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 in a clean and safe environment!  We offer a variety of classes including chess, robotics and art,  Learn about our exciting opportunities below.

Metuchen YMCA

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ASL (American Sign Language)
  • ASL (American Sign Language)

    Through a number of games/ activities and articulating tests students will be able to express and understand the basics of sign language. Don?t worry about not hearing or miss understanding the mumbles from a mask and learn a new skill that can help you become more inclusive.
    Alphabet, Numbers, colors, and basic conversational words
Painting
  • Harvest Moon Path

    Aspiring artists will complete a master piece using acrylic paint on a stretched canvas. Students will learn about brush strokes, blending and color theory. Painting will increase students patience, spatial recognition, and depth perception.
Parent Child Classes (Ages 1-4)

EXPOSE YOUR LITTLE ONE TO A WORLD OF CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION AND PLAY!

  • Explore and More! (ages 1-4)

    Join Mr. Bradford for an interactive parent/child experience! Enter a world of creativity and wonder, joining your little one as they explore their surroundings. Participants will have fun rotating through activity stations including easel painting, playdough, paper crafts, bubbles and more! Circle time, games and songs make this class an engaging experience for families! Silly and messy play awaits, so dress accordingly!
Percussion
  • Percussion

    Drumming is a great start to learning and exploring music. This class will give students the tools to develop gripping, stroke technique, rhythms and beats, Rudiments. Drumming will increase students hand-eye coordination, precision, and understanding of reading music.
Sewing
  • Machine Sewing

    This class will introduce the children and tweens to the wonderful world of sewing with a sewing machine. This class is project-based and students will complete 2 to 3 projects in a session. We will start with a simple pin cushion, then tackle stuffed animals. Students will be able to confidently thread a sewing machine, understand its features and safely use it. We will also learn how to read a selling pattern layout and pin a project cut pattern pieces understand selling pattern directions and assemble a projects. Students will also learn how to sew on buttons and trim, as well as basic embroidery skills and hands sewing. With the basic skills learned in this class students will be able to follow their imagination and creativity to sell independently. All materials are included. This class is open to students in grades second through eighth.
Theater
  • Performance Theater

    This class is centered around building a quality stage performance. Students will, learn about the audition process, build confidence, practice patience and enhance their social skills, students will have a blast playing theater games that strengthen their talents and prepare them for their role on stage. the Class Ends with a performance on the YMCA Stage in Edison.
Virtual 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.
  • Beginner Chess (Ages 5-8 years)

  • Advanced Chess (Ages 9-12 years)

Edison YMCA

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Science Explorers
All aboard explorers! Join Steve F.Y.E. the Science Guy for hands on science experimenting. Lets hypothesize, create and discover metamorphosis among a few Man-made and natural specimens. Lets find out why things happen and learn to ask all the right questions. This class will increase students communication skills, collaborative skills, team working and perseverance, as well as analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • STEM - Science Explorers

     
Performance Theater
This class is centered around building a quality stage performance. Students will, learn about the audition process, build confidence, practice patience and enhance their social skills, students will have a blast playing theater games that strengthen their talents and prepare them for their role on stage. the Class Ends with a performance on the YMCA Stage in Edison.
  • Performance Theater

Writing a Personal Narrative
Advance your child's writing with elementary teacher: Dareth Voorhees. Your child will write a personal narrative - a true story about themselves! In this class, students will learn elements of quality writing such as creating strong leads to hook the reader, utilizing and punctuating dialogue, using strong words and transitions, as well as revising and editing their own writing and that of their peers. Students will leave the class with a notebook full of anchor charts that highlight each lesson, a folder with mentor texts, and a final draft of their personal narrative complete with graphics and design elements of their choosing! This class is best suited for students in grades 3-5 who want to learn more about the writing process
  • Writing a Personal Narrative

Quilting
Under the direction of Nancy Randall children can and will learn to sew numerous projects
  • Quilting

Parent/Child Enrichment Class
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!  
  • Exploration Station

    Children and there caregivers will enjoy this bonding and creative class. It is very important for infants and toddlers to explore safely and begin their social emotional development. Participants of this class will create, play, explore and making new friends. 
ASL (American Sign Language)
Through a number of games/ activities and articulating tests students will be able to express and understand the basics of sign language. Don't worry about not hearing or misunderstanding the mumbles from a mask and learn a new skill that can help you become more inclusive.
Alphabet, Numbers, colors, and basic conversational words will be covered. 
  • ASL (American Sign Language)

     
Dance Fundamentals
This class is an introduction of Jazz, Tap, hip hop and contemporary dance styles. We offer unique early dance training that combines an academic approach with the joy of movement. The combination of these 4 different dance styles will develop a coordinated, strong bodied dancer with increased attention, observation skills, etiquette and respect for others. Students will learn refined techniques, combinations, and practical use across the floor.
  • Dance Fundamentals

     

South Amboy YMCA

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Enrichment classes coming soon...

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