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Here is a list of links we've found useful, please feel free to update or add to the list by making suggestions to the webmaster. Many thanks to Marie Aviza for creating this list.
Indoor Activities -
Special Needs Services - Museums
- Playgrounds - Splash
Stores & Fairs/Yard Sales
Activities, Playgroups, Classes Etc.
Little Tykes: 146 East Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748, Little Tykes is a playgroup for babies, toddlers,
preschoolers and their parent/caregivers. Sessions meet on Monday and Tuesday at
9:30 am. Little ones enjoy a craft, Bible story, music and snack. There is a $1
fee per week for the first child and 50 cents for subsequent children. Your family does not need to
be a part of the First Congregational Church of Hopkington to attend. Contact the church via phone at 508-435-5900.
The Little Gym
- 153 Turnpike Rd, Westborough, 01581 - (508) 389
- 76 Otis Street, Westborough, 508-366-1495,
music and play classes for preschoolers, birthday parties available.
Together is a music and movement approach to early childhood
music development for infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten children and
their parents, teachers, and other primary caregivers.
Hudson, MA contact Victor W Lalli Jr. 978 897-0874
Framingham contact Andey Amata-Kynvi 617 823-1450
Leominster contact Nancy Bell 978 840-1799
Northborough & Westborough contact Alexandra Andrews 978 729-3697
Shrewsbury, Southboro & Westboro contact Peichun Lin 508 333.2535
The Natick Mall PlaySpace
- Natick Mall – Rte 9 Natick, MA. The Children's
Playspace is located in the Food Court on the Upper Level. The mall opens at
8:30 am. It is a great place and is often unused in the early morning hours.
Clinton Early Childhood Resource Center
- 150 School Street, Clinton Rm
208 (this is the old elementary school). For Clinton Families/Providers
Only, Non-Clinton families receiving WIC, WHEAT, Early Intervention, or Clinton
PCHP services are welcome. See the website for details.
Special Needs Services
Early Intervention: Early Intervention (EI) in Massachusetts is a
statewide, family-centered, developmental service. They offer earliest possible
intervention and support for children birth to three years old who have
developmental difficulties due to identified disabilities or whose development
is at risk due to certain birth or environmental circumstances. They also have
playgroups available to Community Kids, call your local area EI for more
Hudson, Marlboro, Northboro, Southboro & Westboro - THOM EI at (508)
Auburn, Boylston, Holden, Leicester, Paxton, Shrewsbury, West Boylston
and Worcester – contact Jimmilee Prouty, at 508-856-4202.
out www.SpecialNeedsMA.com for more
resources within Massachusetts
Website with coupons for various children's museums.
Children's Discovery Museum
177 Main Street, Acton, 978-264-4200, themed rooms with hands-on learning for kids through age 6. Not
Stroller Friendly & Multilevel house (no elevator).
Ecotarium - 222 Harrington Way,
Worcester, 508-791-9211, science exhibits, aquariums, tidal pool touch tank, wildlife center, snack bars,
playgrounds, train ride – FYI: A membership to the Ecotarium will also get you
into the Children’s Museum & Boston Science Museum.
- 300 Congress Street, Boston, 617- 426-8855, interactive exhibits with four themes: arts, culture, science, technology,
toddler area, Clifford display & snack bar.
Boston Museum of Science
- Science Park, Boston, 617-723-2500, interactive
exhibits, variety of restaurants/snack bar.
New England Aquarium
- Central Wharf, Boston, 617-973-5200, aquatic life
exhibits, seal show, hands-on tidal pool, animal care/feeding exhibits, snack bar.www.neaq.org
The Higgins Armory Museum
- 100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, 508-853-6015, arms and armor ranging from ancient Greek Corinthian helmets to ornate suits of armor crafted at the height of the Renaissance.www.higgins.org
Berlin Public Library, Carter Street,
|Free passes (currently available to all patrons):
Tower Hill, Ecotarium, Davis Farmland (maybe), Roger Williams Zoo(maybe), and
the Butterfly Place in Westford. |
|Offers range of free children's programming.
|Wonderful children's playroom in the basement with
puppet theater, train table, puzzles, blocks & more. Call or stop by library
for info or to make sure the playroom is open. |
Public Library, Wood Square,
Hrs: Mon-Thurs 9AM-8:30PM, Fri 9AM-6PM, Sat 9AM-5PM. Playroom is great for
toddlers and preschoolers.
