Programs at Westside

Active Older Adults
At the Westside Family Branch, seniors stay active, get involved, and gain a sense of belonging. Whether it’s joining a social club, taking a class or participating in special events like senior camping, the Westside Y provides seniors with opportunities to meet people and try new things. Designed for individuals 55 years and older, SilverSneakers and Water Fitness classes are offered, as well as variety of activities and outings. For more information, please refer to the Session Handbook or contact Julie Montgomery at 341-3107.


Aquatics
Aquatics programs at the Westside Family Branch include parent-child, preschool and Active Older Adult classes along with swimming lessons for all ages and abilities. The Westside Y also offers lifeguard, swim instructor, First Aid and CPR training. For more information, please refer to the Session Handbook or contact Meghan Angel at 341-3102.    
 


 
Birthday Parties
Celebrate your child’s birthday at the Westside Family YMCA! Sit back and relax as your child enjoys a memorable birthday celebration led by our trained party staff. Parties include location choice of Family Fun Room, ½ Gym, Pool, Adventure Center or Fun/Fit Zone. For more information or to book a party, please call 247-3501. Click here for more information. Click here for Birthday Party registration forms.
 


Licensed Child Care
The Westside Family YMCA provides full-time care for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Our program provides a quality experience for children blending social, recreational and educational components together. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services licenses the center. This is a year round program with indoor and outdoor play areas. Swimming is provided for ages 3 and up. Please note that there is a waiting list for all classrooms. If you are interested, please call 341-3278 for any additional information and to set up a tour of our center and so you may be placed on the wait list.
 
Before and After School Programs
 Partial Day Preschool
**Full-Day Child Care
**There are no current openings. Please email us to schedule a tour or to be added to our waiting list.
 
 
ENROLL IN FULL-TIME CHILD CARE AND RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY YMCA PASSPORT MEMBERSHIP FOR YOUR FAMILY!
 
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): Our day care facility participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a Federal program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children receiving day care.
 
For more information, please refer to the Session Handbook or contact MaryAnn DeWinde at 341-3278.


Vacation Fun Club


Family Time

The Westside Family YMCA is focusing on families with children ranging from infants to teens by featuring programming for every member of the family to enjoy. Special attention is being given to providing members with a full range of activities on the weekends. The following program options and activity areas allow families to participate together or independently while at the YMCA. 

 
Child Watch: (ages 6 weeks - 5 years) Our Child Care staff will care for your infants and toddlers while you are using our facility. Infant care is limited.

Timberline Trail: Also known as the Adventure Center, Timberline Trail is an adventure play room with a large climbing structure, tunnels, and slides.      Available for both drop-off (Kindergarten - 6th grade), as well as family playtime.

Fun/Fit Zone: (ages 8+) Come check out our “tween” center, designed for children 8-13 years old, who can participate in activities that will keep them on the go in a fun, non-intimidating environment. 

Prime Time Kids: (ages 5 -12 years) Prime Time gives your children more independence and freedom to let them choose what activities they participate in.

Friday Family Fun Nights:  Lots of family fun activities every Friday night. For more information call Kyle Carman at 341-3274.

Youth Overnights & Half Nights: (ages 6-12) Bring your friends and enjoy a safe and fun night away from home. Each overnight has its own theme and includes swimming, a late night movie, snacks, and breakfast. We offer a half night option which provides the opportunity to pick-up your child at 11:00pm. All overnights are supervised y adult YMCA staff members.
 
 
 
For more information, please refer to the Session Handbook or call Ryan Ansbro at 341-3274. 
 

Health, Well-Being and Fitness
Whether you are new to health and fitness or have been active your entire life, the Y can help you move toward a healthier, happier and more balanced life. At the Westside Y, you can examine nutrition, weight management, stress reduction, the role of community support and more. Our certified coaches and instructors can help you identify what's most important to you and how to achieve success.

