Two Schools Bring Family Fun to Marlborough St

Family fun will be easy to find on Marlborough Street on Saturday, Oct. 13, as the John Winthrop School holds its 52nd annual Street Fair and The Learning Project holds its annual Fall Book Fair.

The John Winthrop Street Fair will be held on Marlborough Street, between Berkeley and Clarendon streets, and The Learning Project Book Fair will take place at 107 Marlborough St., between Clarendon and Dartmouth streets. Together, these two events offer local families an opportunity to enjoy a day of wholesome, autumn fun while supporting scholarships for Boston students at these schools.

Both events come from a long tradition at the schools. The LP’s Book Fair was started in 1987. The focus of the event has always been on books and reading, and community fun. This year, the Book Fair offers adult and children’s used book sales, arts and crafts, a bake sale with coffee, a game room, a dress-up photo booth, and a grill station. Children can buy a Super Ticket for $20 that allows them access to all the activities, and a meal ticket for $5.  The Book Fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

John Winthrop School’s Street Fair celebrates its long history in the Back Bay with an event modeled after an old-fashioned carnival that provides entertainment for families with kids of all ages. The fair will offer pony rides, two bounce houses, African drumming, live music, face painting, a silent auction, train rides, and other games with prizes. Lunch foods, beverages, and fall-themed snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at the entrances; cash only. The Street Fair will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Learning Project Elementary School enrolls children in Grades K-6.  The school offers a rigorous academic curriculum to a diverse community of learners and maintains high expectations for conduct.  The school is small in order to be comfortable for young children, but by using the resources of the city around it, the school offers a rich experience that challenges students to push themselves to discover the world around them.

A thriving part of the Boston community since 1966, The John Winthrop School serves families with children ages 15 months to five years.  At John Winthrop, children embark on a cycle of wonder, exploration, and discovery. Its classrooms offer materials that allow children to investigate and make new discoveries — instilling pride and encouraging self-sufficiency. When interest and spontaneous play drive a child’s learning, every day is a thrilling adventure; this is the core of the John Winthrop curriculum.

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