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!


Library Events

“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


Movies Outdoors

Screen on the Green

  • Summer outdoor movies on Wednesdays in a different park each week, July 8 – August 12
  • Screen on the green dates
  • 617-349-6200


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



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

Book Bike!

  • 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


Water-play parks

  • 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
  • 617-349-4669


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


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