You’re Invited to a Very Special Kid’s Night Out at the Gymnastics Academy of Boston – Norwood

The Five-Year-Old’s crazy, fun, beloved, strong, and very determined Four-Year-Old Friend.

It seemed like school had only been out for a few hours when we got the news last July.

One of The Five-Year-Old’s preschool friends had been diagnosed with kidney cancer. While The Five-Year-Old and I scampered around Dedham photographing bunnies, this gorgeous, mischievous Four-Year-Old child had had one of her kidneys removed and endured the first of six months of chemotherapy.

Sometimes simply dropping off a casserole to feed a family for a night feels so very insufficient.

Which is why I was so excited to hear that there was another way to show this precious Four-Year-Old and her family our love more directly.

On Saturday, September 22, Norwood Montessori will host a very special Kid’s Night Out at the Gymnastics Academy of Boston – Norwood. The evening will feature a variety of activities including an open gym, games, bouncy houses, and a movie for potty-trained kids of all ages, as well as a raffle and a Silent Auction for their parents. (Parents are also welcome to simply drop their kids off at the gym so they can enjoy a rare night out of their own.)

Pizza and popcorn will be served at the event. All proceeds will go directly to our Four-Year-Old Friend and her family to help defray the medical expenses associated with her recovery.

As a veteran of past Kid’s Night Out events at the Gymnastics Academy of Boston – Norwood, The Five-Year-Old can personally vouch for the fact that the evenings are “super fun but sort of exhausting.”

The festivities start at 6:30 p.m.  Parents should plan to pick up their children by 9:30. Tickets are $25 for the first child and $15 for each additional child in the family. Preregistration with the Gymnastics Academy of Boston – Norwood is required.

Can’t make the Kid’s Night Out but still want to participate in the Silent Auction or Raffle?

A complete catalog of items up for auction and/or raffle will be posted at the Gymnastics Academy of Boston – Norwood in the next few days. Although the inventory is still being assembled, so far items up for bid in the Silent Auction include a fire pit, $100 Barnes & Noble gift card, a Nook, and a Nook tablet. Items in the raffle include a handmade quilt, assorted Tupperware and Pampered Chef items, and gift certificates to local restaurants, including Friendly’s and the Feisty Greek. Raffle tickets are on sale for $5 each (or 3 for $10).

To participate, simply stop by the Gymnastics Academy of Boston – Norwood sometime before September 22 to place your bid or purchase raffle tickets.

The Silent Auction and the raffle will close at 8:45 p.m. September 22. Winners will be notified by phone.

To reserve your child(ren)’s spot at the Kid’s Night Out:

  • Stop by the Gymnastics Academy of Boston – Norwood at 95 Vanderbilt Ave. Norwood, MA  02062
  • Call the front desk at 781-769-6150
  • Or email


Have questions about the Silent Auction, Kid’s Night Out, or Raffle? Contact Tamiko Porter, Director of the Norwood Montessori School by phone at 781-769-6150 or by email at

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Cross-posted on the Norwood Patch.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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