Benefits of Membership
Enjoy free admission to popular seasonal events such as the Spooktacular Halloween Party, Valentine's Day Party, and Summer BBQ. Additionally, members receive discounted fees at our Kids Stuff Tag Sale.
Our amazing Public Events Team also organizes the annual Kindergarten Social in early June; a free event for all that is open to all Acton-Boxborough families entering Kindergarten in the AB School System the following school year. This event is a great place to meet classmates and tour a school bus!
ABFN plans family outings each month, from September through June, for parents and their children. Activities are scheduled across a range of days and times, to accommodate a mix of schedules and ages. Come with the whole family, or make it a special date with just one child!
Past outings include nature walks, ice skating, and a firehouse tour. Our most popular outings return year after year, such as apple and pumpkin picking and a fun-packed day at Davis Farmland.
Let’s get out and explore! Come dressed for the weather and join our weekly adventure. Some weeks follow a theme with books, crafts, and maybe an experiment. Others are unstructured and we follow the kids' lead!
Monthly Craft Hour
We’ve got lots of art fun planned for children ages 2-5. Siblings are always welcome.
Come create with us! Join us for experimental painting, exploring patterns, playing with textures, and more.
Monthly Story Hour
Each month we get together to read seasonal stories and to do an exciting craft. Fun for all ages. We hope you will join us!
ABFN playgroups provide a great opportunity to meet other members and create new bonds for you and your child/ren!
How do playgroups work?
- ABFN maintains a running list of members interested in playgroups.
- Playgroups are formed by members’ availability and the child’s age. While we try to keep the children in each group close in age, there’s usually some age range within each group.
- Playgroup members are contacted through emails.
- Most playgroups meet during the school week but playgroups can meet any day of the week (weekend days too) when members are interested and available.
- Playgroups typically meet within members’ homes or at local playgrounds. There is a list of local playgrounds and gathering spaces on our resources page.
- Playgroups are open to all caregivers of Acton-Boxborough Family Network children (Parents, Nannies, Grandparents, etc.).
- Many long-lasting friendships have formed through ABFN playgroups!
Check the event calendar and ABFN emails for news on our upcoming Open House playdates! ABFN regularly holds playgroup open houses within homes or playgroup meet-ups at local playgrounds, schools, or businesses catering to young children.
Throughout the year, ABFN organizes a variety of service events. We have exchanged valentines, gone trick-or-treating, and sang holiday carols at local senior centers. We have toured and collected donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Buddy Dog Humane Society. We always look forward to our annual Earth Day clean up projects and Holiday giving tree to benefit local families.
Dad's Night Out
Dads’ Night Out — those three magic words — that heady excitement that only comes once a month. A few hours of pure freedom in the company of friends. Enjoy this great opportunity to connect with other Dads and see familiar faces. Are you in?
Past events include:
- Exploring local breweries
- K1 Speed Racing
- Rock climbing
- Pitch and Putt at Kimball's
Mom's Night Out
Our ABFN MNO events provide moms the space to connect with each other, cultivate friendships, try new things, visit local venues, and relax! Events are typically held monthly, on weeknights and on weekends. See some of our past events below! ABFN provides plenty of snacks for these events and/or subsidizes a portion of the cost of each event.
- Appetizers/dinner/drinks at The Red Raven and True West Brewery
- Pottery painting at Art Signals Studio
- Manicures and pedicures at Q Nails
- A private vinyasa yoga class at Revolution Community Yoga
- Chocolate tasting and bar making at The Happy Chocolatier
- Stained glass projects at Periwinkle Glassworks
- Bowling at Acton’s Bowladrome
- Walks along many of our area trails
- Wine tasting and picnic-style snacks at Nashoba Valley Winery
Book Group meets regularly to discuss a book we have collectively chosen and read. Genres and themes vary so as to keep discussions lively and thought-provoking. Please join us for great conversation, quite a few laughs, and delicious snacks. Fellas, you’re welcome too!
Whether the selections are fabulous or flops, we always have great discussions, so please join us! It’s a great opportunity to make new friends and have meaningful discussions with intelligent, if not hungry, adults. Happy reading!
Discounted Playspace Admission
When the weather outside is frightful, a standing playdate is so delightful… ABFN has teamed up with JamTime
and One Stop Fun
to offer discounted playtime to ABFN members during specific hours. Meet up with friends and let the kids burn off some energy in a comfortable indoor play space.
How would you like to go to a doctor’s appointment or go shopping without having to bring your children with you? How about a going on a date with your spouse but not spending more on the babysitter than the dinner? ABFN’s babysitting co-op can help! We are groups of ABFN parents who use a point system to provide childcare for one another. Someone watches your children for you, and in turn, you watch someone else’s children for them. And it’s all free!
Our co-op coordinator can answer further questions by email