The YMCA’s recreational program setting provides a unique experience with an emphasis on sports, social interaction and fun. The Ability Initiative strives to reach youth with special needs in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas by providing them a safe place to grow and socialize in a nurturing environment.

For more information on Ability programs at the Spring Valley YMCA, please contact Beccy Lafferty, Senior Program Director at 484-984-2008 or

Ability Programs

Ability Movement

Monday | 10:30-11:30am | Birth – 8 years
Tuesday | 4:15-5:15pm | Birth – 8 years
Wednesday | 11:30am-12:30pm | Birth – 8 years
Thursday | 4:45-5:30pm | Birth – 8 years

A whole body experience for children ages birth through 8 years old with physical and/or physiological challenges to run, jump and play with their peers.  Make new friends while having fun!  Participant must come with a caregiver.
Free for Full Privilege Members.

Friday Night with Friends

Friday | 6:30-8:00pm | Ages 18 & up
Join us for fun and socialization.  A different activity to enjoy each week, including: crafts, cooking, dances, swimming and holiday parties.  This is a great  opportunity to meet new friends!  Activities take place every Friday evening.  Registration is required.  For news, updates, pictures and more, like the Friday Night with Friends Facebook page. Scheduled activities are subject to change, to receive weekly emails about what we’re doing each week, email Barb McEvoy at
Free for Full Privilege Members.

Upcoming Friday Night with Friends Activities (schedule subject to change):

September 29: Swim Aerobics with Ms. Karen

October 6: Scream Mountain Hayride and live music. Spring Mount, PA
October 13: No Friday Night with Friends
October 20: Pictionary
October 27: TBD

November 3: Martial Arts with Mr Dave and Emily
November 10: Belly Dancing with Ms. Patricia
November 17: TBD
November 24: No Friday Night with Friends – Happy Thanksgiving!

December 1: Christmas Party
December 8: POUND with Ms Jessica
December 15: Dinner and shopping at Philadelphia Premium Outlets. Limerick, PA
December 22: Movie at Regal Movie Theater

Upcoming Programs

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