Sensory-friendly visit with Santa sponsored by A-Team of Pottstown and YMCA

The A-Team Pottstown and the Pottstown/Freedom Valley YMCA are happy to provide a sensory-friendly experience for your child to visit Santa.

Sometimes children with special needs, such as autism, just cannot tolerate crowds of people, loud sounds or waiting in line for a turn.

This sensory-friendly experience will allow children to take part in a cherished childhood rite of passage on Sunday, December 16th from 1pm to 3pm.

Full Y members are free; all others are $5. There will be a snack, a craft, and photos with Santa. Photos are courtesy of Kaptured by Kat Photography. Please note that space is limited and you must call the Y at 610-323-7300 to reserve your child’s spot. The Y is located at 724 N. Adams Street in Pottstown.

Pottstown Y hosts 22nd annual Halloween Safehouse

The Freedom Valley YMCA at Pottstown, Adams & Jackson Streets, will host its 22nd Annual Y Cares Halloween Safehouse Treat Trail on Friday, October 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.mEntrance to the event is behind the YMCA on Grant Street.

Open to children 12 & under accompanied by an adult, this fun event provides a safe trick or treat environment for area children, while supporting the  community.     

 Admission is a donation to support the Y Cares Financial Assistance Program.

The Treat Trail, provided by local organizations, businesses and volunteers, will include music by Pure Fun Entertainment.  This year’s theme: “YOU can be a Superhero”.

To learn more about this Pottstown Halloween tradition, contact Jane at 610-323-7300 ext 10 or jalan@fvymca.org.

A-Team provides support for families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders

“The A Team Pottstown” is a parent/caregiver, educator, professional group providing support for families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. They meet at the Pottstown branch of the Freedom Valley YMCA on the 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. They have open discussions and guest speakers. Whether your family has a new diagnosis or you’re more experienced, all are welcome! The Freedom Valley YMCA is located at 724 N. Adams Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

You can also  visit their Facebook page to meet folks in this community and join in the discussions. Right now they are taking a poll about whether families would be interested in attending the occasional sensory friendly, family friendly film at the new Carmike 12 at Upland Square Shopping Center in Pottsgrove. Sensory friendly means there’s lower volume and the lights are up a bit so it’s not so dark for the kids. Carmike is open to it if there is enough interest. Seems like a reasonable accommodation that could provide a positive social experience for individuals with ASD and their families. See the 1-question poll here!

Pottstown YMCA holding a Back-to-School Swim Meet this Saturday for 6-12 year olds

The Freedom Valley YMCA at Pottstown is hold a Youth Race Back-to-School Swim Meet this Saturday, August 18 at 11 am.

Swim with your age group – all 6-12 year olds are welcome! You need not be on a swim team to participate. 

Everybody swims – Everybody wins! 

Sign up at the Y.

Open to the whole community.

You may sign up the day of the meet.

Cost: $1/swim event. 

Call 610.323.7300 for more info.

Freedom Valley YMCA at Pottstown
724 North Adams Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
Freedom Valley YMCA: We’re here for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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