YMCA of Greater Erie

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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

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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.

About Instructor Alexa Phelps

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.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

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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

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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>>

View Schedule for: County Y

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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 or service 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.

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

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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.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

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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

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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.

View Schedule for: County Y

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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.

 

View Schedule for: Eastside Y, Glenwood 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

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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

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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.

Register Online>>

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

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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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These swim classes are participant centered and use problem solving and guided discovery teaching approach. Each swim 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. We offer Parent/Child for children as young as 6 months and progressive lessons for children age 3 -12 years.

Click here for a YMCA Swim Lesson Enrollment Guide based on swimming ability

Register Online>>

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

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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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View Schedule for: County Y, Glenwood Y

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Youth Co-Ed Ball 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.

Click on location of your choice and download registration form.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

View Schedule for: County Y, Glenwood Y

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Youth Co-Ed Outdoor Kickball

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A lot of feet and big kicks for all – the joy of recess lives on with our Youth Co-Ed Kickball leagues.  Kids enjoy this fast-paced, action-packed and fun game while bonding with teammates and developing fast friendships. Non-competitive summer program with games played outside once per week. Participants learn team play and develop sports skills while having fun.  Play appropriate for youth 4-12.

Cost: Y members free; non-members $58.

Click on location to download registration form.

View Schedule for: Camp Sherwin, Glenwood Y

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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.

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

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Youth Fitness/Cardio Course

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Designed for ages 11-14 years. Under the supervision of trained instructors, the course concentrates on flexibility, cardiovascular and strength. Proper form, full range of motion and appropriate resistance and repetitions are emphasized. Get a healthy, early start to fitness and reinforce a lifetime pattern to exercise. After the one-hour orientation, youth are given a card to participate with their family and utilize the fitness center. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule an appointment. Register Online>>

At the Eastside Y the Youth Cardio Course is designed for ages 11-14years.  This is a members only class. This is an age appropriate training on cardio equipment . Every youth member must complete this course in order to use the cardio equipment in the Wellness Center.Classes meet 1 hour for 2 weeks. Youth are given a card to participate with their family and utilize the fitness center. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule a class. Register Online>>

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

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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

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Youth Water Fitness

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This fun and challenging water fitness workout for kids, ages 7-14 years of all fitness levels, will have crazy competitions and fun music making this wet workout a blast!  This program is an ongoing class combining strength and cardio in fun, game style exercises.  It will take place in the large pool so kids mus be able to pass the Deep Water test to participate.  Deep water testing will take place beginning 15 minutes before class time.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

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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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