YMCA of Greater Erie

Art & Gym

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The Art & Gym program includes 30 minutes each of art & tumbling/gym. Each portion of the class is 30 minutes in length. Open to children ages 3-6.

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Art, Gym and Swim

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30 minutes each of art, tumbling/gym and swim classes. Open to children ages 3-6.  Program cost varies by location.  Program held throughout the year at the Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program held during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin. Register Online>>

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Birthday Parties

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What better place to have a birthday party for kids than the YMCA? We’ve got birthday party fun down to an art and our facility is a giant playground for kids eager to run, climb and play (and eat cake, of course!)

Party times are up to 2.5 hours and can include a variety of combinations from reserved swimming and gym time to planned youth activities/games and, if at our Camp – 70 acres of outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing and canoeing. A party room for cake and gifts is also available. Costs begin at $90 for Y members and community member rates are available. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required. Inquire at the Membership Desk for more information.

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Early Care for Infants & Toddlers (ages 6 weeks-2 years)

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Our experienced staff is knowledgeable about key developmental stages and keenly aware that each child reaches these stages differently. Using the Creative Curriculum, we help to guide each child’s growth on an individual basis. As they build new skills and learn how to interact with others, we enjoy watching them develop their own sense of identity and self-esteem.  Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Hot Tots

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A program that teaches the fundamentals of soccer, basketball and tee ball to 3 year olds.

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KAY Yoga/ Kidding Around Yoga

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Come and join our Certified KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) instructors for these new and exciting Kids Yoga classes. KAY is designed to motivate children to be active, build confidence, develop mindfulness, and help them manage the spectrum of emotions children experience. A typical Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) class incorporates singing, jogging, limbo-ing, dancing, games and so much more.  KAY is free for YMCA members and open to the public for a class fee at Glenwood only.  Registration is required and is limited.  Call Glenwood at 868-0867.  No registration required at the Eastside Y.

 

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Kinder Tumbling

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique, including gymnastics and movement education. Open to children ages 5-6.  

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Mighty Mites (ages 4-5)

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In a fun learning environment, qualified staff help kids learn the basics of soccer, t-ball, floor hockey and basketball. Kids are building confidence, having fun and making friends. Cost: Y members free/non-members $56.  Program held throughout the year at the County and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program held during the summer only at YMCA Camp Sherwin. Register Online>>

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Mixed Martial Arts

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The YMCA teams up with Lund Martial Arts Academy.  When you tell them you are a YMCA of Greater Erie member, you’ll get three classes, your uniform and your belt for FREE!

With a flexible class schedule and locations in Millcreek and Harborcreek, Lund Martial Arts Academy prides themselves on expert instruction for kids 5+, teens and adults.

Plus, they’ll donate $50 to the Y’s annual scholarship campaign for membership and programs when you sign-up for any program afterwards!

Register by calling 833-2800 (Millcreek) or 899-9200 (Harborcreek) and mention the promo code “YMCA815”.  Learn more about Lund Martial Arts Academy at www.LundMartialArts.com.

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Parent/Child Swim Lessons

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These classes are participant centered and use problem solving and guided discovery teaching approach. Each program is divided into five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports, games and rescue. This class promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness activities for children from six months up to three years of age. Classes held with their parents or other trusted adults.   Y members: $15/ non-members starting at $50.  Classes held throughout the year at the Downtown, Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Classes held outdoors in summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.

Click here for YMCA Swim Lesson Enrollment Guide by swimming ability.

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Play & Learn

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You and your child’s caregivers are their first “teachers”.  At Play & Learn, Y staff will show how your child learns through play and active engagement through our everyday activities like running errands, emptying the dishwasher, sorting laundry and preparing dinner.  We’ll share oodles of learning ideas for at home and on the go.

Play & Learn is a FREE preschool like program that child and caregiver attend together and includes songs and 13 learning centers from books to puzzles, to listening and dress up – all that reinforce learning in preparation for Kindergarten.  Snack is also provided.

Play & Learn is free and open to children ages 6 weeks-5 years old and their caregiver -relative or friend. Registration begins Aug. 15. Click below links for required forms AND visit the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, to register in person.  Class runs 36 weeks throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.- 12p.m. from Sept. 13-June 1.  For more information, call 899-9622.

Program held at Boys & Girls Club, 1515 East Lake Road

Download flyer in Espanol.

