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)
  • 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)
  • Social Butterflies (Ages 3-6 years)

    Parents, enjoy some time away exercising, socializing or relaxing while the little ones get to stay and play with us! Activities will include circle time with stories and songs, bubbles, parachute games, crafts and much more. This setting allows kids to interact with one another and begin to feel comfortable with some separation from caregivers. *This is a DROP-OFF class. Children must be completely independent in the bathroom to participate.
  • Tots In Motion (Ages 3-6 years)

    Drop 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. 

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)

Martial Arts (Ages 5-15 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.
  • Martial Arts (Ages 5-7 years)

  • Martial Arts (Ages 8-15 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)

Youth Chess (Ages 5+)
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

Basketball (Ages 5-12)
Class will focus in different skills and drills each week.  The final 15 minutes will be reserved for a scrimmage.
  • Basketball Clinic (Ages 5+)

    Class will focus on different skills and drills each week.  The final 15 minutes will be reserved for a scrimmage.   
Youth Archery (Ages 5+)
  • 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.
Martial Arts (Ages 5+)
Children will learn self-discipline, fundamentals, and basic form at a level that is appropriate.
  • Martial Arts (Ages 5+)

Soccer (Ages 8-12)
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

Guitar (Ages 7-12)
  • Guitar

    Learn the basics of how to play the guitar and read music from our experienced instructor.  Participants must bring their own guitar.
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