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Come enjoy two days of theater fun hosted by Theater in the Open at Maudlsay State Park
The second annual Theater in the Open Festival returns to Maudslay State Park on August 18th and 19th! Join us for a weekend filled with our entire summer season! Bring a picnic lunch and come on down to see every show we are performing this summer-all in two days! All shows are free and open to the public.
Location: Maudslay State Park
Come to the Notch Brewery Biergarten at the Trustees of Reservations' Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and Notch Brewing are partnering to bring a series of family-friendly, outdoor ‘biergarten’ experiences to some of our parks, farms, and cultural sites this year. Each biergarten will present family-friendly activities, snacks & refreshments, and will highlight each location’s unique character, history, and natural wonders.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Join the fun at tattoo night for teens at the TOHP Burnham Public Library!
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites kids in grades 6-12 (and their Moms if interested!) for a fun free tatoo night. Join us for an evening of Henna Tattoos with Mandy of Wicked Good Henna! Registration Required. Please arrive early to choose your design.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Digeridoos Down Under at the TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex Massachusetts
Digeridoos Down Under is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun – perfect for kids and families.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
PINOCCHIO Presented by Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre at North Shore Music Theater in Beverly Massachusetts
Come see PINOCCHIO Presented by Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre at North Shore Music Theater in Beverly Massachusetts! An amazing series of adventures awaits Pinocchio in his quest to become a real boy. Will he take theBlue Fairy's advice and listen to the smart little cricket? Or will he end up as a donkey on the Isle of Joy? Come and find out! It's a show the whole family will enjoy, no strings attached.
Location: North Shore Music Theatre
Come see Zootopia at the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts for just $1/child!
The Cabot Theater is running a great special for kids this Summer!  Tickets for The Cabot $1 Wednesdays Kids At The Cabot series are only available at the box office the night of the screening. Pack up the gang and come down to the Cabot for a fun evening with the kids.
Location: The Cabot
Get fresh local produce at the Beverly Farmers Market in downtown Beverly Massac
This is a great farmers' market connected to a large grassy park in downtown Beverly.  There is always music and a lot of shade.  The market offers fresh local produce as well as cheese, meat, eggs, bread, dog treats, jewelry, and books.  The kids have a blast playing tag, meeting new friends, and listening to music. Beverly Farmers Market Accepts HIP, SNAP, Credit/Debit, WIC Coupons, Senior Coupons and of course cash. The park is dog friendly, has plenty of parking and access to the commuter rail. This is a wonderful spot for an impromptu picnic!
Location: Odell Park
Food, music, live entertainment, dance, craft and fun come together for a great
Food, music, live entertainment, dance, craft and fun come together for a great family time at the Downtown Gloucester Block every Third Saturday through September! Five music stages, shopping 'til 11pm, outside sidewalk dining, live dance performances and all kinds of other fun things to do make the streets come alive. Kids will love the singers and roaming magician, and they'll find games, facepainting, kids snacks, balloons, giant chess and more in 'Kids Town'!  August 2016 Gloucester Block Party
Location: Downtown Gloucester
Enjoy lobster at the beach in Rockport Massachusetts at the annual Rotary Club lobsterfest!
What could be better than enjoying a lobster dinner at the beach with your family while helping a worthy cause? Rockport Rotary's Lobsterfest is a unique outdoor dining event held each summer at the American Legion Hall and bandstand in Rockport (on Beach Street, opposite Back Beach). Proceeds benefit local community service projects and the club's scholarship fund.
Location: Back Beach
CAM Kids meets on the second Saturday monthly at Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester. August's session will feature a walking tour through Gloucester
Wear comfortable shoes for a walking tour of Gloucester's inner harbor* based on Joe Garland’s street-by-alley guidebook to America's most famous fishing port, complete with unforgettable historical vignettes, unforgetable yarns, and a treasure trove of old photos. Back at CAM; roll up your sleeves for a a mapmaking project.
Location: Cape Ann Museum

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Family Campout at Appleton Farms

Come to Appleton Farms in Ipswich for a fun night of camping on the farm!
Summer may be coming to an end, but what better way to get one last summer night in than a camp out at Appleton Farms! For the first time ever, Families will be able to set up a tent in the Stone Paddock. Experience the fun of camping, while still having access to bathrooms and the experience of...

