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For Preschool

Programs vary by location. For a complete description of programs, including program schedules and fees, please view our current program guide.

Parented and Unparented Options

YMCA Preschool
Age:3Y – 5Y
Give your child plenty of quality time with their friends and YMCA Preschool instructors in this multi-day class. In the classroom children will explore the world around them with developmentally appropriate learning games and activities, story and circle time, art and free play. In the gym, your child will develop their gross motor, space awareness and body management skills with structured and free play activities, play with soft equipment and learn safety skills. Once a week we will visit the pool for a ‘Lil Dippers’ swimming lesson.

Arts and Crafts (Parented)
Age:2Y – 3Y
Encourage your little budding artist’s creativity through theme-based classes that include painting, drawing, cutting and pasting. During the session, classes may also include stories and songs. Each class will have a different theme

Kangaroos & Climbers (Parented)
Age:2Y – 3Y
Show your child a great time using gym equipment in a safe, supervised environment. Classes will focus on developing your child’s balance, spatial awareness and movement, while educating about safety. Kids will also get to try equipment like trestles, bars, slides, ladders and more. Participants must be able to walk.

R3 (Reading, Rocking, Running) (Parented)
Age:10M – 23M
Involve your child in a great balance of programming. Children will enjoy free play time, group sing-alongs and story time. Participants must be able to walk.

Gym and Crafts (Parented and Unparented)
Age:2Y – 3Y
Develop your child’s sense of adventure as he or she experiments with gym equipment and discovers an artistic side with crafts. Gym activities will focus on balance, spatial awareness, movement and safety skills. Kids will explore painting, drawing, cutting and gluing in the craft component.

Gym and Swim (Parented and Unparented)
Age:10M – 3Y
Let your children burn some energy playing in the gym and pool. Children will sing songs, stretch and learn about safety in the gym component. While they are in the pool they will play with pool toys and equipment, and sing songs. Children who are not toilet-trained must wear pool pants capable of retaining fecal matter. All participants must be able to walk.

Sports (Parented and Unparented)
Age:2Y – 5Y
Are your children crazy about sports? Let them try fun new games and sports that help improve movement and skills. All sports will be adapted to meet your childrens needs and abilities. Each class will feature a different sports theme such as basketball, soccer, badminton, volleyball, golf and floor hockey. Appropriate indoor shoes required.

Twist and Shout (Parented and Unparented)
Age:2Y – 3Y
Encourage your child’s exploration of music through lively songs, rhythm and sounds. Your child’s experience is further enhanced by dance, movement and fun games to develop awareness of their body and the space around them.

Cookie Monsters (Unparented)
Age:3Y – 5Y
Let your children express themselves through food preparation and selection, nutrition and cooking. They will learn, create and explore using quick, easy recipes. The best part is they get to eat what they make! Child must be toilet trained to attend this class.

Creative Heights (Unparented)
Age:4Y – 5Y
Do you find your child is climbing your walls, why not let them climb ours? Creative Heights is a class designed for your active preschooler. Let your preschooler use their creativity to get their energy out with craft and climbing time. This class may include songs, stories, and group games. Please note that this is a beginning climbing course and a focus on bouldering and safety will be
taught. Child must be toilet trained and appropriate indoor shoes are required. Waiver must be filled out prior to climbing.

Imagination Station (Unparented)
Age:3Y – 5Y
Let your child experience various art media and performing arts at the YMCA. During theme-based classes, your child can explore their creativity through painting, drawing, cutting, pasting and drama. Classes may also include stories and songs. Child must be toilet trained to attend this class.

Little Einsteins (Unparented)
Age:3Y – 5Y
Pique your child’s interest in the world of science. Your child will observe, discover and learn through hands on experiments and various play activities. Each class may include free play, games, stories and songs.

 Preschool Dance
Age:3Y – 5Y
Dance movement and dance class that expands motor skill development through creative movement, rhythmic skills, locomotor and coordination skills. Child must be toilet trained. Must wear appropriate footwear.

 Fiesta Y Kids
Age:3Y – 5Y
Get your preschooler dancing and moving to the dance beats of Latin music! In this unparented class they will be introduced to basic dancing steps, vocabulary and sing along to Spanish songs. Child must be toilet trained. Must wear appropriate footwear.

Preschool Zumbatomic (Unparented)
Age:4Y – 5Y
Dance movement and dance class that expands motor skill development through creative movement, rhythmic skills, locomotor and coordination skills. Child must be toilet trained. Must wear appropriate footwear (running shoes).

Tumble Time (Unparented)
Age:3Y – 5Y
Bring your active preschooler to jump, roll, play and explore in a high-energy environment. Tumble Time will give your child a head start on a healthy lifestyle through movement, exercise and games.

Variety (Unparented)
Age:3Y – 5Y
Amuse your child with songs, story time, puzzles, free play, arts and crafts. In the gym, your child will explore movement with structured and free play activities, play with soft equipment and learn safety skills. Please bring a healthy nut-free snack from home for your child to enjoy. Child must be toilet trained to attend this class.

Variety w/ Swim Lesson (Unparented)
Age:3Y – 5Y
Delight your child with a blend of classroom and gym activities, as well as a swim lesson. In the classroom, your child will sing songs, take part in story time, enjoy free play and get creative with arts and crafts. In the gym, your child will play with soft equipment, take part in games, relays and action songs. Structured half-hour swim lessons with a qualified YMCA swim instructor will follow the YMCA L’il Dippers program curriculum based on your child’s swim ability. Child must be toilet trained and a healthy peanut/nut free snack must be provided from home.

Yoga
Age:4Y – 5Y
Yoga for kids? You bet. No longer considered an adult-only class, we encourage all children to participate in this incredibly fun and rewarding fitness routine. Hatha yoga will help children stay in touch with their bodies and maintain flexibility as they age, preventing health problems and joint issues that are affecting more inactive youth today than ever. Focuses are flexibility, strength, relaxation, stress management and breathing techniques.

Special Events

Family Event – Elves At Play
Age:3Y – 12Y
Relax and let YMCA staff and volunteers care for your children while you do some stress-free festive shopping or have a little quiet time to yourself. Your children will be entertained with crafts, games, swimming and more.

Family Event – Halloween Howler
Age:2Y – 12Y
Dress up in costume for a fun and spooky, howling good time. Look forward to crafts, games, music and, of course, a Halloween treat. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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