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Winter School Break Programs at the Family Y, Feb. 18-22

There are activities and special programs for kids of all ages at the Y during the upcoming school vacation.

Planning a ‘staycation’ at home during the upcoming Winter Recess for Westport public schools? Have your kids climb our walls, not yours, by making the Family Y part of your family’s plans for the week.

The special programs taking place at the Y the week of February 18-22 are open to Y Members and non-members alike. Guest passes and daily drop-in options are also available for a host of other recreational options for all ages and abilities.

What follows is a listing of some of the fun to be had at the Family Y during the February school break. For more information or to register,call the Y’s Member Services Desk at 203-226-8981.

Princess Dance Camp. This popular camp focuses on a different Disney princess each day to give dancing divas ages 3 to 5 a fun introduction to ballet and jazz. Led by Dance Center Director Lillian Cenatiempo, campers will also enjoy a craft that helps bring our princesses to life, with a story about one of our princesses each day during snack time. The camp runs from Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 pm. The camp is $180 for Y members and non-members and is limited to 15 students. Participants are asked to bring a snack and drink each day. (Note: Early registration is advised; last summer’s Princess Dance Camp was wait list only.)

Hafaday Swim Lesson Program. Designed for children ages 4 to 8 and held each day from 8:45 am to 12:30 pm, Hafaday is primarily a swim program, with both a lesson and a free swim period each day. It’s the best way to learn to swim. Arts and crafts, music and gym time, including yoga, karate, and games round out each morning of fun. The cost is $270 for Y members; $295 for non-members.

Vacation Gymnastics & Swim Camp. Learn to improve your gymnastics skills — and swim each day. This camp is for kids age six and older and takes place from 12 to 4 pm all week long. Bring a snack and a drink; participants must be able to swim without a flotation device. There’s also a daily drop-in option for this fun program, coordinated by Senior Sports & Recreation Director Sally Silverstein, who heads up the Y’s nationally renowned competitive gymnastics program. The fee is $165 for the week for all participants, or $40 per day. To register, click here.

Toddler Adventure Gym. Each weekday from 9 to 11 am, our Gymnastic Center is a wonderland of bouncy cushions, mini-slides and other tyke-size tumbling. The price is $10 a session, and it’s open to all children ages 6 months to 4 years old and their parents or guardians.

School Vacation Program. Can’t get away from work while your kids are off for the week? The Family Y’s School Age program provides days packed with fun activities at the Y for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. There are daily field trips in the morning and swim time in the afternoons. Drop-off at the Y begins at 7 am, with pick-up until 6 pm. For more information or to register your child, please contact Tasha Dennison, Senior Director for Child Care and School Age, at 203-226-8981, ext. 113 or

And who says you have to be a kid to enjoy Winter Recess?

Instructor Perry Moody (foreground) teaches a TRX class in the upstairs studio of the Bedford Building.

Y members know to take advantage of any of the dozens of group-fitness classes held each week, in addition to self-paced workouts in the Fitness Center, pools or gym. A single-use guest pass is $20 for adults and families; $10 for youth/students and seniors, and affords guests all the privileges of Y membership for the day. (A guest may use up to three guest pass receipts toward the purchase of an annual membership.)

Babysitting at the Y is available for children 3 months to 6 years of age, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 1 pm and on Saturdays from 8 to 11 am. This service is free for Y members who are participating in Y activities (parents must remain in the building at all times). Drop-in service is on a space available basis only; the fee for non-member is $10; $5 for each additional child. Please call 203-226-8981, ext. 132 ahead of time for availability.

For quality time for the whole family, we’ve scheduled hours of free time in our three pools and Upper Gym; check for daily schedules for the Upper Gym, Stauffer Pool (with diving board), Stauffer Shallows and warm-water Brophy Pool.

The Gymnastic Center also offers an open session on Sundays from 1 to 3 pm for children age 13 and older. It’s available to any level gymnast, and coaching staff is on hand to help spot, monitor and instruct students if needed (drop-in fee paid at the Gymnastic Center).