The Saturday Wellness Program promotes the wellness of children with and their families through facilitated play and integrated learning. Activities and programs include a variety of games, exercise activities, arts and crafts, group discussions and nutrition classes. Exercise specialists, physical/occupational therapists, child life specialists, dietitians and social workers from Texas Children’s Hospital lead these activities. Children and their families meet on Saturdays from 9 am to noon.

Program qualification

To qualify for the Saturday Wellness Program, a family must have at least one child with special health care needs, including:

  • Be between 6 and 16 years of age
  • Special health care needs. This could include a BMI greater than the 85th percentile or elevated cholesterol or metabolic syndrome as identified by a physician

Program rules

  1. At least one parent/guardian must be in attendance with the child with special needs at all times.
  2. Brothers and sisters between the ages of 6 and 16 years are strongly encouraged to come as well.
  3. All those attending are expected to participate in games and activities, and should be dressed in comfortable clothing (tennis shoes, pants or shorts).
  4. Families are required to be in attendance on the first day of the desired session.
  5. Families should plan to attend all 4 weeks of the desired session. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Saturday Wellness Program, ask your physician if your child qualifies.

Time and Locations

The 4-week program is held at different Texas Children’s facilities in the greater Houston area. It is offered approximately 3 times a year.


For more information, call 832-822-3613