Category Archives: School Breaks

What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA

Participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
This year, the Y’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is going virtual. The West Suburban YMCA is putting together care packages of succulents, a handmade card or bookmark, and a puzzle book with a pencil, eraser, and sharpener for the clients of Newton At Home, which includes senior citizens in the community that may be isolated at home due to COVID. You can help by sponsoring care packages or creating cards or bookmarks. Learn more and get involved at

Summer Camp Registration Opens on January 11th 
In 2020, the Y operated a fun and safe summer for hundreds of campers! In 2021, the Y plans to operate similarly with all COVID safety procedures in place. The Y offers two day camps, Camp Pikati on-site at the Y and Camp Chickami in Wayland, as well as one overnight camp, Camp Frank A. Day, in East Brookfield. Learn more at

Registration is still open for Winter Programs
2020 was a challenging year that required families to break from their typical routines and adapt to new ways of doing things. Since July of 2020, the Y has been adapting as well. The Y remains committed to helping you and your family stay active, engaged, and above all, safe. The Y’s 6-week Winter Program Session will run from January 4th-February 14th and there is still time to register for these programs. Stay active as a family by signing up for swimming, sports, music, and fitness programs!

Upcoming Virtual Camp Info Sessions
Questions about camp? Sign up for a Virtual Camp Info Session. Meet staff and learn more Continue reading

Youth Happenings at the West Suburban YMCA

December 2020 Winter Vacation Programs – December 28th – December 31st
Give your kids something to look forward to – no screens attached! Sign up for one of the Y’s school vacation programs for an active week of socially distanced games, sports, crafts, swim, and more! Learn more and download a registration form at

Winter Programs: January 4th – February 14th Registration is open!
2020 was a challenging year that required families to break from their typical routines and adapt to new ways of doing things. Since July of 2020, the Y has been adapting as well. The Y remains committed to helping you and your family stay active, engaged, and above all, safe.  Stay active as a family by signing up for swimming, sports, music, and fitness programs! Register today:

Create A Class – Put together the roster, and the Y will run the program!
Stay involved in your favorite activities AND keep within your bubble or cohort! The Y has introduced the option to form your own group of participants to create a class. Whether it’s your school cohort, a family bubble, or a neighbor group, the Y will work with you to set up a day and time for your group and the program of your choosing.

Most Y programs can be adapted to Create A Class. Everything from toddler tumbling to teen basketball, youth swim lessons to yoga, and everything in between! Classes can take place indoors, outdoors, or virtually.

West Suburban YMCA programs have been adapted to operate in accordance with all safety protocols and sector-specific guidelines outlined by the CDC, the state of Massachusetts, and local health authorities. If you have questions about a specific program or class, please visit the Y’s website for more information and registration.

Family Swim during December School Vacation Week
Have the pool to yourself with family swim! 30-minute reservation slots are available in the Y’s small pool. Family swim is limited to ONE family/household with a maximum of six family members. Additional family swim times available during winter vacation week! Make a reservation and learn more:

YMCA Summer Camp Registration opens January 11th
In 2020, the West Suburban YMCA operated a safe, successful, and fun camp season for hundreds of children at YMCA Camp Pikati and YMCA Camp Chickami. Registration for day camp and overnight camp (YMCA Camp Frank A. Day) opens on January 11th. Day Camp deposit(s) are fully refundable until April 1, 2021, so families can maintain flexibility when making summer plans. Learn more at

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs
The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Please contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 ext. 3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

West Suburban YMCA reimagines annual fundraiser event

A Fall season without the YMCA Fundraiser would be  ‘Inconceivable’ so the West Suburban YMCA will host a reimagined version of their signature fall fundraiser event, inviting the community to enjoy a drive-in movie in the Y’s parking lot and field.

Traditionally, the Y hosts over 200 guests at their November gala, raising money for the Y’s Annual Fund which allows hundreds of families, individuals, and children to access programs and membership at the Y regardless of financial circumstances. With restrictions on gatherings in place due to COVID-19, the West Suburban YMCA is offering a whole new event this fall – Double Feature: A Mission & A Movie – highlighted by a drive-in showing of The Princess Bride.

The October 17th event will take place outdoors in the Y parking lot and field and will feature a brief presentation from Y President & CEO Jack Fucci and a few laughs from comedian Nick “Fitzy” Stevens. The short program will summarize the past seven months at the Y, celebrating the Y’s resilience and looking forward to the future. Following the presentation, attendees will be treated to popcorn from West Newton Cinema and a viewing of the 1987 family favorite, The Princess Bride.

Families can purchase a ticket for an outdoor seating area for up to 4 people or a drive-in parking spot. Admission price for both ticket types is $100.00, and all proceeds support Y programming that addresses the community’s most pressing needs.

This summer, the Y invested over $100,000 to modify their facilities, hire additional staff, and increase supplies, equipment, and PPE, all to ensure families could safely send their kids to camp. These investments proved meaningful, as the Y had up to 300 children per day attending their two summer day camps – Camp Pikati in Newton and Camp Chickami in Wayland – and completed the season with zero COVID-19 outbreaks.

Now, the West Suburban YMCA is helping families navigate a new and challenging school year by offering a full day Out of School Time program to support remote learning for K-8 students.

These programs, and the financial assistance provided to many families in need of these programs, do not come without a cost. The West Suburban YMCA hopes their new fall fundraiser will help raise the critical funds necessary to sustain their programming and ensure continued access and support for the community’s children and families.

Support the Y: Purchase Tickets to ‘A Mission & A Movie’

Attend the Presentation Virtually: Register for Free to Access the Livestream

For more information or to inquire about sponsoring the event, please contact Andrea Newman at

October 17th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

About the West Suburban YMCA
The West Suburban YMCA is a charitable non-profit organization that has been a fixture in the Newton community for over 140 years. The Y is committed to strengthening the foundations of the community by supporting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all.

Boys and Girls Club’s full day Out-of-School Time Program

Registration is open and space is filling up fast for the Club’s full day Out-of-School Time Program. They offer parents in grades K-5 the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their children are safely cared for as they complete their remote schooling.

The Club is fully air conditioned throughout and there is now a gig speed Wi-Fi set up that can service hundreds of children simultaneously as they complete their online lessons. Their five day program provides two half days of coverage and three full days of coverage followed by enriching activities during the after-school hours and they’re prepared to be fully operational on the first day of school.

Despite the difficult environment Covid-19 has created, your local Boys & Girls Club has never stopped serving young people. For information and to register please click here OST.


What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA

The West Suburban YMCA is Hiring!
The Y has an immediate need for Youth Group Leaders for the Fall 2020 Out of School Time program. Youth Group Leaders will provide academic support and facilitate enrichment opportunities for K-8 students enrolled in the Y’s Out of School Time program. The Y offers generous benefits, free membership, and professional development opportunities. Youth Group Leaders who work 20+ hours per week and have a child enrolled in the OST program also receive 50% off the program tuition. Learn more and apply today at

Out of School Time Grades K-8 Program begins September 21st.
This fall the Y’s Out of School Time (OST) program is offering a full day program from 7:45 am – 5:00 pm to support distance learning and complement the Newton Public Schools schedule. Families have the option to enroll their child for 5 days, 3 days, or 2 days per week. The EEC-certified Out of School Time program provides academic support, study strategies, and structured routine, as well as opportunities for physical activities and enrichment activities. Learn more at

YMCA Preschool Ages 2.9 – 5 years Fall 2020 Program Begins September 21st. Continue reading