Facility Update: Due to the forecasted inclement weather, the Y will have a delayed opening of 11am on Tuesday, 2/28.

Y Offers Programs for Kids, Teens, & Adults to Stay Active this Spring

This spring, the Y will offer a variety of programs for kids, teens, and adults to stay active, providing opportunities for all ages to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles while having fun and making friends at the Y.

Registration for the Y’s spring programs begins February 13 at 9:00 am, both online and at the Y. Spring programs range in session length and begin Monday, March 6. Several programs are open to both members and non-members of the New Canaan YMCA, with members receiving a program discount as a benefit of their membership. Financial assistance for membership and program fees is also available thanks to donations to the Y.

The Y’s youth programs offer kids and teens the opportunity to develop healthy habits while instilling confidence, having fun, and making friends. Active spring programs for preschoolers include swim lessons, Bouncing Bears gymnastics, and backyard sports, in addition to recreational classes including arts & crafts and STEM. School-age sports programs include golf, beginner and intermediate volleyball, competitive swimming, artistic (synchronized) swimming, and diving. The Y’s Caimans swim team will be hosting an upcoming try-out on Monday, February 27 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Y. To sign up for a try-out and for additional information, contact Liz Blau, Associate Director of Competitive Swimming, at 203-920-1645 or lblau@newcanaanymca.org.

Wellness opportunities for kids and teens to develop healthier, happier lifestyles this spring include strength training, conditioning, and yoga. The Y’s youth strength training program teaches kids ages 12-13 sound principles of strength training, aerobic endurance, muscle conditioning, and safety in the Y’s Wellness Center. 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 without a parent or with a parent at any time.

The New Canaan YMCA’s special needs programming will continue to be robust this spring, with many programs offering opportunities for ages five and older to stay active at the Y, among additional enrichment programs for individuals with special needs. Programs include adapted gymnastics, swim instruction, free swim, sports, yoga, dance, and more. The Y also offers the option of inclusive support among our traditional programs as well. These programs and services are made possible through donations to the New Canaan YMCA.

Spring programs for adults to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles at the Y include aquatic activities, personal training, small group training, and pilates apparatus, in addition to group fitness classes offered free for members and adult sports. Adult aquatic programs include swim lessons for those with a range of swim abilities and Masters Swim for active individuals looking to improve endurance and strokes in the water to prepare for competitions, triathlons, or for personal wellbeing. Personal training, small-group training, and pilates apparatus continue to be available throughout the year, providing members and non-members with the opportunity to begin or strengthen their fitness routine with certified personal trainers.

A variety of group fitness classes continue to be offered free for members this spring including bootcamp, cycling, strength training, cardio, yoga, pilates, barre, bootcamp, aquatic classes, and more. Group fitness classes are open to New Canaan YMCA members ages 14 and older. Adult sports include pick-up basketball, badminton, pickleball, and volleyball available to members ages 18 and older. A detailed list of the Y’s facility schedules can be found at www.newcanaanymca.org/schedules.

In addition to the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA cancer survivor program and its programming for those with Parkinson’s Disease, the New Canaan YMCA proudly launched the National YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in January and offers program sessions throughout the year. The National YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month lifestyle intervention program that helps participants throughout the country actively engage in moving toward personal health and wellness goals. The program connects participants with a lifestyle coach at the Y and a greater community of like-minded health-seekers that motivate participants on their journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Those interested in learning more about or joining the DPP program can contact Eva Saint, New Canaan YMCA Wellness Director, to learn more at 203-920-1623 or esaint@newcanaanymca.org.

A complete listing of spring programming is available online at www.newcanaanymca.org/current-brochure. For additional information regarding spring programs or registration, call 203-966-4528. For additional information about membership at the Y 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, Assistant Director of Development & Community Impact, at 203-920-1653 or driolo@newcanaanymca.org.