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.
Special Parent Series
Members & Non-Members welcome! Our series for parents is from 6 pm- 7 pm at the Aspirus Branch in the Youth Lobby. Refreshments provided. Fee is $30 for all three classes. Those who complete all 3 sessions will receive an Unlimited Yoga pass for the month of December!
Can only attend once? Fee is $15/class.
Sept. 18 - Hair Styling Bootcamp 101 We know it’s a rush to get out the door in the mornings. Learn some quick styling tips for your child and how to braid. It’s really not that hard. Learn and get a chance to practice in class. Lose the anxiety over hair styling!
Oct. 16 - Brown Bagging It 101 Packing lunches can be a real source of frustration and another obstacle that slows down your morning routine. We’ve got easy brown bag lunches your child will love. Come and try out some simple recipes that are kid pleasers! (Recipes included)
Nov. 13 - Parenting Survival Tips 101 There’s no instruction manual for raising your child! Whether it’s the “terrible 2s”, tweens on screens or sibling rivalry at any age, we’ve been there. Come share your stories, listen and laugh (or cry!). We’ll have an open discussion with other parents. Lean on each other to be the best parent you can be!
We’ll wrap the session with 15 minutes of yoga for parents.
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
Rug Hoppers (1-2 years)
Staff will direct parents and children through activities that develop gross motor skills, improve listening skills and accommodate short attention spans.
Gymnecricket (2-3 years)
Children will enhance motor development, coordination, poise and agility while learning age-appropriate gymnastics skills. This is a parent/child class.
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.
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!
Parent/Child Swim Classes
All classes are 30 minutes in length. Classes are designed to get both the parent and child comfortable in the water. The main focus is on water adjustment and safety in and around the water. Swim diapers are required for this class.
Shrimp (Ages 6 months - 2 years) A special water enrichment program designed to help the parent work with the child in learning to enjoy water. One adult in the water per child.
Perch (Ages 2 - 4 years) Children begin to move more independently of their parents and gain confidence in the water, while learning more skills. One adult in the water per child.
Parents Night Out!
(Ages 6 weeks to 10 years) Take a rare night out just for yourselves. Go shopping, see a movie, go to dinner or simply relax while your kids enjoy crafting, games and a movie at the Y. Healthy snack and beverage provided. FEES: $25/Members OR $35/Non-Members plus $5 for any additional child
Pre-registration and payment is required by 5 pm, 48 hours in advance. Cancellation with less than 24 hours notice is non-refundable.
Aspirus Branch Gym & Youth Lobby
6 pm- 8:30 pm
Sept. 14 “Moana”
Oct. 12 “Monsters, Inc.” (Wear Halloween costumes)
Nov. 9 “Nemo”
(Under the sea theme)
Dec. 14 “How the Grinch