One of the most visible attractions of the BFC is its popular playroom. The BFC Playroom is located downstairs at the First Parish Church, 75 Great Road (use Elm Street entrance), Bedford, Massachusetts. It is open every weekday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 and loosely follows the Bedford public school calendar. BFC members pay $0.50 per child; non-members pay $2 per child per day.
The BFC playroom is a toy-filled, bright, open space offering a warm, informal atmosphere where children can play together while parents and caregivers supervise and chat. In addition to a variety of toys, books, and puzzles, the playroom offers some basic craft supplies (coloring supplies, PlayDoh), and a carpeted open floor space for imaginative play. Special craft days and other events are scheduled monthly at the playroom.
The playroom is a peanut-free space. All visitors are asked to refrain from bringing in any outside snacks due to the potential of life-threatening allergies. A child's snack and beverage are served at 10:30 a.m.
The BFC playroom is located in the lower level of the First Parish Church at 75 Great Road in Bedford's town center. Directions follow:
From the South
Take Route 95 North. Get off at Exit 31B (Routes 4 & 225). Go through six sets of signal lights. You will then see the church set back on the common on your left. You can take a left onto Elm St. (Fire station is on the corner). The church will be on your left.
From the North
Take Route 495 South to Route 3 South. Get off at Concord Road exit. Turn left off exit ramp. Follow to STOP sign (by Renzo Salon). Turn left onto Route 4 South. Stay on Route 4 (later joined by 225 & 62). You will go past the white Congregational church on your right. Take your next right onto Elm St. (Fire station is on the corner). The church is set back on the common on your left.
From the West
Take Route 2 East to the Route 62 East exit. Follow Route 62 through Concord Center and in to Bedford. After joining with Routes 4 & 225, go past the white Congregational church on your right. Take your next right onto Elm St. (Fire station is on the corner). The church is set back on the common on your left.
The Rules of Respect are noted below, and are intended to maintain a fun and social environment for all our member children. Everyone has a bad day. It's up to the parent to decide if such behavior can be modified with close supervision, or if that child should not be in the company of others at that time. The BFC playroom opener reserves the right to ask a parent to remove a child who is compromising the playroom environment with poor behavior or language.
The BFC appreciates your consideration of these rules.
No need to wait until your child is in preschool: the BFC playroom is a wonderful way to meet other local moms and children your child's age! The playroom is the BFC's largest ongoing volunteer effort. Would you consider being a playroom opener and/or closer? Whether you commit to once a week, once a month, or just a few times throughout the year, your contribution of time and energy are greatly appreciated. The duties of a playroom opener are quite simple and are outlined below. Please let BFC Playroom Coordinator know if you would like to be an opener and what day(s) of the week you are generally available.
Our team of playroom openers is contacted by email each month with the upcoming month's schedule. In addition, the monthly newsletter has a playroom calendar which includes the openers' contact info in case of emergency rescheduling. On your scheduled day, please follow these steps (also posted on the BFC bulletin board in the playroom):