Youth Development Programs

Youth Recreation

Kids just want to have fun!  We love providing a place and programs here at our Y where kids are able to be kids in a safe and fun environment. Through our Youth Recreation programs, kids are able to spend time with other kids while enjoying fun activities and while being given the opportunity to broaden their horizons to new things.

Adventure Club (Grades 5-8)

Over the course of this 6-week program, we will have one team building event, two hiking excursions,a ropes course, a trip to RPM Raceway, and will end with Kayaking! Our hiking trips will be to Mianus River Park and Devil’s Den Nature Preserve. Our ropes course will be to Boundless Adventures!

Chem Club (Grades 5-8)

This fall the New Canaan YMCA is happy to work with Chris Chapman as he brings his own flair and passion for chemistry to our Y. Chris currently works as an R&D chemist and is excited to inspire the next generation of chemists through fun experiments.

Cooking Community (Grades 5-8)

Explore new options other than the classic breakfast cereal and standard lunch meat by learning how to cook and prepare a variety of healthy and easy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Children will get the chance to explore new meal options while experiencing the joy of making one’s own meal!

Middle School Art Class (Grades 5-8)

Middle schoolers will be taken on an incredible artistic journey with the intent to inspire students to explore their passion and creativity. Each class has its own theme and project.

Middle School Night (Grades 5-8)

One Saturday a month, middle schoolers get the YMCA all to themselves!  Middle schoolers get access to the Flex Space, Wellness Center, Group Ex, Basketball Gym, Forese Pool, and Wagner Room. Not only will there be plenty of fun games and activities but also a concession stand with snacks, drinks and pizza! Note: Advance registration is highly recommended and available online. Save money and avoid waiting in line the night of the event!

This program runs in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Winter & Spring 2019 Dates:  January 5, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 18

Time: 7:00-9:30PM

Your receipt is your ticket it! Permission Slip required.

Non-Traditional Sports Club (Grades 5-8)

Everybody knows the big name traditional sports but what about the little ones? During program, we will get the chance to explore some of the lesser known sports. We will play Gaga, Nine-Square, Mat-ball, Dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee. All of these sports are a little out of the ordinary but are easy to learn and enjoy.

Ski and Board Club Fridays (Grades 5-8)

Join us as we get outside and enjoy the wonderful New England winter with six day trips to Thunder Ridge! Beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders welcome! Sign up for as many days as you like!

This program runs in the Winter.

Youth @ the Y (Grades 1-4)

The middle schoolers have always had their chance to take over the Y but now it’s the elementary schoolers’ turn! Groups of children will be led around the Y by staff to various stations where events will be run by specialist staff. Activities will include use of the Forese Pool, Group Ex, Wagner room, Flex space, Gym, Kid Zone, and a different special activity each month (to be announced before the event). Not only will there be plenty of fun games and activities but a complimentary snack! 

This program runs in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Winter & Spring 2019 Dates: January 19, February 2, March 2, April 6, and May 11

Time: 6:30-9:00 PM

Your receipt is your ticket! Permission slip required.

General contact for these programs:  George Bennett at 203-920-1634.