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Children's Winter Festival 2020

The Children's Winter Festival returns to the Boston Common!

Looking for some fun & free activities during BPS February school vacation week?

Join us on Thursday, February 20th from 11 a.m - 2 p.m on the Boston Common for our annual Children's Winter Festival! Hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation, this is the perfect afternoon activity for kids of all ages.

This year's festival will feature music, giveaways, various winter attractions, treats, crafts and much more! This event is FREE and open to all. Make sure to dress warmly!

Attractions include:

  • a 45-foot-long Toboggan Tunnel mountainous adventure
  • Snow Mazing maze
  • Snowzilla Jr., an inflatable winter-themed slide
  • a three-car Trackless Train
  • hands-on games including Giant Connect4, Baggo, Giant Horseshoes, Inflatable Skee Ball, and much more.
  • L.L. Bean's Bootmobile will be on-site for a photo-op and their Outdoor Discovery Program team will offer sledding and snowshoeing (weather permitting) or a Maps and Compass Challenge if there is no snow.
  • Free giveaways from Disney's Frozen 2 and a chance to win a copy of the movie
  • XFINITY is providing a vintage 1960s Volkswagen bus converted to a photo bus, so bring your best pose and let XFINITY’s Photobus take your group’s photo.
  • The Magic 106.7 street team will be there with giveaways
  • Additionally, there will be activities with the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA, the Mayor’s Mural Crew, the New England Aquarium, a family Zumba class, and hot tea from DAVIDsTEA.

For more information, please call the Boston Parks & Recreation Department at 617-635-4505 or visit Boston.gov/Parks

11:00am - 2:00pm
Boston Common
Parade Ground (Corner of Beacon & Charles Street)
Boston MA  02111
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Nora Doherty
Neighborhood:
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Mayor's Cup Ice Hockey Championships (Sunday, January 5)

Come out and support the best of Boston's youth hockey teams as they go head to head at Boston College!

We will update this page with team matchups as information becomes available.

  • 8:30 a.m. Squirt A Game 12
  • 9:45 a.m Girls U10 Game 4
  • 12:30 p.m. Girls U12 Game 6
  • 1:45 p.m. Squirt AAA Game 8
  • 3:00 p.m. Pee Wee A Game 14
  • 4:15 p.m. Pee Wee AAA Game 4
  • 5:30 p.m. Bantam A Game 6
  • 6:45 PM: Bantam AAA Game 6

Mayor Walsh's Mayor’s Cup Hockey Tournament is hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, with support from presenting sponsor the Boston Bruins Foundation and additional support from P&G Gillette.

Support for the Mayor’s Cup Ice Hockey Tournament is also provided by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, FMC Ice Sports, Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Boston College.

8:00am - 8:00pm
Conte Forum
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA  02467
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jennifer Widener
Neighborhood:
Citywide
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Mayor's Cup Ice Hockey Championships (Saturday, December 28)

Come out and support the best of Boston's youth hockey teams as they go head to head at Northeastern!

We will update this page with team matchups as information becomes available.

  • 4 p.m. Squirt AA Game 4
  • 5:15 p.m. Girls U14 Game 2
  • 6:30 p.m. Pee Wee AA Game 6
  • 7:45 p.m. Bantam AA Game 4

Mayor Walsh's Mayor’s Cup Hockey Tournament is hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, with support from presenting sponsor the Boston Bruins Foundation and additional support from P&G Gillette.

Support for the Mayor’s Cup Ice Hockey Tournament is also provided by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, FMC Ice Sports, Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Boston College.

4:00pm - 8:00pm
Matthews Arena
238 St Botolph Street
Boston MA  02115
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jennifer Widener
Neighborhood:
Citywide
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Mayor's Cup Ice Hockey Mite AA and AAA Championships

Enjoy watching the Mites (8 and under) go head to head on the Bruins practice ice!

Facepainting and the Bruins Street Team will be available to entertain the crowd! We will update this page with team matchups as information becomes available.

  • 11 a.m.: Mite AA Championship
  • 12 p.m.: Mite AAA Championship

Mayor Walsh's Mayor’s Cup Hockey Tournament is hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, with support from presenting sponsor the Boston Bruins Foundation and additional support from P&G Gillette.

Support for the Mayor’s Cup Ice Hockey Tournament is also provided by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, FMC Ice Sports, Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Boston College.

