The New Canaan YMCA has opened registration for the fall program session. The 11-week session begins Wednesday, Sept. 9, and runs through Nov. 24.

The New Canaan YMCA will conduct registration via its secure online portal on; a current Y membership and online registration account are required. Registration will also take place at the YMCA front desk.

Through the New Canaan YMCA’s Annual Support Campaign, financial assistance and special payment arrangements are available. Last year, the Y awarded the equivalent of almost $400,000 in financial assistance. For additional information about financial assistance, contact Diana Riolo at 203-920-1653.

The Y’s Hargrove Child Development Center has limited space available for the 2015-2016 school year in the Rainbow Station 3s preschool program.

Preschool sports and wellness programs for the fall session include Bouncing Bears gymnastics, soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Karate Kixx, a fun class that teaches the basics of karate, will continue to be offered to preschool and school age kids.

Sports and wellness programs for school-age children include lacrosse, golf, volleyball, yoga and archery. The sports department will be offering fencing for ages 7 to adult. Participants will learn basic footwork, hand positioning, and much more. Additionally, the Y is proud to continue to offer Girls on the Run, an experiential program for girls in grades 3-5 combining training for a 3.1-mile run event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts.

Programs for middle schoolers include archery, tennis and a Youth Strength Training class, where ages 12-14 can earn their F.I.T. (Families in Training) pass, giving them access to the Wellness Center after school.

Additional programs for those in middle school and high school include the Red Cross Babysitting Certification course and No Bake Cooking. This year the Y is also offering a mentor program, which provides teens with the opportunity to gain skills in leadership while mentoring teens and young adults. Another new fall program is Self Defense 2.0. This class combines self-defense techniques and strength training for a full body workout, while incorporating real life scenario drills.

A range of aquatics programs will be offered in the fall session, including swim lessons for ages 6 months and older, the Caimans swim team, Aquianas synchronized swimming, and Whirlwind diving.

Adult wellness services include a variety of programs, personal and team training options, and drop-in group fitness classes. The Y offers Fit-traxx, a small group training program that is designed to help people of all ages, shapes, and sizes melt fat, increase energy and build strength and tone in only four weeks.

Other adult wellness programs include TRX suspension training, Pilates Apparatus, and a range of drop-in group exercise classes including, Yoga, Group Power, Spinning, Group Active, Pilates, Zumba, and more. Additionally, the Livestrong at the YMCA program will continue to be offered, at no cost, to any cancer survivor within the community. The Y, in conjunction with Stamford Hospital, will be hosting a fall lecture series. The group discussion are free and open to the community, and are intended to educate individuals on a variety of health topics.

The YSN department will be offering a variety of social recreational and fitness programs this fall including, Family Explorer Bears, karate fitness, y-jam music, creative arts workshop, and Wildcats Fall Sports. To learn more about the Y’s special needs department, contact Carolynn Kaufman at

A complete listing of program offerings for fall 2015 is available at the New Canaan YMCA Front Desk and can also be viewed at For additional information, call 203-966-4528.