There is a wonderful variety of programs and activities for elementary age children in Somerville. All the programs listed here offer reduced rate or sliding scale payments options. Contact the specific program to find out more.
Programs & Activities
2017 Summer Activities Guide for Young Children
The 2017 Summer Activities Guide for Young children offers a comprehensive listing of fun and educational activities in Somerville and the surrounding communities for families with young children. This guide is updated every every spring. Click on the link below to view or download a copy of the 2016 Summer Activities Guide for Young Children.
Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Music
Beautiful Stuff Project
The Beautiful Stuff Project is a creative reuse center offering free and low cost materials to public schools, childcare centers, and community agencies in Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston; and the children and families they serve. Our unique inventory is collected from the excess and scrap of local manufacturers, stores, and artists. Instead of ending up in the trash, we inspire teachers, childcare workers, clinicians, parents, and kids to use our materials for educational, creative, and therapeutic purposes — and just plain fun!
Mudflat is a clay studio for students and artists of all ages and levels in metro Boston. We offer a dynamic artistic community, featuring classes, workshops, outreach programming and events, plus a mix of studio rentals for 38 professional clay artists.
School of HONK
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE, at any age, to learn an instrument, or a rhythm, or a dance routine, or otherwise help us make music together. We value diversity, inclusion, egalitarianism and mutual love and respect, and we have mentors and players with all levels of experience, eager to help others learn to play too. Everyone is encouraged to find their own voice, and participate at whatever level is both comfortable and rewarding. And although playing music involves cooperation and some simple rules, unlike most other play, it is completely non-competitive and open to all. Want to learn trumpet? We’ll show you how to blow one note, then maybe you’ll play that note on every fourth beat. It’s a very important note in the song, and it’s easy to play, and the next thing you know, you’ve just taken your first steps to playing music with us.
Tufts Community Music Program
Since its opening in February of 2007, the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center has become a resource for the local community. In addition to the regular 150 plus concerts and events presented in the center's Distler Performance Hall and Fisher Performance Room (which are all open to the public to attend), Tufts Music also offers a wide range of other community music programs. These include: Saturday music classes for children and teenagers, the Tufts Youth Philharmonic on Friday afternoons, weekday evening classes and ensembles for adults, a two week summer music program for children ages 7-12, a special Sundays at Tufts Community Concert series with a rotating slate of artist and music genres, and Saturday Family and Children's Concerts.
Sports, Fitness and Recreation
BOKS (Building our Kids Success) is a free, before school fitness program for K-5 students. BOKS is designed to give kids' bodies and brains a boost in the mornings that will set them up for a day of learning. Every school in the Somerville Public School District offers this program - check with your own school's website or school office for more information.
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville is a new type of community space, inspired by the incredible people drawn together by climbing. The climbing community is active, inclusive and engaged. Our space is expressly designed to harness this energy.
New climbers, hardcore climbers, fitness buffs, zen-fueled yogis, creatives, and entrepreneurs — our space was built with you in mind. Come experience work, life and play all under one roof.
Esh Circus Arts
Want to learn to fly? Want some excitement in your fitness routine? Just want to have fun? Circus classes at Esh focus on building strength and confidence, developing body awareness, and learning to move and think creatively while maintaining an emphasis on proper technique and injury prevention. Our small classes allow students of all levels to learn at their own pace, with movements tailored to each student's skill, fitness, and flexibility level.
J9 Kids Yoga
It is never too early to start practicing yoga! Yoga poses, breathing exercises, yoga songs and games are incorporated into this 60-minute yoga class for up to twelve children between the ages of 3 and 7. Rest and meditation are important aspects of the class as well. Children are natural yogis; they have a blast exploring their new moves while building strong body and breath awareness, cooperative skills, and self-confidence.
Kennedy Pool is an indoor, year-round pool at the Kennedy School run by Somerville Public Schools. It offers swimming classes for infants through teens and specific lap swim times.
Somerville Little League offers supervised program of instruction on the fundamentals of Little League baseball. Participants are taught basic baseball skills such as hitting, throwing, catching and base running. Games and team practices are held throughout the season.
The OPENAIR Circus is a Somerville based non-profit organization, offering classes for children in the summer, workshops for children and adults, and performance opportunities for its students. As a community based organization, the OPENAIR Circus works to encourage neighborhood participation in the arts, and to promote leadership and self-esteem for children and teens.
Pop Warner Football and Cheer
The Somerville Pop Warner Football & Cheer Program is a non-profit organization interested in building leadership, learning skills, teamwork and discipline.
We take pride in bringing together boys and girls from the city of Somerville to learn important life lessons through playing organized football and participating in cheering. We encourage good sportsmanship, respect for our community and each other, and strong team unity.
Somerville Community Growing Center
The Center provides a hands-on environment for children to learn about the natural world, science, community service and cultural issues. Many programs, events, and activities are offered.
Somerville Recreation Department
Somerville Recreation Department offers a range of activities for students of all ages. From skating to basketball to flag football, check out their website and updated guide for more information.
Somerville Road Runners
SRR Kids is a FREE community-based non-competitive youth running program for kids. The emphasis of this program is on participation, developing a healthy lifestyle, and having FUN!
Somerville Youth Softball Organization is dedicated to providing a positive learning environment for girls to learn fundamental softball skills, become great teammates and have fun learning and playing the game of softball.
Somerville Tennis Club
The Somerville Tennis Club's vision is to grow as a community/family oriented Club that promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides opportunities for everyone to participate regardless of age or ability. The Club currently has 6 tennis courts, all of which are floodlit. The club offers coaching and competitions for all ages.
The Somerville YMCA hosts various fitness facilities and offers a variety of camps, programs, and activities for children year-round. As well as swimming, the YMCA offers indoors soccer, basketball, karate and gymnastics for different age groups.
101 Highland Ave., Somerville MA 02143
Somerville Youth Soccer League
The objective of the SYSL is to provide an opportunity for youth to participate in the sport of soccer as part of an organization comprising players, parents, volunteers and corporate sponsors. The SYSL is devoted to providing training in the rules and regulations of the sport, encouraging the development of individual skills, promoting physical fitness, and fostering teamwork and fair play.
Local Clubs and Activities
Cub Scouts Troop 0003 Somerville
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts of America
Discover fun, adventure,and learning through Scouting
Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of boys and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Family involvement is an essential part of the program, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in making the most of the short time they have to impact the lives of their children. Pack 003 meets at Connexion, 149 Broadway, Somerville, MA. See website for contact details.
Girls Scouts of Eastern Mass
We’re Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts―50,000 strong, with 35,000 girls and 15,000 volunteers in 178 communities in eastern Massachusetts. We’re here to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts is the premier leadership program for girls, letting the girls themselves determine how they will spend their time and the impact they can make in their community and the larger world.
The Welcome Project
The Welcome Project provides many classes, activities, and programs for both children and adults throughout the local community.
530 Mystic Avenue, #111 Somerville MA 02145
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Home Depot Kids Workshops
Home Depot offers FREE, hands-on workshops for children on the first Saturday of each month from 9 AM - 12 PM. Each child gets to keep their craft, and receives a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Registration is required.
Parts and Crafts
The Parts and Crafts Collective offers classes, workshops, and a drop-in resource center for kids to explore creative arts, science, and engineering.
577 Somerville Avenue, Somerville MA 02143
Science Club for Girls
Since its founding in 1994, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has provided the very best in girls-specific programming by connecting girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underrepresented groups, with female mentor-scientists through free science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in a fun, nurturing, interactive environment