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ParkARTS offers summertime fun for kids

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s annual ParkARTS program will once again be giving young boys and girls the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild in local parks during a series of creative children’s arts and craft workshops.

Children ages three to ten can enjoy the Artists in Residence Craft Workshops. Watercolor painting, mask and jewelry making, and treasure bottle creations are just a few of the crafts the children will be introduced to. Sessions are hosted by local artists from 9 a.m. to 12 noon with all materials provided. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of six or more must make prior arrangements with the artists.
In addition, the Marionette Puppet Show series will be held in July and August at 11 a.m. at various children’s workshop locations. See Boston’s parks come alive with these entertaining whimsical puppet shows that will delight the child in everyone! Experience the unique charm of Rosalita’s Puppets – marionettes made by professional actor-puppeteer Charlotte Anne Dore. For more information call (617) 635-4505 or visit www.rosalitaspuppets.com.

Dates and locations for the craft workshops are as follows:

July 6, 13, 20 & 27
August 3 & 10
Christopher Columbus Park, North End
Hunt/Almont Playground, Mattapan
Martin Playground Tot Lot, Dorchester

July 7, 14, 21 & 28
August 4 & 11
Fallon Playground, Roslindale
Hobart Street Play Area, Brighton
Rossmore Stedman Park, Jamaica Plain

July 8, 15, 22 & 29
August 5 & 12
Dennis Street Playground, Roxbury
Ringer Park, Allston
Ringgold Park, South End

July 9, 16, 23, & 30
August 6 & 13
John Harvard Mall, Charlestown
Phillips Street Playground, Beacon Hill
Town Field, Dorchester

Dates and locations for the marionette puppet show series are as follows:

Friday, July 9
John Harvard Mall, Charlestown

Friday, July 16
Phillips Street Playground, Beacon Hill

Tuesday, July 20
Martin Tot Lot, Dorchester

Thursday, July 29
Ringgold Park, South End

Tuesday, August 3
Christopher Columbus Park, North End

Thursday, August 12
Ringer Park, Allston

For information on this and other ParkARTS programs, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visit the Department on Facebook, or go to: www.cityofboston.gov/parks.