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Events for families north of Boston at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Grab your 4-legged friend and head on down to The Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield for the best doggy social hour this side of the sun! We’ve partnered with PolkaDog Bakery to bring you Dog Friendly Vendors, A Photo Booth and Giveaways!  Notch Brewing will be in attendance to quench your thirst.
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Pine Grove PTA's Fall Carnival on the Common in Rowley Massachusetts
Come to the Rowley Town Common for an afternoon of family fun! Admission to the event is FREE with a non-perishable donation to the Rowley Food Pantry, which will be collected at event check-in. Planned Activities include: Pumpkin Bowling, Corn Hole, Basket Ball shoot out, Skee Ball, Dunking Booth, Football Toss, Pony Rides and many more fun games and activities for the whole family. Food Trucks will be on site as well as carnival concessions! Hosted by the Pine Grove PTA.
Location: Rowley Town Common
Financial Planning for an Independent School Education: A Speaker Series Event
Join us at Tower School for an evening discussing the benefits of creating a school funding strategy using a variety of tools. We'll hear from experts: Andrew E. Keller, VP, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management; Jeff Carter, Board Treasurer; Dean Sidell, Acting Head of School and CFO
Location: Tower School
Stone Zoo for Northshore children and families
ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 22, 2019, Beloved holiday tradition returns to Stone Zoo. ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 22. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer! Enjoy more festive fun by warming up by the fire pits and toasting marshmallows for s’mores (available for purchase).
Location: Stone Zoo
Tour the waters of Essex Bay estuary aboard the Trustee's pontoon boat Osprey!
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water while hearing stories and learning fun facts about the area from longtime steward, Donny Paquin.  This event requires pre-registration online or at the Castle Hill front desk.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Come enjoy a Lindsay and Her Giant Puppets at TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex Massachusetts!
The TOHP Burnham Public Library invites kids to fun puppet show featuring Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals!  These unique and clever puppets are nearly life size and full of character to match.  Lindsay's stories are both heartfelt and hilarious and you're likely to learn a valuable lesson or two to boot! Don't miss this special presentation! Invite friends! This event will be held on the 3rd floor of the building.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Not a Fright in Sight with Jeannie Mack at the TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts
TOHP Burnham Public Library hosts a fun and not-so-scary Halloween! Jeannie Mack performs the perfect combination of songs, rhymes and hand plays about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, tickly spiders, and silly witches to delight 2 – 6 year-olds. And what would a Halloween program be without a scary story? Jeannie’s use of a pop-up book about some friendly ghosts provides just the right touch to round out the fun.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Wendy's Story Art at the TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts.
Ages 0-5yo and a parent/caregiver. Children will develop literacy and social skills through story time and play-based art experiences.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Enjoy food, live music and all kinds of family fun at the Essex Clam Fest! Photo: An order of steamed clams from Woodman's of Essex
The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm. Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.
Location: Memorial Park (Essex)
Vered is an award winning musician who brings the joys and intricacies of family life to music. Come see her at The Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts
Vered is an award winning musician who brings the joys and intricacies of family life to music. Her show is fun, funny, gets everyone singing along, and sometimes will even have parents shedding an emotional tear. Inspired by her experience as a music therapist and psychotherapist, and her experience as a mom of three, Vered approaches relationships in the family with wonder, curiosity, and humor. Her music is reminiscent of a Doo-Wop band, using playful vocal harmonies, lively horns, pots and pans, and beatboxing to get everyone jumping and singing along. Vered’s albums Good Morning My Love, Hello My Baby, and Songs for Sisters and Brothers all received prestigious awards. Parents often say that her music is like a soundtrack to life with their kids. “[O]ne big jazzy love song to childhood.” –Red Tricycle
Location: The Cabot

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Quarry Quest and Story Walk at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
A treasure hunt around  the quarry at Halibut Point State Park with clues and word unscrambles to find the treasure box!  Recommended for ages 8 and up. Clues available anytime at bulletin board. Quarrying History Self-Guide tour brochure available anytime for visitors of all ages.

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Costume Swap at Peabody Institute Library

Peabody Institute Library hosts a costume swap program for Peabody area families!
Peabody Institute Library hosts a costume swap program for Peabody area families!

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...

