Programs & Services
The Westport Weston Family YMCA is a charitable nonprofit organization that serves to develop and nurture youth, promote healthy living for all and foster social responsibility. Founded in 1923 and governed by volunteer leaders who live and work in the community we serve, our Y offers a full array of programs and services in support of our mission and our longstanding role as a center of community life, wellness and fellowship.
Opened in October 2014 at a cost of $38.5 million, our new 54,000 sq. ft. facility, known as the Bedford Family Center, includes all the features and amenities of a modern, family-oriented Y facility. Its location on our 32-acre Mahackeno campus, longtime home of our summer day camp, creates additional opportunities for programming and recreational activities.
Health & Wellness
The Robin Tauck Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art wellness center with a stunning view of our Camp Mahackeno property. With dedicated space for stretching, cardio, strength and functional exercise, the Robin Tauck Wellness Center has something to help everyone reach their personal wellness goals.
Click here for more information about the Robin Tauck Wellness Center.
At the Westport Weston Family YMCA, we believe that it is our mission to build more, confident swimmers. To meet this goal, we offer swim lessons for infants, toddlers, children, teens and adults. All ages can participate in swim lessons in groups or privately.
Click here for more information about swim lessons at the Family Y.
Hafaday Swim Lesson Program
Hafaday is a popular swim-lesson program for children ages 4 to 8 years old that takes place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each day in weekly sessions during the summer as well as some school vacation breaks. The children have a swim lesson and free swim, plus arts/crafts and gym time, with a snack in between. It is a great program where the kids can meet new friends, have fun and really strengthen their swim skills.
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Water Rat Swim Team
The Water Rat Swim Team is a year-round, nationally recognized competitive swim program, organized and operated by the Aquatics Department of the Westport Weston Family YMCA.
The Water Rat Swim Team competes against other Connecticut YMCA teams in dual meets and the team attends state, regional and national championships. The team, which is also a registered USA Swimming Club, is a member of Connecticut Swimming, Inc., one of 59 Local Swim Committees in the country. Water Rats compete in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets at the local, regional, state, zone and national level.
If you would like to learn more about the Water Rat Swim Team click to go the team’s section of this website. Also feel free the visit wrat.org, the Water Rats’ website on Team Unify, a swim team management platform. Current members of the Water Rat Swim Team, and their parents, should go to wrat.org to read the latest team news and register for swim meets.
Lifeguard Training & Certification
Our Family YMCA is not only our community’s leading provider of swim lessons and water-safety instruction, we also host Lifeguard Certification and Re-certification courses several times a year. The training is conducted by Red Cross instructors.
Held several times each year, our Red Cross lifeguarding courses emphasize practical lifesaving skills and job-related responsibilities. Lifeguard Training, Standard First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer are included. Participants must be at least 15 years old and able to swim 500 yards without goggles and tread water for 3 minutes.
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Sports & Recreation
At the Westport Weston Family YMCA, we believe that sports are one of the best avenues for reinforcing the core values. To that end, we strive to provide opportunities for members of all ages to participate in and improve their skills in a variety of athletic and recreational activity.
Our youth sports program emphasizes three things: teaching kids the fundamental skills of their chosen sport, encouraging teamwork and fair play, and creating an environment where kids enjoy playing their chosen sport in order to promote a lifetime of physical activity.
Please click here for more information regarding Youth & Teen Sports & Recreation at the Family YMCA.
At the Family Y, we believe in the importance of providing adults the opportunity to engage in individual and team sports. We intentionally schedule time for adults to use our facilities to play basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, badminton & more!
Please click here for more information regarding Adult Sports & Recreation programs at the Family YMCA.
The Westport Weston Family YMCA Gymnastics Center emphasizes individual skill development in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Our coaching staff wants your child to have a rewarding experience and encourages children of all ages and abilities to participate.
Opened in June 2014, the new YMCA Gymnastics Center occupies a specially designed 6,500 sq. ft. space at 145 Main St. in Norwalk, between Holmes St. and Union Ave. It’s near US-1 and the Route 7 connector, midway between the Merritt Parkway and 95.
To take part in the YMCA Gymnastics Center’s programs, participants must be members of the Westport Weston Family YMCA or, if a resident of Norwalk, the Norwalk YMCA.
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The Westport Weston Family YMCA Dance Center has been providing quality Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop and Creative Children’s Classes for children, teens, and adults for nearly 30 years. The school offers a full spectrum of programs for students ages 2 to adult.
Our education-based program is geared toward creating well rounded dancers with strong technique, coordination and focus. We strive to engage students physically and intellectually while helping them have fun while learning.
The Dance Program meets from September to June. We offer two semesters, Fall and Winter/Spring.
For a complete list of classes, please review our current Program Brochure.
School Age Programs
The Family YMCA After School Program provides a fun, safe environment for children in grades K-5 in Westport Public Schools. The program runs at the Westport Weston Family YMCA from the end of the school day until 6 pm.
Students will be bused from the Westport elementary schools to the YMCA.
Students participating in the After School Program will start each afternoon with a healthy snack as well as quiet activities and homework help. The group will play games either in the gym or use the grounds for Camp Mahackeno before getting ready for pick up. The students go swimming on Tuesdays and Thursday at the YMCA
School half days are included from dismissal time till 6 pm if they fall on the child’s regularly scheduled day.
Registration has already begun for the 2016-2017 school year; students can begin at any time once registration paperwork is processed. Space is limited for this program.
For more information, please click here. Or contact Meg George, Camp & Family Services Director, at 203-226-8981 or email@example.com.
Youth and Teen Nights
During the school year, our Y hosts fun evenings created especially for local middle- and elementary-school students. Held on Saturdays, 7:30-9:30 pm, Teen Nights are for 6th-8th graders and feature swimming, open play in the gym, games and special attractions like inflatables.
Youth Nights are held on Saturday evenings, 7:30-9:30 pm and offer the same wholesome fun, including fun times on our aquatic climbing wall!
The price is $15 for Y members and $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure a spot.
To register for either Teen Night or Youth Night, please click here. For details, contact Danette Meigel at 203-226-8981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy swimming, canoeing, arts & crafts, sing-a-longs, archery, nature, sports activities and so much more at our beautiful, 32-acre Mahackeno property along the banks of the Saugatuck River and Lees Pond.
Founded in 1938 as a “stay at home camp” for boys, the property remains a rustic and inviting place. It is full of fun and discovery, as be fits its original role three centuries ago, as a summer lodge and hunting grounds for a Native American chief and his tribe.
Generations of local kids have called Camp Mahackeno “home” for the summer, gaining new friends, skills and confidence while enjoying summertime pleasures that make memories for a lifetime.
If you have any questions about camp, please contact Meg George, Camp & Family Services Director, at 203-226-8981 or email@example.com.