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BCYF Family Gym

Family Gym is not currently running due to COVID-19.

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

COVID-19 CURRENT STATUS: 
Hours
Saturday Mornings

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.
  • Children of all abilities are welcome.
  • 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.
  • This is an immigrant safe space.

Upcoming Family Gym Dates

Upcoming Family Gym Dates

There are no upcoming events available at this time.

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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

BCYF Family Gym is supported by a group of partners that includes:

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

Family Gym would not be possible without the support of these groups.