This weeks featured YMCA is on Queens Boulevard in Long Island City. The LIC branch first opened it’s doors back in 1919, and operated out of different facilities in the neighborhood before finding a permanent home in 1999 on the corner of Queens Boulevard and Van Dam Street, convenient to the 7 train and the Queensboro bridge. It’s the perfect example of what a YMCA should be: a true community center, full of life, energy and activity. Cork boards with children’s artwork line the hallways, multifunctional recreation rooms await transition into Fall seasons new programs, and exercise classes are in full swing.
Like the Ridgewood YMCA, the LIC Y hosts numerous classes, programs and activities for all ages. Here’s the breakdown by age group:
LITTLE KIDS (3 months – 6 years)
NYC’s Universal Pre-K program
This program is a 2.5 hour, 5 day a week class for 4 year olds
My Little Academy (3 years)
An early childhood education program licensed by the Department of Health and staffed by Certified Early Childhood teachers.
Kinder Fitness (3-6 years)
This class helps little ones build teamwork and social skills while learning about health and nutrition
Wiggles and Giggles (1.5-3 years)
A class combining music, movement and storytime
Tap and Ballet (4-9 years)
A basic introduction to Tap and Ballet class focusing on balance, coordination and posture.
Introduction to Sports (3-8 years)
Teaches kids the basics of Baseball, Soccer, Football, Basketball and more.
BIG KIDS Classes, clinics and leagues (6 to 8+ years)
Lessons available for Guitar and Piano, as well as Self Defense classes, and Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, and Basketball leagues
An entrepreneur program that teaches teens the skills to create and run their own business. Teens are exposed to business related activities, trips and guest speakers.
Jr./Sr. Leaders Club
The program provide members with opportunity to develop leadership skills and personal growth, community service and social development.
A place to drop in, hang-out, study or play games
Teens Take the City
This program is designed to give teens the tools they need to become active in the community.
Youth and Government
A program focusing on youth and culture identity, political perspectives and building a strong community
Child Watch is also offered, free to members who wish to work out for up to two hours while their children, ages 6 months – 7 years, play nearby. Or if you’d like to play together, sign up for family swim, family open gym, family yoga or Capoeira. And the kids aren’t the only one’s having fun. Guitar, Piano, swim lessons, as well as adult sports leagues and countless fitness classes are available to adults too!
And let’s not forget about the pool. It’s the first thing you see when entering the building. While not impressive in size, the pool’s aquatic programs are enough to get you in the water. Whether you’re learning to swim, want to perfect your stroke, take an aerobics class, or just do laps, the pool has something to offer all age groups and skill levels.
There’s also a cardio room, an expansive space with 70+ machines, making the wait virtually nil. Surrounding the cardio room, weight room, and workout studio is a running track (1/2 mile long), which means you have no excuse for skipping your run when it rains. Another perk worthy of mentioning is the free parking for members just behind the building, making it especially convenient for drivers.
All in all, the LIC Y is definitely worth your while to check out for a wide range of activities for your entire family.