Children & Teens

For more information about youth sports programs call 908 464 8373.

 

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Parent Child Enrichment (ages 1 to 3 years)

  • ALMOST ARTIST (AGES 1 TO 3 YEARS, WITH AN ADULT)

    Toddlers learn best by “doing”.  Practice with a variety of art mediums and large pieces in different shapes, textures, and colors will not only strengthen artistic skills but will provide a wide range of opportunity for expressing creativity.  Please make sure your child wears old clothes!

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • BUSY TIME (AGES 1 TO 3 YEARS, WITH AN ADULT)

    Enjoy singing songs, playing games, circle time activities and stories in this fun parent and child class.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • WHAT A MESS! (AGES 1 TO 3, WITH AN ADULT)

    Toddlers love to explore and get messy. Let the Y do the clean up. Your child will have fun finger painting, playing  wiht playdough and so much more.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • SHAKE, RATTLE & DANCE (AGES 2 TO 4 YEARS)

    Parents and children who appreciate music and will enjoy "tuning" into a circle time of singing, dancing, and instrumental play.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • TODDLER GYM (AGES 1 TO 3 YEARS)

    Toddlers and their parents will enjoy togetherness playtime including interactive songs, puppets, parachute play, and bubbles!

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • PARENT & ME STRETCH & RELAXATION (AGES 1.5 TO 3 YEARS)

    Partner with your toddler in simple animated poses, games, art ,music and breathing exercises that help to strengthen coordination and build body awareness. We'll bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and flutter our wings in butterfly, while we take a yoga journey that your child will never forget! This fun class provides key bonding methods between parent and child, while strengthening their growing muscles.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • BREAKFAST & BOOKS WITH PARENT (AGES 2 TO 4 YEARS)

    Parent and toddlers can listen to a tale while enjoying a tasty treat. A book, a snack and a quick art project are supplied for each class.

    Classes are 45 minutes.

  • PLAYTIME PLUS WITH PARENT (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Join us for mommy an d me time and meet other great moms too! Your child will enjoy a safe, matted area where they can crawl, jump, and run with our staff to guide them. We have hoola hoops, balls, and blocks and other toys for them to enjoy which will vary each week and may include storytime, scarves, musical instruments, coloring pages and songs.

    Classes are 45 minutes long. 

  • YOUNG ARTIST (AGES 1 TO 3 YEARS)

    Let your young artist's creativity shine as they learn about drawing, painting, and collage, and explore color, form, pattern and more, through fun and engaging projects.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

AM Preschool / Kindergarten Enrichment (ages 3 to 6 years)

  • FUN FACTORY (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Kids will expend their energy and learn basic skills while playing soccer, kickball, and other kid friendly games. Each week kids will have a different activity. Kids will cook up some delicious treats, and explore their artistic side.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • CREATIVE CREATIONS (AGES 2 TO 4 YEARS)

    Students can put together different materials to create fun collages, sculptures, and mixed media art. They will work with clay, wood, paint, collage materials, found objects, paper, board and lots more in this fun hands-on, multi-media class. Projects will be embellished creatively. builds prolem-solving skills and motor skills.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • FUN & GAMES (AGES 2 TO 4 YEARS)

    Your child will socialize and learn basic skills by playing kid friendly games, sports, parachute games and many more high energy games.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

Dance Academy (ages 3 to 12 years)

 

  • ZUMBATOMIC - KIDS ZUMBA ( AGES 5 TO 9 YEARS)

    This is perfect for the young Zumba fans@ This will have young children dancing and jamming to their favorite children's Zumba tunes. Zumba choreography is broken down so children understand it. We add fun and stimulating games for the Zumba kids that are young!

    Classes are 45 minutes long.


  • BALLET & CREATIVE MOVEMENT (AGES 4 TO 6 YEARS)

    Our non-competitive Ballet & Tap program is the perfect way to introduce your child to the world of dance and creative expression. This class combines Ballet & Tap dancing while enhancing balance, posture, and grace. Using a musical back drop your child will learn basic steps and movements while building flexibility, strength, and coordination. Ballet & Tap Shoes not required but recommended.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • JAZZ/BALLET ( AGES 7 TO 12 YEARS)

    Students will learn ballet and jazz routines while working on correct body alignment, coordination, strength and flexibility. Jazz and ballet dance vocabulary is expanded through across the floor exercises and simple combinations.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

School Age Enrichment (ages 2 to 14 years)

  • YOUNG CHEFS (AGES 4 TO 10 YEARS)
    Inspired by our friends at the Food Network, participants will have fun making decorative cup cakes, muffins of all types, fruit bouquets, and the tastiest treats imaginable. This is a hands-on class that’s an absolute blast.  Children with food allergies must notify the instructor. Supplies are included in fee.

