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Acton-Boxborough Family Network

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The Acton-Boxborough Family Network serves the MA towns of Acton, Boxborough and surrounding communities.

Acton-Boxborough Family Network (ABFN), based in Acton, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit group of parents and caregivers working together to increase and improve local resources for families with young children. ABFN members share the goal of connecting with other parents and families in order to develop social, recreational, service, and cultural opportunities for families and their young children.

ABFN offers themed events throughout the year, monthly story hours and craft hours, a babysitting co-op, weekly outings, a book group, weekly playgroups, educational seminars, moms' night out, dads' night out, a newsletter, online forum, local discounts, and much more.

As a part of our commitment to developing and sustaining a vibrant community, we strive to create an environment of inclusivity. ABFN welcomes all people regardless of their age, culture, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. It is our goal to be inclusive, mindful, and respectful of this diversity in our programs and interactions with others.

Upcoming Events

Fall Playgroup Kick-Off Party

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 10–11 am EDT

Are you interested in joining a weekly playgroup with other ABFN members? Come learn more at our kick-off party!

Bring your kiddos to play and meet other caregivers (moms, dads, grandparents, nannies etc. welcome) and sign up for a weekly playgroup.

Playgroup Process
1. Tell us your availability, your child’s ages, and whether you prefer home playgroups or on-site locations (jamtime, library, playground etc.)

2. Following the kickoff party, we will group 4-6 caregivers and their child(ren) according to ages and availability

3. Each playgroup will be assigned a “group coordinator”

4. Group coordinator will send out an email announcing first playgroup meeting

5. Hooray! You are now in a playgroup! Take it and run. Meet weekly, or every other week – whatever works.

If you can't make it to the kick-off, but interested in joining a group, please email: playgroups@abfamily.org

Morning Mom's Hike

Sat Oct 21, 2017, 8–9:30 am EDT

Celebrate the colors of all this summer rain with a fall hike! Join the ABFN for a Mom's Morning Out Hike on Saturday Oct. 21. We'll meet at 8am at the trailhead to the Nashoba Brook Trail in North Acton and enjoy a gentle 2 mile hike through Acton's largest conservation land.

This hike is good for all abilities, and follows a stream bed through varied vegetation. According to http://www.actontrails.org/nashoba-brook/, this hike "is notable among Acton conservation lands for its abundant and varied human artifacts, both historic and prehistoric. Most prominent is the exceptional stone masonry associated with the foundations and sluiceways of two early mills, a farmhouse foundation, remains of a barn, two earth-filled dams, and a post-and-lintel stone chamber."

So leave the kids at home for an hour on a fall morning and come explore the Acton woods with us! We'll have coffee and snacks at the trailhead. Exact address for trailhead parking will be sent to attendees prior to the date.

ABFN Spooktacular Halloween Party

Sat Oct 28, 2017, 10–11:30 am EDT

What brings all of the ghouls and ghosts to Acton? The 2017 ABFN Spooktacular Halloween Party! This fantastic party will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 10-11:30am at the RJ Grey Junior High School gym in Acton.

Children and adults are encouraged to come dressed in costume (a prize will be awarded for best adult costume!) and should be ready to have a fun time! Attendees can make Halloween crafts and participate in fun activities, dance to music, trick-or-treat at our fabulous Haunted House and enjoy some sweet treats and refreshments.

ABFN will be holding a raffle for several fantastic packages of items from local businesses.

The party is open to the public and is free to all adults, ABFN members and children under the age of 1. Non-ABFN families can attend for $3 per child with a $10 family maximum.

Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Please consider volunteering a little time to make this party spooktacular fun for all the kids. Email publicevents@abfamily.org or sign up on BigTent when you RSVP if you are interested in volunteering.

ABFN's Third Annual Holiday Shopping Night!

Thu Nov 9, 2017, 7–9:30 pm EDT

Please join us on Thursday, November 9th, for ABFN’s Third Annual Holiday Shopping Night! Come out for a fun evening to support your neighbors and get your holiday shopping done! There will be refreshments, a fantastic prize drawing, and a percentage of all sales will go directly to support ABFN!

Are you a product or service consultant? Would you like to showcase your business to ABFN members, while supporting a great cause? Let us know! Email us at fundraising@abfamily.org for more information and to apply!

This event is an open-house, from 7:00-9:30 PM. Current, past, and prospective ABFN members are welcome to attend! If bringing a friend, please indicate so in your RSVP so that we have an accurate head count. We hope to see you there!

Special thanks to Acton Cowork Conference Center for hosting us for this event!

Recent News

Announcements News

Your September/October ABFN Newsletter is here!

8/31/2017 (3 wks ago)

The kids are back to school and everything is
pumpkin spiced, including many of our fall activities. We hope all our
families enjoyed the summer months, but wait until you see what we've
Our September/October newsletter has all the event
details, including our annual Kids' Stuff Tag... read more »
Announcements News

Updated PDF: July/August ABFN Newsletter

7/2/2017 (3 mos ago)

Our first July/August ABFN Newsletter, sent out on Sunday, had issues
that prevented links from functioning. We're sending the corrected
copy today to make sure you have all the details about the fun
activities the ABFN has planned the months ahead! Check out our
July/August newsletter for info about... read more »
Announcements News

Your May/June ABFN Newsletter is here!

5/1/2017 (5 mos ago)
Announcements News

Your Jan/Feb ABFN Newsletter is here!

1/3/2017 (9 mos ago)
Announcements News

Your Sept/Oct ABFN Newsletter is Here!

9/1/2016 (1 yr ago)