 ounces chicken breast for this recipe. Place boneless, skinless chicken breast in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water (or chicken broth) to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes. To toast sliced or slivered almonds: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

  • Per serving: 323 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono);58 mg cholesterol; 41 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 27 g protein; 6 g fiber; 352 mg sodium; 372 mg potassium.
  • Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (17% daily value).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

April 1st, 2014

Girls Basketball Program
The Salvation Army Kroc Center is proud to, once again, partner with Katie at the Bat Team to create a girls basketball and character-building program for young ladies (ages 14 - 18). The program will focus on fitness & nutrition education, self-esteem building, positive communication skills, and, of course, basketball! Inquire today at our Recreation Center or at the Welcome Desk.

This 6 week program will be held Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm.

February 27th, 2014

Kroc Jazz Band
Our Performing Arts Department is creating a community jazz ensemble open to players looking for a chance to play quality music; from Count Basie to Chick Corea and everywhere in-between. Open to Trumpets, Trombones, Saxophones, and Rhythm Section.

If you're interested in joining or need more information, contact our Performing Arts Manager, Jason Collier at 215-558-1585 or by email at

We know you have talent, it's time to show it!

January 29th, 2014

Kroc All-Star Challenge
Get ready! We are aiming to provide our members with the opportunity to experience All-Star basketball events just like the Pros. Join us for music, fun and activities for members of all ages! Boys and Girls welcome! Participants will be placed into one of three age groups ( 13 & under, 14-17, and 18 & over). Winners will receive prizes from our Café. Sign up for FREE in the Gym and enjoy one of three classic games:

  • Skills Challenge: Participants will work against the 45-second clock to compete in an obstacle course consisting of a series of passes, free throws, lay-ups and agility drills. Friday, at 5:00pm
  • 3-Point Contest: Long range shooters will attempt to score the most three-pointers in a race against the clock. 30 seconds will be given to take as many shots as possible. Friday, at 5:00pm
  • 3 -On- 3 Competition: A simple half-court basketball game to see which teams will leave with the bragging rights as Kroc champs! Saturday, at 2:00pm

January 23rd, 2014

President's Day Swim Meet
Coming in February, The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be hosting the 2nd Annual Jimmy Moran President's Day Throw Down over the weekend of the 14th through the 16th. What does this mean for our Kroc Members? Certain competition pool and water park schedule changes will be in effect during that weekend:

  • Water Park lap lanes will be closed from 4:00pm Friday 2/14 through Sunday 2/16 and open at 5:30am on Monday 2/17.
  • Competition Pool will close at 12:00pm (noon) on Friday 2/14, through the weekend, re-opening Monday 2/17 at 5:30am.
We thank you for your support of this event and wish you a wonderful President's Day Weekend!

January 2nd, 2014

Inclement Weather Protocol
To receive information regarding center or schedule changes due to inclement weather, please contact us at 215-717-1200 (chose option #6), or follow us on Twitter @SalArmyKroc. You can also text keyword SAKROC to 51555 to receive instant messages when our operating hours change due to bad weather. While the center will strive to remain open in snowy (or icy) conditions, we do follow the City of Philadelphia's recommendations for business closure when the roads are deemed unsafe for travel - thank you for your understanding!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Muisc Interns Wanted! Get valuable hands-on teaching experience, mentorship from trained and experienced teachers, performance opportunities & a free Kroc Center membership. Interested? Contact Jason Collier at 215.558.1585 or by email at

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Friendly Reminders: Age Restrictions

We pledge to work hard to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all who use our services during this busy summer season. Please note that our age requirements will be strictly enforced:

  • Children under age 13 are required to have parent/guardian supervision while participating in center activities, unless such activities are scheduled and supervised by Kroc Center staff.
  • Children under age 13 are not permitted in our fitness areas (for those under age 16, we offer age-appropriate group exercise classes).
  • Children under age 18 are not permitted in the warm water jet pool.

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