Alternative Youth Program Options Offered at the Y this Fall

This fall, the New Canaan YMCA will proudly be offering a wide variety of youth programs providing a vast number of recreational options for kids outside of traditional sports.

“We are very proud and excited of our current youth program offerings,” shared Davie Cedela, Senior Director of Family & Youth Development. She added, “It’s so important for children to have other programming options outside of traditional sports where they can socialize, try new things, find their niche, and build confidence.”

For those who haven’t found a fit with traditional sports, the Y offers alternative options that allow kids to stay active and explore new interests. Beginning this fall, the Y will offer the unique bow and arrow sport of archery for ages eight to 15. The Y will also offer several new fencing classes this fall, led by Way of the Sword Fencing Academy for ages seven and older at any skill level. Without having to choose between gymnastics, ballet, or dance, girls ages four and older can learn it all with rhythmic gymnastics. The rhythmic gymnastics program is run in partnership with Sporty Princess, and led by former Ukrainian professional gymnast and Olympic bronze medalist, Julia Sanarova. Finally, Girls on the Run, available to girls in third to fifth grade, is not just a running program, but also a program that encourages positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development.

Youth recreational programs at the New Canaan YMCA provide children and teens with new and exciting experiences, including team building activities through hiking and ropes courses, recipe-making, first aid certification, and building friendships and skills all while learning something new. Youth recreation programs include, Adventure Club, Cooking Community, Red Cross Babysitting Certification and Middle School Night for grades fifth through eighth, in addition to Youth @ the Y for grades first through fourth.

The Y’s aquatics department also offers a variety of unique team experiences for children and teens ages five through high school. In addition to the traditional swim team, the Y also offers synchronized swimming, diving, and water polo. The Y’s nationally ranked Aquianas synchronized swimming team offers a creative outlet for girls ages five through high school, including the Fish and Stars programs. This fall, participants may sign up for a 12-week trial or a full year program. The Y’s Whirlwind Diving program offers a variety of competitive and non-competitive programs for boys and girls ages 11 and older. This fall, the diving program will offer 45-minute lessons for children interested in trying out the sport before committing to a full session. In addition, Water Polo programs are available for boys and girls ages eight and older, including Splashball, a clinic that serves as an introduction to the sport, as well as House Group/Scrimmages for ages 10 and older. Water polo lessons and evaluations are available to Y members by appointment to help participants choose which program is the best fit.

The New Canaan YMCA is proud to offer a range of diverse activities to the community this fall. A complete listing of programs is available at the New Canaan YMCA Front Desk and can also be viewed online at For additional information, call 203-966-4528.