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Spring Break Events at The Summit Area YMCA


With Spring Break just around the corner, make the most of your time off by joining us at some of the Summit Area YMCA’s many free events being offered all week long! There’s something for everyone!


Slime Workshop

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Teens are invited to join us to make ooey, gooey slime at the Y! In this workshop, learn the simple ingredients it takes to make the green gook everyone loves! Snacks provided. Event takes place from 12:30-2:30 PM at the Summit YMCA Teen Center.
Event Info
or contact Julie Wagenblast at (908)273-3330 X1140 or

Nutrition Q & A-Registered Dietitian.

Come to our monthly Q&A where you can have all your nutritional questions answered by Jessica. Event takes place from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Berkeley Heights YMCA.
Event Info
or contact Lisa McQuilkin at (908)464-8373 X2026 or


Teen Painting Party

If you love to paint, this workshop is for you! We’ll have all our supplies out and ready, from canvas to smaller works of art, you’re welcome to come paint them all! Snacks provided. Event takes place from 12:30-2:30PM at the Summit YMCA.

Event Info
or contact Julie Wagenblast at (908)273-3330 X1140 or

Lunch & Learn Lectures with Dr. De Fabio

Learn why keeping your brain healthy is critical for your ability to remember, learn, plan, concentrate and maintain a clear active mind. Lecture runs from 12:00-1:00 PM at the Berkeley Heights YMCA.

Event Info
or contact Lisa McQuilkin at (908)464-8373 X2026 or


Summit YMCA – Dine & Give Back at Piattino Restaurant in Summit, NJ

Enjoy lunch and dinner at Piattino(show flyer or take picture from our link below) and 15% of all sales, including all food and non-alcoholic drinks and take-out orders, will be donated to the Summit YMCA's Annual Campaign.
Event Info
or contact Maria Marinaccio at (908)273-3330 X1166 or


Free Karate Kids Demonstration

Come check out a free demonstration class where kids ages 6+ will learn basic martial arts and self –defense techniques in a positive, healthy environment. It’s a great way to see if your child might like to sign up for the Y’s Spring 2 session karate class. Two time sessions will be offered: 4:00-4:45 PM and 4:45-5:30 PM at the Summit YMCA.
Event Info
or contact Maria Marinaccio at (908)273-3330 X1166 or


Spring Break – Special Needs Gym
We invite anyone from our community who has a special need and their family/caregiver to join us at the Summit YMCA from 1:00-2:00 PM for some fun, active play with our gym equipment, parachute, balls and and more. Please wear sneakers.
Event Info
or contact Maria Marinaccio at (908) 273-3330 X1166 or

Dr. Strange Movie and Popcorn

Grab your popcorn and a teen friend and come watch the movie presentation of Dr. Strange, a Marvel movie. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, this film is a mixture of action, sci-fi, and more! Event takes place from 12:30—2:30PM at the Summit YMCA.
Event Info
or contact Julie Wagenblast at (908)273-3330 X1140 or


Summit Helping Its People (SHIP)- Helping Those In Need.

Summit Area YMCA’s Togetherhood program is partnering with SHIP to help volunteers serve and cook a meal for the less fortunate members of our community. Event takes place at the Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave, Summit NJ from 2:30PM-4:45PM.
Event Info
for more information/registration or contact Patty Facchinei at (908)273-3330 X1174 or

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TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County, at the event. 

“As a leader in Sandy Hook Promise, I was happy to accept the ...

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To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...