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Youth & Family

At the Emilson YMCA, our programs strengthen families within our community. Parents and kids of all ages come to the Y for exercise, activities, and to just spend time having fun.

The Playroom and Activity Center are two areas where members can play, relax, learn, and have family time together. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Youth & Family Staff: Colleen Belcher/Senior Director of Youth & Family/Volunteers at 617-479-8500 ext. 4717 or, or Rachael Kuhns/Playroom Coordinator 781-829-8585 ext. 8375 or


Filled with toys, books and caring babysitters, our Playroom is open to children ages six weeks through six years old. The Playroom is our care center where parents can drop off children while at the Y.

Safety is our top priority at the Y. To check in, each child and caregiver is given an identification bracelet. Bracelets must be matched by a Playroom staff member before the adult and child can check out. While a child is in the Playroom, the adult caregiver must be in the Emilson Y facility. To meet the needs of all members, there is a two-hour time limit per day (1 ½ hours for children under 12 months old) in the Playroom.

View Our Playroom Brochure

Activity Center

The Activity Center is a fully-staffed area for the older youth members (ages seven and up).  Youth can choose do homework, play ping-pong, play air hockey, play a board game or challenge a friend to a video game.

Youth members ages seven through nine must be signed in and out of the Activity Center by an adult caregiver. Youth members age ten and up are welcome to use the Activity Center without the sign-in/sign-out process.

Kids' Night Out

Go out to dinner, see a movie, or catch up with friends while your children play, explore, and learn with experienced, caring YMCA staff. Dinner and a snack will be provided. 

Family Prime Time

During Family Prime Times, certain facility areas are designated specifically for families to spend quality time together participating in structured activities led by our highly-qualified staff or enjoying open playing in a safely-monitored, family-centric environment. View our Family Prime Time information here!

Birthday Parties

Come celebrate your special day at the Emilson YMCA!  We offer a wide variety of fun activities to celebrate your birthday, including our giant water slide or bounce house.  All parties are one hour and thirty minutes; the first hour is spent doing the activity, and for the last thirty minutes everyone gathers in the party room for cake and presents. For an extra fee, we also have party enhancements which include face painting, a moon bounce, and more! Party themes include:

  • Kidszone ELC Birthday Party
  • Kidszone Emilson Playroom Birthday Party
  • Crafts & Fun Birthday Party
  • Lego Challenge Birthday Party
  • Sports & Games Birthday Party
  • Art Birthday Party
  • Pool Birthday Party
  • Sky Trail® Explorer Indoor Ropes Course 

Additional party themes are available, please contact Annie Vraibel at for details. Interested in having your child's birthday party at the Y? Submit the Birthday Party inquiry form below, and our Youth & Family Director will contact you as soon as possible.

Tutoring & Social Skill Development

The Y provides 1 on 1 tutoring sessions for students in math & language arts, building each student’s confidence as well as helping develop academic skills. Our Youth & Family Special Educator is the primary facilitator for our Building Bridges Program, geared towards children of all ages with Asperger’s, high functioning autism, and related disorders. 1 on 1 sessions for children needing support in social skill development are also offered with the Special Educator. 

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