Fall 2018 Programs | West Suburban YMCA

Fall 2018 Programs

Aug 23, 2018

Discover what you can do at the Y! We can help your busy schedule “fall” into place as you transition into a new school year.



Fall is a great time of year to play a sport! At the Y, you’ll find programs that nurture excitement and passion for sports as a healthy outlet – one that allows children to learn new skills, develop a sense of team and connect with positive role models. The YMCA’s Youth Soccer Association (YSA) league for ages 4-8 and Saturday Flag Football league for grade 1-7 are two popular fall options for kids. Teen 3v3 Basketball will also start up this September, so teens can get their pals together for some friendly competition! The Y offers many additional sports programs including gymnastics, lacrosse, field hockey, track and field, adaptive sports and more, so kids have many options to discover their potential.

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Find a new way to express yourself with the Y’s Creative Arts programming. Students can learn to collaborate with a band in our Rock Band class, a unique 13-week music program for ages 9+. Private music lessons are also offered for guitar, bass, drums, piano and voice, and new students receive a free introductory lesson! The Y also offers classes in photography and movie making, teaching students how to express their unique point of view and tell visually engaging stories.

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The Y is here to support your fitness goals. In addition to the robust schedule of free group exercise classes each week, we also offer personal training and programs that will help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. Want to run but don't know where to start? Try our Run 101 class this fall to learn the basics of running with a small, supportive training group. Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi is another new class starting in September that will help participants relieve pain and improve balance through a series of gentle, fluid movements. 

Also new this fall is Y Empower, a free program designed specifically for girls ages 10-14. This program will allow girls to explore their health holistically and be prepared to manage the stress that adolescence often brings. Participants will learn about topics such as nutrition, social media, job preparedness and self care, while also trying fitness activities like yoga, Zumba and swimming in a supportive environment.

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The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor,” teaching over one million kids per year swimming and water safety skills. YMCA Swim Lessons are available for all ages – infants through adults – and accommodate all abilities with three categories of lessons (swim starters, swim basics and swim strokes) and eight developmental stages. Not sure which stage to start at? Find out here. Get started today to learn and improve upon a lifelong skill so you can be confident and capable in the water.

Kids and teens who enjoy swimming may want to take their skills to the next level and try out for our competitive youth swim team, the Blue Waves Swim Team. Open to ages 6-17, swimmers will experience a supportive team environment for achieving their goals.

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The Y is a great place for young people to grow and become leaders. Teens can get involved in the Leaders Club to develop leadership skills through community building and volunteer service, while those interested in participating in a model government and learning how to create change can get involved in the Youth and Government program.

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If you’re a parent looking for more than an extracurricular for your child, you’ll find a reliable, safe and engaging place in the Y’s after school program. Out-of-School Time (OST) is after school care that fits your needs. We follow the Newton Public Schools calendar, including extended hours on early release days, and we provide transportation to the Y from most elementary and middle schools in Newton.

Our Preschool Center for Youth Development is a great early learning option for parents who are looking for a program for their younger children. The curriculum supports each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, language and physical development, and includes a weekly YMCA Swim Lesson. Our preschool is open to children ages 2 years 9 months through 6 years.

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Registration is open for Early Fall Programs at the YMCA. Programs begin the week September 4.

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