Parenting Resources

Here is some helpful information on schools, playgroups, kid-friendly events, and ways to help your family get connected to your new community.

Public Schools

If you are bringing your school-aged children, be sure to check public school registration requirements well in advance of your arrival. To enroll your child in Cambridge or Boston Public Schools, you must have a signed copy of your lease to prove residency.

Nearby public school systems:

There are many private schools in the area as well. For a third-party rating of public, private, and parochial schools, you may find information at valuable. For further information on public and private schools across Massachusetts, check out the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education site.

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Student Babysitters

Student Employment Office 
If you are looking for a babysitter, try the Student Employment Office at Harvard. You can browse ads from undergraduates offering to babysit or post an ad yourself.

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Community and After-School Programs

Cambridge Community Schools
The City of Cambridge provides after-school educational, social, cultural, and recreational options for all ages in the Cambridge Community. Visit the Cambridge Community Schools website to learn more.

Enrichment Programs 
Cambridge’s Department of Human Service Program Resource Guide contains an extensive list of childcare and enrichment programs, conveniently organized by neighborhood, including some information on costs.

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Connect to Harvard Families Network

Three parents sitting by four young toddlers on the ground surrounded by toys.

Kid-Friendly Events and Calendars

A calendar of local events and activities for families.
Learn about events around Boston including free activities.
The Boston Public Library holds events for children and teens.
The Cambridge Center for Families shares events and activities for families with children ages 8 and under via social media.
The Cambridge Public Library hosts free public events for children, including story times.
The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture have online events and activities for kids and families. You can sign up for their Kids and Family Enews.
Website where you can find kid-friendly events, classes, and trips in Boston and the surrounding area. You can also follow them on Facebook.

City of Cambridge

Cambridge Parks 
A map of nearby parks and playgrounds in Cambridge.

Parks with Water Features 
Enjoy Parks with Water Features (splash pads/pools) to cool down on hot days.

Department of Human Services and Programs 
The Department of Human Services and Programs provides services and programs for Cambridge residents of all ages. Check out the Programs for Youth and Programs for Families tabs.

Cambridge Agenda for Children
Cambridge Agenda for Children is a network of organizations that provide out-of-school time opportunities for children, including the Middle School Network for young teens and pre-teens.

Find It Cambridge
Visit Find It Cambridge for an online directory to find resources for every age group living in Cambridge.

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Beyond Cambridge


Accessible by bus and car, the Franklin Park Zoo has indoor and outdoor exhibits and a year-round cafe. The zoo is home to an expansive playground and a seasonal butterfly garden. A short drive up 93N, the Stone Zoo has a wonderful festival of lights around the holiday season, called “Zoo Lights.”

A family with two adults and three children at the zoo, enthusiastically looking through a large glass animal exhibit.

Farms and Wildlife

Mass Audubon 
The Mass Audubon Society has a number of locations with family-friendly programs, including Drumlin Farm and the Habitat education center and wildlife sanctuary.

Drumlin Farm
At Drumlin Farm, you can experience life on a working farm and explore a wildlife sanctuary at the same time. It's about a 30-minute drive out to Lincoln from Cambridge to see the wildlife and wander the farm.

Gentle trails wind through forests, across meadows, and around ponds and vernal pools at Habitat, located just outside of Cambridge in Belmont. A long-standing center for environmental education, Habitat offers year-round programs for all ages.

A young boy wearing yellow rain boots feeds a pony a straw of hay through the fence at a farm.


Middlesex Fells Reservation
Friends of the Fells runs a few programs at Middlesex Fells Reservation that encourage families with young children to get outside as well. A hike for new parents, Babes in the Woods, meets at a different location each week on Tuesdays, and sometimes on Thursdays. Check the website to learn more about the reservation, plan a trip, and for a calendar listing of upcoming activities.

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Please note: Neither Harvard University nor Harvard University Housing manages any of the sites or groups referenced on this page.