See What's Happening for Kids, Teens, & Families

Last updated: November 22, 2021, at 9:29 a.m. PT

Originally published: September 17, 2020, at 9:13 a.m. PT

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From birth to graduation, the Y is here to support kids, teens, and families as they learn, grow, and thrive! We’ve got a full line-up of virtual and in-person enrichment, sports, and education activities.

Plus, find on-demand activities featured in virtual Family Room! Virtual programs are designated as such.

Family

  • Family Recreational Swim Reservation
    Up to five people in a household can reserve time in the pool for Family Recreational Swim! The pool will be divided into four quadrants and no more than 20 people will be in the pool at a time. Learn more >

  • Family Climbing Reservation
    The whole family is encouraged to climb together at one of our towers! All safety gear, including helmets, is provided. YMCA climbing staff will be present for the duration of the 90 minute reservation. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult who is on the same membership and lives in the same household. All participants and/or observers need a reservation. Learn more >

  • Family Time Reservation
    Reserve time in our Kids Zone spaces to play together. Each reservation is 45 minutes long, and families must be part of the same household membership. Learn more >
     
  • Family Climbing Classes
    Take your family on a vertical adventure! This series, for kids ages 5+ with an adult, covers climbing safety, equipment, technique, commands, and knot tying plus fun games and challenges. Adults can also learn to belay. Learn more >

Infant, Toddlers & Preschool

  • Kids Club Reservation
    Combine the well-loved aspects of Kids Zone with new safety protocols and you get Kids Club, a monthly reservation-based program that keeps kids ages 2 to 9 in stable, small groups learning and playing while you work out! Available at selection locations. Learn more >

  • Parents' Day or Night Out 
    Whether your kids are looking for new fun and adventures at the Y, or you crave a kids-free night out, the Y’s Parents’ Day or Night Out programs are the perfect way to give yourself some TLC while your kids play and learn alongside their peers under the supervision of our caring and trained staff. Learn more >

  • Kids Create 
    These art classes give 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. Choose from a Kids Create series where a different theme and activity is featured every week or one-time specialty-themed classes. Learn more >

  • Sports Sampler - Minis 
    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. Learn more >

  • Youth Basketball - Minis Program
    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. Learn more >

  • Group Swim Lessons - Swim Basics Program
    Swim Basics, or stages 1 to 3, develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students from ages 3 to 16. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Learn more >

  • Group Swim Lessons - Swim Strokes Program
    Swim Strokes, or stages 4 to 6, builds stroke technique and additional water safety skills for students ages 5 to 16! This program focuses on introducing and refining six swim strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, back stroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.  Learn more >

  • Private Swim Lessons
    Join us in the pool to refine your stroke, practice your breathing rhythm, or elevate your turns!  Learn more > 

  • Birthday Party in a Box (Virtual)
    Go virtual with the experts in birthday parties! Our Birthday Party in a Box kits make online parties awesome for kids and easy for parents. With seven super-fun themes, there's something for everyone. Learn more >
     
  • Early Learning Centers
    Our infant, toddler, preschool, and pre-Kindergarten care programs are enriching, positive places that nurture children to explore, discover, and learn. Programs offered in Auburn, Bothell, North Seattle, and West Seattle with new centers opening soon in Woodinville and Redmond. Learn more >

Elementary 

  • Kids Club Reservation
    Combine the well-loved aspects of Kids Zone with new safety protocols and you get Kids Club, a monthly reservation-based program that keeps kids ages 2 to 9 in stable, small groups learning and playing while you work out! Available at select locations. Learn more >

  • Parents' Day or Night Out 
    Whether your kids are looking for new fun and adventures at the Y, or you crave a kids-free night out, the Y’s Parents’ Day or Night Out programs are the perfect way to give yourself some TLC while your kids play and learn alongside their peers under the supervision of our caring and trained staff. Learn more >
     
  • Kids in the Kitchen (In-Person or Virtual)
    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! This class is also offered virtually. Learn more >
     
