The Gateway Family YMCA works to strengthen their community and foster healthy lifestyles in more than 13 neighborhoods throughout Eastern Union and Middlesex counties. To that end, the staffers at the four area branches lead programs geared toward youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. They motivate folks of all ages to get fit during swimming and fitness classes, and teach kids lifelong skills during day camps.
Babies are grownups in training, meaning they need help eating without slobbering, speaking without babbling, and moving around without getting hurt. Romparoo helps out with the latter, with an indoor play space for kids aged 6 months to 3 years. The entire room, from floor to about child height, is padded, so kids can practice crawling, creeping, and toddling without bruising themselves or getting a ticket for jaywalking. Mommy-and-Me classes use music to transition between activities that help develop motor skills as well as socialization, and parents of toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years drop their brood off for two-hour classes that give them the independence to transition to preschool.
Camp Iliff entertains and educates children with a broad array of childcare services and play facilities. Certified teachers help budding toddlers’ minds blossom and convenient afterschool programs provide children up to age 13 with bus transportation from many local schools. Kids celebrate birthday parties playing ticket redemption games or frolic on the forest playground, replete with a mirror maze, tunnel tubes, and slides.
Though it doesn?t have its own zip code, yet, Kidville is a sought-after destination for youngsters. The bustling children?s center pulsates with activities designed to cultivate youngsters? social and developmental skills, such as classes in music, dance, and cooking. Art classes foster creativity and self-expression, and a spacious gym helps children unleash pent-up energy more effectively than journaling on the living room wall in permanent marker. The fun zone also hosts birthday parties in various themes?including railroad, racecar, fairy princess, and superhero?in which the staff takes care of the details, set-up, and cleanup, allowing parents to join in on the fun.
Wee Babysit is an interactive learning and play center that provides full time, part time and hourly, drop-in child care for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. Perfect for errands, shopping, doctor's appointments, date nights, school closings, anytime you need child care!