Bouncing Bears & Beyond

Bouncing Bears Preschool Gymnastics

Bouncing Bears & Beyond activities are not being offered during our current phase of reopening. We look forward to being able to resume these activities for our members as soon as guidelines evolve and we can progress through the phases of reopening responsibly. Up-to-date updates about reopening can be found online or by subscribing to our email list.

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: 12-23 months, with parent

Big Bears: 24-36 months, with parent

Dynamos:  3-5 years old, child only

Hot Shots:  4-5 years old, child only

COMBO CLASSES (Child only)

Dance Jam Gymnastics:  3-5 years old, child only
This 60-minute class features two specialties in one class! Each class features 30 minutes of aerobic exercise incorporating a mix of different dance styles (hip hop, country, Zumba, etc.), followed by 30 minutes of structured gymnastics, learning skills on floor tumble trak, bar, and beam. Children will get fit, rock out, and have extreme fun! All classes start in the Mind Body Studio.

Gym & Swim: 3-5 years, child only
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 1-4 Years. Parents are required to stay and supervise play. FREE with a Family Membership and to any student registered in a Bouncing Bears class. Fee of $15 for others. 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.
Please click Open Gym tab for up-to-date Open Gyms hours.


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.