Health, Well-Being and Fitness programs at the Westside Family YMCA are geared toward all ages and all levels of activity including Youth, Teens, Adults, Seniors and Families. Programs include Wellness Programs, Group Exercise and Nutrition Counseling. We also have specialized staff members available to help you achieve your fitness goals, such as Personal Trainers. Whatever your fitness goals are, the Westside Y is here to support you every step of the way! For more information, please refer to the Session Handbook or contact Brenda Lind at 341-3290.
 

Sports

Iddy Biddy Sports (ages 3-5) 
The Westside Y is committed to providing a fun, educational first sports experience for your child. Our Iddy Biddy Sports program introduces children to the games, rules and fundamental skills for sports such as soccer, basketball and floor hockey. Our program also concentrates on teaching sportsmanship, positive competition and building positive relationships between participants. The Y core values (Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility) and nutrition are discussed at every class with time provided for parents to interact with their children.

Youth Sports (ages 6-10) 

The Westside Y provides Youth Sports classes and leagues that will help your child be successful both on and off the field. In our classes and leagues children will work on individual skill development, learn how to work as a team and be introduced to sport specific team strategies. We will provide an environment in which our athletes learn and understand the importance of positive competition, sportsmanship, healthy lifestyle choices and the Y core values.

Youth & Adult Sports

Our Karate classes provide a combination of mental, spiritual and physical training, including basic kicks, punches, and blocks through the Tiakwa style of Karate. Students will learn the foundations of Karate with the 40 basic moves and will progress to using the moves in artistic Kata routines as well as in effective self-defense modes. Students will not only be able to earn the right to test for belt advancement, but also to showcase their martial arts talents by competing in tournaments. Along with learning the physical skills of Karate, training will promote leadership by stressing the six principles of success: modesty, courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. 

Recreational Sports
Pickleball
Pick-up Basketball

For more information, please refer to the Session Handbook or contact Kyle Carman at 341-3274.
NEW! Gym & Swim classes for 3-10 year olds. Click here for more information.
For more information on the following classes currently being offered click on the class:
Basketball League
Creative Dance
Flag Football
Karate
ABC Gym
Tumbling Tots



Summer Camp


Camp Westside is a summer camp program located on 33 acres of fields and woods at the Total Sports Experience facility in Gates. Facilities include baseball and soccer fields, two open air pavilions, nature trails, playground and restroom facilities. Please click here to learn more!

Teens

Leaders Club: A unique program designed to provide tweens/teens ages 9-18 with the opportunity to make an impact on their community. This group focuses on volunteer service, leadership development skills, teambuilding and fundraising. Members of the club will also receive a chance to take part in Leaders Rallies across the Northeast Region and Leaders School, a week long summer leadership conference at the beautiful Silver Bay Resort on Lake George. Learning about the community, meeting new people, helping others, and growing personally are the cornerstones to Westside Y.

Teen Basketball: (14-18 yrs.) Full-court pick-up basketball will now be offered two times a week for teens. Teams will be divided as players arrive and all games are recreational.

Home School Physical Education: This program is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 14. Students will participate in gym and swim activities, including a 30-minute swim lesson, and 45-minutes of organized games in the gym. 

Volunteer Internship Program (VIP): Ages 12-18 years. This program will be offered at various times during the year for teens 12 - 15 years old. Participants volunteer in a chosen department (Aquatics, Child Watch/Adventure Center, Member Service, Family Events and/or Sports) within the Y. Through shadowing and hands-on experience, youth can see first hand what employment at the Y could be like. V.I.P.’s also will receive training in basic first aid, water safety and workplace professionalism. Volunteer service hours may be used for school credit. (5 week program)

Fun/Fit Zone: Check out our Fun/Fit Zone designed for children 7 years old & up who can participate in activities that will keep them on the go in a fun, non-intimidating environment. The Fun/Fit Zone is a multigenerational room and ages 7 & up are welcome.

For more information on these programs,  please refer to the Session Handbook or contact the Teen Department at 341-3274