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New Canaan YMCA

Family Wellness & Events

Family Wellness & Events

Family Wellness & Events


The Y is where families can come together to be healthier, stronger, and happier.  Families of all ages come together at the Y through fun and healthy activities including open times in our gymnasium and Bouncing Bears gym, free swim, drop-in group exercise classes, and our Families In Training program (F.I.T. pass).  The Y also proudly brings our community’s families together throughout the year with fun special events.  We build healthy, happy families at the Y and love watching memories made every day.

Family Wellness

family wellness section

The New Canaan YMCA provides families of all ages with the opportunity to stay active while spending time with the ones we love.

Free Swim (All Ages)

Free Swim times are open to individuals and families interested in enjoying unstructured time in our Scooter Pool. Advance sign-up for Free Swim times is available online through our membership portal.

Family Open Gym (All Ages)

Family Open Gym play is available on a first-come, first-served basis for New Canaan YMCA Family Members. Note: Children in 4th grade or younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  Please try to bring your own equipment. Basketballs are available for use.  View our schedules online or on the New Canaan YMCA mobile app.

Bouncing Bears Open Gym (Ages 4 and under, Pre-K) *Free with Family Membership

Days & Hours:
Tuesdays: 5:30-6:30 pm
Wednesdays: 12:15-1:00 pm
Thursdays: 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Fridays: 11:30-12:15; 12:15-1:00 pm
Saturdays: 2:00-2:45 pm; 2:45-3:30 pm

*Open gym times are subject to change and will vary during vacation weeks.

Location: Kid Zone
Fee: Free with a Family Membership or when enrolled in a Bouncing Bears Gymnastics class | $20.00 for all others

Advance sign-up for Bouncing Bears Open Gym times is available online three days in advance through our membership portal.

Non-members and local Y reciprocity members must also purchase a day pass to participate in Bouncing Bears Open Gym.

Please note: For the safety of all, each Open Gym time is limited to 12 children on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents are required to stay and supervise play. Please pick up an Open Gym pass at the Front Desk.

*Open Gym days/times are subject to change and will vary during vacation weeks.

Click here to learn more about Kids Club.

Youth Strength Training (F.I.T. Pass, Ages 12-13) *Free with Family Membership

The Families in Training (F.I.T.) program is designed to strengthen families by providing opportunities to exercise together in a safe and fun environment at the Y. Youth ages 12-13 will earn a F.I.T. pass upon completion of a youth strength training course, which teaches sound principles of strength training, aerobic endurance, muscle conditioning, as well as Wellness Center safety. F.I.T. pass holders may work out on their own between 2:00-5:00pm or with a parent at any time in the Wellness Center. Please note: F.I.T. pass privileges do not include use of the Zone.

Click here to learn more about the Y’s Youth Strength Training program.

Drop-in Group Exercise Classes (Ages 14+) *Free to New Canaan YMCA Members

Group Exercise Classes are open to all Y members ages 14 and older: Youth ages 12-13 may attend classes with a parent (excluding Group Power). Cycling is open to ages 10 and older with a parent, as long as leg length is 30″ from top of hip bone to bottom of foot.

Family Fundays

A special event benefit for new Canaan YMCA Family Members: Y members with a Family Membership are invited to an afternoon of fun activities at the Y, including family gym activities, arts and crafts, and Kid Zone fun! Dates: TBD

Family Events

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In addition to our family programs and open gym/free swim times, we also host special family events throughout the year for the families in our community to come together and have fun.

Past events include our Family Fun Obstacle Run, Family Dinner Night, Grandparents Day, Dive-In & Drive-In Movie Nights, Healthy Kids Day, and more!

Sign up for Y emails to stay informed about upcoming special events.

Family Volunteer Day of Service

In celebration of World Kindness Week, the Y hosts annual Family Volunteer Day of service events where families and friends can enjoy time together while assisting with a variety of service projects. Past organizations served by the Y’s community service efforts:

  • The Tiny Miracles Foundation
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Waveny Lifecare Network
  • Filling in the Blank