Caregiver Demographic Form
Child Demographic Form
Consent Form
Enrollment Survey
Evaluation Information

 

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Pre-K Counts Program (ages 3-5 years)

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The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program makes quality pre-kindergarten programs available to Pennsylvania residents at no cost to qualifying families.  It is funded through a grant from the State of Pennsylvania.  Full day program instructional time is 3 hours.  The Y offers a number of Pre-K Counts classrooms throughout the service area.  A Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts application must be filled out completely and submitted for consideration.  Call Jeannine Bello at 814-452-1432 ext. 245. Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Preschool Program (ages 3-5 years)

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Y Preschool builds on a child’s natural desire to learn things and become more self-reliant. Getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns and working in a group are all natural parts of learning. Y Preschool is also a safe, fun and comfortable place where children build positive relationships with caring adults. Creative Curriculum is an exciting and challenging program that helps preschoolers stretch their skills in mind and body.   Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Preschool Swim Lessons

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These classes are participant centered and use problem solving and guided discovery teaching approach. Each program is divided into five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports, games and rescue. Swim lessons build a good foundation of basic aquatic skills to develop a lifelong appreciation for aquatic activities. Developmentally appropriate activities to ensure the student’s safety, enhance the student’s enjoyment and provide consistent progressive success for the child. Ages 3 to 6 years. Cost: Y members $15; non-members starting at $50.  Classes held throughout the year at the Downtown, Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Classes held outdoors during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.

Click here for YMCA Swimming Lesson Enrollment Guide by swimming ability.

 

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Sporties for Shorties

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Sporties for Shorties is a new spin on a classic program at the Eastside Family Y.  Formerly, Mighty Mites, Sporties for Shorties is a 10-week class which offers lessons in sports such as soccer, basketball, floor hockey and t-ball and includes a weekly swim lesson.  Cost is $25 for members and $75 for non-members.

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Tiny Tumblers

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Sing, dance tumble and giggle. Games and songs will teach your preschooler new ways to move.  All activities geared for parents and preschoolers to do together.  Open to children ages 18 months to 3 years.  

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Traditional Pre-K (one year prior to Kindergarten)

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A caring and friendly place for your child to learn and grow! Children develop a readiness for kindergarten through a variety of hands-on, child-centered activities. The class is led by a certified teacher using the Letter People and Creative Curriculum. This curriculum program is open to children one year prior to kindergarten enrollment.  This program available at locations throughout Erie County. Click here for locations.

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Tumbling Tots

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique, including gymnastics and movement education. Open to pre-school children.  Cost: Y-members free/non-members $56.

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Y Music Fun

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A time to march, beat the drum and sing.  A fun program with parent/child interaction. Exposure to a variety of instruments ans styles of music.  Let’s learn the beat and we might even sing.  Open to children ages 2 months to 6 years.

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Youth Co-Ed Basketball

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YMCA basketball leagues are the best and most fun around!  Volunteer coaches work on basic ball handling, passing, shooting and defensive skills while introducing defensive and offensive schemes. Play appropriate for youth 6-12 (Eastside offers for ages 5 – 13).  Session runs Jan – Feb.

Click on location of your choice to download registration form.

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Youth Co-Ed Indoor Soccer

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This program is offered twice a year (Mar-May & Oct-Dec) for ages 4-13.  The goal of the program is for players to learn the basic skills and strategies of soccer; such as:  dribbling, passing, shooting, formations, offense/defense, etc.  Games (6) are held on Saturdays and 30-minute practices are held once a week, Tuesday through Friday.

Click on the location of your choice to download a registration form.

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Youth Dance

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Our Ys offer Irish Step, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern depending upon location and student’s ability. Teaches creative movement through dance techniques. Ages vary by location.  Program held throughout the year at the County, Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program offered during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.

About Rachel Nicely, County Y Instructor

Rachel has been dancing for 15 years and is a prize winning Irish Sep dancer and ballerina.

About Alexa Phelps, Glenwood Y Instructor

Alexa PhelpsMiss Alexa has been dancing from the age of three and never plans to stop! She has studied at various dance studios in the Erie area encompassing multiple styles of dance, including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary, modern jazz, Irish hard and soft shoe, and Latin Jazz. She has been teaching dance for 12 years, starting at the age of 11. She has performed in numerous local showcases, including spring and summer performances, The Nutcracker, and Celebrate and We Love Erie Day shows. She has danced in New York City in Times Square and on Broadway and Off-Broadway stages for five years in a row. She participated in Project Dance NYC in Times Square five Aprils in a row during her middle and high school years of school. While in NYC, she studied dance with Francis Roach and Luigi Faccuito, himself, at Luigi’s Jazz Centre, and the Broadway Dance Center. She has also taken workshops from Broadway star Nick Adams and Off-Broadway star Don Kirsch. She also followed her studies to different areas of Ohio, as she had a dance and cheerleading scholarship her first year of college. She was a sport and competition cheerleader for five years, going to multiple competitions and workshops through CCC and NCA, and was a college cheerleader for one year. Miss Alexa has been coaching cheerleading for six years. Miss Alexa is currently a 6th and 7th grade English teacher, a Graduate Student at Edinboro University, and, of course, a very passionate dance and cheerleading teacher here, at the Glenwood YMCA. Throughout her experiences with dance, Miss Alexa has never lost the passion for the art and hopes to pass on the same love and passion to her students.

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