Kids Enrichment & Sports Classes

Last updated: September 15, 2021, at 6:44 a.m. PT

Originally published: April 13, 2021, at 9:55 a.m. PT

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At the Y, every kid can cultivate the skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and lifelong success, and have fun doing it. Our in-person enrichment and sports programs provide these opportunities and are also a great way to make new friends! Whether basketball or badminton, climbing or cooking, we are excited to once again offer a variety of in-person activities for kids of all ages, skill levels, and interests.

Registration opens on the 15th of the month for programs that start the following month! Options may vary by location. Please read the frequently asked questions below for more information. These programs are open to both Y members and community members.

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Ballet

Ages: 5 to 9

Ballet at the Y inspires a love for dance, music and movement. Students will learn the basic techniques of ballet, focusing on floor and barre work, and begin to use ballet vocabulary. Instructors encourage the awareness of movement and line and help dancers build balance, grace, poise and confidence.

Offered at the Bellevue Family Y.

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Kids Create

Ages: 3 to 9

This art series gives kids the opportunity to express their creativity through various mediums. Drawing, painting, and craft projects encourage imaginations to flourish and inspire self-confidence and individuality. A different theme and activity is featured every week.

Offered at multiple locations.

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Cooking

Ages: 8 to 13 - Future Chefs

Your tween will be prepared to make meals for the whole family after taking Future Chefs! Culinary skills such as dicing, sautéing, kneading, and baking are integrated into this challenging and fun cooking series. Learn important nutrition facts and how to build a well-rounded meal with new recipes each week. 

Future Chefs is offered at multiple locations.

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Ages: 5 to 8 - Kids in the Kitchen

This hands-on cooking series is the perfection introduction to cooking for kids ages 5 to 8. Experience a blend of education, nutrition and fun with new recipes each week. Practice age-appropriate cooking techniques, fundamental kitchen skills and kitchen safety. Get your little chef involved in making their own healthy meals!

Kids in the Kitchen is offered at the Auburn Valley and Dale Turner Family YMCAs.

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Rock Climbing

Ages: 5 to 13

Learn about safety, equipment, technique, and commands, plus knot tying in this kids introductory class to rock climbing. Led by our rock star staff, kids will be challenged and build confidence while having a blast as they climb to new heights! Beginning and Advanced classes available.

Offered at the Auburn Valley, Dale Turner Family, Matt Griffin, and Northshore YMCAs

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Badminton

Ages: 8 to 12

Kids get active and have tons of fun while learning basic Badminton swings, footwork, and rules of the game. This class also focuses on inclusion, sportsmanship, and building confidence. Racquets, nets, and shuttlecocks are provided.

Offered at the Sammamish Community YMCA.

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Tae Kwon Do

Ages: 5 and up

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art that uses bare feet and hands. Students learn punches, blocks and self-defense techniques, but kicks are the Tae Kwon Do trademark. Each class is a fun and exciting way to build confidence, strength, and discipline through the teachings of this ancient practice.

Offered at multiple locations.

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Sports Sampler

Ages: 3 to 8

Sports Sampler is the perfect introduction to team sports! Featuring a new sport each week, kids learn basic skills and components through a variety of fun drills and games while focusing on building teamwork, body control, and hand-eye coordination.

Offered at multiple locations.

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Ball Hockey

Ages: 5 to 12

Try something new at the Y! Get familiar with the basics of ball hockey as you practice the fundamentals like passing and shooting while learning the rules of the game. This program focuses on inclusion, sportsmanship, and building confidence. Equipment provided.

Offered at multiple locations.

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Volleyball Skills Academy

Ages: 9 to 15

Focus on sharpening techniques for spiking, setting, and serving through fun drills and games in our Volleyball Skills Academy.  Led by Y staff, our sports curriculum is centered on building healthy habits, sportsmanship, teamwork and helping kids feel confident on the court. 

Offered at the Coal Creek Family YMCA.

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Basketball Skills Academy & Minis Programs

Ages 3 to 5 - Minis

Led by Y staff, Minis basketball is an instructional and recreational 8-class youth basketball program designed for preschoolers to have fun while learning rules and skills of the game. Kids practice the fundamentals of basketball like dribbling, shooting, passing and in most cases, going the right way down the court through fun drills and games. 

Offered at the Sammamish Community YMCA.

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Ages: 5 to 15 - Academy

Get in the game! In our Basketball Skills Academy, kids learn the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting, passing, offense, and defense through fun games and drills. Led by Y staff, curriculum is centered on building skills, respect, teamwork, and helping kids feel confident on the court. 

Offered at multiple locations.

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Futsal Minis Program

Ages: 3 to 5 - Minis 

Led by Y staff, Minis Futsal is an instructional and recreational 8-class youth futsal program designed for preschoolers to have fun while learning rules and skills of the game. Kids practice the fundamentals of soccer like dribbling, shooting, passing and in most cases, going the right way down the court through fun drills and games. 

Offered at multiple locations.

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Family Night

All ages with adult

Y members can spend their evening playing together as a family! Enjoy themed nights with pirates or superheroes, play recess games, train for the Olympics, or test out your engineering skills. 

Offered at multiple locations. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the class sizes?   
  • Ages 3-5: No more than 8 participants per class  

  • Ages 5-15: No more than 12 participants per class  

Can family members observe classes?

In some instances, yes. To ensure physical distancing, the following guidelines apply:

  • For youth ages 3-5 years in Sports Sampler classes, we encourage one supervising adult to remain onsite and assist the participant in the class.
  • For classes held in the gym (typically sports classes), spectators are allowed.
  • For all other enrichment and recreation programs, due to smaller room capacities, we are not able to accommodate additional adults.
Does the supervising adult have to remain onsite during class?

No, supervising adults are not required to remain on the property. Please ensure we have your current contact information on file in case we need to contact you during class. 

We encourage members to take advantage of this time to enjoy a worry-free workout!

Do participants and spectators need to wear a mask?  
  • Children ages 5+ years are required to wear a mask at all times while participating in a class or program
  • We strongly encourage children ages 3-4 years to wear a mask as well
  • While in the program space, we ask that all spectators over the age of 5 to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
What does my child need to bring?  

Please be sure your child brings a water bottle. Water fountains are currently “bottle fill only”. Please leave personal sports equipment at home.

Does my child need to be potty trained?   

Yes, all participants must be potty trained.  

How are we keeping kids safe?  
  • Staff are trained to follow all safety protocols and cleaning procedures
  • Touchpoints will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each class
  • Staff are required to wear a mask at all times
Are staff required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?   

The YMCA of Greater Seattle has asked all staff to be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021 or meet exemption requirements as outlined by the Governor’s mandate. Staff that work in Kids Club or Parents' Night Out will be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. 

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