After School Magic League: Detailed Info

The Fourth Place offers a weekly After School Magic: The Gathering league for middle school students!

After School Magic League Includes:

  • Two and a half hours of structured play, once per week (every Friday 3:30 to 6:00 pm)
  • Learning to play Magic: The Gathering
  • All of the cards and accessories needed to play: Four packs to start (five for shorter seasons) plus one pack per week, as well as a card storage box with room for all cards, and enough protective sleeves for one deck and any valuable cards opened
  • Two-Week Final tournament near the end of the season, with prizes for each round won, sportsmanship, and going undefeated
  • Access to all other materials helpful to play
  • A safe and fun space after school, available every day with included After School Membership

Questions & Feedback: If you have questions about the program, or feedback on what would make it more accessible for your student, please email or call 617-917-4261.


Seasonal Schedule:

  • Friday Magic: Every Friday, from 3:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Winter Season (2024): Jan. 5 (after Winter Break) through April 13 (including April Break) - 15 game sessions including optional weeks for Feb. and April Breaks, and Two Week Finals on March 29 and April 5.
  • Spring Season (2024): April 19 (after April Break) through June 7 (near end of school) - 8 sessions including Finals on May 31 and June 7.
  • Summer Season (2024): June 26 (early summer vacation) through Aug. 30 (end of summer vacation) - 10 sessions including Finals on Aug. 30
  • Fall Season (2024): Sept. 11 (second week of school) through Dec. 20 (before winter break) - 14 sessions (no session Thanksgiving week) including Two Week finals (TBD)
  • Includes Student Membership for length of season ($50 value per month) or discount for current members, allowing students to use other resources daily until 6:00 pm, and to stay as late at 10:00 pm

More on Scheduling:

  • Program breaks for major school holidays and vacations: Thanksgiving week, Winter Vacation
  • Program continues, but sessions are designed to be optional, on other school closures (teacher in service days, February break, April break, and snow days when safe for everyone)


Expected Attendance:

  • Students can miss sessions as needed, but the price is for the full season
  • Play each day is structured in rounds, so arriving late or leaving early can be disappointing for your kid, and disruptive for others
  • We ask that you only sign up if your student will be available to play the full length of the session, with at most two exceptions per season (not counting school closures)
  • Missing the Final Tournament of each season will be especially disruptive and disappointing for the kids, so please only sign up if they won't miss those week(s)

Additional Benefits & Access:

  • Program includes Student Membership to The Fourth Place, for length the Season, a $50 value per month.
  • For students with local Memberships to The Fourth Place (in the name of the student, or a Family Membership in the name of a parent/guardian) a discount applies (does not combine with 10% discount for early registration)
  • Membership benefits are good until 6:00 pm daily (including weekends), and students are welcome to stay after 6:00 pm for free events and activities
  • We open at 2:00 pm Wednesday through Friday, and at 11:00 am Saturday and Sunday
  • We close at 10:00 pm each day, except Friday and Saturday, when we are open until 11:00 pm
  • Hours will be expanded during Summer Vacation to accommodate Summer Camp program, meaning Monday and Tuesday evenings will be available during the Summer
  • Member benefits include shared access to tabletop game library, premium game tables, video game consoles, arcade games, and table space for studying (with free wi-fi) plus discounts
  • Limited supervision in a safe and entertaining space, outside of weekly game sessions


Financial Assistance: We want our programs to be accessible for as many people as possible, and for the Place to be for everyone, not everyone with a lot of money. Richmond School families seeking financial assistance can speak with John LaCrosse. We also hope to be eligible for grants for low-income families for our Summer Camp. If you still need assistance after those options please email and we will work something out.