AFC held one of its biggest events of the year on March 10: the Beach Party!! What a success it was! Approximately 220 children and their caregivers attended the event at a new venue, the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.
Keeping everyone busy, and smiling, were crafts, games, a DJ, Silly Willy the clown with his balloon designs and a pizza lunch. In addition, the children were mesmerized by the New England Aquarium’s traveling tidepool with live sea animals Children not only got to touch the animals but also learn a bit about them from the aquarium’s staff. A special thanks to Dr. Coppe’s Pediatric Dental Office for sponsoring this fun and educational activity.
Upstairs in the gym a DJ played fun and kid-friendly music for the kids to dance and play games. Arlington High School and International School of Boston student-volunteers ran other beach-themed games and crafts. Games included trying to knock down a stack of beach pails, kicking the soccer ball into the “hula net” and throwing hoops over dolphins’ heads. At the craft table children made octopuses out of bowls and ribbons, decorated beach scenes with stickers and created memorable ocean life scenes with stamps.
None of this would have been such a huge success without the generosity of Kevin Flood and the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. Kevin and his team were supportive every step of the way and we deeply appreciate their teaming up with us and offering their space for the party free of charge. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club and their programming you can visit www.abgclub.org.
The party went off without a hitch thanks to all the hard work AFC volunteers put in beforehand and the day of. Special thanks to Erin Buchner for chairing the event and to Anne Dixon, Tracy Gianotti, Kerri Kivolowitz, Maeva Leroy, Stephanie Slonka, Anne Thomson and Toni Trainor for doing such a great job. Despite having young kids at home, they were able to give their time and energy to making sure it all come together.
Entertain your little ones at our Annual Winter Beach Party on Sunday, March 10, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club at 60 Pond Lane, Arlington.
Children can enjoy a variety of beach games and crafts including making an octopus, limbo, balloon animals, and DJ entertainment. Children can also observe and touch live local tide pool animals from the Traveling Tidepool hosted by the New England Aquarium.
Admission also includes pizza, ice cream, and refreshments. Beach-goers are encouraged to wear their splashy beach attire.
Admission at the door is $15 per family for AFC members (up to five people) and $25 per family for non-members (up to five people). Each additional person is $3. Please note the gym is not handicap accessible and stroller parking is available in the teen room on the first floor.
There will be a raffle of local prizes and all proceeds will benefit the Arlington Boys and Girls Club scholarship fund.
Our annual indoor beach party is coming on March 10 from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and the party has a new home! AFC is working with the Arlington Boys and Girls Club to produce the best beach party ever. Popular DJ Ed will be back.
But we need your help!
We are in a severe need of volunteers for planning and also need more help at the party. Planning committee members organize the crafts, entertainers, food, raffle, space-layout, task lists, budget and more.
Roles vary, but will require attendance at some planning meetings (about twice a month until the party) and completing assigned tasks. Most tasks can be done at your discretion, in terms of time of day/day of week.
Day-of volunteers help set-up and clean-up, assist with crafts, manage the flow of guests, and hand out food.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help out at the event. We want it to be a success!
Arlington Family Connection presents Tanglewood Marionetts on Sept 30th at Regents Theater in Arlington.”Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England.” There will be two performances: Fairy Circus at 10:30am and Arabian Adventure at 1:00pm. For more information and show descriptions please visit http://www.tanglewoodmarionettes.com.
Sunday, September 30, 10:30am and 1:00pm
Fairy Circus – 10:30am
Arabian Adventure – 1:30pm
7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA
Tickets are available in advance for members on AFC’s website for $4 per child and $6 per adults or at the Regents Theater box office (advanced sales and at the door) for $6 per child and $8 per adults for both members and non-members.
Arlington Family Connection (AFC) is a local nonprofit connecting children six and under and those who care for them. www.arlingtonfamilyconnection.org
Erin at email@example.com
Saturday August 25th 5:00 – 7:00pm
Parallel Playground, Medford Street
AFC’s Annual Pizza Party! (and food collection for the Arlington Food Pantry)
Come meet other AFC members and chow down on some pizza at our 10th annual “Pizza at the Playground” event, Saturday, August 25th from 5 pm to 7pm 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! AFC members may also bring family and friends, and anyone interested in exploring what AFC has to offer. This is a good opportunity to join AFC or to renew memberships. DJ Ed Regal will be there again this year to provide music, games, prizes, bubbles and a whole lot of fun for all ages.
This year instead of charging an entrance fee to the party we will be accepting 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. Summertime is historically when the Food Pantry receives the fewest donations and yet people are still in need. We will also have a box to collect monetary donations as well.
Suggested donations include:
Canned fruits and vegetables, Peanut butter and jelly, Tuna fish, 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. Please avoid glass containers and perishable foods.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 23rd and let us know how many adults and how many children will be attending. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on August 25th!