ymca extended learning academy

YMCA Extended Learning Academy is an in-person program that supports students, ages 4-17, who are e-learning through their school district. To help children stay on task, avoid backslides during school virtual learning, and support their academic, physical, and mental health, the Y has created a fun, safe and controlled environment in which children can continue their educational journey with the support of a great team. For more information on YMCA Extended Learning Academy, including locations and pricing, please click on the button below.

YMCA Extended Learning Academy  

fun at home activities for kids

With schools across the country closing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s important to keep kids engaged, healthy, and active at home.  We’ve compiled the list below of virtual tours and activities you can do with your kids right from your own living room.

visit museums

Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. The Louvre, based in Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free.

explore national parks

For those who want to surround themselves with nature without the traveling and going-outside aspect of it all, national parks are also providing virtual tours of America’s most popular parks. Virtual visitors can travel through the trails of Yellowstone National Park, as well as the Yosemite National Park.

visit the zoo

Some people count on the company of a furry friend at home, but others rely on spaces on the outside world to view them. Thankfully, spaces like the San Diego Zoo, the Georgia Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are offering live webcam viewings of pandas, penguins and beluga whales.

NBA TOGether

The NBA launched “NBA Together,” a league-wide, global community outreach and social engagement campaign to provide families, fans and the general public with the latest global health and safety information, inspire acts of caring and volunteerism and keep people and communities socially connected to our game and one another as we all cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of NBA Together, we launched “Jr. NBA at Home,” an interactive content series providing basketball skills and drills featuring NBA and WNBA players that can be completed individually and in limited space to help young players around the world stay active and develop their game in a safe and healthy way.  The initiative will include a series of daily posts on Jr. NBA social channels (FacebookTwitterInstagram) and NBA digital properties around the world that provide drills, activities and instruction to promote skill development, physical activity and character development.

Be sure to follow along @JrNBA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and join the action by posting videos of your family and friends completing the drills and activities using #JrNBAatHome.


Check out the website Vroom, which offers free activities parents can do with children ages 0-5 years, that turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®.

y achievers

Parents and Teens stay connected to our Y Achievers program with these academic success and college and career readiness online resources.


CATCH stands for a Coordinated Approach to Child Health. By uniting multiple players in a child’s life to create a community of health, CATCH is proven to prevent childhood obesity and supported by 25 years and 120 academic papers indicating as much as 11% decrease in overweight and obesity. CATCH Global Foundation has released “Health at Home” – a free set of health, nutrition, and physical education materials that require limited space and supervision. Access is quick-and-easy via Google Classroom.

To help families, CATCH has set up a Google Classroom to provide free and easy access to several of CATCH’s evidence-based health, nutrition, and physical education materials. These activities require limited space and supervision, and are organized into three sections: Physical Activities, Activity Breaks and Family Health and Nutrition.


  • Share the “CATCH Health at Home” resources with parents of your students using the “share messages” below
  • Use the resources with any children in your care by following the simple Google Classroom access instructions
  • Look out for distance education resources – made for remote instruction in the event of long-term school closures – coming out the week of 3/22


Full details and instructions are available at catch.org/pages/health-at-home.

Con el cierre de las escuelas en todo el país debido al Coronavirus (COVID-19), es importante mantener a los niños ocupados, saludables y activos en el hogar. CATCH Global Foundation ha lanzado “Health at Home”, un conjunto gratuito de materiales de salud, nutrición y educación física (en inglés y español) que requieren espacio y supervisión limitados. El acceso es rápido y fácil a través de Google Classroom. Los detalles completos y las instrucciones están disponibles en catch.org/pages/health-at-home-es.

YMCA Swim Lesson – Take Home Activities

Keep your children engaged in water safety with these home activities from our YMCA Swim Lesson Program.  These are activities broken down by the various skills that parents can practice at home with their children.  No pool, goggles, or swim suits necessary!