Summer has flown by, and the kiddos will be heading back to school before we know it! Whether your celebration is in anticipation of a wonderful school year to come, or in anticipation of a quiet house as the school bus pulls away, here are some fantastic Boston-area back-to-school events to cap off summer 2019 in a fun way!
Tuesday, August 20 :: Back to School Survival with Essential Oils
An Unlikely Story, 111 South Street, Plainville :: 7–8:30 p.m. :: $20
This workshop will aid you in making DIY items to help with your child’s transition to the school year. You will learn the basics of essential oils and how they can help in your daily life! Each participant will be able to make two roller bottles tailored to support your child, as well as a thieves hand sanitizer and a choice of spray.
Wednesday, August 21 :: Back-to-School Brigade
Clear Path For Veterans, 84 Antietam Street, Devens :: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. :: Free for service members and veterans
Clear Path for Veterans, in participation with Operation Homefront, is giving away free backpacks to the children of service members and veterans on August 21. Please sign up here to receive a backpack for each child in your home. Participants must present proof of military service to pick up backpacks.
Thursday, August 22 :: Kindergarten Readiness Storywalk
Dedham Public Library, 43 Church Street, Dedham :: 10–11:30 a.m. :: Free
Calling all kindergarteners! It is your turn to shine! Take a stroll through this story walk and read Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson. At the end of the story, children are invited to draw what will be in their backpacks on their first day of school.
Friday, August 23 :: Back-to-School Party
Boston Public Library, West End Branch, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston :: 10:30–11:30 a.m. :: Free
Celebrate the end of summer and the start of a new school year with food, crafts, toys, and friends! Children of all ages are welcome. If you are coming in a group, please email [email protected] to register. Families will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the program.
Monday, August 26 :: Community Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway
Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street, Brockton :: 4–8 p.m. :: Free
Celebrate the beginning of the school year with your favorite Toy Story characters! There will be raffles, balloons, face painting, and music by DJ Darren. Students will receive school supplies to get the year started off right! Light refreshments will be served. Contact Malice Viega at 508-580-7890 ext. 205 or email [email protected] for more information.
Tuesday, August 27 :: Back-to-School Hacks
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street :: 3:30–4:30 p.m. :: Free
Are your tweens looking for ways to make back to school easier? Head on over to the Newton Free Library to make fun and unique items that will make you stand out! For students entering grades 5–7. This event will be held in the teen area of the library. No registration is necessary.
Wednesday, August 28 :: Back-to-School Day at the East Boston Farmers Market
East Boston Farmers Market, Central Square, East Boston :: 3–6:30 p.m. :: Free
Children will receive a free meal, as well as free backpacks and free apple coupons. There will also be a fruit-infused water station with Let’s Get Movin’. Special guests include the Boston Cyclists Union, the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program, the East Boston YMCA, and the East Boston Youth Action Council.
Wednesday, August 28 :: Back-to-School Snacks Cooking Class
ChopChop Test Kitchen, 697 Belmont Street, Belmont :: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. :: $75
Kids in grades 1–5 will learn how to prepare fun, delicious snacks they can pack in school lunches, bring on field trips, or even munch on after school!
Sunday, September 1 :: Back-to-School Bash
IronBound NorthShore Neighborhood, 3-11 Mt Vernon Street, Lynn :: 2–7 p.m. :: Free
Many organizations in Lynn have come together to form this community Back-to-School Bash! There will be music by a DJ, free hair cuts, free hair styles, backpack giveaways, and much more fun!
Saturday, September 7 :: Paint N Skate: Back to School!
Chez Vous Roller Skating Rink, 11 Rhoades Street, Boston :: 3–7 p.m. :: $15
Join Chez-Vous and Diane Vivian productions for a back to school themed Paint N Skate! There will be performances, giveaways, and much more during this day of family fun! Advance tickets are good for one skate rental and one canvas to paint. For more info please call 617-825-6877.
Saturday, September 7 :: Litty Ligo Back-to-School Community Day
Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing :: 1–4:30 p.m. :: Adults $10, Painting Activity $10. Children are free as long as they are registered
The goal of this back-to-school event is to teach children about community. There will be backpack, school supply, and hygiene product giveaways, as well as many activities for children of all interests, including exercise, art, meditation, video games, and much more. Please pre-register here.