Membership to Harvard Athletics
Graduate students may buy a family membership for a spouse and any dependent children. Memberships can be purchased online through the Harvard Athletics webpage or obtained in person at the Athletic Ticket Office.

Harvard Department of Athletics
phone: (617) 495-1789
gocrimson.com

Library Cards for Spouses/Partners
Spouses/partners can obtain library privileges for Harvard College libraries  by visiting the Library Privileges Office located on the first floor of Widener Library, Room 130. Additional membership information can also be found on the Harvard College Library website.

Please note, the GSD library is not included. Please click here  for information on obtaining a card for our library.

Library Privileges Office
Widener Library, Room 130
Harvard Yard
phone: (617) 495-4166
widpriv@fas.harvard.edu

Auditing or “Sitting in On” Courses
Only Harvard students in degree programs can audit, and, officially, there is a form that must be signed by the instructor to allow it. Adult family members may sit in on regular lecture courses at FAS and some other graduate schools, but may not formally audit at the GSD. The public lecture series and daily lectures by student groups, Loeb fellows, and faculty can usually provide more than enough content for one to absorb.

Harvard Students’ Spouses and Partners Association (HSSPA)
HSSPA  is an organization open to spouses and partners of all Harvard students. Since 1896 it has provided a way for its members to make friends, find intellectual stimulation and, most of all, and feel a sense of belonging within the University. HSSPA organizes a variety of events throughout the year for Harvard students and their spouses and families, such as social gatherings, dinners and outings. If you are interested in their events and activities or have any questions, contact them directly.

Harvard Students’ Spouses and Partners Association
hsspa.harvard.edu

Volunteer Opportunities
Many institutions, especially those that operate on a non-profit basis, depend on the goodwill of people who contribute their skills and time without pay. Volunteering is an opportunity to become involved in the local community, to meet people from outside the University, and to learn something about American society. Volunteering may also provide a way to keep active in a professional area when paid employment is not a possibility. Information about volunteer opportunities is available from the HIO. You may also consult the web site.

Find Volunteer Matches
For a list of Boston opportunities, click here.

Harvard Neighbors International Group
Become a member of Harvard Neighbors’ International Group and enjoy cultural events, area tours, informative discussion panels, and social activities; designed to foster community connections, friendships, and cultural exchange while at Harvard. See what is happening now at neighbors.harvard.edu/calendar.

Resources for Families

Family Life

Harvard Childcare Resources
It is so important to get your family all set before school gets underway, because you’ll find your disposable time disappearing quickly. Explore the extensive Harvard-Wide resource page for childcare at hr.harvard.edu/childcare.

Private Lactation Spaces at Harvard

CGIS/Knafel Building Lactation Room
The closest full-service lactation room for GSD students is next door in the CGIS/Knafel Building, accessible through the GSD basement tunnel. The room is equipped with one Medela Symphony pump and one Medela Lactina pump. Contact Bettina Burch for information about reservations.
1737 Cambridge Street
Bettina Burch
bburch@fas.harvard.edu
617-495-9114

Campus-Wide Lactation Room locations
hr.harvard.edu/parental-lactation-support

GSD Quiet Room
In addition to the fully-equipped spaces, all GSD mothers have access to the GSD Quiet Space in 7 Sumner by reservation.
7 Sumner, 104b
gsd.harvard.edu/quiet-room/

Child Care Choices of Boston
Child Care Choices of Boston offers a comprehensive listing of caregivers and day care centers in the area.
Phone: (617) 542-5437 (KIDS)
childcarechoicesofboston.org

NAEYC
National Association for the Education of Young Children, based in Washington, D.C., reviews preschools. Preschools that receive a stamp of approval have to have a high-quality curriculum. The group also judges the schools’ health and safety, teacher-student ratios, physical environment and a child’s experience. Go the the url, and enter your zip code to find out which schools in your area are accredited.
Toll free: 800-424-2460 or 866-NAEYC-4U
www.naeyc.org

Department of Early Education and Care
The Department of Early Education and Careprovides a list of licensed daycare centers and care providers.
www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/department-of-early-education-and-care

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Massachusetts Department of Education provides standardized school profiles of private and public schools.
profiles.doe.mass.edu

Harvard Office of Work/Life Resources
Students may contact Harvard’s Office of Work/Life Resources for information about child care and education. The Office provides information about the Harvard-affiliated child care centers  as well as community day care centers and nursery schools, information on local school districts, after school programs, summer camps  and school vacation programs.

Office of Work/Life Resources
phone: (617) 495-4100
email: worklife@harvard.edu
employment.harvard.edu/benefits/worklife

Family resources outside of Harvard
The City of Cambridge Department of Human Services provides information on programs and activities for families, adults, kids, and youth.

