Family Time


Health & Learning

Boy holding carrotsBOOKING AND COOKING

Cooking and Booking is an 8-week program combining literacy and healthy, kid-friendly cooking. Each week, a new children’s book will be paired with a yummy food creation. Children will measure, mix, blend, and stir up delicious concoctions to match the title or theme of the book of the week. This program will foster your child’s love of reading and as well as introduce them to some new foods.

AGES: 4-12

WHEN: September 7 – October 26

TIME: Saturdays, 11:00 am

FEE: Members $80 / Community Members $160

CONTACT: Sarah Coppola E scoppola@cccymca.org

We encourage independence in our youth members so we suggest that families use our facility and return a few minutes before class ends!

**Please advise the Welcome Center and teacher should your child have any food-related allergy.


Y Stands For Youth

Youth in our Branch Wellness Center

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Our Youth Wellness Orientation Bracelet Program is designed for youth members ages 10-13 who would like to use our Wellness Center while their parent is in the room. Youth will be given FREE training with one of our Wellness Coaches to learn about each aspect of the Wellness Center. Youth members will learn proper technique, safety, and etiquette of gym fitness. Schedule your appointment today at the Member Welcome Center.

Wellness Center: Yellow Bracelet

Youth members, 10-13 years of age are permitted to exercise on the cardiovascular equipment with a parent after completing a free orientation with a Wellness Coach. The youth member must wear a yellow wristband when working out in the Branch.

Wellness Center: Blue Bracelet

Youth members, 12-13 years of age are permitted to exercise on the strength equipment with a parent after completing a free orientation with a Wellness Coach. The youth member must wear a blue wristband when working out in the Branch. Prerequisite: Must have completed yellow bracelet training.

CONTACT: Member Service Team or Wellness Director.


CELEBRATION PARTIES

Enjoy your child’s birthday party and other celebrations with the Valley YMCA’s 6-lane, 25-yard pool or 6-hoop basketball court. Please call in advance to schedule a date. Full payment must be made to confirm the celebration date. For information or to schedule a celebration party, please contact:

Welcome Center at P 203 736 9622.


Keeping Kids’ Minds and Bodies Active

The Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

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