Theater in the Open Festival

Come enjoy two days of theater fun hosted by Theater in the Open at Maudlsay State Park
The second annual Theater in the Open Festival returns to Maudslay State Park on August 18th and 19th! Join us for a weekend filled with our entire summer season! Bring a picnic lunch and come on down to see every show we are performing this summer-all in two days! All shows are free and open to...

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

The Big Dog Show A Dale Rogers Exhibit

Big Dog Show is a travelling large-scale public art exhibit
The Big Dog Show is a travelling large-scale public art exhibit created by award winning sculptor, Dale Rogers, and consists of twenty 8-foot-hi

Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Come to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester for the 36th Annual Waterfront Festival.
Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will once again blossom into the colorful 38th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival. A collection of over 175 Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations, live music, plus delicious ethnic foods. A...

Annual Gloucester Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Annual Gloucester Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Stage Frot Park
This is the 39th year for this annual event hosted by the Gloucester Rotary Club at the Bandstand of Stage Fort Park from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. (in conjunction with the Gloucester Waterfront Festival). Parking is free during breakfast if you have a ticket.
7:30 am to 11:00 am

Boston Public Market - Boston

Boston Public Market - Boston
The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers housed under one roof offering fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items. Residents and visitors alike can find seasonal, locally sourced food from Massachusetts and New...
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Red Cross Blood Mobile at Sawyer Free

Give Blood when the Red Cross Blood Mobile comes to Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester
Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester is hosting the Red Cross Blood Mobile! There is a always a huge need for blood, and many people need blood today! Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and thousands of doantions are needed every day. Your donation is needed right now. Sponsored by...
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday in Harvey Park in Downtown Rock
The Rockport Farmers' Market is a small market that runs each Saturday through the Summer (June - early October). Sponsored by the Rockport Exchange, the market is limited in size due to the size of the Harvey Park - a quaint setting in the heart of downtown found on the corner of Mount Pleasant...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Haverhill Farmers' Market

Haverhill Farmers Market, North Shore Farmers Market, Cape Ann Farmers Marke
The Haverhill Farmers Market mission is to provide access to farm-fresh products and promote local agriculture, as well as serve as a social gathering place to encourage a vibrant and connected community. This family-friendly market also includes food demonstrations, local music and children’s...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

MFA: Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century

Museum exhibits at Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA
In the dynamic world of 18th-century Europe, people, ideas, and artistic styles crossed national boundaries. Salons rich with opulent paintings and furnishings hummed with intellectual exchange, gossip, and flirtation. To a person like Giacomo Casanova—smart and confident, boastful and scheming—the...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

PEM: Sally Mann A Thousand Crossings - Salem

Events in Salem MA at Peabody Essex Museum
Co-organized with the National Gallery of Art, this exhibition features some 115 photographs - many of which have not been exhibitied or published previously - that offer a sweeping overview of the distinguished photograhier's articstic achievement, vision and drive.    
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City at PEM

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City makes U.S. debut at Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) debuts Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, the first major international exhibition to explore the role of empresses in China’s last dynasty––the Qing dynasty, from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular works, including imperial portraits, jewelry, garments, Buddhist...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Salem Flea

The Salem Flea is a market that happens every third Saturday at Derby Square in Salem Massachusetts!
The City of Salem in collaboration with RM & Company invites artisans/vendors to showcase and sell their work the third Saturday from May-September, 10-5pm, in historic downtown Salem at Derby Square on Front Street. This area of the city was originally built as a market place and continues to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Meet Beach Creatures All Summer Long!

