Story Walks in Boston Parks
Families and caregivers looking for a fun February vacation children’s activity are invited to head outside for the first-ever StoryWalk series in City of Boston parks, available starting Friday, February 12, through Friday, March 12.
StoryWalks can be found in Brighton, East Boston, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Roxbury, with a bilingual Spanish/English installation in centrally-located Franklin Park.
Children and families participating are encouraged to wear a face covering, stay six feet away from others, and enjoy with members of their own household.
A StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy both reading and the outdoors.
Laminated pages from children’s books are attached to wooden stakes and installed along outdoor paths. As visitors stroll through the park, they are directed to the next page in the story.
StoryWalk Locations and Titles:
Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton
Book: “The Dot”
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.
Boston Public Library Activity: Monday-Friday during Boston Public Library To-Go open hours the Brighton Branch closest to Brighton Common will be giving out up to 10 make-and-take crafts each day, related to the Storywalk. Families should call the Brighton Branch at 617-782-3062 before picking up a craft.
Franklin Park, 450 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury
Book: “If You Bring A Mouse to School”
Language: English & Spanish
“If You Bring A Mouse to School” follows a boy and his mouse through a busy day at school.
Boston Public Library Activity: Monday-Friday during Boston Public Library To-Go open hours the Grove Hall Branch close to Franklin Park will be giving out up to 10 make-and-take crafts each day, related to the Storywalk. Families should call the Grove Hall Branch at 617-427-3337 before picking up a craft.
Iacono Park, 150 Readville Street, Hyde Park
Book: “Possum's Harvest Moon”
A possum awakes one autumn evening and decides to invite his animal friends to a party to celebrate the beautiful harvest moon one last time before the long winter.
Boston Public Library Activity: On Friday 2/12, The Hyde Park Branch closest to Iacono Playground will post a craft activity video on their Facebook Page related to the book. This program will be available on the Hyde Park Branch Facebook page after streaming.
Adams Park, 4225 Washington Street, Roslindale
Book: “Clap Your Hands”
Rhyming text instructs the listener to find something yellow, roar like a lion, give a kiss, tell a secret, spin in a circle, and perform other playful activities along with the human and animal characters pictured.
Boston Public Library Activity: On Tuesday, 2/16 at 11:00 am, The Roslindale Branch closest to Adams Park will stream a Facebook Live Storytime on their Facebook Page, reading books and singing songs about the Storywalk, Clap Your Hands. This program does not require registration and will be available on the Roslindale Branch Facebook page after streaming.
Lopresti Park, 33 Sumner Street, East Boston
Book: “The Dot”
Description: Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.
StoryWalks have been installed in 50 states and 13 countries and are now coming to Boston’s parks.
Boston Public Library branches near the StoryWalks will offer activities for families to enjoy, including craft activities and live book readings on Facebook Live.
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the Boston Public Library, the Highland Street Foundation, and the New England Patriots Foundation to produce a series of StoryWalk installations in five neighborhood parks across the city with additional support provided by Xfinity.
The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
The distance between stations will naturally support social distancing, but visitors are reminded to stay 6 feet away from those who are not members of their own household.
Face coverings must be worn in public parks. If participants find the StoryWalk to be crowded, they are encouraged to come back another time or choose a different StoryWalk location.
Find more Winter Camp 2021 events here! And for more ideas on things to do, check out our February Vacation Guide to family fun!
|Boston||---||map||Iacono Park, 150 Readville Street, Hyde Park, MA|
|Boston||---||map||Lopresti Park, 33 Sumner Street, East Boston, MA|
|Brighton||---||map||Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Avenue,, Brighton, MA|
|Roslindale||---||map||Adams Park, 4225 Washington Street, , Roslindale, MA|
|Roxbury||---||map||Franklin Park, 450 Walnut Avenue, , Roxbury, MA|
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