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BCYF Family Gym is Back!

February 20, 2019

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

 

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) free Family Gym Program is back for the spring season and Boston families are invited to join in! Family Gym is a free, weekly play program that promotes physical activity for children ages 3-8 and their families.  

Family Gym runs on Saturdays beginning February 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. at BCYF Blackstone Community Center in the South End, BCYF Holland Community Center in Dorchester,  and BCYF Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury. Family Gym has had over 2,007 children and caregivers participate in the program since it began in 2011. More than 300 college students have volunteered for Family Gym contributing more than 8,000 volunteer hours!

Children and adults move at their own pace in supervised activities.  Colorful play equipment encourages individual, small, and large group play. Families can jump rope, play on an obstacle course, do the limbo, or play parachute games or sports. No pre-registration required however caregivers must participate and remain in the gym with their children at all times. Thanks to a partnership with Northeastern University, student volunteers serve as Activity Leaders at Family Gym. Family Gym is sponsored by The Foundation for BCYF, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Northeastern University.

“The program is a perfect fit for my kids Sarrah and Sudhan, offering them a place to run and play during the winter months when getting outside isn't possible,” said Dhanani Guniag, a parent who attends weekly with her children. “I also love the weekly health topics, and learning about everything from working out at home to eating seasonal fruits and vegetables.”

This session of Family Gym will run through April 13. In the fall the program will expand to additional BCYF community centers. For updated information or program cancellations follow @BCYFCenters.

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About Boston Centers for Youth and Families

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency. BCYF operates 36 community centers in Boston that offer a variety of engaging and enriching programs for people of all ages created through community input and need. BCYF also oversees citywide programs including the nationally-recognized violence intervention and prevention Streetworker Program, the GIRLS Initiative, Camp Joy special needs program and many aquatic offerings.