    Thursdays - Ages 4 to 6 years
    Fridays - Ages 5 to 10 years

    Classes are 1 hour long.
  • CHESS (AGES 6 TO 12 YEARS)

    This class is for all levels of chess players. Beginners will learn basic strategies and moves, and advanced  players will be challenged by their peers and instructors. This is a great class for the chess  lover in all of us.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • RECYCLED CREATIONS (AGES 5 TO 8 YEARS)

    Your child will use their creative talents to create a masterpiece out of recycled materials.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • SEWING (AGES 7 TO 12 YEARS)

    Come and learn the basics of sewing. Learn the basics of hand stitching as well as operating a sewing machine to make your creation. All supplies included.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • ALMOST ARTIST (AGES 2 TO 4 YEARS)

    Toddlers learn best by doing. Practice with a variety of art mediums in different shapes, textures, and colors will not only strengthen artistic skills, but also will provide a wide range of opportunity for expressing  creativity.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • SCIENCE ADVENTURE (AGES 2 TO 4 YEARS)

    Children explore and experiment in this hands-on-science  class. From making "Goop" to erupting volcanoes, your child will practice their observation skills, measuring, sorting, and learn basic chemical reactions - curiosity welcomed!

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • STAY AND PLAY WITHOUT PARENT (AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS)

    Ready, Set, Go! Your child is ready to be on their own. Music, gym, and art combined in this fun-filled introductory class WITHOUT parents.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • BRICKS 4 KIDZ (AGES 5 TO 10 YEARS)

    In this fun, educational class, children will experience hands-on engineering fundamentals as they build motorized models using LEGO Bricks. Bricks 4 Kidz provides a curriculum which introduces children to engineering, architecture and scientific principles. Children work in teams to build engaging LEGO models. Trained Bricks 4 Kidz teachers provide instruction tailored to the curriculum objectives of specific grade levels and allow their creativity to soar during a free-play building session at the end of class.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • DRAMA BUGS (AGES 6 YEARS TO 9 YEARS)

    Your child will play games, read stories, and dance while they learn to harness their amazing imaginations. Using creative drama techniques, your kids will learn to create characters and tell stories while they work both as individuals and cooperatively in this super-fun, creative class.

    Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • MEET THE MASTERS (AGES 7 TO 11 YEARS)

    This class will focus on the great works of famous artists. Children will cover the key aspects of each painting before attempting to recreate the masterpieces. Techniques and painting strategies will be woven throughout the class to provide a well rounded painting experience.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

  • STORYBOOK CHEF (AGES 5 TO 10 YEARS)

    Play, listen, learn and ...cook! As our Storybook Chef introduces your child to a favorite children's book with a hands-on, age appropriate, fun food activity. Children are encouraged to wear their aprons to class; class activity may be messy.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

Pre-Teen and Teen Fitness and Events

  • GIRLS ON THE RUN NJ (GRADES 3 TO 5)

    For girls in Grades 3 to 5. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. The program runs 10 weeks. Participants meet two times a week for one 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    DOWNLOAD a brochure and registration form.

    Program meets:
    Mon and Thursday, 4:00 pm to 5:0 pm at Memorial Track, Summit
    Tuesday, 4:00-5:15 pm, and Saturday, 9:30-10:45 am, Columbia Park, Berkeley Heights.

  • SCULPT (AGES 13 TO 17 YEARS)
    Strengthen all the muscle groups in this one hour class that will use weights, bands, balls and your own body weight.

  • TEEN YOGA (AGES 13 TO 17 YEARS)
    Emphasis is on breathing, stretching and learning the proper alignment to advance in a yoga practice.

    Classes are 1 hour long.

7th Grade Initiative/Membership

We want to support and encourage kids to make good decisions and form healthy habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle. The 7th Grade Initiative program provides opportunities for fitness and sports, as well as an opportunity to socialize with peers in a safe, supervised and conveniently located environment. This special free membership available only to 7th graders demonstrates our commitment and philosophy for a well-rounded approach to the healthy development of the whole person.

It’s Easy to Get Started
Please bring the following to the Y to 
activate your membership.
1. Your school ID, roster or report card
2. A parent or guardian
3. Sign a Code of Conduct
4. Complete a few quick forms and begin your membership right away!
 

 

We demonstrate to each Seventh Grader how to use gym equipment. Demonstrations are approximately one hour long and must be scheduled in advance. Demos focus on safety and proper technique. Once all demos are completed, 7th graders will have a full access membership to the Y. There is a limit of three students per demonstration time slot at the Berkeley Heights YMCA. Only one demo per day per 7th grader.

Special Events
Each month 7th graders will have a special event just for them.

Program Session

REGISTER STARTING DEC 15

PROGRAMS RUN

Jan. 4 - Mar. 1

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM GUIDE

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday:
5:15 am to 10:00 pm

Friday:
5:15 am to 9:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday:
7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact Us

550 Springfield Avenue
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Ph: 908-464-8373
Fax: 908-508-1059
Email: Tiffany Escott

Childcare Center:
Ph: 908-464-8301
Email: Holly Sylvestri


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