Facility Update: The Y will be closed on Monday, 9/6 for Labor Day to allow our employees to enjoy the holiday with their family and friends. Looking to squeeze in a workout
or for some fun activities for kids and families? Check out the brand-new library of virtual classes and activities available to New Canaan YMCA members at www.ymca360.org.

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.

Youth @ the Y (Grades 1-4)

Elementary schoolers will be broken up into groups and led around the Y by staff to various stations where events will be run by specialist staff. Activities will include use of the Forese Family Pool, Group Exercise Center, Wagner Room, Gym, Kid Zone, and a different special activity each month (to be announced before the event). This program runs one Saturday night each month in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. For additional information, contact George Bennett at 203-920-1634 or by email.

Fall 2021 Dates: September 11, October 23, and November 13

Please note: Advance registration is mandatory and available online. Your receipt is your ticket! Permission slip required.

Middle School Night (Grades 5-8)

One Saturday a month middle schoolers get the Y all to themselves! Middle schoolers get access to the 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! This program runs one Saturday night each month in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. For additional information, contact George Bennett at 203-920-1634 or by email.

Fall 2021 Dates: September 25, October 30, and November 20

Please note: Advance registration is mandatory, with a new cap on enrollment of 65, and available online. Your receipt is your ticket! Permission slip required.

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! For additional information, contact George Bennett at 203-920-1634 or by email.
 

Adventure Club (Grades 5-8)

Outdoor adventure is calling! Over the course of seven weeks, we will work together on an intense team building event, two hiking excursions, two ropes courses, and a trip to RPM Raceway! Our team-building events will take place at the beginning of the program and will be held at the Y. Our hiking trips will be to Saugatuck Falls Natural Area and Montgomery Pinetum Park, our ropes course trip will be to Boundless Adventures, and our last trip will be go karting at RPM Raceway! For additional information, contact George Bennett at 203-920-1634 or by email.

Junior Lifeguarding (Ages 11-14)

The American Red Cross has introduced a junior lifeguarding course designed to guide and prepare youth ages 11-14 for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Course focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitude, and skills for future lifeguards. For additional information, contact Matt Busse at 203-920-1643 or by email.

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. For additional information, contact George Bennett at 203-920-1634 or by email.