After School

After school programs in Wilkes Barre


After school activities can bring together communities and improve academic outcomes for the children involved. Research has shown that children enrolled in after school care are less likely to become involved in criminal or risky behaviors during their adolescence.

Our after school activities are designed to teach children important socialization and academic skills. With a safe and structured learning environment, we can greatly extend the education of our children with fun and interactive after school programs.

Whether it’s engaging in fun art projects or playing team based sports in the gym, the memories your children form at the Y will last a lifetime.

The YMCA offers fun after school activities designed to keep children physically active, as well as mentally stimulated. The skills we can provide today’s youth will go a long ways in shaping the world of tomorrow.

  • Begins August 21, 2018
  • Children Grades K - 6th
  • Monday-Friday; Before Care available at 7:00am; After Care runs 3:30-6:00pm
  • Parent pick-up BY 6:00pm
  • Swim Lessons
  • Half days and snow days and delays included
  • Homework assistance
  • Snack and dinner daily
  • Cost: $90 week
  • $65 part-time week (3 days or less)

Transportation is available from the following schools: Dana Street Elementary, Solomon Plains Elementary, Dan Flood Elementary,  Kistler Elementary, Dodson Elementary, Heights Elementary, Bear Creek Charter School.

ELRC accepted and Scholarships are available upon application and acceptance. Keystone Star 3 and DHS licensed facility.



We also have new Wilkes Barre YMCA Fall Youth Programs!


Kids Café - Basic hands-on cooking recipes that are fun, easy and ready to eat!

Location: café
Ages 3-5 - Friday from 12-12:30p.m.
Ages 5-8 -Thursday 6-6:30p.m.
Ages 9-12 - Wednesday 6-6:00p.m.

Games Galore- Let’s play some board games! Child favorite board games for individuals or groups!

Age: 5-8
Location: multi
Time:  11-11:30a.m.
Day:  Saturday

Imagination Playground- Imagination playground is a mobile block- based play system that transforms children’s minds, bodies and spirits through active, creative play. It will inspire children to design their own inventions, environments and activities!

Location: Gym
Ages 3-5- Tuesday 12-12:30
Ages 5-8 Monday 6-6:30p.m.

Messy Art- Your little ones will enjoy getting messy with finger paints and water colors and you don’t have to worry about the cleanup! Kids will enjoy a half hour of fun filled art and crafts related activities that will have them exploring their messy side!

Age: 3-5
Location: Multi
Time: 10-10:30a.m.
Day:  Saturday

Author of the Month Story Time- Kids will enjoy a half hour of learning all about the chosen author the month! The kids will enjoy hearing the author’s stories, meet the characters!

Age: 3-5
Location:  Haley Room
Time:  12:00-12:30p.m.
Day:  Thursday

Slime Ya Later! -  Each week kids will enjoy making ooey gooy slime in all different colors and textures!

Age: 8-12
Location: Multi
Time:  12-12:30p.m.
Day:  Saturday

Can You Code It? - Each week youth will learn how to code using Ozobots!

Age: 8-12
Location: Multi
Time:  1:00-1:30p.m.
Day: Saturday

Oh What A Maze! - Children will enjoy a half hour of creating marble mazes using different types of tubes and cylinders!

Age: 5-8
Location: Multi
Time:  6:00-6:30p.m.
Day:  Wednesday

Color Me Happy!  - Young adults will enjoy a calm Relaxing half our of adult coloring!

Age: 9-12
Location: Multi
Time:  6:00-6:30p.m.
Day:  Wednesday

Call Jennifer Brennan at the YMCA for more information.