Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Upcoming Library Programs for Grades 5-7

LEGO WeDo: May 24th, 7:30 pm, second floor Computer Center: Awaken kids’ curiosity and interest in problem solving! Kids build LEGO models and then program them to move and react. Grades 5-7. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket in the Children’s room 15 minutes before the program begins.

Pizza & Speed Book Dating: June 7th, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Have a book you are dying to talk about? Bring a great book with you and eat pizza, hang out and chat. Grades 5-7. Register online.

Tween Crafternoons,  June 13th, 3:30 pm, second floor Teen Area: Let’s meet on the second Tuesday of every month to make crafts and eat snacks. This month: shrinky dinks! Grades 5-7.

Volunteer to help NCE!

Newton Community Ed is looking for two PTO members to join its Commission. NCE Commission members guide the organization in administration of the program.

Volunteers will be asked to attend four-five meetings over the course of the school year, and to assist with various projects as assigned by the NCE Director. This is a low-commitment opportunity to support NCE in its mission to deliver high-quality Kids programs in Newton. Please contact Ed Hauben at if you’re interested.

First Lego League (FLL) and Junior FLL Info Night

The Newton LigerBots are hosting a First Lego League (FLL) and Junior FLL Info Night.

FLL is the FIRST LEGO robotics competition for fourth through eighth graders. In addition to building and programming LEGO robots, each year’s themed FLL challenge includes a project for which team members brainstorm and present creative solutions to real life problems. This event is aimed at parents and students.

Junior FLL is a project based program for grades K-3. At FLL Info Night parents can learn more about the FLL program and students can participate in fun activities. Current LigerBots students and coaches who have participated in FLL in the past will lead a presentation with general information on FLL as well as on how to start your own team. There will be demonstrations of EV3 robots and people to answer any questions you may have.

Email for more information or see the fliers here: FLL

May 30th,  7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Newton North High School, Film Lecture Hall (just off the front entrance at Tiger Drive)

Middle School Summer Resources

While all young people benefit from out of school time activities that help them grow and learn, middle school tends to be an age when student participation decreases. The City of Newton’s Executive Office, Health and Human Services Department and Newton Public Schools are currently working on promoting out-of-school time for middle schoolers. While still in the early stages of this work, they have created a webpage on the City website to help families find summer options for their middle schooler, as well as provide other valuable information like financial aid tips, helpful links and more.

They will be continually adding more to the webpage in the coming months but with summer coming up, wanted to share now to help with planning. Feedback and ideas are welcome.

Click here for a link to the Middle School resources web page:

Summer Programs at the Y

Summer Programs

· Learn to swim – swimming lessons for all ages including Parent & Child classes
· Lifeguard Training Certification Classes
· Sports Leagues – NEW! SUMMER YBA Basketball
· Adult Sports Leagues
· Personal Training and Small Group Training

Registration for Summer Programs opens on May 30th for WSYMCA members and June 2nd for non-members. Visit to download a copy of the Summer Program Catalog.

Kids Night Out (Ages 7-13), June 9th, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Parents: This is the last Kids Night Out until the fall! Drop off your kids for a fun Friday night with qualified staff members. They’ll order pizza for dinner and keep the children entertained with games, swimming, movies and sports. $25 per child for members and $30 for non-members. A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter. Everyone wins!

Annual Golf Tournament, June 19th, 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Join Y staff and volunteers at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord for one of the premier yearly events. The tournament benefits the Y’s Annual Fund – providing financial assistance to local families in need. Registration includes 18 holes with a cart, lunch, dinner, player gifts and prizes for the winners of fun competitions like longest drive, closest to the pin, etc. For more information please visit, or contact Rosie Carey at 617-244-6050 x 3099.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs.