Prospect Park YMCA at 9th Street - Gym, Swim, Playspace
Adult lap swim @ YMCA - busy?Hours at the Y have been scaled back because of the pandemic and staffing, but I’m hopeful they change soon - and this will hopefully keep the pool open more. Mornings are crowded. I think that there may be windows when it slows down during the day, but with more folks working from home and the limited hours, it can be fairly busy. (The Y pool used to be open 6-10 or something amazing like that) I will say I’ve rarely had to wait to swim in a lane - it just means you have to circle a lot and figure out your pace with other members. So not ideal but you can still get a good workout. I also miss childcare! That used to be such an amazing part of Y.
Swim lessonsWe take our kiddo to the Prospect Park ymca.
Swimming Lessons for toddlers?The YMCA on 9th street has swimming lessons, I believe it’s open to non-members as well. Heads up - the classes fill up fast so you have to be on it the day registration opens.
Prospect Park YMCAThe reservation for lap swim at the y is over. It's first come, first serve. It's pretty crowded early weekday mornings as it doesn't open until 7. I wish it would open earlier. Sunday morning at 81 was very quiet. I think you still have to sign up for family swim.
Swimming LessonsWe did the swim lessons at YMCA previously and not much came from it honestly.
Swimming LessonsWe’ve been doing Ymca kids swim classes since 2015. They are not as cushy as some of the private options but instructors are good for the most part. Sometime the classes are bigger than I would like (especially when kids were 2/3yo - could be 8 kids for 2 instructors ). Anyway, the only trick for signup is to either go online or in person first thing in the morning when signups open. I usually went there around 9am and always able to get the class and time I want. But by noon it’s all gone. I go I person because we always have a class at that time anyway and we live a block away but online should also be ok. We also do a lot of family swims at the y. Those can be a zoo in the summer but only for a few hot weeks. The rest of the 11 months it’s totally fine. I’m a big fan of y swim and think it’s a great resource for the neighborhood, especially if you a member anyway.
Toddler dance classesWe've done a lot of "ballet" at the 9th St Y. The times aren't great though; I could only pull it off because I work from home on Fridays. But the class itself was; we've done a few sessions, and the pricing is pretty decent (especially if you get a kid's membership). And the other area Y's may have a better schedule. (November 2019)
Recs for Gyms w/ childcare & kid classesYMCA on 9th St has everything you need. It also has 2 indoor heated pools.
9 Street YMCAMy daughter and I have been going to the Y since she was 6 months (now 3.5) and we love it. You should just go there and there and they will give you a tour and schedules of classes and activities
9 Street YMCABeen there a few times with my daughter when she was 3 yr old. There are 2 caregivers, they were fine. My daughter played alone with the toys that were there. it is a relatively small room but they do have a cap on number of kids they can take. I don't think they actually make kids participate in activities, but in child watch they will just make sure that the child is okay. Parents need to come and change diapers if required.
Armory versus 9th streetThe childwatch at the Armory is much bigger, better and brighter. The childwatch at the 9th street location is dark and small. Also if you are into spinning, the bikes at the Armory are the fancy, digital ones - last time I took a spin class at the 9th street location they had the standard, old bikes.
Armory versus 9th streetThere is an indoor playground for kids under 4 at both, but it’s bigger and kind of better at the 9th st location.
Armory versus 9th streetI've been members of both, mostly dependent on where we lived, and now member of neither. I find the y expensive for what it is. You've already noted the big difference, one has pool, the other has track and basketball. The cardio room at ninth Street is infinitely better, there are also way more weights, although the free weight room in both are too small. Ninth is more expensive. Both have decent programs for kids I think although we didn't have kids when I was member at armory, I imagine it's fun for them to run amok on the courts.
Recommendations for swimming - infantWe’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.
vigorous after-school activity for 5-year-old?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!
Review submitted via the Park Slope Parents 2017 Birth SurveyThe 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
[PSP Winter 2017 Babies] Baby and me swim suggestionsI 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.
Re: ISO: Place to Swim without becoming a memberThe 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
THANKS & SUMMARY Warm Water Swim Class for Fearful 4 y.o.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.
Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016Venue: Prospect Park YMCA Pool Venue Location: 357 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY Age of child: 8 Venue 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.
Swimming Lesson RecommendationsFor 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...
Swimming Lesson RecommendationsPrivate 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.
swim classes for infantsSwim 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.
Re: Information about gyms with pools?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.
Re: Warm Pool for Swimming ClassThe 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!
Re: Indoor playground/activity for toddlersThe 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.
Re: private swim lessons for kids?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.
drop-in classes for babiesAlso, 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.
Re: [PSP] Re: Gym and Swim class at 9th street Y?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.
Re: Gym and Swim class at 9th street Y?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.
(no subject)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
(no subject)we signed up for the YMCA swim classes and they're great. recommend. August 2012
(no subject)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.
(no subject)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.
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