Big Apple Circus Discounted Tickets--now offered to public

AFC has once again bought a block of tickets for the Big Apple Circus. The show is Friday, May 2, at 11:00am under the big top in Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
Discounted tickets are available in the members-only section of the AFC web site. Tickets are $17 each. Children under 3 are free when they sit on an adult’s lap. One child per lap.

Buy tickets here

Playgroups Sprouting Up!

We have compiled all of the “ads” from people looking for playgroups. They are listed both in this month’s newsletter and in the Playgroup Advertisements section of the website. We hope you enjoy meeting new families!

Childcare and Preschool Options Booklet

The 2013 Childcare and Preschool Options in Arlington booklet is available now! Our completely updated annual summary of all the licensed preschools and daycare centers in Arlington has been released. Our local go-to guide provides details such as pricing, hours and schedules. It is available for purchase ($5) at the following local stores:

  • Isis Parenting, 397 Mass. Ave., Arlington
  • Henry Bear’s Park, 685 Mass. Ave., Arlington
  • Wild Child, 5 Medford Street, Arlington
  • Little Fox Resale Shop (Fox Library), 175 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington

It is also available for $7.50 at

Pizza Party Around the Corner!

It’s that time of year again, when the kids show off their dance moves, win silly prizes, eat pizza and watermelon, and have a great time! Our annual Pizza Party (and food collection for the Arlington Food Pantry) is here again.

Come have fun outdoors with other AFC members and enjoy a picnic pizza and ice cream dinner at our eleventh annual “Pizza at the Playground” event, Sunday, September 22 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Parallel Playground, located at the corner of Medford Street and Mystic Valley Parkway, near the Medford rotary.

AFC will bring pizza, lemonade, water, ice cream, and watermelon…you bring picnic blankets and the kids! We encourage AFC members to bring family and friends, and anyone else interested in exploring what AFC has to offer. It’s a great opportunity to renew your membership or join AFC for the first time. The fantastic and popular DJ Ed Regal will entertain the kids non-stop, with his funny music, games, prizes, bubbles and tons of fun for all ages.

It all supports a good cause! Instead of charging an entrance fee, we will accept donations for the Arlington Food Pantry. Since 1990, the Arlington Food Pantry has been offering year-round services to those in need of assistance, providing food to 375 people per month on average. Please avoid glass containers and perishable foods. We will have a box to collect monetary donations.

Suggested donations include: canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, meals-in-a-can or box (spaghetti, stews, soups, ravioli), pasta and rice, health and beauty items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.), cereal, baby food, diapers, fruit juices, coffee, tea, canned tomatoes and tomato sauce, crackers, cookies, mixes. Again, please no glass or perishables.

Please RSVP to by September 19, letting us know how many adults and how many children will attend.

Membership Renewal - The Time is Now!

All AFC memberships expire at the end of August, so now is the very best time to renew your membership to ensure you receive next month’s newsletter and AFC benefits. Don’t miss out on all the useful resources, fun activities, popular events, and special discounted tickets offered by AFC.

At less than $2 a month, you can’t go wrong by renewing! Membership costs are $25 for one year, good through August 2014.

Benefits of AFC Membership Renewal

  • Monthly e-newsletter with an extensive calendar, listing special events in the Boston area for families, and relevant articles

  • Exclusive monthly outings (e.g., farm tours, playground meet-ups, museum trips, and more!)

  • Special concerts and events (e.g., puppet shows, craft times, sing-a-longs, Beach Party, Pizza Party, Options Night, summer Kindergarten Connections, and more!)

  • Members only discounted tickets (for members-only purchase) to family events like Storyland, Southwick Zoo, Lowell Spinners, Davis Farmland, Big Apple Circus, and others

  • AFC Playtime drop-in playgroup (discount for members)

  • Educational seminars for parents

  • Community service opportunities with your child(ren)

  • Opportunities to form playgroups

  • Opportunities to volunteer and build your local social network

Monthly Events:

  • Book Groups

  • Working Moms’ Group

  • Photography Club

  • Parents’ Night Out events

  • AFC Planning Meetings (open to all members)

Annual Events

  • Options Night – Childcare and Preschool Options in Arlington

  • Kindergarten Connections (playground outings for incoming kindergartners, by school)

  • Pizza Party

  • Tot Ice Skating Party

  • Beach Party

Two Ways to Renew

  1. Online – Online registration and payment via PayPal, the quickest and easiest method.

  2. Mail – Print out our membership form (included at the end of this newsletter or available online), complete it, write a check for $25 made out to Arlington Family Connection, and mail to: Arlington Family Connection – Membership P.O. Box 150 Arlington, MA 02476

Have questions? Not renewing? Let us know at  Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.