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For a schedule of our current offerings, check out the “Schedules” page.

Preschool Programs

Ballet (3-5 years)
This program is designed to encourage a love of dance and movement while developing a stronger sense of body awareness and coordination. This program is run by the professional dance studio - Dance Steps.

Gymnastics: Active Start (3-5 years)
This physical-literacy based program builds on basic gymnastics skills and floor work techniques while focusing on improving balance, flexibility, strength and special awareness,
Led by a trained gymnastics coach.

Karate (3-5 years)
A non-aggressive approach towards conflict resolution is emphasized in this program as well as instruction in all the basic blocks, kicks and striking techniques. 

Preschool Active and Creative Play (3-5 years)
This program is for pre school aged children 3-5 years of age. Children get to participate in active games, creative and craft activities, literacy time, and show and tell, among other age appropriate activities that promote social interaction, physical activity, and motor skill development.   

Preschool Dance and Creative Play (3-5 years)
This program is for pre school aged children 3-5 years of age. Children engage in song and dance before they get to participate in active games, creative and craft activities, literacy time, and show and tell, among other age appropriate activities that promote social interaction, physical activity, and motor skill development.

 

Basketball: Active Start (3-5 years)
This basketball program is instructed with an emphasis on physical literacy to ensure that these little ones are developing fundamental movement skills from a young age. A games based approach ensures that the program is kept fun and engaging while the participants learn basketball fundamentals.

 

 

 

Children’s Programs

Kids Gymnastics Level 1 & Level 2 (3-12 years)
Groups of similarly aged children receive instruction from a certified gymnastics coach where they have the opportunity to practice many skills including tumbling, the high bar, balance beam, and spring board. Level 2 participants should be capable of a cart wheel, a roll, and able to traverse the balance beam.

Home Alone (10+)
Register your child for this course where they will learn how to safely and responsibly gain this level of independance. All participants will earn a certificate of completion.

Babysitting Course (10+)
Register your child for this course where they will learn the Babysitting curriculum developed by KidProof Canada and led by a Y staff. All participants will earn a certificate of completion.

Ballet (6-9 years)
This program is designed to encourage a love of dance and movement while developing a stronger sense of body awareness and coordination. Program run by experienced dance staff. 

Soccer: FUNdamental (6-8 yrs) 
This program will focus on learning the game of soccer in an active and safe environment. Participants will be exposed to basic and more advanced soccer skills through a fun, age appropriate games approach. A variety of activities will be facilitated each week allowing participants to build on fundamental movement skills. Both soccer and fundamental movement skills will be applied during a scrimmage game near the end of each session.

London Lightning Basketball: Freshman & Junior (8-12 years)
The YMCA London Lightning Basketball Leagues provide players with an opportunity to improve their fundamental skills and develop their basketball potential. Take your game to new levels, have fun and learn from experienced coaches. 

Hip Hop (7-14 years)
This program is designed to encourage a love of dance and movement while developing a stronger sense of body awareness and coordination. Program run by the professional dance studio - Dance Steps.

Sports Conditioning (6-12 years)
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in sports conditioning as instructed by a certified fitness instructor. They will learn the fundamentals of exercise and sport specific training and have a fun time doing it!

Go Girls (9-12 years)
In a group of like-minded individuals, your child will explore their values and learn how to be a successful leader. Your child will gain an appreciation for open mindedness, self-reflection, positive peer relationships and community involvement through this mentorship program. Each week participants will have the opportunity to explore new themes and activities including; rope courses, nutrition, art, fitness, science, special guest speakers and lots more!

Y Guys (9-12 years)
In a group of like-minded individuals, your child will explore their values and learn how to be a successful leader. Your child will gain an appreciation for open mindedness, self-reflection, positive peer relationships and community involvement through this mentorship program. Each week participants will have the opportunity to explore new themes and activities including; rope courses, nutrition, art, fitness, science, special guest speakers and lots more!

Growing Chefs (9-12 years)
The YMCA of Western Ontario and Growing Chefs Ontario have partnered to provide children ages 9-12 with a cooking program that introduces children to cooking techniques and methods while emphasizing healthy eating and the importance of local food. Your child will have to role up their sleeves and join their group in the preparation of some amazing food themed dishes. 

Karate (6-12 years)
A non-aggressive approach towards conflict resolution is emphasized in this program as well as instruction in all the basic blocks, kicks and striking techniques.    

Silly Science Workshops (6-12 years)
Become a Silly Scientist and learn to do fun experiments through hands on activities.

 

 Learn more about Physical literacy at the Y

Youth Programs (See Aquatics Programs section for Youth Aquatics Opportunities)

Friday Teen Membership Days
Every Friday is Teen Membership Day where ages 13-24 years get free access to the building having the opportunity to use the pool, adult fitness areas, gymnasium, and studio including ping pong! Teens get a membership card that will give them access on Fridays. 

Karate (10+ years)
A non-aggressive approach towards conflict resolution is emphasized in this program as well as instruction in all the basic blocks, kicks and striking techniques.   

London Lightning Basketball League (8-13 years)
Participants will join the St. Thomas YMCA’s London Lightning Basketball Team, practice with them, and compete in tournaments against other YMCA branches. The fee for this program includes a jersey. Inquire for details.

Get Involved
Learn more about how youth can get involved and get engaged!


Y Birthday Parties
Held on Saturdays & Sundays only.  For more information about our parties, or to book one, call the branch today!

Birthday Party Options                        Member                     Non-member

Gym & Pizza Party                                 $185                           $240
Maximum Number of Children 10
Length of party 2hrs
Extra Child $10/per child

Dance, Craft & Pizza Party                   $185                           $240
Maximum Number of Children 10
Length of party 2hrs
Extra Child $10/per child

 

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