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BCYF February Vacation Week activities offer something for everyone!

February school vacation week is fast approaching and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is urging young people to make plans today to attend one of the many programs and activities being offered in February.  Highlights of the week’s activities are outlined below but a complete schedule is available at

Summer Warm-Up

A free, fun-filled event with an Olympic theme to help jump-start summer planning.  It will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College on Wednesday, February 19th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Information on Boston’s summer programs will be given out in “goody bags” so parents and guardians can begin enrolling their children. There will also be guest speakers, youth performances, and other surprises. An adult must accompany children under 12.  Attendees are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage in the true spirit of the Olympics by wearing clothing or bringing a small flag from their country.

Softball Indoor Skill Sessions:

Girls ages 9 – 18 will get a chance to work on the fundamentals of hitting, running and throwing taught by expert clinicians and college coaches. The sessions will be offered at the BCYF Tobin Community Center in Mission Hill on Tuesday, February 18th through Thursday, February 20th from 4– 7:00 p.m.  For more information or to sign-up, please contact Kate Hennigan at the BCYF Tobin, 617-635-5216. 

Frog Pond Ice Skating Party

Youth who RSVP ahead of time are invited to skate for free on Tuesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 20thfrom 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon only.  Join us for a morning of frost and frills at the skating rink on Boston Common.  Seasoned skaters and new comers alike will have a great time.  Everything is free but pre-registration is required and there is a limited number of slots available.  For more information, please contact Barbara Hamilton at 617-635-5206 x101.

Lifeguard Intern Institute:

The Lifeguard Internship program at BCYF was developed to give teenagers in Boston ages 15-17 the opportunity to become a lifeguard as they learn first-hand about the job.  Register with the HOPELine and then contact BCYF Aquatics Manager Tony Rosario to find out where skills training classes are being offered during February vacation.  Attend the skills training class then BCYF will provide lifeguard training at one of our training sites after the completion of the internship. The Intern will get certification and will be able to apply for a position as a Lifeguard.

Youth Track Meet with the USA Track and Field Team

Boston youth ages 16 and under are invited to participate in the annual USA Track & Field New England Youth Track Meet hosted by BCYF and USA Track and Field.  It will be held on Wednesday, February 19th at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College.  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event runs from at 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  Registration fee is $1 for Boston Residents.  For more information call 617-566-7600 or email

But wait, there’s more!  BCYF’s community centers located throughout Boston offer a variety of vacation week activities and programs.  Call or stop by your local community center for more information or go to for further information.

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