About Us

The Basics

The Melrose Family Room was established in October 1988 as a gathering place for families of infants and young children through age six. The room provides the space for families to play, talk, discuss parenting concerns and get to know other families from Melrose and the surrounding communities. There are assorted toys, equipment, games, arts & crafts activities and snacks in the room.

We organize many special events, including seasonal parties, outings for the entire family and special programs for children. We also maintain a members-only Facebook group as well as send members-only monthly updates via email with information about planned events as well as parenting tips and ideas.

Our Location & Hours

From the beginning, our home has been the Green Street Baptist Church. We are not church affiliated, but we rent space from the church at a very reasonable rate. The church is a strong supporter of the MFR and has been very understanding of our needs as we have grown and changed.

How We Function

We are a parent-run cooperative. Member support and involvement are essential to the Melrose Family Room's success.

Our Members

All of our members contribute to the upkeep and running of the  Melrose Family Room, whether they are volunteering to lead a story time, helping organize an event for member families, or participating in one of our mandatory (once-annually per member) room and toy cleaning sessions. Our handbook provides in-depth information about what membership in this organization means and entails.

Our Board

The Board of the Melrose Family Room is a team of volunteers that meet monthly and manage the ongoing operation of the room. Board terms are annual and begin every May 1st.

The Board holds monthly meetings to discuss plans, policy decisions and suggestions, complaints and ideas. Meetings are hybrid and usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 pm. 

All Officers are in voluntary positions for the term running from May through April. Please consider helping run the room by becoming an officer. These positions carry a free membership for the membership year beginning in September of the board term.

Current Board Members


Meghan Rosenberg


Kristen Kafka


Matt Brookner


Leah Ofsevit

Technical Coordinator

Alison Gori

Maintenance / Supplies Coordinator

Amanda Keefe

New Member Coordinator

Tessa Davis

Events Coordinator

Izabela Hranitz

Events Coordinator

Dena Kavanaugh

Volunteer Coordinator

Kate McGuire

Interested in becoming a member? Learn more about membership on our Membership page.