Summer/Vacation Programs

Mayor Menino's Art/Craft Workshops, Jul. 5 through Aug. 9

Join ParkARTs for Mayor Menino's free Artist in Residence craft workshops! Sponsored by Comcast, this series of arts and crafts workshops is perfect for budding artists. Rosalita's Puppets will perform a variety of vignettes at selected sites. Materials provided. On Tuesdays July 5 through August 9, the arts and crafts workshops will take place at Dorchester Town Field from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Fridays, July 8 through August 12 the workshops will take place at Dorchester Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rosalita's Puppets will perform at Dorchester Park on July 22.

Call 617-961-3051 for more information or visit Event information provided by City of Boston. (Image Credit: John Lloyd)

Mayor Menino's Summer Kick Off, Jun. 25

This Saturday, June 25th at 1 p.m., Mayor Thomas Menino will host the official kick-off to summer in Boston at the BCYF Flaherty Pool in Roslindale (located at Healy Field on Washington Street.) There will be a cook-out, games, swimming, resource tables and more. This free family fun event kicks-off a full menu of summer programs and activities for Boston’s families which began with the opening of Boston’s two outdoor pools, the Clougherty and the Mirabella, this past Saturday. Please feel free to share this with your networks. Learn more about what’s going on at

Read Your Way to Fenway with the BPL, Deadline Jul. 22

By spending some of their summer days reading, hundreds of Boston young people between the ages of 5-17 will earn the chance to win tickets to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park. Beginning June 1, young readers can visit any Boston Public Library location or go online to to pick up an application for the annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest. Kids need only read a minimum of three books and write a brief essay about a favorite. Applications and essays are due to any Boston Public Library location by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Winners will watch the Red Sox up close on the afternoon of Sunday, August 28, against the Oakland Athletics.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Wally the Green Monster will celebrate the contest at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15. The Grove Hall Branch is located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester, 617.427.3337. In addition to meeting the Mayor and Wally, young readers at the June 15 celebration will hear children’s author David A. Kelly read the first chapter of The Fenway Foul-Up, part of his Ball Park Mystery series.  >> Read More

Viet-AID Launches Summer Program for First Grade Students

Viet-AIDViet‐AID is excited to host a new annual summer program for first grade students. The program, which runs July 11 to August 19 in Fields Corner, is designed to provide youth who are English Language Learners an opportunity for academic and cultural enrichment over the summer. It offers half‐day programming, with a strong focus on literacy instruction. The program includes breakfast, three hours of literacy instruction and lunch. Students must be English Language Learners, have finished with K2 (rising 1st graders) and attend Boston Public Schools. Read on for details, or contact Jessica (617‐822‐3717 x21; or Hoa Mai (Vietnamese; 617‐822‐3717 x22). You can view or download a program flyer at Grade Info Sheet.pdf. >> Read More

Earthen Vessels: Bid Online to Send Urban Youth Summer Camp

Support a great cause and get gifts in return: the "Send an EVkid to Camp" Online Auction will run May 20 to June 5, 2011. You can bid on 100+ items, including getaways, golf, wine tastings and museums, and support EV's work with children and teens from Dorchester and Roxbury. Visit to help send twelve youth to EV's nine-acre camp in Granville, VT for two weeks this summer.

EV (Earthen Vessels) is a faith-based non-profit that gives hope to children and teens from Boston’s inner city by providing a community of support. >> Read More

BNC Summer Camp Slots Still Available!

The Boston Nature Center's summer programs are filling up fast! The BNC summer camp is a nature-based day camp right here in the city. Each week features a unique theme, tailored for every age group and each day is packed with outdoor activities, science exploration, arts & crafts, and camp songs.

Sessions are still available for ages 9 to 16. BNC's programs operate on sliding scale fees for all weeks. Call or email to check availability, and then download and submit the registration forms! You can read more (and get the forms) at >> Read More

Camp Shriver at UMB, Application due April 15

Camp ShriverCheck out Camp Shriver at UMASS/Boston this summer. Camp runs from July 5 to July 29, 2011 for youth ages 8-12. The camp runs Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with breakfast and lunch. The program also provides transportation. Only fee is a $25.00 registration fee. The program is an inclusion program for children with and without disabilities and focuses on sports. Visit or call Karen Friedman at 617-287-7250 for an application. Applications can be printed here.

Summer Camp Fair at Washington Heights, Mar. 26

Another opportunity to find something for your child to do this summer!  Washington Heights Tenants Association is hosting a Summer Camp Fair this Saturday, March 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  A few programs that will be there are the Roxbury YMCA, UMASS Boston, Girls Scouts, Tenacity, Jose Mateo Ballet, Boston Center for Youth & Families, Bird Street and MIT.  There will also be refreshments, raffles and giveaways. Have a good time for yourself, while looking for a good time for your kids.  This event is free and open to the public.

When: March 26, 2011
Time: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Washington Heights, 69 Ruthven St., Dorchester
Contact Ms. Jessie at 617-445-8731 for more information

Youth Resource Fair at LHCC, Mar. 23

Did you miss DotWell's DFSI youth fair? Worry not! Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association will host a Summer Youth Programs Resource Fair on March 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center. Discover the wide range of local organizations with local programs for children! BCYF, Dorchester Youth Lacrosse, Dorchester Youth Soccer, the New England Aquarium, Stich House, Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester and many other organizations will present their youth summer programs. Stop by to learn about opportunities for children and teens!  

Summerworks: Summer Jobs available through ABCD

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) presents Summerworks Summer Jobs! Applications are available online or at your neighborhood ABCD office. Go to to begin! Boston residents 14-21 may apply. Dorchester location: Dorchester NSC, 10 Claybourne Street, Dorchester (617) 288-2700. Call (617) 368-6548 if you have questions. You may also wish to check out Hopeline. Application instructions for Summerworks after the break. >> Read More

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