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Last updated: 12/10/18

BCYF Vacation Week Activities

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers host programs and events during school vacation weeks.

Please contact your local BCYF center for more information or to sign up for any programs. We'll be continuing to add activities as they get scheduled, so remember to check back on this page!

December 2018 Vacation Week Activities

December 2018
Open Gym (Wednesday through Friday)
  • Basketball, soccer, and flag football tournaments
  • Ages 12 and under: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Ages 17 and under: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Adults: 6 - 9 p.m.
Youth/Teen Center (Wednesday through Friday)
  • Movies, video game competition, pool tournament, pizza party, arts and crafts, and more
  • Ages 17 and under: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Ages 12 and under: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • We hold various events and workshops for adults from 6 - 9 p.m.
Pool Schedule (Wednesday through Friday)
  • Recreational swim, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Adult lap, 6 - 8 p.m.
Computer Lab
  • Senior, youth, and teen hours to be determined
Saturday
  • Schedule will go back to normal

Learn about BCYF Condon

Monday, December 24
  • Free drop-in activities for youth members; ages 8-18; 12:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Center closes at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25
  • Holiday – center is closed.
Wednesday, December 26
  • Drop in, pool, PS4, cards, open gym: 1:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Open gym: ages 18; 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • Boys Fit Bootcamp basketball conditioning: ages 7-13; 3 - 4 p.m.:
  • Youth enrichment: ages 7-13; 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Girls group: ages 9-14; 5 - 6 p.m.:
  • Girls dance class: Ages 9-14; 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Boys group: ages 8-13; 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Advanced Soccer Club: ages 13-15; 7 - 9 p.m.
Thursday, December 27
  • Open gym: ages 18 and older; 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • Girls Fit Bootcamp: ages 7-13; 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Youth Enrichment: ages 7-13; 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Arts and crafts: ages 7-13; 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Bingo: all ages; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Open run: Ages 40 and older; 7 - 9 p.m.
Friday, December 28
  • Open gym: Ages 18 and older; 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • PS4, pool: 1:30 - 6 p.m.
  • BCYF Gallivan Basketball Jamz: ages 7-13; 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Girls group: ages 9-14; 5 - 6 p.m.
  • Family night and soccer clinic: ages 7-13; 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Gym activities, Capture the Flag, Kickball, Fishy-Fishy Cross My Ocean: all ages; 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 29
  • Early Bird Basketball: ages 7-13; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Middle school and high school basketball: ages 13-17; 12 - 4:30 p.m.  
  • Youth Focus Group: 1 - 3 p.m. Youth of all ages coming together to talk about different topics that have serious affects in our community. This is a collaboration with our community Streetworker program. Snacks are served.

Learn about BCYF Gallivan

Friday, December 21
  • Recreational swim: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • NBA 2K18 tournament: ages 13 and older, 4 - 8 p.m.
  • Christmas crafts and kids activities: $10, 4 - 6 p.m., requires pre-registration
  • Pool carnival: 6 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 22
  • Drop and shop: $5, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., requires pre-registration
Monday, December 24
  • Open gym: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Open computer lab: 2 - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 26
  • Microsoft store field trip: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., ages 9-11, participants should bring money for lunch; requires pre-registration
  • Recreational swim: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Paintball field trip: $50, ages 10 and older, 2 - 8 p.m., requires pre-registration
  • Big screen movie: ages 7 and older, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 27
  • Recreational swim: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Baseball conditioning workout: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Bumblebee movie field trip: ages 10 - 13, time to be determined, $15, requires pre-registration
  • Open teen center:  5 - 8 p.m.
  • Men's open run: ages 18 and older, 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Lap swim: 7 - 9 p.m.
Friday, December 29
  • Pool carnival: 2 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Roblox games: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Jingleball basketball tournament: 2 - 5 p.m., $5.00, Ages 10 - 13 and 14 - 16
  • New Year's Eve Kids Bingo: 5:30 -7:30 p.m., $5, includes pizza, requires pre-registration
  • Recreational swim: 6 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 29
  • Pool carnival: 2 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Creed movie field trip: ages 13 and older, $15, 12 - 4 p.m., requires pre-registration
  • Lap swim: 12 - 2 p.m.
  • Recreational swim: 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 31
  • Open gym: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Open computer lab: 2 - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 2
  • Ice sculptures at Copley: age 8+, 1 - 5 p.m., participants should bring money for lunch, requires pre-registration
  • Open teen center: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Aquaman movie field trip: $15, 2 - 6 p.m., requires pre-registration
  • Recreational swim: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Teen Paint Night: 5 - 8 p.m.

