The Y's 12Bursts Brings Daily Exercise to Kids and Families at Home

Summit, NJ – April 27, 2020

As a community nonprofit organization whose three pillars are Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the Summit Area YMCA has provided a variety of online activities for kids and families to support the health and well-being of the community. From virtual workouts to activities for youth and teens, to low impact exercises, wellness tips and brain stimulating activities for seniors, there are a number of fun and helpful resources available to all from the Y. The newest innovation from the Y movement includes 12Bursts, an online website with activities to get kids moving and thinking!

Every day, the 12Bursts website has a Daily Dozen that includes 12 new 5-minute activities. Everything can be done for free at home and keeps families having fun with 12Bursts. There’s something for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Activities like Zoo & You asks each player to become their favorite animal. In High Knees, participants run or walk with high knees to the count of 10.


“Due to COVID-19 we know families are spending a lot more time at home, where it becomes more difficult to get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity,” said Paul Kieltyka, President & CEO of the Summit Area YMCA. “We saw a need for kid’s activities that could be accessed from anywhere, which hopefully helps ease the burden of our parents and our community. For over a hundred years, the Y has continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of our community. We’re excited to offer something that is kid-approved and adult-friendly.”

12Bursts is designed to help kids and families engage with the YMCA virtually from the comfort of home. More than a four dozen “bursts” are already available, with more to be released in the coming weeks.

Learn more about 12Bursts at

For more resources during this time of uncertainty, visit the Summit Area YMCA's community Virtual Resources page at for materials, activities and resources for virtual workouts, 


About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.