Special Needs Sports & Fitness

Winter 2017 Session dates: November 27 – March 4
Spring 2018 Session dates: March 12 – June 10


All participants must register online or at the front desk. Many of our classes have maximums and we want to be sure we stay within our ratios.

Soothing Yoga… Boys & Girls Ages 8-12

This class is designed to bring the many benefits of yoga to children in a fun and relaxed environment. Classes will include yoga poses, movement games, breathing techniques, and shavasana (relaxation time). Wear comfortable clothes and bring your curiosity. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the class.

Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:15  pm
Winter: Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19; Jan. 6, 13, 27; Feb. 6, 13, 27
Fees: Members $220, Non-Members $270
Spring: March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 29; June 5
Fees: Members $240, Non-Members $290

Little Yogis…Ages 5-7

This class is designed to bring the many benefits of yoga to children in a fun and relaxed environment. Classes will include yoga poses, movement games, breathing techniques, and shavasana (relaxation time). Wear comfortable clothes and bring your curiosity. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join the class.

Boys & Girls: Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:00 pm
Winter: Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19; Jan. 6, 13, 27; Feb. 6, 13, 27
Fees: Members $220, Non-Members $270
Spring: March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 29; June 5
Fees: Members $165, Non-Members $215

Sibs Gym…Ages 4-15 years

An inclusive movement/gymnastics program for children with special needs and their typical same age or older sibling/friend. This class will take place in our state-of-the-art Gymnastics Center at the Darien YMCA. Our facility includes an in-ground trampoline, a large foam pit, a spring floor and more. As the children grow with age and physical adeptness, the direction becomes more detailed and physical activities are more complex. Enrollment is limited. For additional information, contact Suzanne Richards, Director of Youth Development and Special Needs Programs srichards@darien-ymca.org

Ages: 4 – 9 Saturdays 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Ages: 10 – 15   Saturdays 3:00 – 3:45 pm

Winter: Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20; Feb. 10, 17, 24; March 3
Spring: March 17, 24; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19; June 2, 9
Fees: Members $170, Non-Members $200


Zumba…Ages 10 and up

Popular dance fitness program set to Latin music. Provides a great aerobic workout. For ages 10 to teens.

Mondays: 5:45-6:30 pm

Winter: Nov. 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18; Jan. 8, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 26
Fees: Members $150, Non-Members $200
Spring: March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 16, 23, 30; may 7, 14, 21; June 4
Fees: Members $165, Non-Members $215

 

Focus on Fitness…Ages 10 to 18

Specifically designed for youth ages 10 – 18 years old, this special fitness offering will use movement to improve your child’s proprioception- mind/body coordination. Participants will engage in various exercises to enhance balance, core stability, muscular strength, and endurance, resulting in increased strength that will naturally translate to activities in their day-to-day world. All classes will be led by a certified fitness trainer experienced in working with children with special needs. A maximum of 8 participants in the class will ensure that each child receives individual, personalized care.

Thursdays, 4:45 – 5:30 pm

Winter: Nov. 30; Dec. 7, 14, 21; Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15; March 1
Spring: March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7
Fees: Members $240, Non-Members $290

 

Sports Skill Builder

An athletic program designed around the needs and abilities of the participants. In a fun yet challenging environment, children will build motor skills and confidence while engaging in a variety of sports activities.

Ages 6-10: Saturdays 12:15 – 1:00 pm
Ages 11-Teens: Saturdays 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Winter: Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3
Fees: Members $150, Non-Members $200
Spring: March 17, 24; April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19; June 2,9
Fees: Members $145, Non-Members $190

 

Young Warriors…Ages 7 to 11

An introduction to body awareness training for boys and girls between 7 – 11 years old. Participants will improve strength and coordination. Also great for improving self-esteem and focus. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and meet in the lower level training center.

Fridays 4:45 – 5:30 pm

Winter: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22; Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9; March 2
Spring: March 16, 23; April 6, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18; June 1, 8
Fees: Members $225, Non-Members $275

 

Young Athletes … Ages 3 to 11

Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program.  The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children are introduced to the world of sports as they enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The children learn new things, play and have lots of fun. Located in our Gymnastics Center.

Ages 3-6: Sundays, 4:00 – 4:45 pm
Ages 7-11: Sundays, 5:00 – 5:45 pm

Winter: Dec 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11; Mar. 4
Spring: March 18, 25; April 22, 29; May 6,13, 20; June 3, 10
Fees: Members FREE, Non-Members $50