October Events

October events in the area

Here are just a few that I found – my sources are friends, family, and the Newton Patch. Where do you find great things to do? Do you have any favorites? Share them in the comments below!



HILTON DEDHAM, 25 Allied Drive Dedham, MA

Winter Sports and Activities – Injury Prevention and Treatment Options

Learn injury prevention and treatment options for winter sports from New England Baptist Hospital orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Zilberfarb, MD. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information about this and other upcoming seminars, click on the photo or, visit event website: 


The West Suburban YMCA has a Teen Center and it’s FREE

Parents of Newton teens are invited for coffee and light refreshments in the Teen Center. Take a tour of the Center and learn about all of the programs offered (FREE) through our Teen Center.

Learn more. West Suburban YMCA


OCTOBER 19, 2013  9:30 am-4 pm







Get your holiday shopping done early! The Needham Craft Fair is hosted at the Needham High school every year near the end of October. Come explore over 100 selected exhibitors from towns in MA and the surrounding states and see an extensive array of beautiful and unique fashions, gifts, home goods, body products and more.

Images courtesy of Sharon Schindler Photography


See all of our 2013 Crafters

Silent Auction 

$6 Admission
$5 Seniors
Free for under 13



NewTV’s House of Haunts

23 Needham Street, Newton MA, 02464

This fall, for one night only, NewTV will be transforming its media center into its first-ever haunted house. Please join us for an evening filled with family-friendly frights, including some ghoulish games, trick or treats, and haunted tours through our facility.
— Take a haunted tour
— Play ghoulish games
— Decorate pumpkins
— Make a trick-or-treat bag






The Discovery Museums October Programs and Events

177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, Massachusetts 01720
Phone: 978.264.4200

How Many More Days of Vacation Week or Is It Over Yet?

It is that time of year again – school vacation week! If you have planned ahead, your children are in daily activities, if you have not, you are no doubt washing crayon, and quite possibly food, off the walls and hoping for enough time for a shower. I have experienced many, many school vacation weeks – some better than others.

My advice? Get moving and keep moving. Do you need to pretend you are a shark and only your constant movement keeps you alive? No. Does this mean no slow-moving sleeping-in mornings? Depending on the age of your children, maybe. You can do it, you just need the right attitude. I don’t mean you can’t have lovely mornings at home.

When my children were younger we had a breakfast where we practiced math facts with dominoes and had our breakfast in pretty dishes. Sometimes we even played school with real worksheets and stickers for work well done. They are older now and that won’t fly (we didn’t have smartphones, tablets or apps back in the day, either) but if your little ones are quite young, it will get you some quality hot beverage time before you roll.

If you are still reading, you may need help. No worries – here are some ideas and links for local activities. KidoInfo out of Rhode Island but covers Southeastern Massachusetts, too. Founder Anisa Raouf has done a fantastic job of lining up the best resources and she shares so nicely, too! From the website: Kidoinfo is Rhode Island’s guide to family fun, creative ideas, resources and local events. With fresh ideas everyday, we keep you in the know with DIY projects, kid-tested recipes, after-school activities, camps, story times and so much more. From new parents to grandparents, babies to tweens, we have something for everyone.

Boston Area – Moms A great site with Guides, Things To Do listings, Discussion Pages for Parents and much more. From the site – a listing of family activities for the next seven days. You’re welcome!  Go to Momsfor great local activities and events.

Here is a link to the Museum of Fine Arts  with its great vacation week programs. Don’t forget the Museum of Science  – The Pompeii Exhibit is great and good for most ages (it may be hard to explain that we don’t live near an active volcano to young ones but the world map of active volcanoes is a good visual reassurance). If you are going to the Pompeii exhibit it is worth getting a membership, really, it is always worth getting a membership here. I signed up online and picked up my membership card and packet when we got to the museum. Super easy.
Need more? Click on these links for vacation week ideas: The Boston Children’s Museum,The Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Peabody-Essex Museum and The Discovery Museums.We also like to take walks at the Weston reservoir or Lake Waban at Wellesley College – both places are dog-friendly and nice easy trails.
Arts and Crafts? Check out Artbeat in Arlington, Sew Easy in Needham and Wellesley or Hip Stitch in Newton.
It is also a great time to make some healthy resolutions and cook together as a family. I attended a blogger event at the Chestnut Hill Shaw’s Supermarket and they were rolling out a Nutrional IQ progam that helps you make healthy choices. Not that I am giving up the holiday cookies quite yet – just not making a meal of them!
Crafts at home – Here is a great link to Pragmatic Mom’s site for homemade play dough. Definitely a longtime favorite at our house, too.
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