Summer Fun in Cambridge!
Summer is a great time to talk, read, play, sing, and have fun with your child! Cambridge has many wonderful (and free) activities for your family. Thanks to the 0-8 Council for compiling this list. Enjoy!
“Every Hero has a Story” in the 2015 summer reading program for children
- Summer Reading and other events including puppet shows, real animals, science programs, magic, movies etc. at the Cambridge Public Libraries across the city
- Summer Reading 2015
Screen on the Green
- Summer outdoor movies on Wednesdays in a different park each week, July 8 – August 12
- Screen on the green dates
Museums, Zoos and Other Attractions
Free Fun Fridays throughout the state June 26-August 28, 2015
- Every Friday 7 attractions are free to the public and include Tanglewood, the Children’s Museum, Franklin Park Zoo, Hancock Shaker Village, Museum of Fine Arts and others
- Offered by Highland Street Foundation
- Free Fun Friday Schedule
Passes from the library for museums and zoos can be reserved up to a month ahead
- Museum Passes
Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP) plus Let’s Move activities
- June 29- August 14, 2015
- Located at 5 parks: Greene Rose Heritage Park (Harvard St.), Sennott Park (Broadway), Hoyt Field (Gilmore St.), Danehy Park (Sherman St., by sprinklers), and Gold Star Mother’s Park (Gore St.). Open for drop-ins
- 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Exercise and Activities; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Book Bike (see section on Book Bike! for days and locations)
- For kids 0-18
- Call 617-349-6247 or Summer Food Program for more information
- The Cambridge Book Bike, in collaboration with the Summer Food Service Programs is bringing books to kids of all ages…by bike!
- Each week the book bike will be at Greene-Rose Heritage Park (Mondays), Hoyt Field (Wednesdays), Danehy Park (Thursdays), Gold Star Mother’s Park (Fridays) and Russell Field (Fridays, but no lunch at this site) with books and activities.
- Learn more at Book Bike
- 26 water-play parks in Cambridge
- Water Play Parks
- For information about when fountains and pools are in operation, call 617-349-4800
Arts in the Park
- Free art activities, community potlucks, and entertainment in local neighborhood parks. Details: arts in the park
Cambridge Arts Council’s “Summer in the City”
- Free programs including music, dance, storytelling, theater, puppets, arts and crafts day and night across the city. Many events are interactive.
- See Summer in the City for details
Festivals and Community Events
Center for Families Family Fun Day, July 18, 10:00 – 1:30,
- Rindge Field (behind the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.).
- Children ages 0-8 and their families are invited for a fun morning of arts & crafts, moon bounces, face painting, book giveaways, a light lunch, and more!
- Rain location is Peabody School Gym.
- Call 617-349-6385 for more information.
Area IV Community Pride Day, September 12, 11:00 AM – 6 PM
- Columbia Park, between Columbia St. and Pine St.
- Bar B Q, live music and dancing, basketball tournament, live entertainment, pony rides, resource tables, fun for everyone.
- Call 617-547-4680 for more information.
General Activity Listings
Department of Human Service Programs’ (DHSP) Summer Resource Guide 2015
- Lists variety of summer programs including camps, park/playground activities, lessons, sports programs during the day and evening, and some paid opportunities
- Summer Youth Guides are available in Spanish, Creole, and Portuguese
- Summer Resource Guide (617-349-6200)
Title I Summer Packet and Booklists
Center for Families activities
- Center for Families offers drop-in groups, play-groups, programs in the park,
- Info: Center for Families
Summer activities for children with special needs
- SPED PAC website
- PAC Coordinator, Rosalie Rippey, 617-593-4402
Cambridge Public Schools website listings
Compiled by Cambridge 0-8 Council. For more information about summer activities contact Jayne Cantor, Cambridge Community Partnerships for Children 617-349-6086 or Jayne_ccpc@yahoo.com