Community Recreation Departments
Recreation Departments offer many recreational and leisure opportunities for all ages, from toddlers, teens to adults, at a price that can't be beat. Most communities limit enrollment to residents only, however, select programs may be open to non-residents if space is still available after resident registration.
In addition to sports, fitness, enrichment, cultural events, summer camps, concerts in the parks and other seasonal activities, many Recreation Departments also sponsor bus trips to major events and offer discount tickets to ski areas and amusement parks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Recreation facilities include parks with walking/fitness trails, playgrounds and sports fields, and often include community pools, tennis and basketball courts, skate parks, ice skating and golf. Recreational facilities and equipment may be available for rental for parties and special events.
Program and registration information is typically distributed to residents through newsletters, local schools or email and is also available online through municipal websites.
79 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-4242.
Offers a wide range of recreational and educational programs and services for children and adults. Progressive swim programs begin at 6 months, gymnastics, parent/child classes, Preschool and school age classes, STEAM classes, afterschool care for grades K-5, birthday parties, fitness center, lap swim, yoga, cardio, Zumba, cardiac rehab, water exercise and dance. Full and partial scholarships available for all programs and activities.
Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
1340 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, 908-889-8880.
Programs in swimming, gymnastics, youth sports and fitness. Preschool, youth and young adult programs. Day camp programs for ages 5-13. Summer camps and gymnastics camps also available.
Greater Morristown YMCA
79 Horsehill Rd., Cedar Knolls, 973-267-0704.
Programs include youth development, fitness, swim lessons beginning at 6 mos. of age, youth sports leagues, camp and child care from 6 weeks-5 yrs. Free babysitting for parents who are working out.
Hunterdon County YMCA
Deer Path Branch
144 West Woodschurch Rd., Flemington, 908-782-1030.
Round Valley Branch
1410 Rt. 22W, Annandale, 908-236-1055.
Aquatics, fitness, youth sports, fun activities for the whole family, full-day childcare for children ages 6 wks.-5 yrs., before/after school care at 18 schools countywide, summer camps, and preschools in Clinton and Milford. The Hunterdon County YMCA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, committed to the philosophy that "the Y is for everyone," and provides financial assistance to all who qualify.
JCC of Middlesex County
1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, NJ 08829, 732-494-3232.
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-530-3400.
Programs, activities and special events include early childhood programs and kindergarten; summer camp; school vacation programs; afterschool care; parent/child classes; 20,000 sq. ft. fitness center, sports and recreation; swim classes; sports leagues; full size gymnasium with walking/running track; indoor pools; classes in fine arts, music, dance and Jewish education; special needs programs; and more.
JCC of Western Monmouth County
59 Broad St., Freehold, NJ 07728, 732-531-9100.
Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey
1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, 908-889-8800. Contact: Caren Goldberg x236. Not-for-profit social services agency committed to serving the Jewish community and community-at-large, provides social, recreational, educational and cultural programs and humanitarian services through all phases of life.
Kaplan JCC on the Palisades
411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, NJ 08670, 201-569-7900.
Madison Area YMCA Family Center
111 King's Road., Madison, 973-822-YMCA.
The Madison Area YMCA is a cause-driven 501(c)(3) charitable organization that believes everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
It offers classes in swimming, gymnastics, sports, performing arts, and enrichment for all ages and abilities. The Family Center features an indoor pool, gymnastics center, gymnasium, outdoor playing fields, an indoor playground, a teen center and fitness center. The F.M. Kirby Children's Center offers early childhood education and childcare for infants through 5th graders. Programs include: preschool, Young 5s, kindergarten, kindergarten wraparound, before- and after-school care, toddler speech and summer camp. Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA, a no-fee youth counseling program, is an important extension of youth development services for children, teens and their families throughout the Madison Area YMCA's service area. Services are provided in the schools and at the program's offices by licensed clinical social workers.
Metro YMCAs of the Oranges
139 E. McClellan Ave., Livingston, 973-758-9622.
Facilities in Livingston, Maplewood, East Orange, Hardyston and Wayne offer a wide variety of programs including aquatics, youth sports and enrichment, competitive basketball, gymnastics and swim teams, summer day camps, sleepaway camps and conference center/facilities, birthday parties, adult fitness and sports, family nights, teen programs and community outreach programs. Extensive child care options include infant, toddler, preschool, full day and before and after kindergarten, afterschool and vacation care programs
Raritan Valley YMCA
144 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ, 732-257-4114.
State-of-the-art fitness center offers personal training and group exercise classes. Youth programs include summer camp, swim lessons, swim team, sports and fitness, birthday parties and state-licensed child care facility includes preschool, after school child care, infant and toddler day care.
