Youth - Enrichment Classes

Our youth enrichment classes are a terrific way to allow your child to explore their special interests, develop their talents, and have fun!  We offer a variety of classes including chess, martial arts, homeschooling as well as parent/child and preschool classes.  Learn about our exciting opportunities below.

Metuchen YMCA

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Parent/Child Classes (Ages 10 months-3 years)
New Fall Session starts September 5-October 29, 2017
Full Member Registration begins August 21,2017
Program Member Registration begins August 28,2017
  • Sunshine Gym (Ages 10 months-3 years)

    Give your little one a chance to run around and break a sweat! Participants will enjoy time on the mats building coordination, balance and strength, as well as extended circle time which includes bubbles, lap songs, parachute games and more.

  • Little Learners (Ages 1-3 years)

    This class is a great introduction to learning. Children will be exposed to shapes, alphabet sounds, animals and numbers in a fun, creative way. A perfect class to prepare for preschool and kindergarten! 

  • Exploration Station (Ages 2-4 years)

    Open your child?s world to color and creativity! Traveling from station to station, children will be encouraged to express themselves and explore activities such as finger painting, paper crafts, stamps, playdough and much more! MESS ALERT! Feel free to bring a smock if you would like, although most materials will wash out of clothing.
Preschool Classes (Ages 3-5 years)
  • Tots In Motion (Ages 3-6 years)

    /rop the kids off and let them burn off some of that extra energy using props and running around on the mats! Children will learn the basics of movement, balance and coordination in this high energy class. 
    Thursday  12:30pm-2:30pm
    NO CLASS ON  9/21 AND 10/19

Family Chess (All Ages)
PARENTS! SIBLINGS! FRIENDS! This is YOUR chance to get involved in the ACTION and FUN, as professionally trained instructor, Fred, Ivens, joins us to share his passion and knowledge teaching the game of chess not only to our youth, but to family members interested in learning as well! Having studied with the United States Chess Federation, Mr. Ivens guides adults and youth in learning the basic moves and strategies of chess, while motivating them to advance to a higher level of creative problem solving through lectures, written puzzles and friendly games. Tournaments are sometimes scheduled on weekends. Participation is optional. Open to ALL AGES! (Adults must register with at least one child; adults cannot register for this class alone.)
  • Family-Chess (All Ages)

Chess (Ages 5-12 years)
Professionally trained instructor, Fred, Ivens, joins us to share his passion and knowledge teaching the game of chess to our youth. Having studied with the United States Chess Federation, Mr. Ivens guides young people in learning the basic moves and strategies of chess, while motivating them to advance to a higher level of creative problem solving through lectures, written puzzles and friendly games. Tournaments are sometimes scheduled on weekends ? participation is optional.
  • Beginner Chess (Ages 5-8 years)

  • Advanced Chess (Ages 9-12 years)

Yoga (Ages 3-15)
Kavita Suratkal, a certified children's yoga instructor, will lead youth in activities which will help them in their daily life. Activity examples include Brain Gym, eye exercises, breathing exercises, meditation, creative thinking, sun salutation, and of course YOGA poses. Your child will enjoy the benefits of yoga...improved concentration, attention and focus for both academics and sports. Sessions always end with a fun game! 
  • Untangled Yoga (Ages 7-11)

  • After School Flow Yoga (Ages 12-15)

  • Bend and Bloom Yoga (Ages 3-6)

Karate (Ages 7+ years)
Instructor is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, blends traditional Shaolin Kempo Karate training and martial arts philosophy with modern self-defense and fitness in a disciplined and structured, yet very fun, atmosphere. Students develop greater self-confidence and ability to concentrate while building strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and improved cardiovascular conditioning. Students begin as white belts and progress through colored belt ranks as they achieve greater proficiency. Ask for details on uniform.
  • Karate (Ages 7+ years)

Karate (Ages 13+ years)
  • Karate (Ages 13+ years)

Edison YMCA

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Parent/Child Enrichment Class (Ages 3 months- 3 years)
An exciting new parent/child enrichment class that will provide activities that both you and your child will enjoy doing together!  Play opportunities will include free play, songs, stories, art and sensory play; just to name a few!  
  • Play With Me (Ages 3 months- 18 months)

  • Play With Me (Ages 19 months- 3 years)

STEM Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)
  • STEM Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)

    This class will give your child a hands on opportunity to learn the many facets of building structures; making predictions, designing/sketching/diagramming, measuring, experimenting, & making modifications.

Literacy Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)
  • Literacy Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)

    This class will build recognition of upper & lower case letters while exploring their appropriate uses in print & text.

