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    PROSPECT PARK YMCA AT 9TH STREET: Gym, Swim, Playspace
    357 Ninth Street
    Zip Code:
    718 768 7100
    Park Slope

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    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 11-Dec-2018
    Subject:  Recommendations for swimming - infant
    Comment:  We’ve been taking our son to swim lessons at the Prospect Park Y since he was about 4 months old and have been happy. Recently we’ve been doing a combined yoga and then swim class. They don’t do the whole thing where the baby is going underwater but they do gradually teach skills like kicking, paddling and blowing bubbles. We’ve been happy with them.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 28-Jan-2018
    Subject:   vigorous after-school activity for 5-year-old?
    Comment:  Welcome to Brooklyn :) Look into the YMCA; they have two locations around Park Slope. In addition to offering an ample schedule of classes, it also has a big open space for kids to play in. That might be your closest alternative to going to the park. It's very popular on cold winter days!
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 05-Jan-2018
    Subject:  Review submitted via the Park Slope Parents 2017 Birth Survey
    Comment:  The prenatal yoga class at Prospect Park Y is really helpful. I loved the instructor, Kate. I also enjoyed Buffy's aqua-zumba class. The exercise during my pregnancy made a big difference on my labor experience and recovery.Based on a September 2017 birth
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 27-Nov-2017
    Subject:  [PSP Winter 2017 Babies] Baby and me swim suggestions
    Comment:  I like the baby swim lessons at the Y, and my 9 month old seems to have a lot of fun with it. They don't teach a lot of skills at this age obviously, but it's more about getting the baby comfortable with the water.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 05-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Re: ISO: Place to Swim without becoming a member
    Comment:  The YMCA will definitely let you use a day pass. The Prospect Park Y has two pools, so lots of lap hours. And you can print off a free day pass to try it out on their website ymcanyc.org
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 28-Dec-2016
    Subject:  THANKS & SUMMARY Warm Water Swim Class for Fearful 4 y.o.
    Comment:  I tried Berkeley Carroll and the Y and was not impressed with the instruction. Also, the big pool at the 9th St Y is FREEZING.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 04-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016
    Comment:  Venue: Prospect Park YMCA PoolVenue Location: 357 9th Street, Brooklyn, NYAge of child: 8Venue Review: Very happy with our experience the day of the event. Fees were not excessive but the front desk did not provide full details for some of the pool rules, specifically the number of adults required to be in the pool during the party.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 03-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Swimming Lesson Recommendations
    Comment:  For a variety of reasons we put my son in semi­private (with one other kid ­ so if you can find a peer who is interested that might work, it helped my son to go with his buddy initially and is somewhat less costly) and then private lessons at the Prospect Park Y this past school year, and he's made nice progress. I will say that they are booked back to back, so if I want any commentary or info about what we should be practicing if we go to family swim, I have to be proactive about talking to the teacher. And there will sometimes be a sub without notice, but that also means we've had experience with a bunch of teachers by now, and they've all been good. We will probably continue to pay extra for private lessons for another year or so, then once he is a better swimmer might consider the group lessons. I know people who have liked the group lessons as well...
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 03-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Swimming Lesson Recommendations
    Comment:  Private lessons at the Y worked for our then­5­year­old after many swim classes. It took twelve private lessons, but was totally worth it to know that our kid is now safer around water! He really loves to swim now, too, and was previously timid in the pool. Amy was our wonderful coach­­ I think she's running the aquatics program now, but would probably have someone good to recommend.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 27-Aug-2016
    Subject:  swim classes for infants
    Comment:  Swim gym at the Y on 9th street has been great. Skip the baby yoga, if it's offered. A nice idea, but totally became just another place to chase my son or watch him go wild in a room that is not childproof. The swim part was great and considering signing him up for the next session.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 23-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Re: Information about gyms with pools?
    Comment:  the YMCA pool schedule is available on the website so you should check that.If you'd just like to swim laps, the large pool is basically open from 6am-11pm, M-F for adult lap swim and 7-9 on the weekends. if you're doing water exercises that's not lap swimming, that falls under adult free swim with more limited hours. you can definitely just show up to either.the only things that are hard to get a spot are family swim times, that is chaos. in the summer you need to arrive at least 30 minutes early, put your name on a list, and then they hand out tickets 15 minutes prior.the pool is more crowded at times you would expect, after work, right before work. it's also surprisingly crowded during the 3-5 pm hour when school is out, because the children take over half the lanes for swim lessons. in the summer it's probably the same with camp, etc although I haven't been reently. I mostly swim at 6am or after 8 pm and it's rarely more than 3 to a lane, usually 2. adult free swim in the small pool is basically empty but limited in hours.there are lots of discounts that make the Y very affordable, especially given the pool and full towel service. if you don't qualify for any of them, you can get a discount off the family membership with an IDNYC.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Jan-2016
    Subject:  Re: Warm Pool for Swimming Class
    Comment:  The Y on 9th St keeps their small pool at about 84 degrees, which is good for little kids and tots, (and grownups like me who get chilled quickly). Their large pool is definitely cooler, but I don't think they use it for classes for the littlest ones.Also wanted to mention the small pool temps at the Y do fluctuate a bit. Today it was 86!
