Bouncing Bears is a unique and integrated program that will challenge your child as he or she develops physically and socially. Your child will be exposed to activities that enhance flexibility, balance, rhythm, and motor skills. Age-appropriate classes incorporate music, dance, puppets, relays, games, gymnastics apparatus, skills stations, and creative obstacle courses. An emphasis is placed on community and socials skills, as well as the Y’s core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
The Bouncing Bears program is divided into the following levels:
Little Bears: 12-24 months with parent
Big Bears: 24-36 months with parent
ZumbaBears: 18-36 months with parent
Tumble Bears: 3 years old, child only
Hot Shots: 4 years old, child only
Dynamos: 3-5 years old, child only
COMBO CLASSES (Child only)
ZumbaBears: 3-5 years
Tap & Tumble: 5-9 years
Gym & Swim: 3-5 years
Zumbabears Combo: 3-5 years. This one hour combo class will get your little one motivated and moving! Zumba segment: 30 minutes in the Mind Body Studio full of dancing to great kid-friendly music with easy to follow steps led by a certified Zumba instructor. Gymnastics Segment: 30 minutes in the Kid Zone learning beginning tumbling and gymnastics along with many different gross motor skills. Drop off in the Mind Body Studio/lower level. Pick up in Kid Zone. Please bring water bottle marked with child’s name.
Tap & Tumble Combo: 5-9 years. This one hour combo class offers children the chance to explore basic tap movements as we work on rhythms and coordination, and tumbling. Tap Segment: 30 minutes of basic tap to great music with easy to follow steps. Tap shoes required. Gymnastics Segment: 30 minutes learning tumbling and gymnastics progressions along with many other gross motor activities.
Gym & Swim Combo: 3-5 years. This 90 minute class features two specialties in one class! Gymnastics Segment: 45 minutes in the Kid Zone developing skills, learning basic tumbling and preschool gymnastics through stations, circuits and games.
Swim Segment: 30 minute class taught by a YMCA swim instructor. Children will be accompanied to the pool by their gym instructor and MUST come prepared with their bathing suit on under their gym clothes. Drop off in Kid Zone/Pick up in the Forese Family Pool. Participation in the gymnastics segment only is available, space permitting.
Bouncing Bears Open Gym: Ages 5 & under. Parents are required to stay and supervise play. FREE to any student registered in a Bouncing Bears class. Fee of $15 per visit for anyone not enrolled in a class. Non-members/Y-AWAY members may not register for open gym unless they purchase a day pass prior to paying for admission. Please note open gym times are subject to change and may vary during vacation weeks. For the safety of all, Open Gym is limited to 12 children at one time on a first -come, first-served basis. Passes available at front desk 15 minutes prior to each open gym session.
OPEN GYM HOURS: Mondays, 4:00-4:45 PM; Tuesdays, 11:15-12:00 PM;
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 3:15-4:00 PM; and Saturdays, 9:45-10:30 AM
YSN Bouncing Bears Programs: Click here to view specialized Bouncing Bears programs for our YSN participants.
Make-Up Policy: We will make every effort to provide a make-up class for illness or injury in a regularly scheduled class only if there is space available. All make–ups must be approved and scheduled by emailing Donna Carpenter, Gymnastics & Movement Education Director by calling 203-920-1639.
Workout Attire: Shorts and tee-shirt, sweats, or leotard. No shoes, socks, tights, DRESSES, or jewelry.