MADISON – There’s a whole lot of registration going on at the Madison Area YMCA, 111 Kings Road, Madison.
The YMCA is accepting registrations now for spring classes that begin on Monday, April 8 – and encouraging the public to plan early for summer by registering at the same time for all summer session programs and summer mini-camps and clinics in performing arts, gymnastics, aquatics and sports that will begin on Monday, June 24.
Registration is open online by clicking here and in-person at the YMCA Family Center, 111 Kings Road.
In The Swim
The YMCA Aquatics Department is offering 10-week sessions for children, starting at age 6 months and continuing through age 16. Private swimming lessons are available for children from age three, through adults. Classes also are available for special-needs children ages three through 12. The Madison Area YMCA swim team, the Mariners, offers a year-round opportunity for competitive swimming in both YMCA and USA Swimming for girls and boys from age six through high school.
The YMCA Gymnastics Department is offering ten-week sessions for children of all ages. Parent/child classes are available for “crawlers.” Gymnastics classes for preschoolers through teens are available. Classes also are offered for special-needs children ages three through five. Competitive opportunities are available through participation on the Rosettes gymnastics team.
The Gymnastics Department also is offering “Y Ninja Gym,” a structured training program that is based on obstacle course methodology that includes: strength and conditioning drills; specialty skill development such as flips, rolls, jumps and kicks; tumbling; martial arts skills, and mindfulness/meditation practices. The program is specifically designed to build coordination, motor control, conditioning, body awareness, spatial awareness, agility and physical strength while developing self-confidence, teamwork and discipline. Classes are available for children age three through 15. “Y Ninja Gym and Me” also is offered for little ones ages two and three.
The YMCA Sports Department is offering 10-week sessions for children of all ages, from preschool through school age, in sports that include basketball, advanced basketball, “Y-Winners” basketball, floor hockey, golf, karate, “kinder karate,” lacrosse, soccer, indoor soccer, T-ball, tennis, “Fund and Games” and “Sports and Games.”
Enrichment and Family Programming classes at the YMCA start with parent/child classes and continue through school age in a variety of subjects, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for toddlers through age 12. Among the STEM classes are “Adventure Lego,” “Learning Laboratory,” “Zoofari Adventures” and “Young Photographers.”
Classes are offered in a range of other subjects as well, such as arts and crafts; cooking; baking; reading music; “Healthy U” and more. The Madison Area YMCA hosts birthday parties through most of its departments. Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts also can earn Scouting badges.
The “Kids Central” indoor playground offers babysitting services for children starting at the age of three months. “The Zone,” the Madison Area YMCA’s “tween” area for young people ages eight through 11, features games, books, Xbox, Kinect, rock wall climbing and more.
Drop-off programs are available that allow parents to drop off their children and leave the facility for an extended period of time; reservations must be booked in advance.
Exercise And Training
For adults, the YMCA offers group exercise classes, indoor cycling group exercise classes, and Small Group training (SGT). SGT classes include “TRX Suspension Training,” “Pilates Reformer,” “Flex and Press,” “Pilates MOTR” and “Build and Burn.” Personal training also is available.
Further offerings include adult/teen aquatics, adult/teen sports, adult/teen performing arts classes, men’s pick-up basketball, and “Adult Pickleball.”
New this year are the personal training “Commit to Be Fit” and “Healthy Weight Loss” programs.
“The Madison Area YMCA is more than a gym, or a health club, or a daycare center,” CEO and President Diane Mann said. “We are a deeply-rooted, charitable community service organization with a long history of success in working for the greater good. Openness and acceptance abound in an atmosphere of friendship and belonging,” Mann emphasized, “regardless of where you were born, what you believe in, or how high or low you are on the economic scale.”
Mann summed up that the Madison Area YMCA, a 501©3 “cause-driven” charitable organization, is “dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”
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