North Shore Kid Stories, Events, Activities, Camps and Recipes

Glen Urquhart School Beverly MA

Teachers are everything. The kind of teacher that many feel lucky to have once in a lifetime, Glen Urquhart students have an abundance each and every day.

Limited spaces are still available for this fall in grades K-8. Contact Leslie Marchesseault at or 978-927-1064 ext. 115 for more information and a personal tour.


Come join the fun at the Salem Willows for the firmen's muster!

An antique hand pumped fire engine muster where crews pump their machines to see who can shoot the longest stream of water. This is the oldest organized sport in the United States. These are hand pumped fire engines built of wood, copper, bronze, steel, and iron with valves made of leather. It's part historic preservation and part competition.  Spectators are invited to try out pumping the machines!


Kids and families make farm fresh pizza at The Trustees of Reservations' Appleto

Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you.  Join us to make pizza from scratch! Yes, even the dough. We'll use the tomatoes and herbs coming out of our fields, the cheese from the cheese kitchen, and make dough from our farm neighbor's wheat. We will do some garden taste tests and each participant can make their own version of pizza for all of us to try out on the farm porch.

Location: Appleton Farms


Essex Farmers Market every Saturday in Season 10am-1pm. Essex MA, Featuring seas

Visit the Essex Farmer's Market for a great variety of locally grown produce and other foods! Essex, Massachusetts is an amazing part of the world where farming, fishing, clamming, art and antiques come together in a tight knit little town on Cape Ann. The Essex Farmers Market showcases the wonder of Essex and Cape Ann while supporting local small businesses and farms. Now in their second year, the Essex Farmers Market is expanding its reach to increase awareness of the issues of sustainability and local sourcing.


Maudslay State Park's Family Fun Day has a lot to offer in events and activities

The YANKEE HOMECOMING FAMILY DAY at Maudslay State Park is slated to be better than ever with more activities for kids of all ages, more demonstrations on the main stage and a focus on having activities for family members ages 1-100! Check the page link below for stage performance artists &  times, event times and a list of all participants.


The BaHa Brothers bring beachy Jimmy Buffet music to Newburyport's Waterfront

The Baha Brothers is a Jimmy Buffett/Beachboys style band playing all our favorite songs with energy, fair and showmanship. Starting in the early 90’s they quickly became one of the best Jimmy Buffett Tribute bands in our area. They have played shows all over New England, in Margaritaville Key West, Las Vegas, on National Television and have even played with Jimmy Buffett! Band members include: Pete on Sax, Johnny Cuervo on drums, Billy on Keyboards, Jay on Bass and Paul on Guitar.


Kids ride free on the 10am Saturday Cruise on the Lannon through Summer

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon is a fixture on the Gloucester Harbor vista throughout the day in the warm months, but to really experience the Lannon, you need to come aboard and go for a cruise!  Sail and see lighthouses, castles, scenic beaches, and magnificent waterfront homes.

With their special offer each Saturday on the 10 .am. cruise, sailing aboard the Lannon becomes even more accessible.  For each paying adult, one child will be granted free admission!  Kids aged 16 and under sail for free. Each kid must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult must pay full fare for his or her ticket. No other discounts apply.


Things to do in Massachusetts, Boston, North of Boston

The Highland Street Foundation invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer with free admission. You do not need to register or obtain a ticket. Just show up and enjoy!


Come to Appleton Farms for a meal grown and cooked on site! This Appleton

Bring your family and some friends for a relaxing evening watching the sunset over the Great Pasture and munching on fresh-from-the-farm food. Dinner will feature a seasonal menu grown or raised at Appleton and other local farms and prepared by Appleton Cooks!

Location: Appleton Farms


Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustes under the full moon.

Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the July's Blue Moon! Blue moons are the second Full moon of a calendar month and only happen "once in a blue moon". Come enjoy the moonrise at Crane Beach, then kick back in the sand and relax with music and a bonfire! This is an evening adventure for the whole family!


Fun, games and ice cream samples are what you'll find at the Scoopah-Bowl!

Come to Plains Park for a fun day for the entire family, with competitive sporting events for the all age groups, including a Wiffleball Tourney, Pickleball, Cornhole, Three legged Race, Kiddie Obstacle Course, Egg Toss, Dizzy Bat Relay, Pool Noodle Javelin Throw, Tug of War, Football Toss, and a Baseball Skills Competition. We’ll also have Face painting, a magician, balloon and bubble station, as well as music, food trucks and just a whole lot of fun! The Scoop-ahhh Bowl ($5 ticket) is a is a great way to sample the best ice cream from local vendors including:

Location: Plains Park


Come to downtown Beverly MA for live entertainment and community fun!

Join Beverly Main Streets on THE BLOCK for a  downtown Mardis Gras Street Party! One block of Cabot Street will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends, and listen to live music. Featuring Music on two stages with special guests New Orleans Legends Henri Smith, Henley Douglas and Sean Jones! Food, beer, and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street in the middle of the festival. There is a suggested donation at the gate of $5 per adult. Cash only, no pets, IDs needed for drinks.


Manchester Festival by the Sea celebrates art on Cape Ann and the local bounty o

"Celebrating locally grown art, music, and food" in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, this all day event will highlight not only the idyllic beauty of Cape Ann but also the incredible talent for which the area has become synonymous. Featuring local talent including musical and artistic performers alike, visitors will enjoy music, art, food, and good times while taking in the sights of Masconomo Park. This family-friendly festival will feature free fun and excitement for all ages all day long! Mark your calendar and pack your blanket for a day of great music, inspired artistry and delicious, locally grown foods!


Soul City at the Crane Estate in Ipswich. You will dance. Resistance is futile.

Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and make the setting your Summer playground!  Gates for these events open at 5:00 pm.


Celebrate 400 Years of Maritime History at Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts! V

Presented by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the annual Salem Maritime Festival hosts an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including live music, traditional craft demonstrations and seaport trade exhibits, story-telling, and FREE harbor tours aboard local schooners including Schooner Fame , Schooner Ardelle and Sea Shuttle's Endeavour! Celebrate four centuries of Salem maritime history on Derby Wharf in Salem!


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