Special Needs

Upcoming Events:

Shining Star’s Got Talent Sat., May 4 at 1pm 

at the Wyckoff Family YMCA’s 

Carl Pfeifer Performing Arts Stage 

The show will be highlighting talents from a very special group of men and women. It will feature a group Zumba piece, a martial arts performance, songs, dancing, among other musical numbers, as well as skits. It is a celebration of the talents that make our group so special.

You’re Invited! Billy’s Buddies 

Mother’s Day Spring Party

Fri., May 10 from 6:30-8pm 

Wyckoff YMCA PR2/3

We are excited to present “Mother’s Day Spring Party” for our families who joined us for the Buddy Walk to support children with Down syndrome. 

We welcome all families with children and adults with special needs on May 10 to come together and kick off Spring with Snacks, Mother’s Day Crafts, Planting and Games!



Shining Star Art Show 

from May 4 - 31 

Gallery 691 and the Wyckoff Family YMCA are proud to exhibit the artwork of our Shining Star Artists. 

Shining Star Multi Media Art Class and Shining Star 21+ present “Creative Expression with a Heart”. We use oil pastels, paint, water color, colored pencils and markers along with various art techniques. Our Art Classes are meant not only to be a learning experience but also an opportunity to encourage an appreciation of the arts. Please take some time to enjoy our hard work.

Gallery 691 hours:

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm

Follow us on Instagram @ymcagallery691

15th Annual Buddy Walk of Bergen County BUDDY WALK LOGO

Sat., October 5, 2019


Thank you for all who attended or donated and made this years walk a huge success! Still want to donate to the event? Click below!


"Billy’s Buddies" Membership: 

Billy's Buddies is an outreach program for children with Down syndrome and their families.

The primary goal is to create awareness and acceptance of individuals with DS. Additionally, “Billy’s Buddies” provides families with valuable resources and networking opportunities.

Questions? Contact: [email protected] 
Billy’s Buddies Membership includes:
  • A caring, supportive Parent Network

  • Support for New Parents

  • Participation in the Buddy Walk of Bergen County

  • Social events for families: picnics, indoor swim sessions, Valentine’s Party, Egg Hunt, Spring Lake Swim Party, Parent’s Night Out, Spring Birdhouse Make & Take Workshop 

  • Swim lessons for Billy’s Buddies Members Contact: [email protected]

Join other families who have a child with Down syndrome once a month for a special event or to socialize. Parents participate in an adult group, siblings participate in a sibling group, and children enjoy spending time with the Wyckoff YMCA Teen Leaders. Meetings are followed by a light dinner.

Special Needs Programming:

Interested in learning more about our Special Needs programs? Learn more below!