Summer has JUST started, and you’ve likely already heard these two dreaded words from your kids: “I’m bored.”
Let the Y help your kids and teens have the best summer ever! Here are 10 things for your kids to do at the Y this summer:
- Learn to swim: Swimming is a life-saving skill, and it’s never too early or too late to learn! Plus, having kids that know how to swim will give you peace of mind every time you’re around the lake, river, beach, or pool. Group and private lessons are available all year long at the Y!
- Join a summer swim team: At our North Side Y and West Side Y, 5-18 year olds can join a Y swim team to make friends, stay active, and learn about sportsmanship and healthy competition. Our summer swim teams offer various morning, afternoon, and evening practice times, compete in 5-6 local swim meets, and your swimmer may even become eligible to swim in the City Championships at UT!
- Try a group exercise class (12 and up): Your older kids may already be thinking about ways to stay healthy. Find the group exercise schedule for your local Y and try classes from Zumba to Yoga.
- Lift weights with ActivTrax (12 and up): Your teens may not love a group workout, but maybe they’re interested in learning to lift weights or do their own workouts. ActivTrax is a free tool that will customize a strength workout every time they visit the Y. P.S. it’s great for parents, too! To set up customized workouts with ActivTrax, schedule a SmartStart appointment next time you visit the Y!
- Play! At the Y, we still want kids to get to be kids! Whether they’re just looking for open gym or open swim time, or need supervised play with our Child Watch and Kool Kidz programs, we’ve got a spot for your kids! Child Watch and Kool Kidz offer free drop-in, drop-out supervised play while parents are working out. Kids might play a game like capture the flag, play on the playground, color, play board games and card games, or make a craft project in Child Watch or Kool Kidz at our Ys. Check your local Y for days, times, and meeting locations.
- Get artistic: At our West Side Y, kids have all kinds of opportunities to express their artistic side!
- Take martial arts: 3 of our Y locations offer great summer TaeKwonDo and martial arts programs.
- Volunteer in our Community Giving Gardens: Harvest vegetables, weed soil beds, learn about soil bed gardening versus hydroponics gardening, feed the chickens, or ride along with your parents to drop off produce at local food banks to see where our food goes and who it serves in our community. To volunteer, contact Ellen Morar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Go on a week-long wilderness adventure (teens): The Y is offering two 1-week-long trips to Black Mountain, North Carolina with BOLD & GOLD (Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development). BOLD & GOLD adventure camps give youth the opportunity to explore nature, face challenges, try new things, and be themselves. Campers will backpack through the Appalachian mountains and try activities like orienteering, rock climbing, and river rafting.
- Connect with a mentor: Summer is a great time for kids to get a little one-on-one attention from a caring adult who can help develop character traits like respect, responsibility, and honesty. If you’d like more information on our mentoring program, contact Creech Hardee at email@example.com.
For more information on joining the Y, visit our membership page.