Your day doesn’t always end when theirs does. That’s why the Legacy YMCA offers after-school programs that serve children from Bessemer City schools, and Jefferson County schools. YMCA after-school programs focus on nurturing a child’s development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y’s values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY. Available for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Our afterschool program provides a range of activities, including:
- Academic enrichment and homework help
- Structured activities that provide kids with physical activity outside
- Hands-on, engaging activities to do inside
- Healthy snacks
- Arts and crafts
The importance of physical activity is not just for parents! With our Child Watch program, your child or infant will get the most out of their visit to the YMCA while you get a personal workout or enjoy one of our Group Exercise classes.
Child Watch is offered as a free program for members with a Family membership. For up to two hours per day; in Child Watch, your child or infant will be engaged and have fun with our trained Child Watch team. You as a parent, have the freedom to enjoy all the amenities the Legacy YMCA has to offer. A parent or guardian is the only adult allowed to sign the child in and out, and are required to remain on-site at the Y during their child’s visit.
- Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Friday 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
- Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Our Preschool program focuses on preparing children to be “kindergarten ready”. At the YMCA, we emphasize character development values such as CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY. We know that learning happens through fun, so we have incorporated the Mother Goose Time curriculum. This curriculum uses all aspects of child development (motor skills, language, literacy, recognition of self, health & well-being, math, science, and exploration), which enhances the learning experience gained by our students.
WE SERVE CHILDREN 3 TO 5 YEARS OF AGE.
Children must be fully potty-trained.
Playing sports at the Legacy Y is fun for everyone! Kids ages 3-12 can choose from basketball, flag football, and soccer. No matter which sport they get involved in, they will learn the basics of good sportsmanship and healthy competition … along with our core values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY.
Fall is over, but football is still on! Flag football keeps kids learning the game and helps them stay in shape during the off season. This co-ed league is open to ages 3 to 11.
- Non-contact flag football
- 5 v 5
- Hoover Youth Flag Football rules will be used
- Ages 3-8 play games on Sunday afternoons at the Legacy YMCA Family Center
- Ages 9-11 have the option of either playing Tuesday, or Thursday nights. All 9-11 games are played at the Hoover Met Sports Complex.
- Hoover fields will be available for practice
- 7 games guaranteed
Like all Legacy Y sports leagues, youth soccer offers fun for players of all abilities. Practices include specific drills to help children develop and improve coordination and games let players showcase these skills. Most importantly, YMCA soccer leagues emphasize teamwork, fair play, self-confidence, and fun. At the Y, all kids play! Volunteers coach our teams, and they’re trained to work with kids, help develop skills and encourage character development. Soccer is offered during the fall and spring each year.
REGISTRATION – SPRING
January 4 – February 8
The first week of practice: February 18.
The first game: March 25.
REGISTRATION – FALL
July 15 – August 16
The first week of practice: August 26.
The first game: September 7.
$25 – Legacy YMCA members
$110 – Non-Legacy YMCA members
Did you know the game of basketball was invented at the Y? In 1891, while at Springfield College Dr. James Naismith created the game of basketball to condition young athletes during the winter months. Today the Leagy YMCA offers youth basketball to kids ages 3 to 12, providing them the opportunity to develop new skills – like the dribbling, passing and shooting, all while gaining confidence and getting plenty of exercise.