ALL MANSFIELD CHILDREN, ages birth to eight, are HEALTHY,

and their families are CONNECTED to the community

upcoming events

Living Dragons presented by Riverside Reptiles @ Mansfield Public Library
Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Riverside Reptiles has over 25 years of experience presenting programs about reptiles, amphibians and other fascinating creatures. All their shows feature live animals and plenty of information about their natural history and environment. In this show you’ll meet many different species of lizards: geckos that can climb glass, skinks with bright blue tongues, a legless lizard, a lizard with an impressive beard and much more! This program is recommended for ages 4 and up. You’ll find more information about Riverside Reptiles at

Family Fun Day at the Mansfield Community Center @ Mansfield Community Center
Jul 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us this summer for some fun Family Nights at the Mansfield Community Center. There are inflatables in the gym, and in the pool, ping pong, Tot Toys, Puzzles, Community Room Drop-In Games, open gym, the fitness area is open for kids ages 12 and 13 with their parents, poolside basketball and more! No pre-registration required.

100 Birds! Puppet Performance @ Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Jul 29 @ 11:00 am

**Two performances- 11 AM and 2 PM!**

The 100 Birds, an intergalactic troupe of feathered friends, come to help Jada Jones, captain of her middle school’s basketball team, after she wishes upon a shooting star for help to get her team to their playoff game. Using their love of math, the avian crew bands together with Jada to host the biggest fundraiser ever and create the world’s largest pizza! Recommended for ages 5+.

Mindful Monday @ Mansfield Public Library
Jul 31 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join Katie Bell from Mansfield Youth Services for a fun, family-friendly introduction to mindfulness through storytelling, movement, meditation and crafts. Each program is different; come to as many as you can. For children 2nd grade and up with a caregiver.

Sparky’s Puppets: Build a Better World @ Mansfield Public Library
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Sparky’s Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with colorful hand puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience participation.  For over 37 years, they have delighted children and family audiences throughout New England.
In this show, the “Three Little Pigs” are hard at work on their houses, trying to protect themselves from the Big Bad Wolf.  In another story, a fisherman meets a talking fish that can make wishes come true.  The magic wishes make a cottage, a mansion, and a castle suddenly spring up on the beach!  Other tales will complete the program. You’ll find more information about Sparky’s Puppets at

Crafts for Kids: Make a 3D Sea Creature @ Mansfield Public Library
Aug 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Make a crab from a cup, a 3D paper whale, a funny jellyfish and more!

Sheldon Explains It All Puppet Performance @ Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Aug 5 @ 11:00 am

** Two performances- 11 AM and 2 PM **

Sheldon is a turtle, and he is scared of everything: absolutely everything. What scares him the most are the things he doesn’t know yet. Join Sheldon as he learns about everything under the sun and shares all of his new knowledge with you. Recommended for ages 5+.

Family Paint Night: Emil Nolde @ Mansfield Community Center
Aug 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

** TWO TIMES** Program will be offered both at 1:30 PM and at 4:15 PM.

Bring your family or friends and paint together at Mansfield Community Center’s family friendly Paint Nights. We will use acrylic paint, so dress for a mess! Each participant will take home a 16 x 20 painted canvas. Participants will learn about a famous artist with a birthday in that month and create a painting inspired by their art. We provide supplies and step –by –step instruction. Participants are welcome to bring family friendly refreshments for break time. (1 hour of painting, 15 minute snack break, 45 minutes of painting to complete project). Each family member must register separately and will paint on separate canvases.

Individual Fee: $8 for residents, $18 for non-residents Pair Fee: $15 for residents, $25 for non-residents Family of 3: $21 for residents, $31 for non-residents Family of 4: $26 for residents, $36 for non-residents Materials Fee: $7/person due at the time of registration. Fee waivers do not apply to materials fees.


All parents have lots of questions and lots of answers about a wide variety of issues. Below are some frequently asked question and answers generated by Mansfield parents.

As our name implies, Mansfield Advocates for Children (MAC) is strongly involved in advocating for common sense policies that stand to benefit children and their families.

MAC works to implement the Mansfield’s Plan for Young Children, which addresses coordinated strategies to ensure that all Mansfield children birth through eight years old are healthy, successful learners, and their families are connected to the community.




Issues of Importance to MAC and Our Families


MAC: A collaborative of parents, educators, and interested citizens