Preschool Enrichments: Westfield | Westfield Area Y

Extended Day Enrichments

These classes are designed to add a day to your child’s week or extend their day from a half to a full day (8:30-11:00AM) or 12:00-2:30PM).  Children learn in a small group setting, taught by our enthusiastic teachers.  Children learn, explore and play outside of their traditional classroom.  It also provides your budding scientist, artist or chef with extra time to do what they love best!  Children must be three years old and 100% potty trained to attend Extended Enrichments.  Each class session includes time for the children to play on the playground or in the gym and a snack time.  For more information, contact Eileen Rooney, erooney@westfieldynj.org; 908-233-2700 x423.

REMARKABLE RAINFOREST
We can’t visit the rainforest, but we are bringing the rainforest to Preschool!  Children learn all about this amazing ecosystem which is home to thousands of species of plants and animals –like the red eyed tree frog and the capybara.  Students will gain an appreciation for this unique place and understand why it is so crucial to take care of it.

ASTRONAUT ACADEMY
Preschoolers tackle the final frontier!  There are many out-of-this-world activities as your child learns about the earth and our solar system.  They will have the opportunity to use a telescope, build a rocket, and make their own fiery meteor.  Lots of fun science experiments are designed to help your child learn about the differences between the earth and other planets.

ANIMALS A TO Z
Preschoolers have a natural curiosity and love of animals.  Children are introduced to creatures great and small, and learn about where and how they inhabit the earth.  The class also helps foster a desire to take care of the earth and protect the many different animal habitats.  Lessons will have a little bit of all your child’s favorite activities; art, music, science and stories!

SCIENCE AND NATURE
Children are natural born scientists – constantly questioning and exploring the world around them.  The science class lets them study their everyday surroundings, conduct experiments and learn some answers for themselves.  Lessons are geared toward having the children appreciate and relate to the wonderful world around them. Hands on and most importantly fun!

ART
What’s the most important experience for children ages three to nine?  ART!  Nothing integrates all areas of development and stimulates children as much as art does.  Classes encourage children to explore, to experience, to touch and to see, to learn and create.  Children are introduced to some of the great artists and learn about different styles and mediums.

WORLD CHEFS
Children travel from the gardens of New Jersey to the coast of Italy cooking up wonderful new recipes along the way.  This class teaches healthy eating habits and introduces the children to different cultures. Through hands on recipes, children learn cooking can be fun and nutritious.  The class encourages children to try new foods, learn about the food pyramid and practice counting, measuring, while having fun in the kitchen.

STORY TIME
Literature lets a child’s imagination soar.  Through stories children learn about other people, places, and cultures.  Each week highlights a new book and brings it to life through crafts, music, dance, drama and games.  Books are selected to reflect the seasons and holidays, but most importantly, they are chosen to instill a love of books in your child!

Lunch Time Enrichment Classes

Classes are one hour and offer exciting, fun and enriching activities for our preschoolers.  All children must be three years old at the start of the session and 100% potty trained to participate in these classes.  A lunch time is included in each class. Hot lunch is avalible for an additional fee.

SCIENCE ADVENTURE
Children explore and experiment in this hands-on science class.  From making “Goop” to erupting volcanoes, your child will practice their observation skills, measuring, sorting, and learn basic chemical reactions – curiosity welcomed!

ZUMBATOMICS   
Our certified instructors get things shaking and moving with this action packed class!  Children will stretch and exercise to music while exploring all the different ways to move their bodies.

JAZZY JEWELRY AND COOL CRAFTS
Children will enjoy creating their own jewelry and crafts.  Creativity and individuality are some of the fundamentals that are encouraged while fine motor skills, letter recognition, counting and shape sorting are being learned.

KID FIT 
A brand new class that promotes the Y’s healthy living, “Catch Program.”  Instructors lead children through stretching and warm up exercises then lead a variety of games and exercises that foster a love of exercise.

PUPPET PARADE  
Puppets are a wonderful way to let children’s imaginations soar, and they are just plain fun.  Children will make a different kind of puppet each week – from sock puppets to finger puppets, people puppets to animal puppets.  This class is hands-on fun

LET'S TRAVEL 
A fun-filled introduction to geography and global exploration for preschoolers. Join the adventure as we "travel" and explore New Jersey, the United States and the world.

SOCCER 
Experienced instructors lead children through the fundamentals of this sport. Dribbling, trapping, passing and proper techniques are taught.

CERAMICS  
Children will complete several ceramic pieces during this session.  They will enhance fine motor skills and exercise their creativity.  Keepsakes you will treasure for a lifetime!

TUMBLING  
Our instructors get things rolling with this class!  A wonderful introduction to gymnastics; children will improve strength and coordination, understand how their body moves, and get great exercise while having fun.

COMPUTERS   
This program is specially designed to be comprehensive.  It is taught by a trained instructor who brings the latest computer equipment, including color monitors and highly rated educational software.

SPORTS SAMPLER  
Coaches introduce children to a variety of sports in this popular class.  Emphasis is on learning the fundamentals of the games, teamwork and fun.

 

OUR HOURS AND LOCATIONS

 
(908) 233-2700 (908) 233-2700 (908) 223-8820 (908) 301-1616 (908) 654-8460 (908) 317-9622 (908) 233-2700
220 Clark Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Clark Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
111 Ferris Place,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
500 East Street,
Garwood, NJ,
07027
170 Elm Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
422 East Broad Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Walnut Avenue,
Cranford, NJ,
07016
Weekdays
5:00AM-10:30PM
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6:00AM-8:00PM
Sunday
7:00AM-9:00PM

 

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OUR MISSION

The Westfield Area YMCA is a nonprofit human service organization dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual and family in the communities it serves through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.