|Free passes - (call ahead as they are limited):
Discovery Museum in Acton, Ecotarium, Drumlin Farm, Museum of Fine Arts Boston,
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquity (tours of houses).
|Laptime - A program specially geared towards toddlers one-year
and under, Laptime introduces children to many of the popular fingerplays, songs
and stories. No sign-up is necessary. This program usually lasts for 15-20
|Sing-A-Long - Come join us as we sing all the favorites like "The
Wheels on the Bus" and "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" followed by a noisy parade of
instruments around the Children's Room. Best for ages five and under. No sign-up
is necessary. This program usually lasts between 20-25 minutes.|
Marlboro Public Library, 35 West Main
Winter Hrs: Mon-Thurs 9AM-8:30PM, Fri & Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM.
Closed Sundays: Memorial day to Labor day. July & August closed weekends.
|Free passes: Boston Museum of Science,
Children's Museum, Acton Discovery Museum, Davis Farmland, Ecotarium, Franklin
Park & Stone Zoo, Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum Boston, Higgins Armory, Audubon
Society to all sanctuaries (Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Broadmeadow in Worcester
are two closest), Museum of Fine Arts, NE Aquarium, Roger Williams Park Zoo,
Tower Hill in Boylston, Worcester Art Museum. |
|Play area: Playrugs & toy checkout
Lap Time for infants (Ms. Sandy), Toddler Time & Children Story Hour must
pre-register for these programs. Space is very limited!|
Northboro Public Library, 34 Main Street,
508-393-5025, Hrs: Mon-Thurs 9:30AM-8:30PM, Fri & Sat 9:30AM-5PM.
|Free passes (limited to Northboro residents ONLY):
Boston Aquarium, Boston Science Museum, Boston, Children's Museum, Boston Museum
of Fine Arts, Children's Discovery Museum in Acton, Framingham Garden in the
Woods, Tower Hill in Boylston, Roger William's Zoo, Worcester Art Museum,
|Children's programming available, call for info.
Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main
Mon-Thur 9AM-9PM, Fri & Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM
|Free/discount passes (Shrewsbury residents
only): Davis Farmland, Discovery Museum in Acton, Nat'l Plastic Center & Museum
In Leominster, Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum Boston, JFK Library Boston, Museum
of Fine Arts in Boston, Museum of Science Boston, Tower Hill, Worcester Art
|Children’s Programming: Small play
area in Children's room.|
Preschool Storytimes are offered to children 3 1/2 to 6 1/2
years old. Storytime lasts about 50 minutes. Children enrolled in these sessions
attend the storytime upstairs while parents and other siblings may stay in the
Tales for Twos & Threes storytimes are offered to children 2 1/2
to 3 1/2 years old and each session is 30 minutes long. It requires a
parent/caregiver to work closely with the registered child, gently teaching the
child how to listen to an adult other than a parent. These one-on-one story times
focus close attention on each child. Therefore, siblings (younger or older)
are not permitted to attend|
Baby and Me Storytimes are offered to infants and children up to
age 2 1/2 years old and sessions last 30 minutes. It requires a parent/caregiver
to work closely with the registered child. The Baby & Me Storytime does allow
other siblings to attend; however, this is not a playgroup.|
Public Library, 25 Main Street,
Hrs: Mon 10AM-5PM, Tues, Wed, Thurs 10AM-9PM, Fri & Sat 10AM-5PM, closed on Sat
|Free passes (Southboro residents only): Museum
of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Science Boston, Children's Museum Boston, Acton
Discovery Museum, Ecotarium, Worcester Art Museum, Tower Hill |
|Children’s Programming: Children's play
area. Preschool story hours are held three mornings a week during the school
year. Call the Children's Librarian to register.|
Westboro Public Library, 55 West Main
Street , 508-366-3050,
Hrs: Mon-Thur 10AM-9PM, Fri 10-6PM, Sat 10-5PM, Oct -May Sun 1PM-5PM.
|Free passes (Westboro residents can reserve,
public can drop in and pick up passes as they are available): Children's
Discovery Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Worcester Art Museum, Tower Hill, Garden
in Woods in Framingham, Fruitlands in Harvard, Museum of Science Boston, Boston
Children's Museum, Ecotarium in
Worcester, Higgins Armory in Worcester, NE Aquarium. |
|Children’s Programming: Children's play area.|
|BOOKBABIES (Ages 1 - 2 years): A story program for parent/caregiver
and child, Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Five-week session. Pre-registration is
|TWO-TIME (Ages 2-3 years): A program for parent/caregiver and child,
Thursdays at 10:30 am. Five-week session. Pre-registration is required|
(Ages 3 - 5 years) - Tuesdays at 1:30 pm. |
Worcester Public Library,
160 Fremont Street (Main Branch),
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9AM-9PM, Fri & Sat 9AM-5:30PM, Sun 1:30PM-5:30PM.
