As the father of two young, active sons, Councilman Bobby Henon feels strongly that play and physical activity are a solid foundation for healthy, happy kids and families. Healthy kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, and the easiest way to get started is by playing with their families. That's why Bobby started Philly Play!
Philly Play! promotes fun, accessible fitness and wellness in the 6th District; highlights the importance of physical activity and play as preventative health measures, especially to elementary-aged children and their families; and fosters an encouraging environment where people of all skill and fitness levels can engage in a physically active lifestyle. Philly Play! includes a variety of events, programs, and tools for residents.
Philly Play! also serves as an audit of District-wide play areas and resources, allowing Bobby to gauge how he can best support families in being active throughout the Northeast.
There are also plenty of events included in Philly Play! beginning with Fall Fest, the official launch of Philly Play!, as well as Biking with Bobby. “Make the Northeast Your Playground!” will include fitness tips and testimonials from 6th District neighbors, community leaders as well as City leaders, media and sports personalities and others. Do you already have a fitness routine or special spot where you like to work out? Tell us about it at “Make the Northeast Your Playground!”
"Where to Play" will compile the wealth of resources available to families in Northeast Philadelphia - from free spaces like rec centers and basketball courts to low-cost private options like yoga studios, boxing gyms, and more.
In order to set a healthy tone for our kids' futures, Bobby believes that families are the best and most effective way to teach and learn the importance of play and physical activity as a preventative health measure. If parents can integrate fun, accessible play and wellness activities into their family's daily routines, the odds are great that their kids will continue those behaviors into adulthood.
Philadelphia is full of free and low-cost play options for families. Philly Play! seeks to bring these public and private resources together as a single source for kids, parents, neighbors, and anyone who wants to play!
Check out the Philly Play! fact sheet for more information on why Philly Play! is so important to Bobby. You can also download the full Philly Play! Resouce Guide, with static maps of play areas in the Northeast, contact information for area rec centers and more.