Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Line Leaders Camp

Wellesley, MA: August 14 – August 18, 9am – 12 noon  Week 1 Registration

Wellesley, MA: August 21 – August 25, 9am – 12 noon Week 2 Registration

It can be hard to imagine that one kid can change the world but at Line Leaders Summer Camp we dream big! In one-week half-day sessions we keep kids engaged in our socially conscious framework through a revolutionary combination of open conversations, process art, and collaborative games. We help kids feel empowered to make a difference in their communities by breaking down some common invisible barriers that stand in their way: having the language to discuss tough topics, the agency to question them, and the space to creatively explore what it means to be a changemaker in an oft unjust world. Each day of Line Leaders is full of crafts, active play, friendship-building, and fun!

Bike Rodeo for grades K-6, May 7th

Sunday, May 7th at Newton South High School

Celebrate biking at the 3rd Annual Bike Rodeo in Newton! MA Safe Routes to Schools instructors will teach and review bike riding skills.  Volunteers from Bike Newton and the Newton Safe Routes to Schools Task Force will share information about making sure your body and bicycle are ready to ride, road signs, hand signals, and more. 

Register here:

This program is for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade at Newton Schools who are comfortable riding a bike independently.  Each participant:
-needs to bring their own bike.  Please make sure the bike fits the child and is in usable condition (chain is intact, brakes work, tires are not flat, etc)
-needs to bring and wear a properly fitting helmet.
-must have a parent or adult present for the duration of the program.  Adults, we want you to learn with your child to encourage the skills learned when you go home.

Parents/adults will have an opportunity to meet with volunteers from Bike Newton and Newton Safe Routes to Schools to learn more about biking opportunities in Newton.

Disrupting Implicit Bias Presentation

SEPAC is co-hosting an event with the Newton PTOC (Parent Teacher Organization
Council), FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice), and ELPAC (English Learners Parent
Advisory Council). The event will be held at the Angier Elementary School cafeteria for those who are
able to attend in-person 7:30-9pm and over Zoom: 
MEETING ID: 830 8522 8831

We’ll first hear a presentation from Dr. Tessa Charlesworth, a researcher at Harvard who studies how
and why beliefs and attitudes about different social groups can change. Her presentation will
provide an overview of bias in society with respect to various social groups and explore what
research tells us are the best interventions to shift the biases of a society, organization, and
individual. Q&A and then a community discussion to follow.

Art as Therapy- New Art Center

We at the New Art Center believe that the visual arts are an important tool for self-expression and emotional wellbeing. This program, developed with and facilitated by a registered art therapist, seeks to provide a space for middle school students to express their feelings through artistic mediums.

We have run this program for two terms now and have seen great results among our students, heard positive feedback from their parents and families, and seen students return for subsequent terms.  

Additionally, this program operates on a sliding scale tuition rate. The cost to families is as low as $0 per session for those who qualify. 

An information session will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, March 7 at 7pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the curriculum and ask questions. The link to register can be found here.

Code Ninjas Camps

Registration is now open to our 2023 Camps this upcoming February, April and Summer at Code Ninjas Waltham-Newton! Fun and exciting camps for kids 5 to 16. There is a limited space for each camp so enroll early to reserve your spot.

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discount until 3/31/2023. Also available – (a) MULTI-CAMP discount for 3+ camp enrollments, and (b) extended care/LATE PICKUP options for morning and afternoon camps. Our in-person camps are weeklong, from Mondays to Fridays. Choose morning or afternoon half-day options OR make it a full-day camp experience by signing up for both AM & PM options! Mix and match your favorites camps each week!

Here’s the camp registration link

Winter Break Camp – February 20-24, 2023

  • Morning: JR Makers with Microcontrollers
  • Morning: Modding with Minecraft
  • Afternoon: Program and Play in Python

Spring Break Camp – April 17-21, 2023

  • Morning: JR Inventors with Makey Makey
  • Morning: Intro to Roblox Development
  • Afternoon: Code Your Own Robot in Minecraft

Summer 2023 – June 19 to August 25, 2023 – See schedule online

Zooming to Success: Leveraging Virtual Technology for Career Growth and Development

Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Free, Virtual Event for All Ages and Career Levels

Presented by Newton Wellesley Hospital, learn tips and strategies to boost your career using modern technology. Topics include virtual networking, leveraging online platforms such as LinkedIn, and mastering the virtual interview to land the job.

Free, Virtual Event for All Ages and Career Levels

Click Here to Register.

Beginner Class in Japanese Language and Culture

Weekly, starting March 3, 2023 | Fridays 7-8pm | On Zoom

Are you an elementary or middle school student interested in learning more about Japanese language and culture?  If so, this weekly online offering by Boston Sakura Kids is just for you!  This 8-week beginner class will teach you about the Japanese writing system, words and phrases, pop culture, traditional Japanese culture, and whatever else you’re interested in. This program is stress free, cost free, and open to middle school and elementary school students!

If you are interested, please fill out the form available at

Lunar New Year Community Cultural Day

January 22, 2023
Free and Open to Public

Join the New Art Center and our friends from the Korean Cultural Society of Boston for a special Lunar New Year Celebration! This Cultural Community Day celebrates the Asian Lunar New Year with art activities, decorations, and performances. Bring the whole family for a day of fun.

Junior Film Critics workshop @ Belmont World Film’s Family Festival in Newton

Belmont World Film is holding is 20th Family Festival starting this coming Saturday, January 14 in Newtonville. One of the activities includes a “Become a Junior Film Critic” workshop led by legendary arts and entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik (she was the very first TV arts critic in Boston, in fact) and Cambridge Day food and film critic Tom Meek (who was president of the Boston Society of Film Critics for 10 years). 

The workshop is geared to children age 9+.

We are showing some terrific films fro around the world, too–85% of them are based on children’s books, and many feature subtitles (which will be read aloud through headphones for the very young). The screenings support the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in both ELA and Foreign Language in fact! The first day of screenings takes place at the West Newton Cinema, with additional days in Watertown, Cambridge, and Arlington. There is also a short virtual window for most of the films as well. You can check is out at

New Art Center Winter Events

There are plenty of opportunities to share with your community that will spark their creativity at the New Art Center this Winter! Children, teens, and adults can find a class, workshop, or Nights Out event that fits their skills and interests. New Art Center offers full and partial scholarships, just fill out our Tuition Assistance Form to apply. We welcome students of all ages, skills, abilities, and levels. See event list here: Upcoming Classes › Events › – New Art Center in Newton