Meadowlands Area YMCA

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Youth Programs

ACTIVITIES, SPORTS & WELLNESS Classes for Kids

Welcome to our Youth Programs page! We're excited for Fall & Early Winter sessions, which will feature tons of new programs and revamped ones. Please reference our Program Guide for a list of classes and their schedules. 

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Program Guide

Youth EXER-fun CLASSES

SEP 4th - OCT 28th & OCT 29th - DEC 23rd (8-Week Classes)

Exergame combines fitness, brain teasers and technology for a gamified experience like no other!

Exerfun classes utilize the dynamic technology within the Exergame Room to combine fun games and youth-friendly competitions. Kids will play and compete all while staying active and performing physical challenges.

Youth Activity & Sports Classes

Adventurers 
Ages 6-8

Explore extraordinary people, places, and things from the comfort of our classroom. 

Advanced Teen Training Together 
Ages 11-16 

Working with a Certified Personal Trainer, teens will utilize many areas of the fitness facility, including cardio mezzanine, selectorized strength circuit, free weight area, stretching room, kinesis stations and group exercise studios to learn the advantages of an all around training session from experts in the field. Each week will involve a new location in the facility, as well as a new focus on training targeted.

Basketball Clinic 
Ages 5-8, 9-12 & 13-16

We will provide basketball clinic for different age groups,teaching dribble, offense, passing, shooting, defensive and conditioning techniques.

Bucket Drumming 
Ages 6-9, 10-12, 13-15

Grab a bucket and learn how to drum! In this class we will learn the basics of drumming. Come and make some music with friends!

Brunch with Friends
Ages 8-13

Come hang with your friends and explore your passion for cooking all while making and enjoying a healthy brunch!

Creative Kids
Ages 6-9 

Your child’s imagination will soar in this class as they create wonderful pieces of art using different mediums and techniques each week.

Explorers 
Ages 9-12

Explore extraordinary people, places, and things from the comfort of our classroom.

Food & Fun 
Ages 5-8

An exciting interactive beginners class for your little chefs to explore new flavors and their creativity in cooking while learning the importance of how to eat healthy! They will be introduced to a wide variety of ingredients while learning basic cooking skills under the guidance of a professional chef.

Guitar 1
Ages 6-9

This is the perfect class for first time guitarists. Learn notes, chords, and play basic tunes by the end of your session.

Guitar 2
Ages 9-12

This is the perfect class for first time guitarists. Learn notes, chords, and play basic tunes by the end of your session.

Gymnastics Beginner
Ages 5-8 & 9-12

Get introduced to the world of gymnastics in our school-age classes. These classes are non-competitive with a focus on development, body awareness, basic gymnastic skills, health, and fun! No experience necessary.

Gymnastics Intermediate
Ages 6-13 

Continue your gymnastics study with our intermediate class, this class is for youth who have taken a gymnastics class prior to this one. We will focus on developing our gymnastics skills and body awareness in this non-competitive class.

Healthy Family
Ages 5+

An interactive cooking class experience for the whole family to spend time together in the kitchen! Come prepare a dinner to take home with Chef Matt all while learning healthy week night meals and recipes.

Hooked on Crochet
Ages 9-12

Discover the art of crocheting! Learn about basic stitches, tools, and techniques to create something new.

Intro to Ballet
Ages 6-9

Learn the fundamentals of Ballet in this beginner class for your school-aged child. They will learn new ballet vocabulary and the proper ways to move their body in this class. Let your inner Ballerina shine!

Intro to Hip-Hop
Ages 6-9

Learn the fundamentals of Hip-Hop in this fun and upbeat class for your school aged child. Your child will learn new vocabulary and how to move to the music with ease.

Kids Kitchen Creations
Ages 8-13

A creative class for kids to explore the world of baking with healthy alternatives. This class will encourage kids to learn the science of baking while allowing them to think creatively in the kitchen.

Kitchen Wizards
Ages 8-13

A fun interactive intermediate class for your passionate chef to explore their creativity in cooking while learning the importance of eating healthy! They will be introduced to the a wide variety of ingredients while expanding on their cooking skills under the guidance of a professional chef.

Lego Mania
Ages 6-9

Each week we will build new structures with our Lego pieces. In the process, we will learn how to follow written directions, cognitive skills, and teamwork.

SAT PREP
Ages 16-19

Let us help your student with tips and tricks for the SATs. Exercises and activities will help, them be less stressed for the big day.

Sewing Basics
Ages 7-10

Let’s thread our needles and learn how to sew! In this beginner level class, you will learn how to sew by hand, including how to sew a button. We will teach you different types of stitches (running, back, ladder etc.) and what they are used for. You will learn basic sewing terms and how to use the tools of the trade. We will have 3 completed projects by the end of the session. Supplies are included.

