LIVINGSTON, NJ - As families shift their summer plans amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers virtual program options to keep kids active and engaged all summer long. 

“As the pandemic continues, we understand that some families may prefer to explore virtual options for the summer as opposed to in-person programs,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. “Our virtual programs provide important social connections for youth and increase opportunities for learning and growing while at home.”

For July and August, the Y’s Virtual Summer Day Camp for children ages 6-15 provides traditional summer camp experiences in a fun and interactive virtual format, with daily themes and activities. Operated by Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, the camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., and families can sign up for a week or more. 

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The Y has developed more than a dozen low-cost virtual programs to keep kids and adults busy and engaged over the summer, with classes in creative and performing arts, dance and movement. Youth classes include Yoga, Hip Hop, Ballet and Tap Dance, as well as Audition Technique, Improv, Witches & Wizardry, Villain Vignettes, and a Freestyle class teaching kids about hip hop and beatboxing, with instruction by a graduate of the Freestyle Love Supreme (of Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Hamilton” fame).

The Y also offers a Virtual “Tappy Hour” for adults learning how to dance or brushing up on their current dance skills.

For aspiring performers, the Y offers Virtual Theater Workshops that focus on dancing, singing, puppetry, and playwriting, designed for kids ages 7-13. The Y will also be running three Summer Shows giving children and young adults the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a virtual setting.

To learn more about the Y’s virtual programs visit metroymcas.org

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.