Sizzlin' Winter Beach Party

Sunday February 9 from 11-2 at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club

Admission includes: New England Aquarium Traveling Tidepool, balloon animals from Silly Willy the Clown, DJ entertainment, pizza, ice cream, games, crafts, and more!!!! AFC Members: $15/family up to 5 people, nonmembers: $25/family up to 5 people. Each additional person: $3/each.
We need volunteers to make this event a success! This year, we are offering free family admission to all members who volunteer for at least two hours. Visit to volunteer. Please contact Anne at with any questions.

Tot Ice Skating Party

Monday, November 11, 2:00-3:50pm
Veterans Memorial Rink
422 Summer Street, Arlington

Come introduce your kids to ice skating, socialize with other AFC members, and enjoy a gentle skating experience with your children (ages six and under only, please). The party is for members only, but feel free to bring your friends, and they can join AFC at the event. The party is free, but please bring a donation for the Arlington Food Pantry.

For more information please see this month’s Newsletter

AFC Halloween Events

Halloween Parade: Sunday October 27 11:00am at Spy Pond Field

Join us in your costumes for a parade from Spy Pond Field to Spy Pond Playground. Meet at Spy Pond Field, 60 Pond Lane, Across from Boys and Girls Club, Arlington.

Annual AFC Halloween Party: Monday October 28 3:30-5 at Together in Motion

What can be better than another reason for your kids to wear their Halloween costumes? Have the kids come in costume, do Halloween crafts and games, and play in Together in Motion’s space. We’ll have the climbing blocks available within the gym. This is an AFC-only event and is free to all AFC members. More information to come.

Beach Party Success!

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

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.

Save the date for our 6th Annual Winter Beach Party & Benefit on Sunday, March 10, 2013

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.

Special thanks to the Arlington Boys and Girls Club for offering their facilities to AFC, free of charge, for the party.