    Reviewed by
    On 28-Dec-2014
    Subject:  Re: Indoor playground/activity for toddlers
    Comment:  The YMCA has an indoor play space. If you're not a member you can get membership just for your baby and it's a good deal since it's good for a year. They also have classes you can take with your toddler. Temple Beth Elohim also has a play space for $10 on Tuesdays thru Fridays in the morning. And there's a sing along with Mary Jo at two boots on Fridays at 10:30.
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    On 31-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Re: private swim lessons for kids?
    Comment:  We did several sessions of private swim lessons at the Prospect Park Y and they were great--they improved my daughter's swimming enormously. We found that with the group classes, she spent too much time waiting on the side of the pool for her turn with one of the instructors. The private lessons were more expensive, but totally worth it for the increased individual attention--she now is able to swim independently with no floatie, at age 4.5, and we are ready to go back to group lessons.
    Reviewed by
    On 27-Mar-2014
    Subject:  drop-in classes for babies
    Comment:  Also, the 9th St. YMCA is our second home. Open play, Open Art, we have done swim (starting at 7 months) and as she gets older we might do a movement or sport class... Also, love Miss Julie's at 15th street Ymca Get Messy!! All drop in with membership. $12 for Miss Julie if not a member. > You can sign your child up for a Youth membership at one or both locations for a year so they can attend any of the youth programming. Much cheaper than family plan. I believe the mommy an me type yoga classes count toward that because they are listed on the Youth / Family calendar. There is something almost every day. The summer it changes because of summer camp so keep an eye out for new schedule.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Re: [PSP] Re: Gym and Swim class at 9th street Y?
    Comment:  Funny, i had a very different experience with the "gym" part of it. I WISH it was just an open play time. When we had class it was like mommy and me Yoga. The problem was that although the instructor picked poses that she thought kids would like...there werent any games or ways to make it more appealing to kids..so the kids just really didnt pay attention and they just wanted to run around. Once the teacher was out and a sub brought out scarves, and hoops and other props and my daughter LOVED it. She was 2 years old at the time (this was last year). Agreed about the swim class. if your kid cant swim yet, 30 mins is plenty of time. At the younger ages, its mostly about getting the kids comfortable wtih being in water. My daugther took 2 sessions and is no where near knowing how to swim,but she likes being in the water.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 22-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Re: Gym and Swim class at 9th street Y?
    Comment:  The gym class is really just an open play time in the gym. They have mats and balls and other stuff where the kids can just run around and play. There is no instruction. The swim class is plenty long if you are holding your child in the water the whole time. It's a work out for parents because you are holding them, singing and moving them around while you sing - lifting them up, spinning them around etc. There is also a part of the class where they use a kick board and you get them to kick which is more about learning to swim and less about just playing in the water. In a nutshell, I enjoyed the class.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 04-Oct-2012
    Comment:  My 4 year-old swims at the Prospect Park Y and has progressed over the course of three sessions from fear of swimming without a floatation device to swimming short distances on his own. The classes are very short--1/2 hour--so progress isn't super fast, but its steady and you can't really beat the prices. The pool is small, but I think that's perfect for kids lessons. We're continuing "pool school" there this fall and will stick with the Y until he's totally proficient.August 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 03-Oct-2012
    Comment:  we signed up for the YMCA swim classes and they're great. recommend.August 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Jan-2012
    Comment:  I wanted to note about the YMCA. Open Playtime is only in the winter, they assume that during the summer kids can play outside. If you aren't going to use the gym services yourself you can sign your child up without a family membership for $135 a year (or at least that was the fee last year). They can partake in open playtime and any classes at member prices and can sign up during member sign up. you will be allowed to attend any activities with them, but shouldn't use the gym services that aren't for your child.Just wanted to put it out there as it makes winter open play a little more affordable than if you have a family membership.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Jan-2012
    Comment:  The YMCA on 9th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues opens it's gym & puts out mats and great climbing equipment for children 3 years old and under. It's a great place for toddlers! Call to find out their schedule.