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Aquatics

The Importance of Swimming Lessons

Swim lessons are a great way to prepare young swimmers to enjoy the water in a much safer way. Here at the YMCA, we offer a number of learn-to-swim classes for swimmers of all ages. Beyond enjoyment, swim lessons offer new swimmers a number of benefits that can last a lifetime.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 20, 2019

Summer Camp

Here’s Why Summer Camp is Great for Children

Summer camp is an American tradition, and millions of children attend some form of camp each year. Camp gives children a chance to grow in a multitude of ways, and is a great chance for children to develop life skills that they can practice long after the camp concludes.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 20, 2019

Healthy Living

Top Ten Reasons to Join the YMCA

If you’re looking for a community membership that comes with educational classes, competitive adult sports leagues, and personal training, then the YMCA’s in New Jersey has everything you need and more.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 20, 2019

Summer Camp

How To Tell If Your Child Is Ready For Camp

For many, summer camp will be filled with new activities in a new environment. Some children handle this fine, while others take time to adjust. So how do you know that your child is ready to experience camp for the first time?

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 18, 2019

Child Care

Fitting in 'Me Time' - How the Y Can Help

Have you ever thought about escaping for a bit to do something on your own, but felt guilty about it? It’s often a dilemma parents and caregivers face: trying to fit in some “me time” while making sure the kids are happy and healthy. Here are ways the YMCA can help you feel recharged.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 17, 2019

News

YMCA Offers Free Memberships to Town Employees During Wellness Challenge

The Y is offering free memberships to participants in the Livingston Wellness Challenge, a 12-week program that gives town employees access to realistic and accurate nutrition and exercise information.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 17, 2019

Aquatics

'Dry Drowning': What You Need to Know

Terms like “dry drowning” or “secondary drowning” have been used to describe scenarios where a child was submerged in water and later developed respiratory problems. Health experts are now using a more concise and accurate description - drowning.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 17, 2019

Child Care

6 Tips to Keep Kids Safe in the Sun

More than 600 people die every year from extreme heat in the U.S., and children are one of the groups most at risk for heat-related illnesses like dehydration and heatstroke. The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers these tips for keeping kids safe in the heat.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 11, 2019

News

YMCA Partners with City of Orange for Summer

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is teaming up with the City of Orange to create a memorable summer experience for local kids in Orange, NJ.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 10, 2019

News

YMCA Program Teaches Families Basic Water Safety Skills

The Y’s Safety Around Water Week is a free five-day program that teaches children of all ages and backgrounds basic swimming skills, with the intent of reducing the risk of drowning and boosting confidence in and around water.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 10, 2019

Child Care

How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Here are some things families can do to help make the transition to kindergarten easier.  

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 05, 2019

Child Care

Prepare Your Family For Severe Weather

While thunderstorms are most common in the spring and summer, severe weather can happen at any time of the year. The CDC offers these tips for keeping your family safe. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 04, 2019

Child Care

10 Ways Kids Benefit From Being Active

It’s recommended that kids ages 6 and older get at least an hour of physical activity a day. One hour isn’t a lot when you add up the time spent walking to school, playing at recess, in gym class, or after school. Here are 10 reasons why being active is essential for kids’ health.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 31, 2019

Child Care

Family Fun: Tips for Enjoying Movies with Kids

Movie viewing can be a great family bonding experience, whether it’s in a theater or through a streaming service on your TV. Here are some ways to ensure the whole family can enjoy it. 

By: Mollie Shauger | May 31, 2019

Child Care

5 Ways to Lower Your Child Care Costs

A recent Care.com survey found that one in three U.S. families spends 20 percent or more of their annual household income on child care. Here are resources that could help you or caregivers you know to afford the extra expenses.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 24, 2019