Youth and Family Specialty Programs

Babysitting Certification Course - Fall 2018

This course is an ASHI (Amerian Safety & Health Institute) certified course for youth ages 12-15. (Must be 12 years old prior to start of course.) This course is held in the spring and in the fall each year. A minimum of 4 participants is needed to run the course (maximum of 10). Participants will need to bring a packed lunch. Email for additional details.

Fee: $50/participant
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm
Registration: August 8, 2018

No School Day Field Trip - Halloween Pirate Experience, Erie, Pa.

Join us a No School Day field trip to Scallywags Pirate Adventure in Erie, Pa. Help our Y crew defeat the evil Captain Skull and recover our lost treasure! Your little pirate will enjoy an immersive and interactive adventure while participating in fun activities including: Face Painting, Ship-to-ship Water Cannon Battles, Games, A Dance Party, and more! Every child gets sworn in as an official pirate and goes home with a share of the treasure! Dress in your favorite Captain Jack attire. Each child must have a Youth & Family Field Trip waiver on file. (*See below) Ages 7 and up. Max = 40 children.

Date: Monday, October 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $30 YMCA Member / $40 Non-member

Field Trip Waiver

Floating Pumpkin Patch - Dunkin' For Pumpkins

Celebrate the Autumn season with our Floating Pumpkin Patch in our indoor swimming pool. Youth Ages 3-12 can enjoy Dunkin' for Pumpkins from 1:00 - 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Kids will search for candy, plastic pumpkins and even real pumpkins in the water from 1:00-2:00 pm followed by open swim 2:00-3:00 pm! Age groups will be 3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years. Email for additional details/questions. *Note: YMCA policy states that parents must be present for children ages 9 & under during open swim.

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost: $8.00 YMCA Member Child / $10.00 Non-member Child
Ages: 3-12 years (Ages groups: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Stained Glass Art Class

Let artist Kim Slocum guide you in making a stained glass art project. Sign up individually or as a group of friends for some quality time together! Ages 7 & up. *See supply list below.

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Cost: $25 per person
Registration: Now Open
Supply List:
An inexpensive 5X7 frame with clear glass
1 tube of Bond 6000 (available at Ace Hardware...can be shared with classmate)
1 tub of tile and tub group
** stained glass will be provided
Email with any questions about supplies required.

Group Painting Parties

Schedule an evening of camaraderie, paint and fun with friends, family or co-workers! Explore watercolor in an expressive and fun way. All supplies included in your experience. Beginners to novice artists welcome! Contact Kim Slocum at or call 814-726-0110 to schedule your night of painting fun with friends! Note: Minimum of 7 participants per party.
Supplies needed: Included in cost.

Dates: Call Kim Slocum to schedule
Cost: $30.00 Members / $40.00 Non-members
Ages: Adult
Registration: Now Open for Fall 2018

Santa's Workshop Experience - Travel to the North Pole!

Santa sent the Y some magical dust to sprinkle on the YMCA bus so that we can take a magical ride to his workshop in the North Pole! When we arrive, we will meet Santa amd Mrs. Claus, Santa's workers and special elves. We may even get to see a reindeer! Children will paint a cookie with Mrs. Claus and help assemble toys for children all over the world. They'll even get to keep one to take home! There are limited spots for this trip, so make sure to register early to get a seat on the bus. All proceeds from this event will go to support the TOY SHOP which serves Warren County. A family experience not to be missed! *Note:Limited to 10 families or as bus fills up.

Dates: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Cost: $25.00 per family of 4 ($2.00 each additional child)
Registration: Begins September 1, 2018

Champion Programs*

We all know or have someone in our life that has championed through many obstacles in their life. The following programs have been designed to meet the needs of our community members who are looking for support for family and friends in need of programs to support limitations in mobility, intellectually limited abilities, as well as social and emotional development.

*Firefly at the Y - Champion Program

Firefly is a fun and exciting program at the Warren County YMCA for adults with intellectual disabilities. Classes run in 5-week sessions with morning and afternoon sessions on Monday & Wednesday and evening sessions on Wednesday & Friday. Each day will consist of a greeting time, exercise time and conclude with a short period of social interaction and nutritious snacks. This program is geared for 12 individuals, along with their aide and/or family members. All will participate in activities to guide them towards a healthy lifestyle. With a grant from the Edith L Trees Trust, this program will be offered FREE. Pre-registration is required. Please see Kim Slocum to register. Must register prior to the start of each 5 week session.

Days: Mondays & Wednesdays (daytime) and Wednesdays & Fridays (evening)
Daytime: M/W - 10:30-12:00 noon OR 12:45-2:15 pm.
Evening: W/F - 4:30-6:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Registration: Must pre-register at the YMCA for each 5-week session. See Kim Slocum or email
Sessions and Activities:
September 4th to October 6, 2018 - Biking
October 8th to November 10, 2018 - Tennis/Badmiton/Racquetball
November 12th to December 15, 2018 - Dance culminating with Christmas Dance event

* Champion Soccer - Champion Program

Champion Soccer is a community based program for young athletes with special needs. Our goal is to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has mental or physical special needs. The program will consist of five 45-minute session where youth will work with experienced coaches, volunteers and players to experience skill sessions, drills and games if applicable. Begins with the November/December 2018 session.

Days: Saturdays (Will begin with the November/December session)
Times: 10:00-10:30 am
Cost: $10.00 members / $20.00 non-members
Registration: Begins October 31st for members/November 5th non-members

*Lego Club - Champion Program

A social opportunity for children of all ages utilizing LEGOS to assist in developing social interaction skills while interacting with peers or staff. There will be LEGO challenges for any child to try or they can act independent and be creative with their LEGOS on their own. Email for details.

