Category Archives: School Breaks

Newton’s Earth Day Festival – April 24th

Celebrate Earth Day with a festival on Sunday, April 24 from 1-4pm outside of City Hall! With electric vehicles and entertaining performances, bike rides and bees, ice cream and info on home energy improvements, we’ll have something for everyone to mark the day.

See a full list of activities at

Event will take place rain or shine. Newton’s Earth Day Festival is hosted by Green Newton, the City’s Climate Team, and Newton’s EV Task Force. 

Newton Food Pantry – School Break

With the upcoming school breaks, The Newton Food Pantry wants to make sure that anyone experiencing food insecurity knows how to get help, even when school is not in session. Two easy options are the Newton Food Pantry and the Newton Community Freedge.  

The Newton Food Pantry is now serving over 1,800 Newton residents at our renovated City Hall basement location, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue. Clients are able to shop for the items they want and need, selecting from a variety of dry goods, fresh produce, dairy, proteins, personal care items and culturally-relevant foods. Walk-in shopping hours are every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm.

Shoppers at the Newton Food Pantry must be Newton residents (or they can be Newton-based college students or staff), provide proof of residency and complete a New Client Registration Form, found 

The Newton Community Freedge is at 420 Watertown St. The Freedge is a free refrigerator & pantry stocked by community and local businesses in the parking lot of Central Drapery & Dry Cleaner.  It can be accessed 24 hours a day by anyone.  No forms or Newton residency required.   

Additional information about the Newton Food Pantry and Freedge can be found, translated in 4 languages, on our Get Help  page. 

Pickleball Clinic

I’m a Physical Education teacher at F. A. Day Middle School and I would like to get the word out about an exciting 2 day clinic I’m offering during April vacation.  It’s for grades 4-8 on April 21 and 22 from 9:00-12:00 at Day Middle School.

Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, badminton and tennis and it’s the fastest growing sport in America with 4.5 million people playing it. It is easy to learn and multi-generational. Many older people play and now it’s moving to the youth population!  

Thank you,
Amanda Church
F.A Day Middle School

JCC Camp Kaleidoscope is hiring!

Make a difference this summer! Camp Kaleidoscope, the JCC’s arts and science day camp in Newton, is looking for wonderful camp counselors! Applicants must be rising seniors in HS or above. For more information, go to

Inclusive Summer Day Camp – Music That Matters – Registration Open

Plugged In’s Music That Matters Summer Day Camp.  Music That Matters includes band class, songwriting, recording a song, music video, workshops, offsite events, and performance opportunities. Each session ends with a benefit concert that raises money for a charitable organization chosen by the students themselves. Students are grouped in bands by age, skill level and musical interest.

Ages: 11-18
Hours: 9:00-3:00 (extended day available)
Session 1:  July 11-22
Session 2: July 25 – August 5

Plugged In is a unique, inclusive nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham where young musicians of all levels and needs are welcome. More information and online registration can be found at

John M Barry Boys & Girls Club April Vacation Week

Come and Enjoy the Fun! In a safe socially distance environment. Arts, STEM, Social Recreational Games, Challenges, Daily Physical Activity, and weather permitting Outside Activities. Members must bring appropriate outside gear to participate in the outdoor activities, as well as a … Continue reading

Lions Golf School

Lessons for boys and girls Grades 5 through Grade 9 which are good for anyone interested in trying out for high school golf or who just wants to learn about golf. No experience needed. Cost is $25.00 per day or … Continue reading

What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA

Thinking about joining the Y? Spin & Win! Now is a great time to join the Y! During the month of March, prospective members can spin a wheel and receive a prize. Prizes include 5% off three months of membership, … Continue reading

Winter training programs

Boston Athletic Training is excited to offer winter training programs for kids ages 7+ with  everything from Basketball and Football to Speed and Strength training. Programs take place on both weeknights, as well as weekends at the Hyde Center. They … Continue reading

New Programs Start Next Week!

Winter Programming Don’t miss the start of the Winter Program Part 2 at the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton next week. The program features an all new set of opportunities for young people in the areas … Continue reading