ParkARTS Children’s Workshops Return July 5

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s annual ParkARTS program, sponsored by Holly and David Bruce, is pleased to announce the return of its series of children’s arts workshops giving kids the opportunity to express their creativity while working on fun projects with local artists. From East Boston to West Roxbury, children ages three to ten can enjoy painting, mask and jewelry making, treasure creations, and more at the Artists in Residence Workshops held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in parks across the city.

Participation is free and all materials are provided, but young children must be accompanied by an adult.  Groups of six or more must make prior arrangements by calling the Boston Parks Department at (617) 635-4505.  Now in its 20th year, ParkARTS brings a wide range of cultural offerings to city parks.

In addition, the New England Aquarium will bring its traveling tide pool exhibit to six locations and the Marionette Puppet Show series will return in July and August at 11 a.m. at various children’s workshops.  See Boston’s parks come alive with these whimsical puppet shows that will delight the child in everyone.  Experience the unique charm of Rosalita’s Puppets featuring marionettes made by professional actor-puppeteer Charlotte Anne Dore.

Children are able to cool off this summer at Splash Dance Parties in July and August at parks across Boston. Children can play in the park’s water spray features, while listening to festive music, playing games, and trying tasty treats provided for all families to enjoy.

Artists in Residence Workshops dates and locations are as follows:


July 5, 12, 19

Rogers Park Allston/Brighton

Town Field, Dorchester

July 26, August 2, 9

Ringgold Park, South End

Martin Playground, Dorchester


July 6, 13, 20

Sweeney Playground, South Boston

Gertrude Howes Playground, Roxbury

July 27, August 3, 10

Iacono Playground, Hyde Park

McKinney Playground, Allston/Brighton


July 7, 14, 21

Doherty Playground, Charlestown

Healy Playground, Roslindale

July 28, August 4, 11

Ramsay Park, Roxbury

Christopher Columbus Park, North End


July 8, 15, 22

East Boston Memorial Park, East Boston

Mozart Street Playground, Jamaica Plain

July 29, August 5, 12

Almont Park, Mattapan

Hynes Playground, West Roxbury

The New England Aquarium will be at the following locations at 10 a.m.:

Tuesday, July 12                       Town Field, Dorchester

Wednesday, July 20                   Gertrude Howes Playground, Roxbury

Friday, July 22                          Mozart Street Playground, Jamaica Plain

Thursday, July 28                      Ramsay Park, Roxbury

Tuesday, August 9                     Martin Playground, Dorchester

Friday, August 12                      Almont Park, Mattapan

Rosalita’s Puppets Marionette Performances are at 11 a.m.  Dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, July 6                    Gertrude Howes Playground, Roxbury

Thursday, July 14                      Healy Playground, Roslindale

Wednesday, July 20                   Sweeney Playground, South Boston

Wednesday, August 3                 Iacono Playground, Hyde Park

Thursday, August 4                    Ramsay Park, Roxbury

Thursday, August 11                  Christopher Columbus Park, North End

Splash Dance Parties begin at 12 noon.  Dates and locations are as follows:

Friday, July 8                           Mozart Street Playground, Jamaica Plain

Friday, July 15                          East Boston Memorial Park, East Boston

Thursday, July 21                      Doherty Playground, Charlestown

Friday, July 29                          Hynes Playground, West Roxbury

Friday, August 5                        Almont Park, Mattapan

For information on this and other ParkARTS programs, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visit or or follow @BostonParksDept.

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