Love kids? Help out at Duckling Day - world's most adorable event!

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Friends of the Public Garden

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Duckling Day is the most adorable Mother's Day tradition in Boston - and YOU can be part of our volunteer team!

A beloved tradition for more than 30 years, Duckling Day celebrates the children’s classic book, "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey. Every year, over 1,000 people meet up and parade through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story. Led by the Harvard Marching Band, the parade will begin on the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and end in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculptures. Bring your camera - the parade is possibly the most adorable thing you’ll ever see! The event is a benefit for the nonprofit Friends of the Public Garden.

The volunteer shifts will be roughly: 7:30 - 11:00 AM or 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM.

Our most specific need is facepainting volunteers for our facepainting booth (this is for the second shift). We have a whole set of simple design templates so the kids aren’t allowed to make you do something really complicated

If you have no interest in facepainting, never fear! There's lots of fun tasks - the biggest is check-in/registration, but there's plenty of other jobs too! Once I know your time preference I'll mark that down, and then I'll work with you to find a volunteer role that suits your interests!

About the event:

  • Duckling Day: May 10th, 2020 (Mother’s Day)
  • Hosted by The Friends of the Public Garden - celebrating 50 years!
  • Volunteer shifts: 7:30 - 11:00 AM or 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common (MBTA Park Street or Boylston)
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About Friends of the Public Garden


69 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of the Public Garden is to preserve, protect and enhance the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall in collaboration with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation department.


The Friends preserve, protect and enhance the three parks by performing vital tree care, planting trees, restoring statues, replacing benches and advocating for appropriate use. The Parks Department does all that it can to maintain these properties but will never have the resources to meet their full needs or to bring about dramatic quality improvements and enhancements.

The Friends also sponsor special educational programs and events for the community, like the Annual Duckling Day parade on Mother's Day, Making History on the Common and a Summer Party.

A recent project of the Friends was the renovation of the Brewer Fountain Plaza and surrounding parkland on Boston Common. The Friends renovated the fountain's setting from the crest of the hill below the State House to Tremont Street. A special granite plaza now surrounds the fountain. The area has 10% more green with 43 new trees and improved grass areas. From April to October, the plaza is adorned with tables and chairs, umbrellas, a "reading room", a piano at lunchtime, and improved food options for visitors.

We have created a fountain setting which is a popular destination for people wanting to meet for lunch or just to retreat from the busy streets of Boston

during the day and evening, protected from the street by lush tree plantings. Adding to that is the beautiful view of the State House which combines to change this place, once avoided, into one of the most memorable and popular outdoor gathering places in Boston.


Sun May 10, 2020
07:30 AM - 01:30 PM  


Boston CommonParkman BandstandBoston, MA 02111



  • Youth Services
  • Child Care
  • Event Management
  • Customer Service
  • Painting
  • Child Development


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 16
  • The volunteer shifts will be roughly: 7:30 - 11:00 AM or 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. So, each will be 3.5 to 4 hours.
  • Volunteers should be cheerful and friendly and not mind being around large groups of people. We can accommodate many types of abilities; sidewalks can be uneven and there is some areas of somewhat rooty terrain in our part of the Common.

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