Engaging with Families & Community
At the Y, we believe that family and community are essential to our programs and a big part in everything we do. We offer various family or special events throughout the year, family programs including adventure guides, community classes, partnerships, collaborations and more. Family time at the Y is about giving families as a unit, and as individuals, the opportunities to deepen relationships, develop new skills and interests, improve their health and well-being, and connect to the community. The Y has always been a place where families can play and be active together, and that’s more important than ever. Whether the activities are physical like sports or exercise classes, or more recreational like swimming, camping, cooking and arts, we want families doing them together because you’ll live healthier and make memories for a lifetime.
Parent/Child Swim Classes
Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision. All classes are 30 minutes in length. View Winter & Spring Session Classes Here
Swim Stage A
(ages 6- 12 months)
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Water Discovery is for students who aren’t yet able to respond to verbal cues and jump on land.
Swim Stage B
(ages 12- 36 months)
Students entering this level should be comfortable in the water, able to respond to verbal cues and jump on land. Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Water Exploration is for students who aren’t yet comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water.
Families are welcome to bring children of all ages to enjoy our pools. During Open Swim times, the pools are reserved for those who wish to relax and enjoy our pools. It's a great time to have family time to play together in the pool! See pool schedules
This time is designated for members and guests to utilize the gym at our facilities. Full court basketball may not be available during this time. See gym schedules
Parent/Child Gymnastics Classes
All preschool gymnastics classes are held at the Wausau Branch in the Junior Gymnastics Training Center, located in the lower level.
COVID-19 Protocols: There is a 30-minute transition/sanitizing between classes. Gymnasts/Parents will sanitize upon entering gymnastics centers. During Pre-school classes gymnast must stay with parent/adult throughout class to help maintain distancing.
Gymnecricket (1.5- 3 years) LEARN MORE
Staff will direct parents and children through activities that develop gross motor skills, improve listening skills and accommodate short attention spans. Children will enhance motor development, coordination, poise and agility while learning age-appropriate gymnastics skills. This is a parent/child class.
Kinder Gymnastics (3- 5 years) LEARN MORE
Levels 1, 2 & 3: Increases self confidence as a mover, improves coordination and agility. With structured lesson plans, your child will learn basic skills on vault, balance beam, floor exercise, kinder trampoline and kinder bars. Parent/adult must aid in all Kinder classes.
Toddler Play Area (Wausau Branch)
Our open concept Toddler Play Area at the Wausau Branch is the perfect space for family fun. Brightly-colored foam mats create a safe play area for ages 1-3. Make your reservation to spend time together so your child can slide, bounce and roll around in this NEW special family space!