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 1-4 years)
  • Open Enrichment Classes

    Join us for some playtime where children up to age  may utilize our enrichment area and equipment! Give your little one a chance to run around and break a sweat. Children will 
    enjoy time on the gym mats building coordination, balance and strength along with fun table activities and a chance to make friends.
    FREE for Full Facility Members
    $10/day for Program Members

    Additional Information:
    Socks are needed for children and caregivers to wear when playing on mats.
    Socks with grippers are recommended.
    Care givers must remain with children at all times.
    Snacks from home are allowed but please avoid nuts and be mindful of food allergies.
     No open enrichment held when Metuchen Schools are closed for holidays.

    Mondays and Tuesdays 11:20am-1:00pm

    Contact information:
    Bradford Lindsey
  • Explore and More! (Ages 1-4 years)

    Get ready for an interactive parent/child experience with Mr. Bradford!
    Enter a world of creativity, wonder and expression. Rotate through activity stations including easel painting, play-dough, paper crafts, bubbles, water and much more.
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)

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- Adult)

In our COOKING classes, students will be introduced to basic recipes, simple kitchen tasks, safety and hygiene standards, cleanliness, measurements, time management, manners, portion control -- and more!
  • Culinary Kids

    Cooking classes for our youngest chefs, Ages 4-6
  • Kids Can Cook! (Ages 8-13)

    It's never too early to learn basic cooking skills and how to be safe in the kitchen!
Academic Enrichment w/Miss Lisa
  • Reading Explorers K (ages 5-6) Session 3

    The third of this three-trimester program will teach students the mechanics of the English language. Students will use the PAF Handwriting Program to master print of the 26 letters of the English alphabet. Vowel sounds, (short and long), sight words and word families will be discovered using the Primary Phonics program. Trimesters two and three will complete the Primary Phonics program (phonetics, reading comprehension and reading primers). Support work will be given for home use.

    This is a 9 week session
    Mondays 9:15am-11:00am
    *Session Dates: 3/23, 3/30, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1

    This is an 11 week session

    Tuesdays:  4:00pm-5:30pm
    * Session Dates: 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12

    Location: Metuchen YMCA at 65 High Street
    Contact: Child Care Director, Pamela Cohen 732.548.2044 ext 2226

  • Math and Reading Explorers (ages 4-5) Session 3

    Reading Explorers Tuesdays or Wednesdays 1:00pm-2:30pm
    The third of this three-trimester program meets once a week and specifically teaches reading readiness skills. The children will review letter sounds and begin to explore long and short vowel sounds and their use in the English language. Students will also learn to properly print letter symbols using correct pencil grip and good posture. Throughout the three trimesters, annual program sight words and sentence structure will be explored using Workbook A and 12 primers of the Handprints early reading program. Support work will be given for home use.

    *This is a 9 week session
    Tuesday session dates: 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
    Wednesday session dates: 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
    Location: Centenary Early Learning Center at 200 Hillside Ave, Metuchen

    Math Explorers Thursdays 1:00pm-2:30pm
    The third of this three-trimester program meets once a week and specifically focuses on math skills. The students will be exposed to various mathematical concepts including set theory, classification and numerical operations (addition and subtraction). Number lines, number charts, and Venn diagrams will be used to explore values and equations. Measuring, graphing, skip counting, American money values, time (analog and digital) and spatial relationships will be discovered in a hands-on, fun environment. Support work will be given for home use.

    *This is a 9 week session*
    Thursday session Dates: 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7
    Location: Centenary Early Learning Center at 200 Hillside Ave, Metuchen
  • Literacy Workshop

    Literacy Workshop 1 (First or Second Grade) is the continuation of The Primary Phonics Program that was used in Reading Explorers K. Series 4, 5 and 6 (25 Primers and 6 workbooks) of The Primary Phonics series will be completed giving each student a solid mastery of the English Language.Digraphs, diphthongs and rule breakers will be grouped into subsets and be studied with the use of reading primers, phonics workbooks and comprehension exercises. Students will also master reading aloud with confidence!

    This is a 9 week session
    Time: Wednesday 4:00pm-5:45pm
    Session Dates: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4

    Literacy Workshop 2/3 (Second or Third Grade) is designed for students that have finished Literacy Workshop 1 OR are in second or third grade. This amazing workshop used various curriculum such at the Making Connections reading series which includes an anthology of writing styles and short novels. Reading comprehension, formal grammar and writing exercises are included in the curriculum.
    Cursive writing is also introduced in the winter semester.

    This is a 9 week session
    Time:Thursday 4:00pm-5:45pm
    Session Dates: 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/23, 5/7

    Literacy Workshop 4,5,6 (Fourth through Sixth Grade ) is designed for students reading and writing in the 4th through 6th grade levels. Call of The Wild and Swiss Family Robinson are the two classic novels we will read together this semester. Creative writing exercises and projects will coincide with each novel. Vocabulary will be a focus with emphasis on prefixes, suffixes and root words in relation to Greek and Latin. Reading aloud with correct technique and confidence is a key part of this class. Formal grammar will also be taught.

    This is a 9 week session
    Time: Thursday 4:00pm-5:45pm
    Session Dates: 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/26, 4/16, 4/30, 5/14

    Location:  Metuchen YMCA  at 65 High Street
    Contact: School Age Child Care Director, Gabriella St.Fleur 
    Phone: 732.548.2044 ext 2255

Edison YMCA

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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 interactively, learning continuously.
  • Scratch Level 1 (Ages 8-16)

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

  • Scratch Level 2

South Amboy YMCA

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Chess Club
Whether you're just learning or want to become a better player. Learn and excel while playing against your peers. Kids learn the basic of Chess and different strategies.
  • Chess Club - Beginner / Advanced
  • Chess Club - Beginner / Advanced

Creative Arts
Our most popular art class for young artists who want to learn about drawing, painting techniques and art history. Busy artists will create new masterpieces every week.  
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Arts

Explore & More
Art stations and Motor Skills! Children will enjoy finger painting, paper crafts, stamps, play dough. Getting creative with building blocks then refining their motor skills with age appropriate gym games and soft play.
  • Explore & More
  • Explore & More

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 Beginner (Ages 7-12)

  • Guitar Advanced (Ages 7-12)

Little Engineers
Design, create, interact and invent. Become a brick building engineer with our fun and interactive course.
  • Little Engineers

  • Little Engineers