The New Canaan YMCA gives the community a place to learn, to play, to stay active, to eat healthy, and to come together this fall. Fall include a variety of classes, programs, and activities for all ages.
Registration for fall programs begins Monday, August 9. Fall programs begin Wednesday, September 1, through Tuesday, November 23. Programs range in session length with some programs offering multiple sessions throughout the fall. The Y continues to adhere to all CDC and health protocols.
Youth Programs & Activities:
This fall, the Y offers a variety of activities for youth, including swim lessons for ages six months to 12 years. Parent/child, preschool, and school-age swim lessons are available in six-week sessions to help children learn aquatic skills and safety in the water.
The Y’s youth activities offered this fall for ages 12 months and older include mommy and me classes, preschool Bouncing Bears gymnastics including new classes such as move & groove gymnastics and kinderbears. Bouncing Bears open gym returns this fall for ages four and under. School-age Bouncing Bears gymnastics programs include varying levels of recreational gymnastics, plus a tap and tumble combination class.
Youth sports offered this fall for preschool and school ages include backyard sports, soccer, golf, and archery. Kids ages 12-14 can also take advantage of the Youth Strength Training program at the Y to stay strong and fit this fall. After completing the in-person/virtual course, participants will receive a F.I.T. Pass to access the Wellness Center daily from 2:00-5:00 PM by themselves or with a parent at any time.
Additional youth wellness opportunities to stay active this fall includes the Y’s Total Youth Conditioning program. The five-week small-group outdoor training program is offered to youth ages 8-11 and 12-14, designed to get children moving while having fun and getting fit with a Personal Trainer. Yoga is also offered to kids ages 10-13 with a Personal Trainer to discover yoga, unwind after school, and better recover from sports.
Youth recreational activities comprise the non-traditional sports club, adventure club, Red Cross Babysitting certification, and a junior lifeguard certification course for ages 11-14. Additional recreational programs include monthly Youth @ the Y and Middle School Night events, where youth have the Y to themselves to enjoy time in the pool, gymnasium, group exercise center, kid zone, and more.
The Y also offers family activities this fall, including its popular Adventure Guides program and a new monthly drop-in sports program for family members. The Adventure Guides program strengthens bonds between fathers and children and creates lasting memories and family friendships. Organized into “communities” based on elementary school, group activities are led by volunteer fathers with the guidance of Y staff and include hiking, crafts, games, plus special weekend adventure outings. Drop-in sports running from September through November include floor hockey, kickball, and capture the flag geared toward younger school-aged children.
Y Special Needs (YSN) Programs & Activities:
The YSN special needs program offers adapted, specialized social, recreational, and wellness programs for children, teens, and young adults with special needs. New special needs programming this fall includes YSN Junior Sensory Gym Explorers, a specially designed gymnastics program for children ages five to nine with special needs. YSN after-school programs for ages 12 and older include YSN Fun and Fit club & Drumming, YSN Rhythm Hearts Theater, YSN Swim club, YSN Cardio Dance, YSN Striders club, and YSN Teen Scene/Roaring 20’s Hangouts. Additional YSN special needs programs such as YSN Teen/Young Adult Free Swim, and YSN Healthy Living: Fitness & Cooking will also be offered at the Y this fall.
Adult Programs & Activities
Adult water activities are also available this fall, including adult swim lessons for those with a range of swim abilities and Masters Swim for active adults looking to improve endurance and strokes in the water to prepare for competitions, triathlons, or for personal wellbeing. The Y also offers Arthritis Swim, a free program for members specifically designed for individuals with arthritis taught by a certified AFYAP instructor.
The Y continues to offer personal training, small group training, and Pilates apparatus throughout the year, providing members with the opportunity to either begin or strengthen their fitness routine with certified Personal Trainers in a private or small-group environment. Small group training classes offered this fall include strength circuit and TRX training.
A variety of group fitness classes continue to be offered free to members this fall including yoga, cycling, conditioning, core, cardio, Pilates, bootcamp, aquatic classes, and more. Adult sports include adult pick-up basketball and adult pickleball. A detailed list of the Y’s facility schedules can be found at www.newcanaanymca.org/schedules.
Nutritional Counseling continues to be available at the Y to help participants find a balance of foods that will provide their body with the nutrients it needs for optimal health and vitality. Kristin Schnitzler, RD, ACSM, CPT, works with participants to discover a healthy and manageable lifestyle. The program provides participants with sample menus, personal goal setting assistance, educational materials, and recipes. Nutritional Counseling is customizable to each participant’s needs—whether it be weight loss or weight gain, managing food intolerances or allergies, digestive issues, or disease prevention.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA returns this fall, a 12-week research-based program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. The program is offered at no cost to any cancer survivor in the community and includes two group classes per week taught by a certified instructor.
My Playroom on-site babysitting has returned at the Y and continues to be offered, providing parents and caregivers the opportunity to engage in activities in the Y facility while their children have fun in a safe, nurturing, and loving environment. My Playroom is available for children ages six months and older and offered free to Family Members and for a fee for those with an Adult membership.
A complete listing of fall programming is available online at www.newcanaanymca.org. For additional information regarding fall programs or registration, call 203-966-4528. Those who sign up for a family membership by September 7 will be eligible for a $100 program credit toward fall programming and new members ages 15 and older receive a complimentary Custom Fit session with a Personal Trainer. For additional information about membership and to schedule a tour, contact Mary Coleman, Membership Director, at 203-920-1630. Thanks to donations made to the New Canaan YMCA, financial assistance is available for both membership and program fees. To learn more about financial assistance at the Y, contact Diana Riolo at 203-920-1653 or email@example.com.