Jams, Concerts, Petting Zoos

By Julia Priest on August 13, 2012



Every day I am finding all sorts of interesting links about the importance of music in the development of children and fabulously cute and hilarious tibits which I would love to share them with you.  

I have found Facebook the easiest and most effective way to share with the families in the Newton area.

We also share registration and discount information facebook as well as information about special events! 

I invite you to join us on Facebook .



Music is in the Air!
By Julia Priest on January 29, 2012

I have two memorable events to share with our Music and Movement Families!

Dan Zanes and Cinderella! 

Are you wanting to take your entire family to concerts which will get you up and dancing?  We have a concert to introduce which promises to be amazing.

 Are you ready for something new?


"Dan Zanes and Friends perform exuberant, handmade 21st Century social music for enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. These Grammy Award winners occupy a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican son jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. It is an old-fashioned interactive experience where people of all-ages sing and dance with wild abandon to the sound of drums, upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, trumpet, fiddle and spoons. It’s a big musical party and everyone’s invited!

Dan Zanes and Friends

Somerville Theatre- 2 shows!
Sunday, February 5 at 11am and 3pm
All-ages. Tickets here.


Cinderella is coming to town on February 19th, 2012!
The Tanglewood Marionettes are presenting Cinderella at the Newton Cultural Center:


It looks to be a unique and breathtaking rendition. For more information on this performance, which is presented by the Tanglewood Marionettes on Sunday, February 19, 2012, 10:30 am at the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada St., Newtonville, click here.




Winter Dreams Concert
By Julia Priest on January 21, 2012



On Sunday January 29th at 3 PM our friends at the New Phil Orchestra are running their annual Family Discovery Concert and & Instrument Petting Zoo.  We hope you will go to their Winter Dreams concert.  This is a truly wonderful and family friendly way to introduce your children to a orchestra and all of its instruments!  

Mark your calendars and reserve your seats now for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Family Concert on March 17th.  Kids are free, but adults must buy a ticket!  Pre-concert events include an Instrument playground, instrument demonstrations, and fun interactive activities for families.

By Julia Priest on November 30, 2011


We wanted to share this information about this upcoming FREE performance.  It is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children Opera.  Our very own teacher, Jen Ashe will be starring as Despina, one of the 3 pigs.
Be sure to make reservations for your family.


  by John Davies

Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 3:00 and 5:00 pm
Running Time: 40-minutes
Story is suitable for all ages.
Location: All Saints' Church, 17 Clark St., Belmont

 Featuring the Opera Tales Program The Three Little Pigs

Powers Music School is pleased to present the opera tale The Three Little Pigs by John Davies. The two free performances will feature students from the Powers Broadway Kids class plus adult singers performing the lead roles.  This operatic version of the story of The Three Little Pigs is based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart.
"While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on "huff-proof, puff-proof" home construction. After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys' flimsy homes, they run to their sister's sturdy new brick house quite ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a pretty smart thing to do after all." (http://www.operatales.com/)


Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny
By Julia Priest on November 21, 2011


 Check out the latest show coming to Newton! 

We love when our children's favorite book's are brought to life through puppetry and music.  The Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street, Newton) is playing Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.

 The internationally-acclaimed Mermaid Theatre presents the ultimate double bill of bedtime classics with its stunning stage adaptation of Goodnight Mooand The Runaway Bunny.

These beloved “rabbit tales” are brought to life through whimsical puppetry, playful glow in the dark segments, narration and evocative music.

 Tickets are available online at jccgb.org/magicark or by phone at             617-965-5226       or             866-811-4111      






Family Can Jam!
By Julia Priest on November 18, 2011

1) Bring a can of food as a gift for those in Newton who need it. You'd be surprised how many do.

2) We'll sing, dance, and play instruments with wild abandon, out of gratitude for all that we share.

3) Julia will lug large bags and crates of canned food to the Newton Food Pantry on Monday, in time for needier families to "shop" the shelves for Thanksgiving.

When? 12:30, this Sunday 12/20.

Where? Our huge Dance Fever classroom, 200 Wells Avenue, Newton.

Concert in Spanish & English
By Julia Priest on November 15, 2011


Sol y Canto is a pair of musicians who really get kids! And also do lots of Spanish music, in Spanish as well as English. This concert is probably aimed at adults, but children may enjoy the first half hour or so of it. Consider the pre-concert estive dinner (pupusas, arroz con pollo) at 6:30 PM $15 (reservation required, call 617-869-3014).

Concert time: 8-11 pm, Saturday, December 10th

Location: 1st Parish UU, 35 Church Street, Watertown