Step into Summer at Magazine Beach Park

Its seasonal programs will get you having fun outdoors!

Magazine Beach is a 17-acre park located along the Charles River. You might know it for its historic sites like the 1818 Powder Magazine— or maybe you’ve used the park’s pool and outdoor gym. A reason you should know the park is because of the Magazine Beach Park Summer Program. This free series has activities for kids as well as activities for people of all ages.


Stories & Songs: On Mondays through August 5, join Cambridge Public Library’s staff as they share stories and songs. Sessions start at 10a.m.

Nature Detectives: On Tuesdays through July 30, children ages three through six can learn about nature through exploration, hands-on activities and active observation. Children must be accompanied by an adult during Nature Detective sessions. Each session has a maximum capacity of 30 children, and it starts at 10a.m.

Cat Mountain: On July 25 at 10a.m., Behind the Mask Theatre presents “Cat Mountain.” This theatrical performance brings a Japanese folktale to life with original music, masks and traditional songs.

African Drumming and Dancing: Learn African drumming from percussionist Jafar Manselle, who has been teaching drumming techniques and performing for over 25 years. His lesson is on August 1 at 10a.m.

Time Traveling Adventure: Follow along with the theatre company, Little Red Wagon Time Travelers, as they discover some of the world’s greatest inventions. This performance is for ages two through eight, and it is on August 6 at 10a.m.

Fairy Circus: On August 8 at 10a.m., the Tanglewood Marionettes will perform a fairy circus puppet show. More than 20 handcrafted marionettes will contort, transform, dance, juggle, play instruments and fly through the air— all to the music of the world’s favorite composers. Fairy Circus is recommended for children ages four through seven.


Monday Night Yoga: Hour-long classes are led by experienced yoga professionals, Carol Faulkner and Scarlet Batchelor. On Mondays from July 8 through August 5, BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and be ready to practice at 6:30p.m. Donations are requested.

The Busted Jug Band: On July 14, The Jeremy Lyons Busted Jug Band will perform at 5:30p.m. The band is a throwback to African American street bands of the early twentieth century.

The Barber of Seville Opera: From 5:30-7:30p.m. on July 28, The Boston Lyric Opera Company performs a family-friendly version of “The Barber of Seville.” The opera will be followed by a selection of arias and other opera favorites.

Devin Ferreira & Band: From 5:30-7:30p.m. on August 4, hear the family-friendly music of Devin Ferreira, the acclaimed Boston-based hip-hop artist, emcee and saxophonist. Unique play equipment and activities will also be part of this event.

Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool: Pool hours are 11:15am-6:45pm. The pool is open daily through August 22 and provides lap swimming, free play and lessons. Both children and adults can register for free swimming lessons. Changing and showering facilities are available on-site.

Splashing at Spray Deck: Let the little ones cool off on the spray deck through September 2. Spray deck hours are 9:30a.m.-7:00p.m. The pool’s changing and showering facilities are available to those who use the spray deck.

Boat Launch: Bring your own vessel and enjoy the water! For canoes, kayaks and other small watercrafts, Magazine Beach will soon have a boat launch into the Charles River. Stay tuned for news about an official ribbon cutting for the new boat launch.


There is plenty of parking available on-site for all activities in the Summer at Magazine Beach Park series.

In the case of rain, the following activities will be held at Morse School:
-Cat Mountain
-African Drumming and Dancing
-Time Traveling Adventure
-Fairy Circus


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