STEM
Ages 9-12

If you like to figure out how things work and try new experiments then this is the class for you! We’ll explore all sorts of topics from water air pressure to ooey-gooey concoctions!

Taekwondo Beginner
Ages 5-8 & 9-13

Instructors teach the beginners technique with a special emphasis on physical conditioning while building self confidence.

Taekwondo Intermediate
Ages 6-13

Take your taekwondo skills to the next level by learning new techniques and conditioning drills that will further your mastery of this famous martial art.

Teen Guitar 
Ages 13-17

Is your teen looking to take up the guitar? We will help them read notes, play chords, and play a simple song by the end of their session.

Teen Painting
Ages 13-17

Could you be the next Van Gogh, Picasso, or Renoir? Our painting class will allow you to explore different styles, strokes, and paints.

Tennis Beginner
Ages 6-8 & 9-13

This class will focus on providing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of tennis. These lessons will cover the basics like grip, forehands, serves, backhands, volleys, footwork, and rules of the game. Players must provide their own racket and no experience necessary.

Tennis Intermediate
Ages 6-13

Intermediate classes are available for participants with a foundation in the fundamentals of tennis. These lessons will build upon the basics and provide a deeper understanding of form, technique, and approach. Players must provide their own racket and have taken a tennis lesson before.

TRX® Suspension Basics
Ages 13-16

TRX® is a revolutionary method of suspension training using body weight exercise to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. Instructor will lead participants to become more spatial aware of their body position through progressive development of stabilization exercises on the TRX® suspension trainer.

Youth Running Club
Ages 8-13

The Youth Running Club will help instill a healthier lifestyle in children by encouraging them to run regularly. Along with ample running time, the program will involve keeping a log to track progress.

Youth S.A.Q. Training
Ages 5-8

Increase your performance level in the areas of speed, agility, and quickness. No matter the sport, S.A.Q. program is equipped with knowledgeable, skilled and seasoned trainers ,to take you to the next level of performance.

Youth TRX® Combo
Ages 12-16

Utilizing the TRX® Suspension Trainer and the TRX® RIP Trainer in a circuit style class to enhance all 3 planes of motion. With the TRX® RIP trainer exercises are focused on high speed striking movements mor slow speed strength and stability exercises with integrated rotational movement.

Youth Soccer 
Ages 4-6 

Learn essential soccer skills, dribbling, passing and shooting in a fun environment. 

nEW Technology Programs!

Coding 101
Ages 10-12

A future in coding begins here. This introduction to programming starts with the building blocks of a computer—the hardware. Then it's all about the 1s and 0s, discovering how coded instructions are executed directly by a computer's CPU. Building on this knowledge, students learn object-oriented programming concepts with JavaScript, and dive into fun challenges that foster real-world skills.

Website Design
Ages 10-12

Learn everything you will need to get a website up and running during this session. We will provide practical lessons each week on base-level coding, graphic design, web management, and more.

World Builder: Minecraft Game Design
Ages 7-9 

Dive into the educational benefits of Minecraft by creating and exploring this blocky world. Aspiring game designers learn problem-solving, level design, and more, building unique maps and crafting resource packs. Adding command blocks and redstone takes learning to the next level in a course designed to get students excited about game design through their favorite lens—Minecraft.

Video Production: Start a YouTube Channel & Blog
Ages 10-12

Establish a brand and become a YouTube star! Curate an online presence with endless options for creative expression, from vlogs to tutorials to short films. Learn the fundamentals of pre-production and composition, then use professional equipment to capture footage. The drag-and-drop power of Adobe Premiere takes production to the next level and makes editing fun! Your path to video production begins here.​

Youth Creative Workshops 

Join us for an adventure in creativity! Each one-time workshop features a fun and educational introduction to arts, sewing, and painting with hands-on projects. Our Art teachers will encourage the creative genius in your child by inspiring their artistic abilities.

ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOP
AGES 6-8

If you want to get a taste of what some of our art classes are like, come check out our arts and crafts workshop. We will explore some different kinds of projects and unlock our true creative potential.

MON, SEP 24 & NOV 19 • 4 – 5:30pm

BASIC SEWING WORKSHOP
AGES 9-12

Looking for a crash course in sewing? Join us for our sewing workshop where you can learn basic stitches and repair work.

MON, SEP 10 & NOV 5 • 4 – 6pm

PAINT & PEPSI® WORKSHOP
AGES 9-12
AGES 13-17

In this guided paint workshop, you will work in acrylics to create a masterpiece of your very own! Follow along with our instructor and learn how to paint like a pro, step by step.

MON, OCT 10 & DEC 3 • 4 – 6pm (Ages 9-12)

MON, OCT 22 & DEC 17 • 4 – 6pm (Ages 13-17)

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Program Guide

SELECT youth WELLNESS ARE CLASSES ARE ALSO INCLUDED WITH MEMBERSHIP. VIEW THE SCHEDULE HERE