Department of Human Service Program Office
51 Inman Street, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 349-6200
www.cambridgema.gov/DHSP.aspx

Activities to do with Children

Museum Passes
Public libraries have free or reduced price admission passes for popular museums and events such as the Science Museum, the Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, Drumlin Farms in Lincoln and some zoos. Check with your local library branch. Passes are popular so plan ahead. Museum passes with Cambridge Public Library.

Children’s Museum
Visit the Children’s Museum’s child-centered exhibits, and take part in programs and activities for endless fun and learning. Be aware, the museum is very crowded on the weekends.
308 Congress St., Boston
Phone: (617) 426-6500
www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Museum of Science
Located just outside of Cambridge, the Boston Museum of Science features exhibits that appeal to many different age groups. Don’t miss the new Hall of Human Life interactive exhibit. The youngest visitors will have the most fun in the Discovery Center past the café on the first floor. Also, check the calendar for daily live animal shows.
1 Science Park, Boston
(617) 723-2500
information@mos.org
www.mos.org

The Institute of Contemporary Art
Monthly Play Dates and Family Art-Making events inspired a writer at the Boston Globe to call the ICA “one of the most family-friendly, kid-friendly, down-to-earth museums in Boston.” Check the website for the calendar of events.
100 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront
(617) 478-3100
icaboston.org/kids-families

New England Aquarium
With its winding hallways, and dark corners, the aquarium can be a bit overwhelming with very young children, but it’s great for those 4 and up. The new Ray and Shark touch tank is very popular with kids. Arrive early to find a metered spot on the street if you are travelling by car, because parking in a garage is extremely pricey. Taking the T is a good option for getting to the Aquarium. Check the calendar for daily scheduled programs and feedings.
1 Central Wharf, Boston
(617) 973-5206
www.neaq.org

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston
LEGOLAND is open in North Somerville. Designed for ages 3-10 years. Check the website for more information.
598 Assembly Row, Somerville
Phone: (866) 228-6439
Boston@LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com
legolanddiscoverycenter.com/boston/

Zoo New England
Accessible by bus and car, the Franklin Park Zoo has indoor and outdoor exhibits and a year-round cafe. Unfortunately, some of the exhibits are in a state of disrepair, but the zoo is slowly making improvements. The zoo is now home to an expansive playground that it is almost impossible to pull children away from on a nice day. The seasonal butterfly garden is also quite beautiful. Be prepared to walk a bit when visiting this zoo, which is the larger of the two area zoos.
One Franklin Park Road, Boston
(617) 541-5466
www.franklinparkzoo.org

Stone Zoo
A short drive up 93N, the Stone Zoo has a wonderful festival of lights around the holiday season, called “Zoo Lights.” It’s a tiny zoo, but the little ones love it, and it is rarely crowded. There is an indoor Discovery Center with daily activities planned for young children, which is a great resource during the winter months. The snack bar is only open seasonally, so plan ahead.
149 Pond Street, Stoneham
781-438-5100
www.stonezoo.org

Getting Outside in the City

Cambridge Parks
cambridgema.gov/cdd/parks/parksmap.aspx

Parks with Water Features
cambridgema.gov/CDD/parks/waterplaymap.aspx

Getting Out of the City 

Drumlin Farm
Mass Audubon Society has a number of locations with family-friendly programs. The most conveniently located to the GSD is Habitat in Belmont, and a popular location with families is Drumlin Farm in Lincoln.
208 South Great Road, Lincoln
(781) 259-2200
massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/drumlin-farm/

Habitat
10 Juniper Road, Belmont
(617) 489-5050
massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/habitat

Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation
Friends of the Fells runs a few programs 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. The monthly event, Animal Habitats, led by a Zoo New is appropriate for families with children who are able to walk. Check the website for locations and times.
235 West Foster Street, Melrose
(781) 662-2340
www.fells.org

Indoor Activities for Families

Cambridge Public Library
The Cambridge Public library is a great resource for parents of young children. The third floor of the award-winning main branch building houses a children’s room designed for those 13 and under, and their caregivers. The various library branches offer music and story programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as well as programs for parents and caregivers. Check out the Calendar of Events here.
Main Branch: 449 Broadway, Cambridge
(617) 349-4038
http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl/Kids.aspx

Imagine
Imagine is a drop-in play space with a kitchenette and an art room open seven days a week. The busiest times are after school hours on cold or wet days. Parking is limited. Easily accessible by bus from Harvard Square, and is a short walk from Alewife station on the Redline.
23 Baystate Road, Fresh Pond
(617) 661-0077
imaginecambridge.com

Inside Playground
Drop-in to play at the Inside Playground seven days a week, year round. Bounce houses in the main room with quieter activities for younger toddlers in a separate room. Infants are free. This is a great place to go with multiple children. Winter weekends can be crowded.
100 Parker St, Watertown
(617) 923-1772
info@insideplayground.com
insideplayground.com

