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.

Middle School Night (Grades 5-8)

A special adaptation of one of the New Canaan YMCA’s classics! You and 11 other friends can throw your own Middle School Night on a Saturday night of your choosing! Activities include time on our inflatable island pool float, a pizza dinner, and games in the Gymnasium. Program will follow State COVID-19 guidelines. Booking participant must be a New Canaan YMCA member and all participants must complete additional waiver, regardless of membership status. Note: Events must be booked at least two weeks in advance and are subject to availability. Contact George Bennett, at 203-920-1634 or

Non-Traditional Sports Club (Grades 1-4 & Grades 5-8)

Everybody knows the big name traditional sports, but what about the little ones? During this nine-week program, we will get the chance to explore some of the lesser-known sports, including 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. Come and play in a friendly and welcoming environment!

Red Cross Babysitting Certification (Ages 11-15)

Enjoy being with kids? Looking to earn extra cash? Take the Red Cross Babysitting Certification course at the YMCA and be the “best of the best.” You’ll learn specific techniques and skills to become a confident babysitter as well as certified in First Aid. This course  is a 1-day program.

Schoolwork Helper (Grades 1-8)

At the Y, we are here to help your child with their school and homework. We have dedicated staff to help eliminate struggles with schoolwork at home. Parents may register their child for one or multiple 45-minute schoolwork help meetings throughout the spring session, as best fits their schedule. Maximum of three children per time slot

Youth @ the Y (Grades 1-4)

Youth @ the Y is back and with COVID-19 guidelines in place! Children will be split into two groups, each no bigger than 12, and led by staff around the Y to various activities in the Scooter Pool, Group Exercise Center, Wagner Room, Flex Space, and Kid Zone, in addition to a special activity in the Gymnasium (non-swimming option available). Every effort will be made to group a child with friends when a request is made in a timely manner beforehand. Drop off is located at our Patio by the side lot and pick up will be from the lobby. Note:  Advance registration is mandatory and available online. Your receipt is your ticket! Permission slip required.

This program runs one Saturday night each month in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Winter/Spring 2021 dates: March 27, April 24, and May 22

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