  • 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. Learn more >
     
  • Kids Create
    These art classes give 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. Choose from a Kids Create series where a different theme and activity is featured every week or one-time specialty-themed classes. Learn more >
     
  • Ballet
    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. Learn more >
     
  • Badminton
    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. Learn more >
     
  • Tae Kwon Do
    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. Learn more >
     
  • Ball Hockey
    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. Learn more >
     
  • Youth Basketball - Kinders Program
    Kinders basketball is an instructional and recreational 8-class youth basketball program designed for Kindergarteners, ages 5 and 6, 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. Learn more >
     
  • Youth Basketball - Rookies League
    Calling all 1st and 2nd graders who are ready to hit the court! In this recreational youth basketball league, players learn the fundamentals of basketball, sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy habits while sharpening skills, practicing drills, and having fun. Learn more >
     
  • Basketball Skills Clinic with Local Hoops
    Learn from the professionals at Local Hoops in this basketball clinic hosted at the Y! Focus on ball handling, shooting technique, defensive principles, decision-making, and other fundamentals. All clinics are co-ed. Learn more >
     
  • Basketball Skills 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. Learn more >
     
  • Futsal Skills Academy
    Hit the back of the net in our Futsal Skills Academy! Players sharpen techniques for dribbling and passing through practice drills and having fun. Led by Y staff and volunteers, curriculum is centered on building skills, respect, teamwork, and helping kids feel confident on the court. Learn more >
     
  • Volleyball Skills Academy
    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.  Learn more >
     
  • Group Swim Lessons - Swim Basics Program
    Swim Basics, or stages 1 to 3, develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students from ages 3 to 16. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Learn more >
     
  • Group Swim Lessons - Swim Strokes Program
    Swim Strokes, or stages 4 to 6, builds stroke technique and additional water safety skills for students ages 5 to 16! This program focuses on introducing and refining six swim strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, back stroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.  Learn more >
     
  • Private Swim Lessons
    Join us in the pool to refine your stroke, practice your breathing rhythm, or elevate your turns!  Learn more >
     
  • Youth Climbing Classes
    Learn about climbing safety, equipment, technique, and commands, plus knot tying. Led by our rock star staff, kids and tweens ages 5 to 12 will be challenged while having a blast! Beginner and Advanced options available. Learn more >
     
  • Before & After-School Enrichment (BASE)
    Our school enrichment programs provide a safe and caring place outside of the classroom to experience sports, arts, STEM, and other hands-on learning activities. We provide continued structure for kids all while encouraging skill building, creative exploration, physical activity, and most of all, fun. Learn more >
     
  • Birthday Party in a Box (Virtual)
    Go virtual with the experts in birthday parties! Our Birthday Party in a Box kits make online parties awesome for kids and easy for parents. With seven super-fun themes, there's something for everyone. Learn more >

Teens

  • Youth Legislature
    Youth Legislature participants work all year to learn parliamentary procedure and write their own legislation. Teens develop confidence, hone skills in writing, research and public speaking, and better understand their power as citizens in a democratic society. Learn more >
     
  • Basketball Skills Clinic with Local Hoops
    Learn from the professionals at Local Hoops in this basketball clinic hosted at the Y! Focus on ball handling, shooting technique, defensive principles, decision-making, and other fundamentals. All clinics are co-ed. Learn more >
     
  • Group Swim Lessons - Swim Basics Program
    Swim Basics, or stages 1 to 3, develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students from ages 3 to 16. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Learn more >
     
  • Group Swim Lessons - Swim Strokes Program
    Swim Strokes, or stages 4 to 6, builds stroke technique and additional water safety skills for students ages 5 to 16! This program focuses on introducing and refining six swim strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, back stroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.  Learn more >
     
  • Private Swim Lessons
    Join us in the pool to refine your stroke, practice your breathing rhythm, or elevate your turns!  Learn more >
     
  • 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. Learn more >
     
  • Tae Kwon Do 
    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. Learn more >
     
  • Ball Hockey
    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. Learn more >
     
  • Basketball Skills 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. Learn more >
     
  • Volleyball Skills Academy
    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.  Learn more >