YMCA of Greater Erie

Before & After School (ages 5-12)

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Combining play with academics, the Y’s School-Age Enrichment Program fills gaps in school by offering enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition.  Structured activities include  science, group projects, environmental awareness, arts and crafts, games, sports components, field trips and more. Children also have time to tackle homework with the help of well-trained Y staff who know how to challenge and listen to them.  Get more information here. Get locations here.

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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.

View Schedule for: Camp Sherwin, County Y, Downtown Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Cheer & Dance Camps

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A variety of cheer and dance camps get kids moving in a fun and creative camp experience.  Kids gain confidence and build self-esteem. Get more information here.

 

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

ChildWatch

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Safe play area. Plenty of smiles. Y staff will supervise your child while you work out. Services are provided for FREE while you exercise to ensure the active use of your Y membership. Open to children 6 weeks to 7 years.

View Schedule for: County Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

County Y Blue Dolphins Swim Team

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Participants have an opportunity to swim in a competitive environment.  The swim team competes locally with the opportunity to advance to district, state and national events.  Everybody swims, everybody wins.  Winter session runs October to March, summer session runs June-July.

To access the County Blue Dolphins web site, click here>>

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Deep Water Competency Test

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Drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-14 years old. In addition to drownings, five times as many children are victims of near-drowning incidents.

The YMCA of Greater Erie is committed to aquatic safety! All youth ages 17 and under will require a deep water competency test and an identification wristband before entering the deep end of the small pool or large pool. The test will only need to be completed once as a record will be kept on file but a wristband will need to be obtained from the Membership Desk and worn every time you visit.

Please be sure to stop by the Membership Desk prior to entering the pool area to get your wrist band.

Click here to see what skills are required for the deep water test.

View Schedule for: Camp Sherwin, Downtown Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Eastside Family YMCA Swim Team

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Every kid has swimming abilities – there’s a little Michael Phelps in each of them.  Help yours find their swimming potential through the Eastside Family Y Swim Team!  Swimmers of all ages and abilities participate in our 150 + member Swim Team.  Led by caring coaches, we emphasize personal improvement through stroke technique and training, a strong work ethic and team work through competitive swimming. The swim team competes locally with the opportunity to advance to district, state and national events.   For more information, click here.

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Happy Feet

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This class embraces movement and music for the differently-abled.  Led by a volunteer instructor, Happy Feet is appropriately titled – from the moment the class begins, until it ends, the room is full of happiness.  Class participants are welcome to bring support partners to class.  Appropriate for youth and adults.

Free and open to the community.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Junior Karate

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A certified Black Belt level instructor guides your child through the various levels of body control, technique and responsibility. For ages 5-12. Cost: $25 Y-members; $75 non-members.

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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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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.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

P.L.A.Y. Youth Basketball League

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This 8 week + playoffs youth basketball league is for boys and girls grades 1-6. This competitive league will be focused on developing basketball fundamentals while allowing the kids to experience healthy competition in a safe and fun environment. All games will be at the YMCA of Greater Erie Downtown Branch and will have an assigned referee and scorekeeper. The league fee is $45.00/student. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Next league begins in January 2017.

View Schedule for: Downtown Y

Safety Around Water

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It takes just 10 seconds and 1 ounce of water for a water-related accident to occur.  And, nearly 88% of all youth drownings happen under adult supervision.  The Y’s new program, Safety Around Water, is designed to teach kids and adults how to be safe in and around water.  The program does not focus on swimming technique, but focuses on important safety and survival skills to help reduce water-related accidents and drownings.  This program is for non-swimmers/beginners and is meant to complement the Y’s traditional swimming lesson program. Lifeguard on duty. Free and open to the public.  Other free programs you might be interested in : City of Erie Learn to Swim, City of Erie Parks & Recreation, and Meals for Kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View Schedule for: Downtown Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Summer Camp (ages 5-12)

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By choosing Y Summer Day Camp, you’re choosing more than a summer day care service.  Y camps are high-quality, affordable and convenient all summer long.  The Y’s wide menu of summer play and learning activities through camp give kids a chance to have fun while building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Choose from traditional Day Camp, Kindergarten Readiness Camp or week-long Sports, Dance or Cheer Camps.  Get more information here.  Get locations here.

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Swimming Lessons

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Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 and the second leading cause of accidental death for children 5 to 14. Accidental drownings can be prevented by teaching youth, teens and adults to swim, so they can be safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration.

Y Swim Lesson curriculum is based on a continuum that focuses on a skill-based progression that builds confidence and supports swimming skills. Lessons are broken into specific stages that are designed for that age group on a cognitive and social ability.

Program enhancements include: low swimmer/instructor ratio, longer class length for advanced progression, ease at time of registration, improved curriculum focusing on skills-based instruction with an emphasis on personal safety, tools and resources to support families at home. Class sessions are 8 weeks.

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Stage Descriptions

Stage A: Water Discovery (Parent/Infant & Toddlers)

Parents accompany children which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video Demonstration coming soon!

Stage B: Water Exploration (Parent/Infant & Toddlers)

Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Click here for stage descriptions.  Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration comings soon!

Stage 1: Water Acclimation (Children 3-12 years)

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.  This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Click here for stage descriptions.  Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 2: Water Movement (Children 3-12 years)

Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 3: Water Stamina (Children 3-12 years)

Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into the body of water.  This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (Children 6+, Teens, Adults)

Students develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 5: Stroke Development (Children 6+, Teens, Adults)

Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes.  The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 8: Stroke Mechanics (Children 6+ Teens, Adults)

Students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon.

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Private (1 swimmer) and semi-private lessons (2 swimmers with similar ability) are a great option for swimmers of all ages and abilities looking to accomplish specific objectives. These lessons give you individualized attention to help improve or acquire swimming skills.

 

View Schedule for: Camp Sherwin, County Y, Downtown Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Tumbling (ages 6-12)

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique including gymnastics and movement education. Cost: Y members free/non-members $56.
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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 Floor Hockey

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There’s an Erie Otter inside all of us!  This introduction to hockey basics will have your son or daughter learn sport fundamentals including stick handling, passing, shooting, positions and teamwork. Play for youth 4-12 years old.  Cost: Y members free/non-members $58.  Session held in Winter.

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View Schedule for: County Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

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.

View Schedule for: County Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Youth Co-Ed NFL Flag Football

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This NFL flag football program gives everyone a chance to feel like an NFL player while having fun. Each player receives a set of flags and an official NFL Flag Football jersey.  Session held in Summer. Play appropriate for youth 6-15.

Cost: Y members $25/non-members $75.

Click on location of your choice for registration form.

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Youth Co-Ed Outdoor Soccer

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This program runs June through July for ages 4-13. The goal of the program is for players to learn the basic skills and strategies of outdoor soccer, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Games (6) are held on Saturdays and 30-minute practices are held once a week, Wednesday or Friday evenings.

Cost: Members $5.00; Non-Members $58.00

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

Youth Taekwondo Fitness

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This class will take an activity-based look at a traditional martial art. Focusing on the fun and athletic aspects of the Olympic sport, while still emphasizing the Taekwondo ideals of discipline & perseverance.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Youth Yoga Class

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This class, for 8-12 year olds, will help youth find confidence and comfort with themselves through yoga poses, meditation, and breathing techniques.  This class is a fun way to embrace the style of yoga on the mat and taking the practice of mindfulness of the mat.  No registration required. Mats available for youth to use during class.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

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