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Waldorf at Moraine Farm in Beverly MA
Technology is all around us and is changing constantly. How can parents and teachers guide children to use digital technology—apps, social media, the Internet—safely, responsibly, and wisely?
Location: Waldorf School at Moraine Farm
Bring your winter gear to Ward Reservation and celebrate the fun of Winter! Photo ©Bill O'Connor
Winter is a delightful season to experience the trails at Ward Reservation! The Trustees of Reservations and Ward Reservation Property Committee, in partnership with the Andover Trails Committee and Friends of North Andover Trails, will host a Winter Fun Day. Short to medium length guided hikes to different destinations on the reservation will leave periodically throughout the afternoon. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, refreshments, and a warming fire will be available throughout the afternoon. A great chance to try out those cross-country skis, snowshoes, or sled you got for the holidays!
Location: Ward Reservation
Walk through the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary lit only by the full moon
This evening's program will give you a basic introduction to the moon. In addition to describing some basic lunar facts, you will learn about the cosmic events that led to its creation and present appearance, the role its orbit plays in creating solar and lunar eclipses, and more.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Preschoolers will learn all about owls at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary during this owl prowl designed just for them!
The folks at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary have created an owling expedition just for kids aged 3-6! In the barn, kids will learn about owls and how they live through hands on activities. Then we'll head outside into the fading light of the sanctuary and practice our owl calls - hopefully prompting a response.  After the adventure is over, we'll meet back in the barn for a cup of hot chocolate and cookies!
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
ECCF, in partnership with Shore Country Day School, for this motivating seminar that gives parents ways to engage their children in the concept of giving back. Ron Lieber will lead this session on: How to talk to kids about money.
Join ECCF, in partnership with Shore Country Day School, for this motivating seminar that gives parents ways to engage their children in the concept of giving back. Ron Lieber will lead this session on:
Location: Shore Country Day School
Hamilton-Wenham Integrated Preschool Open House
The Hamilton-Wenham Integrated Preschool at Winthrop School announces two open houses for parents that are interested in enrolling their children for the 2017-2018 school year. Open houses are scheduled for Wednesday, February 1 and again on February 8, from 9:00am-10:00am, at Winthrop Elementary School, 325 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA. Parents are invited to meet the teachers, visit the classrooms, and participate in a short parent-directed questionnaire about their child’s development. 
Location: Winthrop Elementary School
Explore the world from a nano perspective at the Museum of Science!
If you see the prefix 'nano' in front of a word, think super super small... 'Nano' means one billionth, or 1/1,000,000,000. In most cases it used to describe a measurement that is tiny beyond human perception. NanoDays is a nationwide celebration of nanoscale science, and you're invited! Come celebrate at the Museum of Science and enjoy nano-related activities throughout the Exhibit Halls, including the special events listed below.
Location: Museum of Science
Jr. Chefs are invited to join the fun at the American Girl Breakfast at Williams-Sonoma Lyynfield!
Do you have a mini iron chef in your house?  Here's a perfect opportunity to nurture their interest in the culinary arts at Williams-Sonoma's Market Street Lynnfield location! Hey, kids—let’s cook breakfast! Let’s have a crepe party! Crepes are super-fun to make, and you can finish them with whatever tasty fillings and toppings you’d like, such as chocolate, fresh fruit or jam. Then serve them to your family and friends on Valentine’s Day. Suitable for ages 8–13.
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning
This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to attend.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Greater Beverly YMCA, Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, Salem YMCA, Haverhill YMCA, the Ipswich Family YMCA, Cape Ann YMCA
Now is the perfect time to join the YMCA of the North Shore. Join the Y in January and we'll waive the joiner fee. The health of the entire family is important at the Y. Our members enjoy opportunities to reconnect with each other during open facility times in our pools, gyms, gymnastics centers and rockwalls. When you join the Y, you’re committing to more than becoming healthier. You are supporting the values and programs that strengthen your community. At the Y, children learn what they can achieve, families spend quality time together, and we all build relationships that deepen our sense of belonging.