Registration opens for YMCA Vacation Fun Club



Rome Sentinel Co.


Area children can spend April’s school vacation with the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley, which is offering a daily enrichment program during the school vacation for children in kindergarten through age 12. Registration is now open for Oneida, Rome and Whitesboro. YMCA Vacation Fun Club offers is a state-licensed, safe, and nurturing environment from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for students from any school district. Activities include arts and crafts, physical fitness, science, character development, outdoor play, special guests and more. Daily rates for YMCA members are $50 for the first child and $45 for second child. Non-member rates are $60 for the first child and $55 for the second. Special activities for the April vacation include: • Friday, April 7: Easter fun with new and traditional Easter and egg-themed activities. • Monday, April 10: Spring training with physical activities including spring sports, healthy habits and exercise. • Tuesday, April 11: Fairy tales. • Wednesday, April 12: Camp fun including nature activities, arts and crafts, sports, music and a special visit from the Utica Zoo Mobile. • Thursday, April 13: Talent showcase. • Friday, April 14: Going green – planting seeds, making flowers and more. “The vacation fun club program offers inclusive, age-appropriate fitness, arts and sciences and character development activities in a safe and affordable environment,” said Holly Panebianco, YMCA regional childcare director. “We continue to follow COVID safety precautions recommended by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the New York State Department of Health.” Each child is asked to bring a nutritious lunch, healthy snacks, water bottle, swimsuit, towel, sneakers and outside play clothes. The school vacation program is offered at the Rome YMCA, 301 W. Bloomfield St., 315-336-3500; the Oneida YMCA, 701 Seneca St., 315-363-7788; or Whitesboro Child Care, 8595 Westmoreland Road, Whitesboro, 315-768-6712. Download a registration form for each student at and return the completed form to your child’s respective YCare location or contact your location for more information. For additional information, contact Regional YCare Director Holly Panebianco at Hollyp@ “Our four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are essential parts of all of our programs,” explained Panebianco. “We value the unique personalities and potential of every child.”