Day: Wednesdays (Begins Oct. 3, 2018)
Times: 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: FREE *No need to register. Just show up for LEGO fun!

*Champion Swim Lessons

This is a parent and child class for kids with special needs. In this class the child gets one-on-one attention and help from a parent while the instructor guides the parent in teaching them to swim. ADA Locker Room is available.

Day: Friday
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 am
Cost: $14.00 YMCA Members / $32.00 Non Members

Rainbow Swim (SNAP - Special Needs Aquatic Program) - Champion Program

This swim is set aside for anyone with a physical or mental handicap. Rainbow Swim is held on Friday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm beginning September 14, 2018. This swim time works on improving motor and social skills. The swim time is split between lessons and fun swim. There is NO fee for this program which is sponsored by the YMCA and the Don Mills Achievement Center. Karen Lyle is the coordinator. Volunteers are always needed to help. For more information on this program or to volunteer, contact the Don Mills Achievement Center at 723-5730.

Dates: September 14, 2018
Day: Fridays
Times: 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Registration: Contact Don Mills Achievement Center at 723-5730

*Champion Splash - Champion Program

Reserve a little special time in the pool for you and your friends. Book a private swim play date for your group of parents and friends. The pool will be your for 1 hour - plus you get a room to have a get together before your pool fun! If you desire swim lessons, please indicate at the time of scheduling. Must be booked at least 1 month in advance.

Days: Saturdays OR Sundays (Sundays Nov-April only)
Times: 2:00-4:00 pm Saturday / 3:00-5:00 pm Sundays
Cost: $100 members / $125 non-members
Registration: Please contact Cathy Peterson at 814-726-0110 or email cathy to schedule your pool time fun!

Birthday Parties and Room Rentals

Interested in throwing a birthday party for your child, but lack the room to house it? The Y is here to help. We have swimming and Character Club Play Gym & Fun Zone parties to offer. School year parties are held on Saturdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm and Sundays from 3:00pm-5:00pm (Nov-Apr only). Summer parties are held Saturday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am. All parties are on a first come, first serve basis and must be booked at least one month in advance. We can accommodate twenty (20) individuals in a group for Character Club parties and twenty-five (25) individuals for swimming parties. A 50% non-refundable deposit and facility usage form is required two weeks before the date of the party.Parties are on a two hour time slot with the first hour in the party room and the second hour for the activity booked. Any child that cannot swim or wears a bubble must be accompanied by and adult in the water. All participants who will be swimming must have a swim waiver on file.

Room rentals are for a 2-hour block. All rentals are on a first come, first serve basis and must be booked at least one month in advance.

Contact Cathy Peterson at 814-726-0110, ext. 114 or email to schedule a party.

Fee: $100 YMCA member/$125 Non-member
Days: Saturdays 2:00-4:00pm / Sundays 3:00-5:00pm (April-November ONLY) / Saturdays 9:30-11:30am (Summer ONLY)

Municipal Pool Parties (Summer) **Closed for 2018 Season - See you in 2019!

The Warren Municipal Pool offers private after-hour parties on parties on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings and small parties may be scheduled during weekday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 pm. All parties MUST be reserved in advance. Please contact Dani Mostachetti, YMCA Aquatics Coordinator at 726-0110, ext 116 or for available dates and costs.

Season Hours:
Closed for the season.

Y Partnership Music ARTS

The Warren County YMCA in an effort to meet every child and adults' needs has partnered with the Warren County Music Conservatory to offer our members the enrichment of music instruction. Whether it is vocal or instrumental, the Warren Music Conservatory offers a wide range of choices for members who are interested in ANY GROUP CLASS that they offer. Please log on at to look at the wide range of classes offered. All Warren County YMCA members receive a 25% discount on their group class fee when a current membership voucher is presented at the time of registration.


In conjuntion with the Key Club of Warren Area High School and the Kiwanis Club of Warren, the YMCA is introducing a community youth program which will enhance your child's connection with the community by learning how to be a part of making good things happen. Youth Kindergarten through Fifth Grade will be guided by Key Club Teens and Adult Advisors on projects that are chosen to be caring and giving to our community. Such projects will include, but not limited to, collecting items for people in need, assisting with seasonal projects at the Y, as well as other local organizations. These meetings will be twice a month from 3:30 - 4:30pm at the WAEC. This program is free of charge. Please contact Kim Slocum at 726-0110, ext. 126 for information.

K-kid meeting dates: Program runs during school year. Please check with Kim for 2018/19 school year for enrollment opportunities.

These clubs are affiliated with the Kiwanis International and Sponsored by Our Local Kiwanis Club of Warren and Organized Through the YMCA

K-Kids: For youths in grades 3-5. This service club meets at Warren Area Elementary Center (WAEC) monthly. They help with projects around the school, at the YMCA and outreach projects at nursing homes. They have also made appreciation gifts for our police and firefighters. If interested in this club. contact Mrs. Megan Yeager at 723-9061.

Builder's Club: For youths in grades 6-8. This service club meets weekly at Beaty Warren Middle School. The club helps clean up parks, worked with the Beaty Pantry and volunteered with the Firefighter's Boot Drive. If interested in the club, contact Mr. Steve Parinella at 723-5200.

NOTE: It is required that children 9 and under be accompanied by an adult at all times while at our YMCA. Children 9 and under must be accompanied to and from programs/classes by a parent/guardian. No Front Entry drop off or pick up.