Discover Your Passion with Spring Programs at the Y

The New Canaan YMCA gives the community a place to learn, to play, to stay active, to eat healthy, to find his or her passion, to connect, and to give back this spring. The new spring activity offering includes a variety of classes, social groups, events, and volunteer initiatives for all ages.

Registration will be available online for current members, as well as at the New Canaan YMCA Front Desk for both members and non-members beginning on Monday, February 10. The 12-week session begins on Monday, March 9.

The Y strives to provide safe and nurturing programming for local youth. The preschool programs are a great way for children to stay active and make new friends. Classes for the upcoming session include soccer, lacrosse, basketball, backyard sports, new parent-child and child-only Bouncing Bears gymnastics offerings, swim lessons, and more.

The Y also offers an assortment of exciting youth and middle school programs for grades 1-8. Two fencing classes are offered to youth ages 7-17, in addition to golf offered for those in kindergarten through fifth grade. Fencing will be led by Way of the Sword Fencing Academy, offering participants an alternative sport to learn while competing against others in his or her age group. Middle school-aged sports for grades 5-8 comprise of boys and girls soccer, girls’ volleyball, as well as an advanced beginner’s volleyball clinic for girls in eighth grade who have participated in girls’ volleyball prior to the clinic. Youth small group training classes will be offered this spring, including youth total conditioning for ages 8-15, where each class offers new and exhilarating ways for kids to stay active. In addition, youth strength training will be offered for ages 12-14. Youth strength training is free to those with a family membership at the Y.

The popular Saturday evening Middle School Night and Youth @ the Y events will continue this spring. Through these programs, youth have the opportunity to experience all areas of the Y, to try new games and activities throughout the facility. This spring, Youth @ the Y, for grades 1-4, will be held on March 14, April 4, and May 16. Middle School Night, for grades 5-8, will take place on March 28, April 25 and May 30.

Middle school recreational programs offer a variety of fun clubs and activities for youth to enjoy. Clubs and certification opportunities include Adventure Club, Leaders Club, Red Cross Babysitting Certification and Red Cross First Aid, and CPR/AED Certification programs. New this spring, Leaders Club will be offered to grades 6-12, for those who have a passion for making a difference in their community. Club activities include partnering with the Y’s Togetherhood volunteerism program along with other community service projects, and serves as community service hours at no cost. In addition, the Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Certification program will debut this spring for ages 15+ for those who are passionate about safety and interested in becoming certified in live-saving skills.

All children, regardless of need or ability, are welcome at the Y. The special needs programs provide 1:1 assistance, allowing members with special needs with the opportunity to participate in traditional programs as ability allows. Additionally, the Y offers specialized social-recreational and wellness programs intended specifically for those with special needs. The session will feature the popular music class, Y Tunes Drumming, as well as Rhythm Hearts Theater, and Teen Scene. Other classes for the spring session include yoga, fitness training, YSN Striders, Cardio Dance, and the YSN Spring Golf Clinic. For additional information about Special Needs programs at the Y, contact Carolynn Kaufman at 203-920-1656.

Aquatics programs for all ages will continue to be offered this spring and will provide a great opportunity to strengthen water safety skills in advance of summer. The life-long skills developed in aquatics programs benefit all participants both physically and mentally. Aquatics programs include parent-child swim lessons for ages 6 months to 3 years, preschool swim lessons, school-age swim lessons, as well as Masters Swim and Arthritis Exercise for adults.

Spring adult wellness services include personal training and the Pilates apparatus, as well as a range of drop-in group exercise classes including yoga, strength training, indoor cycling, Pilates, Zumba, TRX zone and many more. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program continues to be offered to any cancer survivor within the community beginning this February. For more information regarding the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, contact Nicki Jezairian at 203-920-1657.

All individuals should have access to the life-changing programs offered at the New Canaan YMCA regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is provided through gifts made to the Y’s Annual Support Campaign. Financial assistance applications and instructions may be found online at www.newcanaanymca.org/membership. If you would like to make a donation to support the Y’s 2019 Annual Support Campaign, please visit www.newcanaanymca.org/donate or fill out a form at the Front Desk.

A complete listing of activities being offered for spring 2020, as well as information about summer camp, is available at the New Canaan YMCA Front Desk and can also be viewed online at www.newcanaanymca.org. For additional information, call 203-966-4528.