Explore the Neighborhood: Needham

Conveniently located on the Newton/Needham border, our Needham school is just off Highland Ave and Rte. 95. We are close to the beautiful Charles River Walk and are lucky to be part of a wonderful community! Today we are spotlighting some of our favorite small businesses around the area if you’re not familiar with Needham!

Volante Farms

Volante Farms is a welcoming, neighborhood classic farm. Along with selling fresh produce that they grow on-site, they also offer a seasonal ice cream window, deli, bakery, butcher shop, as well as a craft beer and wine shop. The garden center at the greenhouse is a great place for stocking up on your Spring and Summer flowers and gardening supplies! Learn more.

Pressed Cafe

Great for kids and adults, we at Pine Village are huge fans of the Needham Pressed Cafe! For breakfast or lunch, they have a ton of healthy and delicious options for everyone. Learn more.

Echo Bridge

If you find yourself wanting to explore the outdoors around Needham, be sure to check out Echo Bridge, located along the Charles River within the Hemlock Gorge Reservation. Echo Bridge was built in 1876 and is part of the 16-mile Sudbury Aqueduct from Framingham to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Walk along the bridge for beautiful views and kids will love to find the staircase leading to a platform in the arch, where kids can listen for echoes, the bridge’s namesake.

Goldfish Swim School: Needham

For anyone looking to help their child learn to swim, we love the Goldfish Swim School located right in Needham. From the littles first splashing around in the water to helping your child learn swim strokes, this is a great place to bring your children! Learn more.

Pura Vida Home & Gift

If you need a last minute gift, support this small business in downtown. From adorable gifts for everyone to home decor and more, this cute little shop is everything you want in a neighborhood boutique! Learn more.

Needham History Center & Museum

If you are looking to teach your little one about local history, stop by the Needham History Center and Museum. With plenty of exhibits that feature everything from historical farm equipment to children’s toys and games, you can enjoy a fun afternoon at this museum. Watch out for seasonal events like Pansy Day in the spring! Learn more.

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Explore the Neighborhood: West Newton

With two Newton schools (West Newton and Newton Highlands), we offer multiple locations for your children to join our preschools! Our West Newton location sits on the corner of Washington St. and Highland Ave. in the the Unitarian Society, which features a beautiful historic building with a big fenced and kid-friendly playground. Our West Newton school uses the large parish hall for our indoor gross motor room, as well as an amazing chef’s kitchen that we use on-site with the kids! Today, we are sharing some of our favorite neighborhood spots around the area so you can explore all West Newton has to offer!

Allen Homestead + Center

The Allen Center is Newton’s home for arts and culture, which was originally the home of Nathan Topliff Allen, a 19th-century abolitionist and educator. The Center hosts all types of events including a Farmer’s Market in the summer and a concert series in the winter. You can also explore the estate with a tour! Learn more: www.newtonculture.org

Local Restaurants

Looking for an adult date night spot? Check out upscale fusion restaurant, Blue Salt! This place has great food, drinks and ambiance. If you are looking for something a little more kid friendly, try Blue Ribbon BBQ. This casual spot has something that everyone in the family will love. www.bluesaltrestaurant.com

The Paper Mouse

Here in West Newton, we are lucky to have this adorable little stationary and gift shop. Located right down the street from our preschool, we love to stop by and grab a last minute gift when we need it. We love to support locally owned shops like this one! www.thepapermouse.com

Jackson Homestead and Museum

Want to check out more history in West Newton? Bring your little ones and explore the Jackson Homestead and Museum – this spot features exhibits about the history of Newton and the Underground Railroad. The exhibits rotate so check it out online to see what they are currently featuring. www.newtonma.gov/government/historic-newton/visit-museum

West Newton Cinema

We love a good movie night and the West Newton Cinema is one of the old school classic movie theaters that we know and love! Event though this place has an old-school vibe, they feature new movies and we love this spot for a cozy date night or kid-friendly weekend activity! westnewtoncinema.com

What else would you recommend for your favorite spots around West Newton?