A Fairly Comprehensive List of Supplemental Math Classes

Are you looking for math classes for kids either to catch them up or to get them ahead? Math classes can also be a more affordable option instead of private tutoring. There are many choices for  math classes in Newton. I think it’s all about fit; matching the right class to each child so I’ve included articles and videos to help you get a feel for each one.   Russian Math An an article about it: Russian Math Schools Gaining... Read More

Best Gymnastics for Toddlers and Kids in Newton Area

A toddler gymnastics class was something that all my three kids did. I think I did it to tire them out and for my own sanity because it got us out of the house into the company of adults. Over the years, we’ve been to most of these places either for a class or a birthday party. There are a few requisites that I now have on my list as I select a gymnastics studio: Good parking. Safe, clean gymnastics space. Friendly instructors who can get my... Read More

Because Spring is Almost Here … Maple Sugaring: Go, DIY, Read, and More!

 I want to take my kids maple sugaring this year so I researched places near Newton. Have you been maple sugaring?  What is your favorite place? Please leave a comment. From Mass Audubon Society: The Art of Nature: Sugaring Off, Ipswich River – 2/18/12 February Vacation Adventure Days, Ipswich River – 2/21/12 Winter Vacation: New England Winter, Age 4-K (AM), Drumlin Farm – 2/21/12 Winter Vacation: New England Winter,... Read More

Best Tutors, Private Coaches, Music Teachers etc.

I hate to tell you how many tutors I hire for my 3 kids. It’s a little embarrassing because it’s quite a lot but I do use tutors to teach my kids things that I can not and/or to help them when they don’t want my help. I am known to do a long, investigative search to find the right match for my kids so I decided to share my Rolodex of Newton Tutors, Teachers and Coaches. I am sure there are other wonderful ones out there. Will you... Read More

Best Preschools in Newton UPDATED

Preschools, Day Care, Toddler Care in Newton This list is from Newton’s Wikipedia page. I noticed that it’s not a comprehensive list, so please add in any preschools that you know as a comment and I’ll add the link to the page. We think this is a comprehensive list of all the preschools (Montesorri, Cooperative, Day Care, Home Preschools, etc. ) that we know of. We don’t know what the “best” preschools are; that’s... Read More

A Fairly Comprehensive List of Birthday Party Locations in and around Newton UPDATED

Birthday party planning need not be daunting. Here are lots of ideas for your child’s birthday! Did I miss any? Please let me know and I’ll add to the list! p.s. More ideas here from Boston Central. 10. Private Baby Animal Petting Zoo. Barn Babies. This particular petting zoo was pretty amazing. We hired them twice for birthday parties (2 of my kids), and they visited my preschool twice. What is amazing about them is that they... Read More

Best Martial Arts Schools in Newton for Kids and Adults

My kids have been taking Karate for several years with Giroux Brothers Martial Arts and one thing that really impresses me about this studio is the older students who are unfailingly polite, accomplished and kind to small children. The style is called Chun Kuk Do which is the style of Chuck Norris. I also studied kickboxing with Steve Giroux.  We think he’s great and really wonderful teacher for kids. There are two other... Read More

A Fairly Comprehensive List of Dance Studios for Adults and Kids in Newton

My girls were not dancers, alas, but we did try it out at Boston Ballet School both in Newton and Boston, and I even have one of them taking Hip Hop at Joanne Langione Dance Center. Through the years, we’ve also attended really excellent dance parties at All That Jazz and The Dance Academy. How about you? What dance studio do your kids like? I guess it’s no surprise with the popularity of Dancing with the Stars that there are so many ballroom... Read More

Newton Libraries: Main & 2 Branches Run by Volunteers

Newton is lucky to have a wonderful and dynamic library, The Newton Free Library, located at 330 Homer Street (across the street from City Hall). It has (among other things) museum passes, a great audio/visual department, a wonderful children’s room, great gallery space, a good-sized auditorium, and, of course, books. I love the library and volunteer as a Friend of the Newton Free Library – the Friends are an amazing group of energetic... Read More

Dog Friendly Newton: New Off-Leash Dog Parks!

Five off-leash dog parks were just created in Newton. I haven’t been to all of them. I heard that Cabot Woods is great but there can be a lot of ticks. The same can be said for Weston Reservoir which is my dog’s favorite haunt. Be sure to check for ticks after these outings. If you need information about ticks and Lyme disease, I have a link below from my dermatologist. Capability:Mom likes to exercise her dog on the carriage lane... Read More

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