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Last updated: 9/21/18

BCYF Family Gym

Family Gym is a free, weekly play program that promotes physical activity for children ages 3-8 and their families.

Family Gym is so much fun! Join together with families from neighborhoods across Boston for an engaging morning of fun, physically active games. We are looking forward to this session and hope to reach even more families.

Family Gym Fall 2018 begins on Saturday, October 6, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at:


Saturdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Have fun with us at Family Gym!

  • Children and adults move at their own pace in supervised activities.
  • We set up colorful play equipment to encourage individual, small, and large group play.
  • Families can jump rope, play on an obstacle course, do the limbo, or play parachute games or sports.
  • Drop-in, no pre-registration required.
  • Required for caregiver to participate.
  • Fun and safety are our priorities.
  • Caregivers must remain in the gym with their children at all times. 
  • Legal guardian must sign a waiver before child can participate.
  • Northeastern University student volunteers serve as Student Activity Leaders.

Upcoming Family Gym Dates

Upcoming Family Gym Dates
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Why Family Gym?

Early childhood obesity is a critical public health issue.

Family Gym’s target population is families in neighborhoods with high levels of obesity and limited or unsafe play space. The gym offers moderate-to-vigorous physical activities and educational activities focused on healthy eating. Both take place on a regular basis to promote healthy living!

According to the Boston Public Health Commission, more 26% of U.S. preschoolers are overweight or obese. Rates are even higher among low-income and minority children. By first grade, 34% of children in the Boston public school system have been identified as overweight or obese. By the time children reach first grade, important lifestyle habits have already been created. We need to promote healthy eating and physical activity in the preschool years to address obesity.

Our partners

Family Gym is a program of Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures (HKHF). The collaborative, early childhood obesity prevention initiative was founded in 2009 by a group of partners that includes:

  • Northeastern University
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, and
  • Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF).

Family Gym would not be possible without the support of these groups. Boston Children’s Hospital helps enable the program to run. BCYF offers access to gym space on Saturday mornings. Northeastern University also steps in to help with student volunteers.