Events and Activities
Our events include games, crafts, entertainment, raffles and conversations with other local parents and kids! New members join us all year long; each gathering is an opportunity to make new acquaintances. Activities are open to all CFN members and are ideal for to getting to know other local parents and kids in more intimate settings.
Concord Family Network (CFN) holds a number of family-friendly events each year. These gatherings are FREE to all dues-paying members:
CFN hosts a pizza party on a weekend in January at Jam Time, a local playspace in Maynard. CFN members pay a discounted entrance fee for playtime, snacks, pizza, and a visit from JT the moose!
Valentine’s Day Party
Children enjoy making Valentine's crafts, holiday snacks, and jammin' with a local children's musician. This event is open to the public.
CFN partners with Gymnastics Academy of Boston to host a fun afternoon of supervised jumping, bouncing and playing at GAB in Acton. There is an additional small fee per child or family and this event is open to CFN members only.
Spring Egg Hunt
Under the shade of historic orchards on the grounds of The Old Manse, children are treated to crafts, games, and refreshments. The main event - the hunt - is run in three groups, toddlers, preschoolers, and older children, and there are plenty of eggs and prizes for all. This event is open to the public.
New Baby Brunch
CFN sets aside one day in May every year to celebrate the birth of all babies born since the previous May. The event is usually held at one of the Concord Children Center locations and is open to all Concord families with babies born within the last year. There is food for all, as well as a few special activities like an infant sign language mini-lesson, chair massages, or an infant story time.
In June, CFN organizes a family picnic at one of the local parks, and encourages all members to bring a picnic dinner, soccer balls, and other outdoor games. In 2014, ice cream was scooped for dessert by Reasons to be Cheerful.
CFN partners with Concord Public Schools to host a free, annual, end-of-summer, back-to-school Popsicle Party. While special invitations go out to incoming Kindergarten students, all Concord residents with kids age 0-6 are invited. CFN membership is not required to attend. There are field games, face painting, craft activities, playground time, and, of course, popsicles!
Fire Truck Wash
CFN partners with the Concord Fire Department and the Thoreau Club to host an event where children can wash a fire truck, meet a firefighter, and learn about his gear, the truck he drives and fire safety. Refreshments are provided and the event is free and open to all Concord residents with kids ages 0-6.
Held at the Concord Scout House, Halloween crafts and games are followed by a costume parade with ample photo opportunities to celebrate this fun holiday. This event is paired with a raffle to benefit a local charity, as well as a food/clothing drive. It is open to the public.
Babysitter Meet and Greet
CFN, the Concord Children's Center, and the Concord-Carlisle Community Education program work together to host an annual Babysitter Meet and Greet for CFN and CCC families. Parents have a chance to meet and mingle with local middle and high school students who have completed the Community Education Babysitter Training Course. Different play stations are set up throughout the space so kids can interact with sitters at their level too.
Each month, CFN members have many opportunities to get out and have fun with other local families and parents.
Mom’s Night Out
Moms meet up for mani-pedi nights, practice yoga, take painting and pottery classes or meet up for drinks and appetizers at local restaurants.
Members and their children meet every Friday morning from December through March at the Hunt Gym on Stow St. for indoor playtime with giant blocks, trains, a kitchen set, tunnels, and more. Infant toys and books are also provided.
Weather permitting, playground meet-ups occur weekly from April through October and alternate between Percy Rideout Playground, Emerson Playground, the Ripley Playscape, and other local playgrounds.
Spring, summer, and fall, walking groups are organized to give parents an opportunity to explore a local neighborhood or walking path with kids in carriers or strollers.
CFN families are invited to join other members to explore local farms for pick-your-own pumpkins/apples/strawberries, visit local attractions like Drumlin Farm or the Butterfly Place, and do coordinated drop-ins to check out local play areas like Color*Full Explorations in Acton or Jam Time in Maynard.