Writing Excellence (Ages 8-10 years)
  • Creative Writing Excellence (Ages 8-10 years)

    In this class, beginner and intermediate level fiction students work toward building short stories, novel chapters, and learning the elements of craft. Whether you are a new beginner or want to sharpen up your basic writing technique, this is the class for you. Student work is discussed in a warm atmosphere. 
Scratch Level 1 (Ages 8-16)
Children will learn mathematical and computational ideas that are built into the Scratch experience. As students create programs in Scratch, they learn core computational concepts such as iteration and conditionals. They also gain an understanding of important mathematical concepts such as coordinates, variables, and random numbers. This project-design process combines many of the 21st century learning skills that will be critical to success in the future: thinking creatively, communicating clearly, analyzing systematically, collaborating effectively, designing iteratively, learning continuously.

Coming in Fall 2017!
Scratch Level 2 (Ages 8-16)

Scratch Level 2 expands the students ability to develop more complex games, and creative works.  Some of the new items and concepts that will be covered include new coding blocks such as video-sensing blocks, applying perspective to add realism to Scratch projects, adding gravity to moving objects, new and exciting visual effects, and developing projects that use motion sensing. 

Several of the projects we will be teaching in Scratch Level 2 include Space Invaders, Jumper, Fireworks Displays, and using a webcam to move objects in a Scratch game with your hands.   

Prerequisite Scratch Level 1

Coming in Fall 2017!

South Amboy YMCA

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Gymtime (Ages 1-4)
Let the little ones improve their gross motor skills through play.  Activities are designed to help children run, jump, climb, throw and much more with our parachute games, mats, and other phys ed toys designed for little hands and legs!
  • Gymtime (Ages 1-4)

Exploration Station (Ages 1-5)
Art stations, finger paintings, paper crafts, stamps, play dough, songs, bubbles, and much more.
  • Exploration Station (Ages 1-3 years)

  • Exploration Station (Ages 3-5)

Pee Wee Sports (Ages 3-7)
Each week children will explore the basic skills of a different sport, including soccer, basketball, t-ball, floor hockey, and gym games.
  • Pee Wee Sports

Youth Chess (Ages 5-12)
Whether you’re just learning or want to become a better player. Learn and excel while playing against your peers. Players will learn the basics of Chess and different strategies.
  • Youth Chess

Art Beyond The Crayons (Ages 5-12)
Work with an art instructor to explore fine arts through a variety of mediums from watercolors to clay.
  • Art Beyond The Crayons (Ages 5-8)

  • Art Beyond The Crayons (Ages 9-12)

Youth Archery (Ages 7+)
  • Youth Archery

    Using our equipment the instructor will guide beginners of all ages to develop skills from range safety to accuracy through fun interactive archery exercises.
Guitar (Ages 7-12)
Participants will learn the basics of how to play the guitar. Participants will need to supply their own guitars. Please come with proper instruments, no plastic guitars or toys.
  • Guitar

Dance (Ages 5-12 years)
Young dance enthusiasts will get to explore the dance genres of ballet, tap, and more.
  • Exploring Dance (Ages 5-12 years)

    Young dance enthusiasts will get to explore the dance genres of ballet, tap, and more.
Gymnastics Tumbling & Cheer (Ages 5-12)
From somersaults to handstands, cartwheels, back-springs and across the balance beam, children will learn the basics of gymnastics. 
  • Gymnastics Tumbling & Cheer (Ages 5 -8)

Basketball (Ages 5-12)
Emphasis is placed on learning fundamentals of basketball while having a great time with friends.  Develop individual skills of dribbling, shooting, and passing.
  • Basketball (Ages 5-7)

  • Basketball (Ages 8-12)

Martial Arts (Ages 5+)
Children will learn self-discipline, fundamentals, and basic form at a level that is appropriate.
  • Martial Arts (Ages 5+)

Snag Golf (Ages 5+)
A fun and easy way for children of all ages to learn golf. This curriculum builds the fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching and full swing to develop playing ability quickly and effectively.
  • Snag Golf (Ages 5+)

Soccer (Ages 5+)
This a fun way for your child to learn an exciting sport.  We will teach the fundamentals of soccer and have fun in game situations.
  • Soccer

Tennis (Ages 5-12)
Game, Set, Match! Learn all about tennis, build skills, and play modified matches. Follows USTA Curriculum.
 
  • Tennis ((Ages 5-12)

Track (Ages 5-12)
Young athletes are welcome to come and learn about a multitude of track and field events.  Participants (depending on age) will learn short distance sprints, middle distance, hurdles, cross country, relays, and more.
  • Track (Ages 5-12)

Intro to Computer (Ages 12+)
Intro to both fundamental programming concepts and the Python programming language.
  • Intro to Computer

Intro to Web Design (Ages 12+)
Intro to front end web design.  Students will learn the components of a website & how to create their own using HTML and CSS.
  • Intro to Web Design

Game Design Scratch (Ages 7-12)
Creation and development of their own game design using Scratch programming.
  • Game Design Scratch

Game Design Scratch (Ages 13+)
Creation and development of their own game design using Scratch programming.
  • Game Design Scratch