Autumn Feature Story Walk

Join DCR’s Autumn Feature StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park, featuring One Small Place in a Tree, written by Barbara Brenner and illustrated by Tom Leonard
Join DCR’s Autumn Feature StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park  Walk a trail and read the story One Small Place in a Tree, written by Barbara Brenner and illustrated by Tom Leonard.  Come and participate in this self Guided StoryWalk for Pre-K kids with adults!  Autumn is a perfect time to enjoy the...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Parent & Child Morning Glory Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Morning Glory is a playgroup for caregivers with an older child who is 20 months to 3½ years¹. Class activities and interactions support social development as these children prepare for nursery. We have two Morning Glory classes that meet weekly for 10 classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00...
9:00 am to 11:15 am

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Walk Through Artichoke Woods at Maudslay

Join the park interpreter on a hike through the trails of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport!
Join the park interpreter for a hike thru the Artichoke Woods to see this resource rich location and special part of the park bordering on the Artichoke River.
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Parent & Child Rosebud Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
A class for parents with newborns up to age 6 months. Topics covered in class include: developmental stages in babies, warmth and how to dress your baby, sleep, rhythm, foundational senses (sense of touch, well being/life, movement, balance), observation, babywearing, new identity as a parent,...
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

After School STEM in Nature

After School STEM in Nature is a weekly after school drop-off program on early release Thursdays for elementary-aged children (grades 1-5).
After School STEM in Nature is a weekly after school drop-off program on early release Thursdays for elementary-aged children (grades 1-5). Drop-off for the program is between 2:15-2:30 and pick-up between 4:15-4:30 at Castle Hill (290 Argilla Road). 
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Thursday, October 17

Women's Fund of Essex County Annual Grant Awards Luncheon

Grant Awards Luncheon The Women's Fund of Essex County
Come to Danversport for the Grant Awards Luncheon honoring The Women's Fund of Essex County 2019 Grant recipients. 
11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Lighthouse & Foliage Cruise

See North Shore Fall Foliage from the water on this lighthouse tour!
Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to take in the changing colors of fall by boat on a cruise out of Salem Massachusetts Harbor. Passengers will visit out five historic lighthouses during this 14-mile harbor loop through Beverly, Manchester, Salem & Marblehead. This 1 hour 45 minute tour...
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Sawyer Free Library: Halloween Crafts

Sawyer Free Library invites you to a happy Halloween story telling for younger C
Please join us for an afternoon of Halloween Crafts!  Decorate a masquerade mask with glitter, sequins, feathers and ribbon, decorate a festive wreath of ghosts and pumpkins, or make a Halloween skeleton out of pasta!  For children of all ages.  All are welcome.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Great Salem Pumpkin Walk at The Gables

Pumpkin Walk at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem Massachusetts
Join the fun for the 2019 Great Salem Pumpkin Walk. Stop by The House of the Seven Gables and check out our display!
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wendy's Story Art

Wendy's Story Art at the TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts.
Ages 0-5yo and a parent/caregiver. Children will develop literacy and social skills through story time and play-based art experiences.
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

A Little Night Music & Rhyme

Come sing, dance and get the wiggles out at Beverly Public Library
Beverly Public Library  invites families with kids under 5 (or so) to join the musical rhythmic fun! Come Dance, shake, move and sing and get the wiggles out.
6:30 pm

Free Fitness Classes on the Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield Thursdays and Sundays

Market Street Lynnfield Events, Dining, Shopping
Come sweat it out with MarketStreet Lynnfield on The Green every Thursday evening in Lynnfield. Bringing all forms of fitness to The Green this fall!  Join us now-October for complimentary fitness classes every Thursday from 6:30pm-7:30pm and Sundays from 10am-11am.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Financial Planning for an Independent School Education: A Speaker Series Event

Financial Planning for an Independent School Education: A Speaker Series Event
Join us at Tower School for an evening discussing the benefits of creating a school funding strategy using a variety of tools. We'll hear from experts: Andrew E. Keller, VP, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management; Jeff Carter, Board Treasurer; Dean...
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Friday, October 18

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be...

Haunted Harbor Cruise

Come learn about the haunted happenings of Salem Sound on this 1½ hour cruise.
Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to a unique cruise in Salem Massachusetts! The fabled coastlines of Salem sound come alive with tales of haunted lighthouses, eerie islands, ruthless pirates, and living monsters who wreak havoc on passing ships to this very day! This spook-tacular 75-minute...