The YMCA is a one stop shop, full of activities to keep the whole family happy, healthy, educated, and involved. Lucky for us, Queens is home to more than 6 facilities spread throughout the borough, which means there’s probably one near you. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a closer look at each Y, detailing the highlights and what makes each one unique.
Up first is the Ridgewood YMCA, located at 69-02 64th Street, 212-912-2180. It was previously closed for 3 years. They’ve undergone a complete head to toe renovation which was completed in late 2010. The brand new facility is a beautifully designed, state-of-the-art community center, full of modern flare. It has everything you’d expect from a YMCA and more, including multiple work out rooms, a studio for group classes, a basketball court and locker rooms with shower facilities and lockers. The only thing notably missing is a swimming pool, but the array of classes, fitness programs and events available to members and non-members alike helps make up for the lack of aquatics programs other YMCA’s boast.
One enticing offer at the Ridgewood Y is the FREE (for members) “Y Personal Fitness Program,” a 12 week program designed to get you back into the swing of things, or introduce you to equipment and routines if you’re new to working out. Your personal fitness coach will meet with you 4 times through the 12-week period to offer instruction, support and motivation. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, the Ridgewood Y also offers Personal Training sessions for a fee, by individual or packaged plans. All new members are also welcome to a complimentary fitness orientation to help acquaint members with the cardio and strength training equipment.
If classes are more your thing, choose from about 10 group classes which are FREE to members. You can shake it in a Belly Dancing class, stretch out in Vinyasa Yoga, or align your body and mind in a Tai Chi class. Do you enjoy working out as a family? Try Family Yoga, Family Zumba, or shoot some hoops with the kids during Family Recreational Basketball.
Child Watch is available for free at this YMCA, which is an exciting amenity for anyone on a tight schedule, or a tight budget. Children ages 1-7 can play in a bright and cheery, toy-filled room while mom or dad workout for up to two hours. Child Watch is available from Monday-Thursday 5:30-8:30pm, and Saturdays from 8:45-12pm.
If you’d like to enroll your child in a program for the Fall, the session begins September 6th and runs through October 31st. Registration opened on August 20th for members, and will open on August 27th for non-members. Here’s a breakdown of available programs:
My Grown-Up & Me
This is a parent child class for ages 5-24 months designed to help nurture social development.
Another parent-child class, for ages 2-4 years. This one focuses on motor development and movement awareness.
This is an independent class for 2-3 year olds, which allows them to play and explore while developing skills and independence.
Three Steps Times Two
An independent class for 3 years olds to help develop intellectual, emotional and social skills.
An independent, creative class for 2-3 year olds with fun activities to help little one’s explore their artistic side.
NYC’s Universal Pre-K program
It is a 2.5 hour, 5 day a week class for 4 year olds
My Little Academy
An early childhood education program for 3-4 year olds licensed by the Department of Health and staffed by Certified Early Childhood teachers.
BIG KIDS (5-12 years)
Chess, Karate, Soccer, Ballet, Basketball, Tennis, Violin, Guitar, Art, and Fit Kids
Leaders Club offers opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, service to others and personal development
Teen Wellness – The fitness center is available to teens age 12-17 weekdays 3-6pm and weekends 2-6pm
Overall, the Ridgewood YMCA is an impressive facility with an abundance of activities and friendly staff. They’ve certainly set the standard high. Swing by and take a tour for yourself, you just might be impressed.