Together in Motion
Together in Motion is a good place to take the little ones to tumble during inclement weather. Drop-in to play at scheduled times by age group. A separate lounge area for lunch and snacks brought from home is an added bonus. Together in motion also offers classes for children and adults. Check the online calendar for days/times.
1 Broadway, East Arlington
(781) 643-1377
info@togetherinmotion.com
www.togetherinmotion.com

Drop-in Art Centers

Mucky Kids
In addition to the drop-in times available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Mucky Kids art studio offers classes, parties, and a summer program. Check the website for a description of the weekly activities offered.
1776 Mass Ave, Cambridge
(617) 354-0540
www.muckykids.com

Maud Morgan Arts Center
Maud Morgan Arts Center offers a Toddler and Preschool drop-in studio year-round Tuesdays and Fridays 10:30am-12:30pm lead by local artist, Emily Somma.
20A Sacramento St, Cambridge
(617) 349-6287
maudmorgan.com/programs/preschool.htm

Parent Support and Playgroups

New Parent Support Groups

JC&FS Cambridge New Parent Support Group
These groups (open to new moms and dads) are sponsored by the JC&FS. No religious affiliation required to attend. The Cambridge group meets in Cambridgeport on Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30am. There are also groups in Somerville and other communities nearby.
Group Facilitator: Jennifer Roberts
Temple Eitz Chayim (door is through the yard in the back)
134-136 Magazine St, Cambridgeport
jfcsboston.org

ABC infant & toddler playgroup
The ABC infant & toddler playgroup takes place in the basement of Harvard University’s own North Hall on the corner of Mass Ave & Wendell Street in the Agassiz Neighborhood Council Community Room. Check the website for up to date meeting times and days. To learn about or join the group, contact Samantha Eaton.
Agassiz Baldwin Community Room in North Hall
1651 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
agassiz.org/childrens-programs/infant-toddler-playgroups/

Cambridge Center for Families (CFF)
Information, support, and activities for Cambridge families of children ages 0-8. All programs, playgroups, events, and workshops offered by CFF are free. The CFF staff speaks a total of ten languages in addition to English. For more information on this wonderful resource available to Cambridge residents contact them directly.
70 Rindge Ave, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 349-6385
Email: centerforfamilies@cambridgema.gov
www.cambridgema.gov/dhsp/cff

Online Resources for Parents

Parent Email Lists

Cambridge Families
The Cambridge Families Yahoo group is open to all parents in the Cambridge area. The group serves as “a forum to share information about events, classes, schools, doctors, camps, childcare, and other topics of interest to Cambridge families.”
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cambridgefamilies/

Somerville Moms
If you are interested in discussing topics like behavior and sleep, consider joining your neighborhood Yahoo group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/somervillemoms

Cambridgeport Parents
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CambridgeportParents/

East Cambridge Families Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ecfg

Huron Village Parents
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/huronvillageparents

Families interested in Cambridge Public Schools may want to join the CPS Parents list. The CPS Parents list discussions are focused on issues that affect the Cambridge Public Schools but that are not school specific. The list also serves as a forum for exchanging information across the various Cambridge Public Schools.

CPS Parents
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cpsparents

Family Friendly Dining

Full Moon
344 Huron Ave
(617) 354-6699
fullmoonrestaurant.com
A great place to have brunch with the small set. Fresh, delicious menu options for parents and children alike as well as a play area.

Life Alive
765 Mass Ave
(617) 354-5433
lifealive.com
This conveniently located vegetarian spot features a kid’s menu and a play space in the basement. However, be aware that it is not stroller friendly.

Baby-Friendly Movies
A baby-friendly movie is a movie for parents to enjoy while they care for their babies. The lights are kept up higher to make caring for the baby easier, and the volume is lower so as not to frighten (or wake) the babies. Not to worry about your little one making noise – as they say, “babies are free to be babies during the show.” All theaters listed have ample stroller parking available as well as changing stations in their restrooms.

Capitol Theatre & Creamery
The Capitol Theatre features a baby-friendly movie every Monday afternoon. Check the Monday schedule to see what’s playing.
204 Mass Ave, Arlington
781-648-4340
http://feitheatres.com/capitol-theatre/movies/

Coolidge Corner Theater
New parents and their infants are invited to special bi-monthly, baby-friendly screenings of current features on the giant screen at the Coolidge Corner Theater. All Box Office Babies screenings take place every other Friday at 11am in the gorgeous main theater on the first floor.
290 Harvard Street, Brookline
617–734–2500/2501
http://www.coolidge.org/programs/box-office-babies

Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere
Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere has several programs for kids.
565 Squire Road, Revere
showcasecinemas.com/programs

International Spouses, Partners, and Children

International students should visit the Spouses, Partners, and Children section of the Harvard International Office(HIO) website to find out about its programs and resources for families.

Harvard International Office
(617) 495-2789
hio.harvard.edu/spousespartnersandchildren

English Classes
The HIO has a compiled a flyer listing three different types of organizations that offer English classes in the Boston/Cambridge area.
HIO English classes flyer