This summer marks Playworks’ 7th consecutive year participating in the Highland Street Foundation’s TADpole10—a weekly event at the TADpole Playground in the Boston Common.
The program began in 2012 with a goal of serving 300 preschool aged children with two hours of enrichment activities every Thursday.
According to Noreen McMahon, Senior Director of Programs at the Highland Street Foundation, “the program has exploded over the past six years, growing from about 300 children to between 700 and 800 children every Thursday. Many community groups, camps and day care centers bring their kids every week.”
Every week, kids are greeted by a Playworks high five tunnel before listening to a storyteller from ReadBoston Storymobile. Afterwards, the children transition to recess with Playworks. Every week also features enrichment activities run by partner organizations focused on art, music, science, nature, and more!
“In addition to the two hours of enrichment, TADpole10 allows children from different communities and backgrounds to come together every Thursday for a giant play date! They listen together, sing together, dance together and play games together,” says McMahon of Highland Street.
Playworks loves partnering with the Highland Street Foundation with initiatives like TADpole10 because they align so well with Playworks’ core values of respect, inclusion, and healthy play. There’s only one more week of TADpole10 programming at the Boston Common—August 30, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!