11:00am - 2:00pm
Warrior Ice Arena
90 Guest Street
Brighton MA  02135
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jennifer Widener
Neighborhood:
Brighton
Citywide
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Mayor's Cup Ice Hockey Mite A Championships

Enjoy watching the Mites (8 and under) go head to head on the Bruins practice ice!

Facepainting and the Bruins Street Team will be available to entertain the crowd! We will update this page with team matchups as information becomes available.

  • 1 p.m. Game 7
  • 2 p.m. Game 8

Mayor Walsh's Mayor’s Cup Hockey Tournament is hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, with support from presenting sponsor the Boston Bruins Foundation and additional support from P&G Gillette.

Support for the Mayor’s Cup Ice Hockey Tournament is also provided by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, FMC Ice Sports, Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Boston College.

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Warrior Ice Arena
90 Guest Street
Brighton MA  02135
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jennifer Widener
Neighborhood:
Brighton
Citywide
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Franklin Park Master Plan Community Workshop #1

Join us for our first Community Workshop about the future of Franklin Park!

For over a century, Franklin Park has been a lively and beloved center of recreation, gathering, and discovery for the Boston community. Now, with newly allocated park funds, the City of Boston is planning ahead for the park’s next century!

Over the next 18 months, the City of Boston is partnering with a team of landscape architects, planners, ecologists, and community engagement experts to create a master plan for an engaging and diverse Franklin Park. 

Our work will build on previous planning efforts and improvements by the City and its partners. We look forward to building on these successes and incorporating even more feedback. It’s your opportunity to help shape the future of the park and connections to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Come to our Community Workshop on January 28, between 6 - 8 p.m. at the William J. Devine Golf Course Clubhouse at Franklin Park. Can’t make it? Share your thoughts on the Master Plan website, or sign up for project updates!

*Snow date: January 30, 6 - 8 p.m.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
1 Circuit Drive
William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park
Boston MA  02121
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks & Recreation
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Roslindale
Roxbury
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Winter Family Gym at BCYF Menino

A free play program for families with children ages 3 - 8 to get up, out, and moving together.

  • Drop-in, no pre-registration required.
  • We require a caregiver to participate during Family Gym. Fun and safety are our priorities.
  • Caregivers must remain in the gym with their children at all times.
  • Legal guardian must sign a waiver before child can participate.
  • Children of all abilities welcome
  • This is an immigrant-safe space.

Learn more about BCYF Menino

10:00am - 11:30am
Repeats weekly on Saturday, starting from December 14, 2019, until January 25, 2020
125 Brookway Road
Boston MA  02131
Price:
FREE
Contact:
FAMILY GYM COORDINATOR
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Roslindale
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BCYF Girls Night Holiday Event

Boston girls of all ages are welcome!

Come celebrate the season at the annual BCYF Girls Night Holiday Event featuring entertainment, refreshments, prizes, and ornament making.

Contact Erika.Butler@boston.gov to RSVP or for more information. Space is limited to 50.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
200 D Street
Boston MA  02127
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Erika Butler
Neighborhood:
South Boston
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Boston's official Christmas tree arrives!

The annual gift of an evergreen Christmas tree from Nova Scotia will arrive by police escort at Boston Common at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19.

Hear ye, hear ye! Nova Scotia's town crier, local schoolchildren, and Santa will be on hand to welcome the City of Boston's Official Christmas Tree to Boston Common, a gift to the residents of Boston from the Province of Nova Scotia.

The tree arrives on a flatbed with a police escort and is set in place with a crane, thrilling little ones and grownups alike. Follow the tree's journey online.

11:00am
139 Tremont St
Boston MA  02111
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Liz Sullivan
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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2019 Copley Square Tree Lighting

Please join us in celebrating our annual tree lighting at Copley Square.

Weather Update Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.: We are still on for tonight's tree lighting in Copley Square, with a shortened program due to the inclement weather. We will light the tree promptly at 5 p.m. and families are invited to the Fairmont Copley Plaza immediately afterward (approximately 5:10 p.m.)  for treats, activities, and photos with Santa.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Monday, December 2, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception immediately following for all in attendance.  The reception will include cookie decorating, photos with Santa, and treats from the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

For additional information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505.  To learn more, about The Friends of Copley Square, please visit their website.

5:00pm
560 Boylston Street
Boston MA  02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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