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC)
775 Talamini Rd. (conveniently located off Rt. 202-206), Bridgewater, 908-725-6994. Email: email@example.com.
The JCC is a non-sectarian facility that serves Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, providing fitness, recreational, social, educational and cultural programs for individuals of all ages to the entire community. The facility includes a fitness center, group fitness studio, spin studio, gymnasium, indoor salt based swimming pool. The JCC's salt based outdoor pool (open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day) has a dome enclosure for use during the off season. The JCC hosts a variety of birthday parties and rooms are available for rental for Bar & Bat Mitzvah celebrations, Sweet 16s, private parties, life cycle events and corporate events. The JCC is home to JCC Camp Ruach day camp (for campers ages 15 months through teen travel). The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center offers infant and toddler day care year round, half-day and full day programs for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, and afternoon Kindergarten enrichment. Certified and experienced teachers; flexible schedules! "J" Crew After School program for Grades K-6 with busing from Bridgewater Public Schools. The JCC is home to the Bridgewater Tide Swim Team and summer Swim Club. The JCC is proud to host the Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team and offers swim instruction for children with special needs. For additional information, visit the JCC website.
Upcoming JCC Events
Mah Jongg Tournament.
Camp & Preschool Open House.
Camp & Preschool Open House.
Pasta Dinner, benefitting Special Olympics Somerset County.
Mah Jongg Tournament.
Wrestling Smack Down.
Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Celebration.
Camp & Preschool Open House.
Designer Handbag Bingo.
5K Run & 1 Mile Family Walk.
Golf & Tennis Outing.
Somerset County YMCA
• Somerset Hills YMCA
140 Mount Airy Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-7898.
655 Martinsville Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-7898.
• Bridgewater YMCA
601 Garretson Rd., Bridgewater, 908-526-0688.
• Hillsborough YMCA
19 E. Mountain Rd., Hillsborough, 908-369-0490
• Somerville YMCA / Somerset Valley YMCA
2 Green St., Somerville, 908-722-4567.
Youth aquatics, swim team, gymnastics, Mom & tot programs, sports, teen programs, and a wide variety of summer day camps and sports camps. Child care for ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten and after school. Birthday parties.
Summit Area YMCA
• Berkeley Heights YMCA
550 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, 908-464-8373.
• The Learning Circle YMCA (TLC)
95 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-273-7040.
• Summit YMCA
67 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-3330.
Programs for infants to senior citizens, preschool and youth enrichment and sports, dance, martial arts, swim lessons, swim team, lifeguard certifications, teen enrichment, youth and adult sports clinics and leagues, wellness, nutrition counseling, personal training, fitness, yoga, pilates, boxing and more. Adventure Guides, Achievers college prep program, community outreach programs. Extensive child care programs for all ages, before school, after school and vacation care programs. Financial assistance. Volunteer opportunities. Employment opportunities.
Westfield Area YMCA
• Westfield Y
220 Clark St.; 422 E. Broad St.; 170 Elm St., Westfield, 908-233-2700. Wide variety of healthy living, youth development and social responsibility programs for preschoolers, youth, teens and adults. Swimming lessons and competitive swim team, youth sports and leagues, health and wellness classes, extensive teen activities, and programs for special needs populations. Summer day and travel camps. Child care education programs include daycare, preschool-full-day Kindergarten, before and after school care for elementary and middle school children. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
• Garwood Family Center Y
500 East St., Garwood, 908-301-1616. Full and half day child care education for ages 2 1⁄2-5 yrs.; before care and after care for school age children up to 11 yrs.; drop in flexible care; outdoor playgrounds and fields and indoor gross motor room. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Woodbridge Community Center
600 Main St., Woodbridge, 732-596-4103. The 110,000 sq. ft Community Center includes a complete sports center, arenas for ice skating and roller skating, outdoor mini-golf, cafe and Skyline Pavilion rental facility. The YMCA operates and manages portions of the Center including the Wellness Center and strength room, gym, pool, track and provides swim lessons, child care, preschool and exercise classes.
YMCA of Greater Bergen County
360 Main St., Hackensack, 201-487-6600.
YM-YWHA of Wayne
1 Pike Dr., Wayne, NJ 08807, 973-595-0100.
Basking Ridge Country Club
185 Madisonville Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-8200 x2. 25 meter swimming pool, kiddie pool, playground, snack bar, swim team, swim lessons, basketball, ping-pong and volleyball area, weekly kids craft and game days, and more.
JCC Swim Club
775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater, 908-725-6994. Multiple pools, including separate kiddie area with playground; snack bar; tennis courts, sand volleyball court and basketball courts.
Somerset County Park Commission Warrenbrook Pool
Warrenville Rd., Warren, 908-754-8404. Open daily late June-Labor Day: Weekdays 12-8, weekends 11-8. Age 3 and under free. Warrenbrook Pool offers seasonal and daily passes. Programming includes swim classes, aquacise, and special clinics such as lifeguarding and diving.