Guide to Your Local Y: Central Queens Y

Your local YM & YWHA has tons of programs and classes to offer your family, and a lot of people in Queens don’t even know it.  So we’re going to introduce you to your local Y’s, starting with the Central Queens Y.

Birthday parties, tiny tumblers, gym explorers, mommy and me classes,  the Summer’s ‘Nearly camp’ program all barely scratch the surface of the classes available at the Central Queens Y. The comprehensive recreational, educational and cultural programs are by no means limited to infants and toddlers. Early Childhood, Kids K-6, Youth and Adolescents, Adults, and Seniors can all benefit. As the guide below outlines, it is not so much a question of what programs the Y offers, but more a question of what don’t they offer.


Mommy and Me

Ages 18–36 months
A structured play-and-learn experience for children and their caregiver. Toddlers are introduced to paint, paste, puzzles, music and stories. The perfect class before Totally Tots.

Totally Tots

Ages 24–36+ months
This separation program includes creative play, crafts, story time, music, and movement. The first step in making the transition to Nursery School.

Nearly Nursery

Ages 24-42 + months
This educationally-oriented separation program affords the best aspects of “Totally Tots”, plus unique enrichment tailored to this age group in preparation for preschool.

Little Dancers

Ages 20-36+ months
Through age appropriate simple dance routines and exercises, your child will develop self-esteem, enhance motor skills, improve listening skills, and learn how to follow instructions.

Pamper Paddlers

Ages 7-23 mos., w/ parent/caregiver
Introduce your child to the water through fun activities. Skills covered include kicking, bobbing and blowing bubbles.

Little Fishes

Ages 2-3 years, w/parent/caregiver
Teach your toddler to become more independent in the water with the use of games and small equipment.

Bakers and Shakers Sundays

Ages 2 to 4+ w/ an adult
Your little chef will be learning math, science, sharing skills, enhancing fine motor skills, learning to be patient and socializing with other children. What better way to teach your child how to complete a task from start to finish?

Tiny Tumblers

Ages 6-12 mos., w/ parent/caregiver
With the use of colorful and stimulating equipment your child will be guided through creative activities that develop strength, coordination and balance.

Gym Explorers

Ages 12-24 mos., w/parent/caregiver
Children jump, climb, balance, roll, and swing, in the Y’s play gym with slides, bridges and more.

Gym Adventurers

Ages 2-3 years, with parent or caregiver
Share in the delight as your child improves their gross motor skills, coordination and listening skills.


Preparing children ages 3-5 to live and learn in a global community, includes daily outdoor play on the rooftop play-deck. Special programs include: Nature and Gardening, Physical Education and Gymnastics, Instructional Swim, Music and Movement, Crafts and Ceramics. Free universal prekindergarten for 4 year olds, 5 half day or full day program. Extended care from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

All Sorts of Sports

Ages 3-5 years, without parent
Through the use of lead-up games and sports drills, your child will be engaged in learning the fundamental skills of soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey, volleyball, track and field and more!

Movement Mania

Ages 3-5 years, without parent
Utilizing a variety of child-sized balls, hoops and scooters, your child will partake in a fun and challenging class incorporating music, obstacle, courses and fitness games.

Fantastic Fishes

Ages 3-4 years, non swimmers with parent
Class will familiarize your youngster with the water in this fun class. Swimming skills such as the arm pull, kicking, blowing bubbles and water safety are taught.

Junior Fishes

Ages 3-5 years, without parent
For graduates of Fantastic Fishes and those who are comfortable in the water, this class will work on safety skills through kicking, blowing bubbles, back and front floating. Introduction to basic front and back crawl.


Kids Korner – Located at the Y

(Transportation available from select schools)
When the school day ends, the fun continues with the Y’s After School Programs. Kids take part in a variety of age-appropriate clubs and classes.

Girls Rhythmic Gymnastics

Ages 6-12 years


Ages 3 1/2 years – 8th grade (co-ed)

Funtastic Gymnastics

Grades 1-6 (co-ed)
High energy fitness class that utilizes gymnastic equipment for activities that develop strength, coordination, flexibility and increased fitness level.

Beginner Karate

Ages 7-Adult
Traditional Japanese karate. Learn to punch, strike, kick, and block, as well as how to move in different stances.


Ages 5-Adult
Learn to fall, tumble, throw, pin, and escape from pins while engaged in a vigorous sport. Develop self-confidence, balance, coordination, and physical fitness.

Self Defense and Jujitsu

Build self-confidence and the ability to handle potentially dangerous situations while becoming stronger and more aware.

Super Sports

Grades K-6 (co-ed)
Train like a true champion! Learn new skills in various sports such as basketball, soccer, and kickball.

Sunday Dance Fitness Jam (D.F.J.)

Grades K-6 (Co-ed)

Dance Express

Grade K-7 (Co-ed)
Children explore hip-hop, jazz and ballet through dance techniques and choreographed routines.

Arts & Crafts

This course introduces children to the fundamentals of painting, drawing, and other art projects. They will enjoy the opportunity for free expression with color, texture and form.


Private Piano, Guitar or Bass Lessons
Lessons for all levels are offered on a semester basis. Classical instruction in all types of music provides a comprehensive education. Students must have access to a piano or keyboard for practice purposes. Time to be individually arranged with each student.

A new After School Program for children with Developmental Disablilites is now open. This Medicaid Waiver Program, led by the Samuel Field Y, offers socialization, recreation & educational enrichment for children eligible. On Monday, Wednesday & Friday afternoons. For more information, contact Jeri Mendelsohn at 718-225-6750 x 266.

Youth Leagues

Jr. Nba Basketball League

For Boys Ages 10-13 Years

Hoop It Up Instructional Basketball League

Co-Ed Ages 5-9

Free Soccer Clinic

Pre-registration is required.

The Dynamic Dolphins Swim Club

Ages 5 through 11, all skill levels, build upon swimming skills stroke development.
Dolphins Swim Club is a recreational club focused on developing swimmers of all levels.

The Y has also started sports programs for children on the autistic spectrum. Karate Kids is a program for children on the autistic spectrum who would like to take part in a great opportunity to learn fundamental karate skills and make new friends! Each child who participates will be paired up with teen buddies that provide individualized coaching while serving as mentors and friends. For more information and to schedule an intake appointment, call Ashley Fields, 718-268-5011 x102 or email

The Central Queens Y Program schedule is updated seasonally. Please check the upcoming Fall 2011 calendar for new listings. Classes are open to both member and non-members. The Central Queens Y also offers several family friendly special events for members and the community throughout the year. They host Membership Appreciation Days and have annual events like the Community Harvest Festival, Chanukah Festival, Purim Carnival, Job Fair, the “Green for Queens” Community Earth Day Fair and Fall Family Festival. For more information  or visit their website.

The Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills,  718-268-5011

Jillian Hillaris