Swim Time
Whitin Community Center
60 Main Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
Phone: 508-234-8184
When:Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm (this is during their regular open swim)
Where: the competition pool - that is the bigger of their two pools. The water temperature is 82 degrees and the pool size is 40 x 75 feet.
Cost: $2.00 per person (anyone who will be in the water must pay)

*There will be a lifeguard on duty but parents are responsible for watching
their own children.
*There will be two lap lanes set up and the rest of the pool should be open.
*Noodles are available at the pool or children may bring their own. No
large floats allowed, but swimming aids for little ones are allowed,
including water wings and floating infant chairs.

The dressing areas for the pool are closer to the small original pool.
There are separate men's and women's dressing rooms, and there is a family
dressing room with three stalls with doors. The family area will be on your
left as you enter the corridor to the pools. There are chairs around the
pool so you can bring clothes bags with you to the pool rather than leave
them in the lockers if you wish.

The big competition pool is a ways from the dressing area so be forewarned:
follow the orange stripe on the wall which will lead you from the dressing
rooms to the pool. You will pass the smaller pool on your left as you walk
to the bigger pool; keep going and follow the orange line.

For further questions call the Whitin Community Center directly.

Life is Good: Home School Gatherings/Drop-In Playground Days - MILFORD
Thursdays, 12 - 3:00 pm
Fall: Begin mid/late September, third week or so - generally whenever it feels like hot summer is over. End when temps are around 45 degrees, October/November. Spring: Begin in March/April - generally any time it is over 45 degrees "hardy" people will gather. End Memorial Day. Excludes school vacation weeks.
Plains Park
Route 85
Milford, MA
Directions: Route 495 to Exit 20 (Route 85, Milford/Hopkinton). Take 85 South toward Milford. Pass through the first set of lights. Go in first entrance which is ½ mile on the right. EASY TO FIND.

Make your own fun, meet others, invite your friends to join you. This is not facilitated. All are welcome. Come play, visit, and network. Large playing fields, porta potty, tarred bicycling path outlining the large field play area, great walking path for moms while kids play or with youngers on bikes, scooters or roller blades, trick bikes, heelies, unicycles, play ground area, baseball, basketball, covered pavilion for picnicking, fenced off body of water near by that always seems to have a good breeze. Kites?

There is a large gathering of age 10 and up kids, varying from 6 to sometimes as many as 12-20. There is some interest in regular capture the flag, Ultimate Frisbee, or other large group fun gathering. Emphasis needs to be on everyone can play, and be able to have fun. Probably best to have family conversations about exclusions and survival of the fittest.

Life is Good: Home School Gatherings/Drop-In Playground Days - NORFOLK
Tuesdays, 12 - 3:00 pm
Runs mid-September until the weather gets too cold; restarts in April. Ends Memorial Day weekend and excludes school vacation weeks to avoid crowds.
Pond Street Recreation Complex
33 Pond Street (Route 115)
Norfolk, MA
(located on Route 115 not far from Stony Brook Aududon Wildlife Sanctuary)
Tennis court, skateboard court, basket ball court, volleyball in sand, playground, several fields and a covered open air pavilion with picnic tables for sprinkles, porta potty, large parking lot. All are welcome. Come play, visit, and network.

Homeschool Ice Skating, Auburn
Horgan Arena
400 Oxford Street
Auburn MA
(508) 832-7201
Tuesdays, 8:30-10:00 am
The cost if $4 per child which includes rental, 25 minute lesson (grouped according to ability), and the remainder of time, free skate. Ages 3 and up. There is the possibility of another class to be held on Thursday from 12:00 to 1:30. They need at least 12 to start a class. Please call the rink for details.

Homeschool Ice Skating, Franklin
Veterans Skating Arena
910 Panther Way
Franklin MA
(508) 541-7024

Swimming in Worcester
Central Community Branch YMCA
766 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: 508-755-6101
Wednesdays, 10 am to noon
30 minute lessons based on age and skill levels. Parents and other siblings can participate in open swim during lessons as long as one child in the family is taking a lesson. You can swim for the entire 2 hours even if your child is taking a 30 minute class. For more information or to register, call Barbara at 508-755-6101, ext. 273.

Homeschool Programs at the Metrowest YMCA
YMCA Youth and Teen Center (formerly The Civic League)
214 Concord Street (near the library)
Framingham, MA
(508) 879-3136
Organized by the Metrowest Homeschoolers

Open homeschool time every Friday, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

The yearly youth and teen memberships: $40. This entitles the kids to all facilities at the Program Center during regular hours, as well as the private home schooler time in the morning. The daily drop-in rates are $3 for kids, $8 for families of three children. Classes and special programming by YMCA staff are an additional $6 per class for members and $10 for non-members. NO charge for kids under three years of age or parents. SNEAKERS PLEASE

Homeschool time includes open/free play in the gym, board games
upstairs in the former kindergarten room (which is now available), music, foosball and pool tables in the basement etc.

Family Book Discussion Group
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church
505 North Main Street
Attleboro, MA
Ages 11 and up
Last Tuesday of each month (except December), 7:10 to 8:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. Contact Nan by email at NLoggains@aol.com for more information. Please email before coming to the meetings to make sure there is space. Sponsored by the Attleboro Area Homeschoolers.

Park Days
Sponsored by the Attleboro Area Homeschoolers
All are welcome!
Park days begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, but families arrive at a variety of times. Contact Nan at NLoggains@aol.com to be added to their mailing list and receive park day schedule.

Indoor Park Days
Sponsored by the Attleboro Area Homeschoolers
Attleboro Recreation Center (formerly the Attleboro Armory)
81 Pine Street
Attleboro, MA
Thursdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
January and February 2008 (except school vacation week)
We have access to a large gym (three basketball courts side-by-side), and a game room with ping-pong, foosball, and pool tables. The gym has basketballs, and we are free to bring our own equipment (except rollerblades or anything else that could mar the floor).

A few rules to help things run smoothly: 1. Everyone is expected to behave with good manners and consideration at all times, and parents are expected to provide guidance and discipline for their own children. 2.This is not a drop-off activity. Families must supervise their own children, or make arrangements for another parent to supervise. 3.There is no "person in charge" who will watch out for your child, and participants vary from week to week. 4. Children(and parents) must stay in designated parts of the building. We only rent certain rooms, not the whole place. 5. You will need to sign a release form for the city the first time you attend. 6. If you do the "drop-in," please see the designated money-taker for the day, so that person doesn't have to ask you for money.

To make this work, the group needs at least 12 families to sign up and pay at the beginning (become a member). The cost would be $40 per family for 8 weeks. Families who want to “drop in” will need to pay $7 per week. These charges will go down if we have more families sign up as members. Contact Margaret for further information.

Homeschool Ice Skating
Cranston Veterans' Memorial Ice Rink
900 Phenix Ave.
Cranston, RI
Thursdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. All ages. $3 per person to skate; rentals are $5. Non-skaters do not pay to enter.

Homeschool Family Swim
Smithfield YMCA
15 Deerfield Drive
Greenville, RI
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
$3 per swimmer per session (free to YMCA members)
YMCA pool rules apply. Children under 8 (and weak swimmers) must be accompanied by adult at all times. Non-swimmers should have parent in pool with them. YMCA provides floaties and pool toys.

Homeschool Roller Skating
United Skates of America
75 New Road
Rumford, RI
Wednesday, 12:00-2:30 pm
Cost is $5.00 per skater (includes admission and skate rental) and non-skaters are free.