Children under age 8 must be accompanied in the pool by an adult. Some activities require pre-registration. For more information about any of these activities, please email leahyhollorancc@boston.gov or call 617-635-5150.

Learn about BCYF Leahy-Holloran

Six- to 12-year-old Vacation Week programming

Pre-registration is required, please contact the center to register.
Monday, December 24
  • BCYF Nazzaro open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25 (BCYF Nazzaro closed)
Wednesday, December 26
  • BCYF Nazzaro open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Swimming: Free, participants must be at BCYF Nazzaro by 11 a.m.
Thursday, December 27
  • BCYF Nazzaro open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Movies: Cost is $12, please call the center for details.
Friday, December 28
  • BCYF Nazzaro open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Ice skating: $5 if you need skates, free if you bring your own skates. Helmets are strongly recommended; participants must be at BCYF Nazzaro by 10:30 a.m.
Monday, December 31
  • BCYF Nazzaro open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 1
  • BCYF Nazzaro closed
Wednesday, January 2
  • BCYF Nazzaro open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Additional Information
  • Please remember to pack lunch and snacks every day.
  • Participants will not be allowed into the program after the main activity has begun.
  • After school hours are not in effect this week.
Ages 10 and older
  • Drop-in games and open gym: Tuesday through Friday, 2 - 9 p.m.
  • Trips to Chez Vous and Bowling (please contact the center for details and to register)
Childcare (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Please contact the center for details, including rates and registration.

Learn about BCYF Ohrenberger

Friday, December 28
  • Family Paint Day (public event)
  • 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • $15 for a parent and child to paint along with an instructor.

Learn about BCYF Pino

  • Teen Open Gym: 2 - 6 p.m. every weekday of the vacation week
  • Pool Times: open and lap swims every day of the vacation week

Please contact BCYF Quincy at 617-635-5129 x1060 for more details.

Learn about BCYF Quincy

BCYF Roslindale childcare program
  • EEC Licensed
  • Year-round for children from K1 through age 12
  • During the December school vacation week, the program will provide care and fun activities from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • The rate is $190 per week
  • Please contact Janette at 617-635-5185 for more information.

Learn about BCYF Roslindale

BCYF Shelburne Vacation Week Programs

Ages 6 - 12: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pre-registration is required, fee $25.00 (we do not provide breakfast or lunch)

Teens (ages 13 - 18): 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
FREE with membership.

Activities Include:
  • Rock wall
  • Board games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Ping Pong tournament
  • Field trips (Frog Pond ice skating, roller skating, movies, girls bowling, and more)
  • Chess tournament
  • Basketball free throw, three-on-three contest
  • Citi Theater Arts
  • Open computer
  • Open gym

Learn about BCYF Shelburne

  • School-age Program: December 26 - 31, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $40, Contact Elizabeth Torres
  • Batting cages: December 26 - 28, 2 - 4 p.m., Contact Hector Galarza
  • Chess Fest: December 26 - 28, 4 - 7 p.m., Contact Robert Chan
  • Youth Connection: December 26 - 31, 1:30 - 6 p.m., Contact Chuck or Hector; Free, but some fees may apply
  • NBA 2K Tournament for Teens: December 28, 4 - 7 p.m., Free
  • Flag football: December 26 - 27, 4 - 5 p.m., Contact Dorien and Sydney
  • Volleyball / Badminton: December 26 - 28, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Contact Dorien and Sydney

Learn about BCYF Tobin

Wednesday, December 26

Teen Center: 4 - 9 p.m.
Trivia, movies, board game, shuffle board and bubble hockey tournaments, and a pizza party.

Thursday, December 27

Gym: 2 - 6 p.m. Battle of the Cup
(Floor Hockey Tournament) Ages 11 and under, boys and girls

Friday, December 28

2 - 6 p.m.: Teen trip to South Shore Plaza Mall

Learn about BCYF Tynan

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