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 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.
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.
Before and After School Programs
**Online registrations for Before and After School Programs are closed. Please call the branch to see if there are openings. 585-341-3278.
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.
Vacation Fun Club
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.
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 7+) Come check out our “tween” center, designed for children 7-12 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 including the inflatable obstacle course, gym games, and swimming with the family. For more information contact Mickey Beikirch at 429-1260.
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 by adult YMCA staff members.
For more information, please refer to the Session Handbook or contact Julie Winter at 429-1265.
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.
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 program is based on the basic principles of Martial Arts an teaches the Kyokushin style of Karate. Master Stokelin teaches the basic Karate techniques through a fun curriculum in a safe and nurturing environment. All participants will have the opportunity to advance their strip level as they advance through the program. At the conclusion of the session participants will be tested on their abilities to perform their Martial Arts techniques. Our Katate program invites anyone ages 5 and up to join and parent participation is encouraged. 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. For more information call 341-3274.
For more information, please refer to the Session Handbook or call 341-3274.
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!
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: (ages 14-18 years) 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 12-15 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.