Get ready to register for our Winter 1 session on January 4. There are a broad variety classes we’re offering that will help you or a loved one this season stay active, creative, and healthy.
The YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages and skill levels at Mel Korum, Gordon, Lakewood, Morgan, Bremerton, Tom Taylor, and Haselwood Family YMCAs.
Preschool swim lessons are available for children ages 3-5 and focus on water safety and basic swimming skills. Preschool swim lessons can help improve children's cognitive development and problem-solving skills by teaching them to follow instructions and think critically. The structure of the swim lesson, with its progression through different levels, helps children to develop a sense of accomplishment and progress as they master new skills. Swimming also requires children to use their senses and pay attention to their surroundings, which can help improve their overall focus and concentration.
Parent/child swim lessons are a great opportunity for parents and their young children to learn to swim together in a safe and supportive environment. Parent/child swim lessons can help build a strong bond and sense of teamwork between parents and children as they work together to learn new skills. The supportive and nurturing environment of the swim lesson can also help children feel comfortable and secure in the water, boosting self-esteem and confidence. Swimming can also be a great stress-reliever and can help improve overall emotional well-being for both parents and children.
Teen swim lessons are geared towards teenagers who want to improve their swimming skills or learn to swim for the first time. Swim lessons can help improve teens' concentration and focus as they learn to pay attention to their surroundings and follow instructions. Swimming can also be a great stress-reliever and can help improve overall emotional well-being.
Adult swim lessons are available for adults who want to learn to swim or improve their skills. Swimming is a low-impact form of exercise that is easy on the joints and can help improve overall physical fitness. It is also a great way to get the recommended daily amount of physical activity.
Artistic expression is an important aspect of human culture and contributes to the cultural richness of society. We are offering an extremely wide range of arts programs during Winter 1, including cooking, dancing, visual, and performing arts classes. These programs provide a creative outlet for individuals of all ages and abilities and can improve both your mental and emotional well-being.
Proper nutrition is important for overall health and well-being, and culinary arts can help people learn how to prepare nutritious meals. In culinary arts you can learn a variety of practical skills, including how to safely handle food, how to use various kitchen equipment, and how to prepare a wide range of dishes.
Meanwhile, Y Bakers is a beginner's baking class that teaches basic baking skills such as measuring ingredients, following a recipe, and working with different types of dough.
Drawing and painting classes offer a chance for participants to develop artistic skills and techniques, as well as develop their ability to perceive and understand the world around them. These classes can improve visual and spatial skills, such as the ability to perceive depth and perspective, and to accurately represent objects and scenes in two dimensions. Meanwhile preschool art classes provide a fun and creative outlet for young children as they improve children’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they work with different artistic mediums and techniques. Our centers are also offering painting, mixed media, printmaking, and sewing classes so that you have a chance to explore different artistic mediums and formats.
Don’t miss out on guitar and ukelele classes this session! Playing the ukulele or guitar can help develop musical skills, including the ability to read and interpret sheet music, to play melodies and chords, and to improvise. It can also expose participants to different cultural influences and broaden their understanding and appreciation of different musical styles.
Last, but not least this session we are also offering theater classes so that aspiring performers have the chance to develop acting skills and perform in productions.
WINTER DANCE RECITALS
Suppose you or a child in your life is interested in being a part of our Winter Recital. In that case, it’s important to sign up for one of the dance classes being offered during Winter 1 at Gordon, Morgan, Bremerton, Haselwood, and Tom Taylor Family YMCAs.
Ballet is a physically demanding activity that requires strength, flexibility, and endurance. We offer beginner through advanced ballet classes that teach both technique and terminology, as well as preschool ballet which introduces young children to the world of dance. In addition to ballet classes we are offering numerous other forms of dance instruction leading up to recitals, including hip hop, tap, jazz, contemporary dance, line dancing, and hula dancing.
Did you know that gymnastics helps kids to develop physical skills like body control, coordination and strength? Gymnastics allows children to experience self-confidence through creativity, performance, and helps to lay a strong foundation for other sports that a child might express interest in later in life. The YMCA offers gymnastics programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and children of all ages and skill levels.
Toddler gym classes are designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years and focus on basic gross motor skills such as climbing, rolling, and balancing. Preschool gymnastics and preschool tumbling classes are for children ages 3-5 and introduce basic gymnastics skills such as tumbling, rolling, and swinging. Parent/child gymnastics classes are a great way for parents to bond with their children while learning gymnastics skills together. Select from Gordon, Morgan Haselwood, Lakewood, Mel Korum, and Tom Taylor Family YMCAs for classes in these categories.
The process of learning and mastering gymnastics skills can be rewarding and participating in gymnastics can provide a sense of accomplishment and personal growth. Girls and boys gymnastics classes are available at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, focusing on more advanced skills as students progress at Lakewood, Tom Taylor, Mel Korum, and Morgan Family Ys.
Teen gymnastics classes are also available this season alongside the gymnastics team at the Mel Korum YMCA for young adults interested in competitive tumbling.
OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
The YMCA's Outdoor Environmental Education program takes place at Camp Seymour on Fridays from 1-3pm. This program offers a unique opportunity for anyone to learn about the natural world and develop a sense of environmental responsibility. It can also improve mental and emotional well-being by providing a chance to connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting the environment.
We believe that sports and playtime are an important part of every kid’s routine. Skills and Drills are instructional sports classes that keep kids fit and active, introduce them to various sports, help them develop their coordination, and make new friends. Plus all Skills and Drills classes are free for members!
Bremerton, Gordon, Haselwood, Lakewood, Mel Korum, Morgan and Tom Taylor Ys are offering basketball-focused Skills and Drills for ages 5 and up, 3 and 4-year-old classes will focus on Youth Fitness - fitness, mobility and movement.
Climbing requires discipline, focus, and problem-solving skills to navigate routes and complete challenges. Beginner climbing can help people develop these skills. Check out this class at Gordon and Tom Taylor Family Y for kids ages 6-17 to learn about climbing safety, equipment, technique, and commands, plus knot tying from our expert staff. Please note class offering varies by community center.
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Registration opens at 7am on January 4 and goes until midnight on January 5, 2022. Find the best class and have a wonderful winter season!