Category Archives: Summer

July 4th Celebration in Newton

Kids’ Morning
July 4th, 10:00 am – 12 Noon, Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace.
Free event for children ages 3 – 12 years. Children and families are invited to join in the Grande Pet Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade and Foot Races. Free ice cream, candy and drinks complete the morning celebration – courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Kids Morning is cancelled in the event of rain.

Afternoon/Evening Events
July 4th, 12 Noon – 10:00 pm – Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex
The fun continues with kiddie amusement rides, face painting, craft vendor booths and food trucks. The free entertainment at the Gazebo is provided by Constantine the Magician, the YCCA Band and Caribbean music by D’Allegro Band from DESFOB, Inc. Then, the fun moves over to the main stage with the fabulous Bo & Bill Winiker Band for more music and dancing from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Bring lawn chairs, try out the delicious food from the many food trucks and pick up your light-up novelties. At 9:00 pm, don’t miss the grand finale…a fantastic fireworks display! The concert and fireworks take place on July 5th in the event of rain. Visit for details.

Summer Time for Partners

Long-running Art & Music classes for children 18 months to 3½ years (accompanied by an adult) run by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural affairs, in its summer home of Franklin Elementary School in West Newton.

Learning is FUN with music, dance, art, letters and numbers. Music classes develop physical, verbal, memory and musical skills. Art classes widen a child’s curiosity and build fine motor skills. Air conditioned classrooms in which to learn, explore and make new friends – children as well as adults!

Choose from Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:15 am. Tuesdays: $100 Newton Resident, $120 Non- Resident. Wednesdays & Thursdays: $120 Newton Resident, $140 Non-Resident. Register at, click on MA; click on Newton Parks & Recreation; click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Time for Partners and choose your day. For more information, call 617-796-1540.

Newton Community Farm- Kids at the Farm: Summer 2017

School is about to be out for summer, and what better way to spend it than at Newton Community Farm! Don’t delay and register today! Limited spaces available

Visit and click on summer.

Feed the chickens, harvest produce and learn what it takes to grow food sustainably, all right here in Newton. Programs for toddlers through middle school starting in June and running until August 25th. See flyer here: Farm

Have a high schooler? Check out our high school intern programs!

All welcome! Financial assistance available.

Babysitter available

Gabi Shiner just finished her second year at Oberlin College. The eldest sister of two Brown students, Orly (6th Grade) and Yael (8th Grade), as well as recent Newton South graduate Jessie, Gabi is in Newton throughout the month of June and very available to babysit. She has three years of experience as a camp counselor at Charles River Creative Arts Program, where she taught music, theater, and writing classes for kids ages 8-15 and has babysitting experience with much younger kids. Gabi can help prepare meals and help out with bedtime, and is a licensed driver. Feel free to call 617-285-9289 or email

Piano instruction available

Flexible summer scheduling makes now an ideal time to try piano lessons with a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30+ years teaching experience. Beginners welcome. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring teacher. Contact Gloria Jasinski at 617-566-9704 or

100 Miles in 100 Days

Activate Newton Summer Challenge: 100 Miles in 100 Days. Starting June 1st, Activate Newton challenges YOU to walk 100 miles this summer. Log your progress on our ChallengeRunner page and be entered to win amazing prizes! If you need activity ideas, check out the Activate Newton webpage for an activities calendar, walking maps, and more:

Dance Studio Spring Open House

All That Jazz Dance Studio Spring Open House. All That Jazz is now accepting registration for the 2017-2018 school year, as well as summer classes. The proud winner of the Newton Tab Readers Choice Awards for Best Children’s Dance Studio in Newton since 2011, they specialize in building self-esteem and creating a warm, supportive and nurturing environment for all children as they learn the art of dance. The director, Miss Deb Lifson Vogel is a Newton native and currently has children in the Newton Public Schools.

Open House: June 12th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Summer Basketball Camp: Newton

ASA Hoops is celebrating it’s 20th year offering camps in Newton and surrounding communities. The camps are for boys and girls ages 7-16 and offer a positive environment in which to improves one’s skills. Camps are offered from June 26th to August 24th and can be found at:

For questions please contact:

Conservatory at Highlands Summer Music Programs

The Conservatory at Highlands is offering summer music programs and lessons for all ages and instruments. Summer programs include rock band, jazz, and strings options. Learn a new instrument or keep your skills up with private lessons taught by the best teachers in the area!

Visit or call 617-903-0944

Guitar and drum teacher available

24-year-old Clark University graduate living in Newton is available this spring and summer to take care of kids ages 5 and up and to teach drums and guitar.

Jeremy Marshall, who currently works at the Zervas Elementary School After School Program, has been playing the drums for about 12 years.  He enjoy playing sports including basketball and baseball, going on hikes and providing basic musical instruction in drums and guitar. Jeremy has a car and would be able to provide transportation if needed.

Please contact him for more information at 617-512-8191 or