Parents, Partners, and Spouses

Harvard Resources

The Office for Student Affairs sponsors activities and provides information about resources for students with partners and children. Activities have included meetings, trips, potluck get togethers, and speakers.

Visit to learn more

kidThe Harvard Student Spouses and Partners Association (HSSPA)
HSSPA sponsors social activities for couples and families.

Harvard International Office (HIO)
Information on Boston and Cambridge area schools. Click here for more information.

Lactation Rooms

The Office of Work and Family and the Joint Committee on the Status of Women provides rooms for breastfeeding or expressing breast milk. The Longwood Campus Lactation Rooms are private, comfortable spaces available to use for breastfeeding or expressing breast milk. OSA can help with storage on campus, please email for assistance.

Shattuck International House
For residents of Shattuck House, the parents’ committee encourages social activities for families with children. There is also a playroom for children, maintained by the parents who live at Shattuck.

Child Care/Adult and Elder Care

Susanna Katsman, Work/Life Program Manager, Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) or 617-432-1048

The Work/Life Liaison offers information and referrals on a wide spectrum of family-related issues.  Susanna provides information about where to find referrals to child care centers, family child care homes, summer camps, after-school child care, housing for elderly family members and more.

For Harvard University affiliated child care centers in Cambridge please see

For child care options within the Longwood Medical Area please see

In addition to consultations and referrals to resources, we offer free lunch-time seminars covering a range of topics from caring for yourself to caring for children to caring for adult relatives.  Please visit our website for a current listing of topics.

Other Websites for Resources around Boston

Boston Parents Paper
Monthly listings of events in and around Boston

Boston Public Libraries (cards are reciprocal with Cambridge and Brookline libraries)
Lists branches, contact information
All you need is a piece of mail and ID to join
All the Boston Public libraries have free and reduced admission passes to the Children’s Museum, Science Museum, and other places of interest
They also have regularly scheduled story hours for children ages 18 months – 5 years, reading and homework support groups, performers, holiday events, films etc.

The Children’s Museum $1 admission on Friday nights, 5-9pm

The Museum of Fine Arts is free (voluntary contribution) on Wednesdays from 4-9:45pm;
Youth ages 7-17 are free after 3pm on schooldays, and all day on other days

The Institute of Contemporary Art is free on Thursdays from 5-9pm; free for Youth age 17 and younger; free for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of each month

The Museum of Science is free for up to 4 people with Boston Public Library passes

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is free for all Harvard ID holders and one accompanying guest

The Boston Globe Newspaper Events
Look under “Cheap Thrills” in the Thursday calendar, the calendar centerfold, and “Family Datebook” in Saturday’s living section

The Children’s Orchard
807 Boylston St. (Route 9) Brookline 617-277-3006
Kids’ clothes, new and (mostly) used but in great condition, plus 2nd hand toys and baby equipment, slings, strollers, etc (#60 bus from Kenmore T station via Brookline Village)

Franklin Park Zoo
Free with Boston Public Library passes if you become a “friend of the library” by paying $5 per year (you can do this only at certain branches, so call first) Get to the Zoo on the #22, 28, 29, 44, 45 bus from Ruggles orange line station, near HSPH.

MBTA web site: schedules and information on subways, buses, boats and ferries

City of Boston
Search this site for information on recreation, youth activities, permits, environmental initiatives, and more

Town of Brookline
All sorts of recreational activities for families, adults, kids, toddlers, teens, including swimming, skating playgroups, baseball, basketball, summer and school vacation camps etc. Open to non-Brookline residents too, with an increased fee.