Youth & Kids
At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Thanks to the Y's youth-specific programs and services, more young people in communities around the state are taking a greater interest in learning, building self-confidence and making smarter life choices.
Find Youth & Kids at my local Y
YMCA Arts & CraftsYour child will enjoy exploring their creative side with this exciting Y program. As well as learning new skills, exercising their imagination and creating different craft items to take home each week, creative kids aged from five to 12 will love mixing and making friends with other children in our relaxed Y setting.
YMCA Challenging Minds
Growing brains need exercise as much as growing bodies, which is why the Y offers Challenging Minds for kids aged five to 12. Working in a team, your child will tackle a variety of exercises using initiative and lateral thinking to develop their problem-solving skills, while building confidence and having fun.
YMCA Commando Kids
This program gets the body moving and the heart pumping with fun fitness-based activities for kids. Custom-designed to be age-appropriate for children aged five to 12, the Y’s Commando Kids offers plenty of variety to keep them on their toes, while building social skills and encouraging new friendships.
YMCA Flexible Respite
Children aged from five to 12 with a physical or intellectual disability are sure to enjoy this After School and Vacation Care program. It offers a range of engaging activities catering to your child’s individual needs and interests – including fun craft, games, music, sports and excursions – and an opportunity to enjoy good times with other children and build allimportant social networks.
YMCA Get Fit Kidz
This after-school program for kids aged between five and 12 is not just about fitness – it’s about positive exercise habits for life. The age-appropriate exercise program is delivered by a qualified Y fitness trainer, with the emphasis on variety, fun, safety, confidence and self-esteem.
YMCA Healthy FuturesHealthy Futures gives youths detained at Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre in regional NSW a range of positive experiences to help them turn their lives around. Through fitness, personal development and vocational training, the program supports young people to rehabilitate, reconnect, share positive experiences and stay out of trouble.
YMCA Homework Help
At the Y, we’re about improving minds as well as bodies, as our Homework Help program for kids aged five to 12 proves. It provides a supportive and friendly after-school environment where children can tackle their homework, supervised and guided by our encouraging staff.
YMCA Itty Bitty Sports
A fun children’s program that challenges body and mind, the Y’s Itty Bitty Sports program focuses on a new sport each session. As well as learning the basic skills required to play each game, your child will develop the life skills needed for teamwork and making friends.
YMCA Kinder Sports
With the Y, you’re never too small to start playing sport. The program is a fun way for children to discover team sports. Pre-schoolers from age three can try their hand at soccer or multisports (soccer, netball, lacrosse, European handball and dodgeball), while the five-to-10-yearolds can choose from outdoor soccer, multi-sports, basketball or badminton.
YMCA Kinder Tots
Need a hand with toddler-taming? This Y program is designed to introduce tots aged 18 months to three years to the concept of structure, the fun way. With help from you, your child will enjoy a variety of exercises each week, developing social skills, strength, coordination and confidence. It’s a great program for connecting you with other families.
YMCA Leaders in Training
Bringing together the many benefits of work experience and volunteering, the Y’s Leaders in Training program is an opportunity for young people to develop their leadership potential. As a part of one of our centre teams, you will gain practical experience in the recreation industry, and grow both personally and socially.
YMCA Learn & GrowFun and learning go hand-in-hand in this program for pre-schoolers aged from three to five. The leaning curriculum covers letters, shapes, colours, hand-eye coordination and much more to keep your child challenged and engaged. Learn & Grow is also the place for them to make friends and learn valuable social skills.
YMCA Teen Fit CampGetting healthy is just one of the many benefits of Teen Fit Camp. Custom-designed for kids aged 12 to 16, it consists of challenging age-appropriate exercises that will give you good fitness habits for life, help you build your confidence and provide great opportunities for fun and friendship.
YMCA Teen Gym
If you’re aged from 11 to 16 and want to feel good inside and out, head down to Teen Gym at the Y. This after-school program is a fun and friendly fitness option just for teenagers, with qualified fitness trainers to show you how to develop positive exercise and healthy eating habits for life. As well as building physical strength and health, Teen Gym will boost your confidence, self-esteem and opportunities for friendship.
YMCA Teen Gym AccessThis fitness program comes with freedom from structured classes, making it a great option for teens aged 12 to 16. You can work at your own pace towards your own goals, while still having access to the social and supportive Y environment for motivation and encouragement.
Aimed at 5 - 12 year olds along with Teen Sports classes, our sports program provides a fun introduction to sports. Each session includes skills, training and a mini-game.
Please call your centre to book a free trial class!
YMCA Indoor Basketball
More than 120 years after the first official game of indoor basketball was played at a YMCA
gym in New York City, this fun sport is a favourite at the Y. With competitions for men,
women, mixed teams and aged teams, plus coaching programs and indoor court hire,
there’s a place for everyone.
YMCA Indoor Netball
Among the most popular of our team sports, indoor netball is a fast, skilful game and a great
way to get fit and make new friends. It’s a popular choice for outdoor netballers wishing to
maintain their fitness during the off-season, and being indoors, it’s weather-proof.
YMCA Indoor Soccer/Futsal
Whatever the weather, your local indoor soccer/futsal pitch is always perfect come gametime at the Y. Sociable competitions for women, men and mixed teams are organised by the Y and are the ideal way to enhance your skills and fitness for your own satisfaction or ready for the outdoor season.
YMCA Birthday Parties
Birthdays are all about family, friends and fun, so where else would you hold your party but at the ultimate community facility