Need winter break activities for the kids? Newton Free Library has your back

Does school vacation stress you out because you need stuff to keep the kids occupied and entertained for a week while it’s cold outside?

The Newton Free Library is offering many great programs for kids and families over winter vacation.

The library’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

The library will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 24; Monday, Dec. 25; Sunday, Dec. 31; and Monday, Jan. 1.

All Week

There will be six paper “long dogs’” (inspired by the children’s TV show “Bluey”) hidden throughout the children’s library. Head to the library and find them!

The library will be offering take-home craft kits starting Tuesday, Dec. 26. These kits are designed for children ages 3 to 6 and will be available while supplies last.

Tuesday, Dec. 26

10 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m.: Storytime for ages 0 to 2 in the children’s program room

4 to 4:45 p.m.: Pokemon trivia in the children’s program room, designed for kids ages 7 and up.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Family singalong with Matt Heaton in the Druker Auditorium. Matt Heaton plays a mixture of classic and new music on guitar and banjo (a style he calls ‘toddlerbilly’). Recommended for ages 0 to 7.

4 to 4:45 p.m.: Theater games designed to foster creativity and self-expression in the children’s program room. Designed for ages 8 to 11. Seats are limited and registration is required.

3 to 4 p.m.: Minute to Win It, completing challenges using everyday items, in the Teen Area for kids in grades 5 to 12.

Thursday, Dec. 28

10 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m.: Storytime for ages 0-2 in the children’s program room

4 to 4:45 p.m.: Olé Flamenco! Learn how to dance flamenco with Eve Costarelli in the Druker Auditorium. Intended for ages 5 and up. Seats are limited and registration is required.

Friday, Dec. 29

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Watch Tom Knight and his interactive musical puppet show at the Druker Auditorium. Ages 2 and up.

1 to 1:45 p.m.: Enjoy Steve Kidding’s Magic Show in the Druker Auditorium. Ages 4 and up.

6:30 to 9 p.m.: Barbie movie showing in the Druker Auditorium, for kids grades 7 to 12. This movie is rated PG-13 and has a run-time of 114 minutes. There will also be time to decorate (and eat) treats! Enter from the parking lot.

If you have any questions about children’s programming, you can get in touch with Julie Pflager, assistant supervisor of youth services, at

The library is able to host flamenco and puppets through the support of the Friends of the Newton Library. If you’re interested in becoming a member, you can contact them at