Boston Museum of Science, Children's Museum, Acton Discovery Museum, Ecotarium,
Franklin Park & Stone Zoo, Higgins Armory, NE Aquarium, Roger Williams Park Zoo,
Tower Hill in Boylston, Worcester Art Museum.|
|Children’s Programming: All Story times will be cancelled
automatically on any day the Worcester Public Schools are canceled, or their
openings delayed, due to inclement weather. Location: Frances Perkins Branch
|Just Drop In Storytimes
- This 30-minute program will feature stories, live music with
instruments for kids, coloring sheets, craft activities and light refreshments.
The program series is free, for all age children and is open to the public, no
registration required; just drop in! Call us at 508.799.1655 for details.
|Babytime! is a weekly drop-in series for babies through 16
months. Babies bring your adult to this fun 15-minute program of rhymes, songs,
and pictures. It will be followed by a playtime with the library's toys and
music. Each baby must be accompanied by an adult, and siblings are not allowed
to sit in. No registration is required for Babytime! Just drop in. Please call
508-799-1687 with any questions. |
|Hopkinton - EMC Park – Off of Rte. 85 in Hopkinton (Toddler Area
is fenced in with shade.)
|Hudson - Wood Park - Park Street off Rt. 85 |
|Marlborough - Ghiloni Park - Concord Road off Rt. 20 by golf coarse, restrooms, separate
toddler playground (not fenced), jogging trails/track, picnic tables
Kelleher Park - Hudson Street, fenced, picnic tables |
Assabet Park - Rt. 135 off Rt. 20, separate toddler playground (fenced) |
|Shrewsbury - Dean Park - Main St., restrooms, separate toddler playground (fenced), jogging
trails, picnic tables |
|Southborough - Fayville Field and Playground - Central Street off Rt. 9, separate toddler
playground (fenced), covered picnic area |
|Sudbury - Haskell Field & Toddler Playground - 40 Fairbank Rd.
(Fenced in Area, No Shade)|
|Westborough- Off Roger's Road, take a right before the Senior Center.
|Worcester - Green Hill Park - Off Rt. 9. |
- Redstone Hill,
Sterling, MA 978-422-MOOO(6666), farm, petting zoo, water park (infant & toddler splash pads along with a big kid
area), playgrounds, pony rides, hay rides, picnic areas, restaurant.
Clinton Splash Pad – (Free) Berlin street in Clinton open 10 am –
8:00 pm. The Splash pad has about 10 different sprinklers and 2 play-areas with
slides, stairs and climbing things. (No swings). Some shade. Not completely
fenced in (3 sides).
Philip Weihn Memorial Pool (State Pool) in Clinton 978 365-4684. Free
and open to all. Summer only (its an outside pool). On Rte 110 next to the
Middle and High Schools. Last year the hours were 1 pm to 7 pm M-F and I think
11-7 Sat and Sun. They offer FREE Red Cross Swimming lessons in the mornings - 3
sessions/summer. There are 2 pools - a toddler pool (16-18 inches) and a big
pool (with a slide into the deep end). Changing rooms with bathroom and showers,
fenced in grassy picnic area with swings. No floaties, toys or swimming aids
allowed in either pool.
Northboro Splash Pad – Located at
Assabet Park on South St off of
Marlborough Splash Pad – (Rest Rooms available)
Located at Ward Park on Orchard St.
Stores & Fairs/Yard Sales
Scholastic Book Fair
- 360 Cedar Hill St, Marlborough, MA Visit their website
- Resale children’s clothing, toys & videos
with locations in Westborough, Framingham, Natick & Milford. Sign-up for their
MOMS club & save money
Local Toy Yard sales
- Look for info on the M&M talk loop for gently used toy
sales. Annual toy sales include the First Parish Nursery School, Marlborough &
Shrewsbury Pre-school gently used toy sales
Smartie Pants - 10 High Street, Clinton 978-368-5979 – Consignment Shop
West Street Station
- 237 West St, Berlin MA 978-838-0285 –