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
Friday | 10:30-11:30am | Birth – 8 years
Sunday | 2:30-3:30pm | 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, visit the Friday Night with Friends Facebook page.
Free for Full Privilege Members.

February 3: Valentine Arts & crafts
February 10: No Friday Night with Friends due to “Nite to Shine” Dance at local churches
February 17: Basketball and wiffleball in the gym
February 24: Meet at Arnold’s Family Fun Center, Oaks at 6:30 pm

March 3: Career Night with guest speakers
March 10: Bingo Night | Please bring gently used books. DVDs or games for prizes
March 17: St Patrick’s Dance | Wear green!
March 24: Exercise with Ms. Becky
March 31: Pet Show & Tell

April 7: Sky Zone in Oaks
April 14: No Friday Night with Friends due to Good Friday
April 21: Dinner and shop at Limerick Outlets
April 28: Water Aerobics with Ms. Karen

May 5: Cinco de Mayo Party!
May 12: Exercise with Ms Becky
May 19: Team Nature Scavenger Hunt
May 26: No Friday Night with Friends due to Memorial Day Weekend

June 2: Hike Mt Misery, Valley Forge Park (inclement weather alternate activity: Indoor Swim)
June 9: Indoor/Outdoor Swim (inclement weather date for Hike My Misery)
June 16: Dinner and movie at the Y
June 23: End of Year Picnic (inclement weather alternate activity: Indoor Swim)
June 30: Indoor/Outdoor Swim (inclement weather date for End of the Year Picnic)

July 7: Indoor/Outdoor Swim
July 14: Indoor/Outdoor Swim
July 21: Indoor/Outdoor Swim
July 28: Indoor/Outdoor Swim

No Friday Night with Friends in August, see you in September!

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