Discover and explore the facts of the creatures you find at the beach at Joppa
Drop in at Joppa Flats BEFORE the beach, AFTER the beach, or INSTEAD of the beach! What is that spiky thing I almost stepped on? How do starfish – or is it sea stars – eat? Are those baby fish, or is that as big as they get? You have the questions, Joppa Flats Education Center has the answers – and...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden

Pick Your Own Bouquet at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place
The public is invited to cut your own flowers in the cutting garden (only). In addition to pick-your-own standards like zinnias, dahlias and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Andover Farmers' Market

Find Fresh Local Produce at the Andover Massachusetts Farmers Market
The Andover Farmers' Market, now in its 12th season, offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit by providing fresh, local produce, baked and prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted goods.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off - Newburyport

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at Cushing Park/Kent Playground in Newburyport. Community Giving Tree, a non-profit...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Essex Heritage Boat Tours to Bakers Island Lighthouse - Salem

Boat and Light Station Tour Bakers Island Tour
Bakers Island Light is officially open for the season! Whether you have visited before or are new to the site, there are lots of ways to experience Bakers Island Light this summer. Read on to see what is happening this year.
10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
On this interactive tour for younger visitors and their families, join a member of the Crane’s household staff to explore what made this a relaxing home.  Peak into some of their private rooms and discover the family cat’s favorite hiding places!
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms

Wagon rides at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts. Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Wagon Rides are new to Appleton Farms this summer! What better way than to spend a summer day on the farm. Hop aboard our hay wagon and go for a ride past our vegetable fields and out to the great pasture. Enjoy our rolling landscape, maybe spot some cows grazing and enjoy being outside! The ride...
11:30 am to 2:30 pm

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Families can learn through hands-on science at MIT Museum's Idea Hub in Cambridge Massachusetts
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Gone Fishin' at Harold Parker

Kids will learn about pond fishing at Harold Parker State Forest
Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Great family fun for everyone interested in learning the basics of pond fishing in New England. All fishing tackle and bait is provided. Recommend bringing insect repellent, water, sun screen and a camera. Appropriate for children over 6 years old.
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Pet Cemetery – Moseleys’ Four-footed Friends

Learn the history of the Mosely family pets at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Maudslay State Park actually has a pet cemetery!
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A Jack and the Beanstalk Panto!

Theater in the Open presents a Jack in the Beanstalk Panto at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport Massachusetts
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time one again for our Spring Pantomime! This time around we’ll be following the (mis)adventures of Jack and friends as they take the path much less traveled by, and learn some valuable lessons along the way…!!!
2:00 pm

Owl Power at Harold Parker

Kids and families are invited to learn about owls at Harold Parker state forest!
Meet at the Nature Center. Learn about what makes owls unique in the bird world.  Activity Includes a short demonstration of owl adaptations and owl pellet dissection. 
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Stargazing at Halibut Point

The GAAC invites you to discover the the world of Astromony at the Halibut Point
The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club invites you to Halibut Point State Park, one of the best places to view the night sky! You can bring your own telescope or binoculars, but having one isn’t necessary, there will be plenty on hand. Make sure to bring insect protection and appropriate clothing.
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Fireworks at Salisbury Beach

Fourth of July Fireworks at Salisbury Beach include a campfire and marshmallow roast on the beach.
Salisbury Beach hosts fireworks every Saturday night, through the Summer - weather permitting. Each show is preceded by a live concert. They also make an exception on the 4th of July, so grab a blanket and pack up the whole crew for fireworks on the beach!
10:15 pm

Monday, August 20

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Boston Public Market - Boston

Boston Public Market - Boston
The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers housed under one roof offering fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items. Residents and visitors alike can find seasonal, locally sourced food from Massachusetts and New...
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Dragonflies in the Park

Kids will explore and learn about the dragonflies at Halibut Point State Park.
Explore the world of odonata, one of the oldest life forms on Earth. This is a great kids’ program and most appropriate for families. Best for kids 8 and up. Meet at the Parking Lot Kiosk
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

MFA: Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century

Museum exhibits at Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA
In the dynamic world of 18th-century Europe, people, ideas, and artistic styles crossed national boundaries. Salons rich with opulent paintings and furnishings hummed with intellectual exchange, gossip, and flirtation. To a person like Giacomo Casanova—smart and confident, boastful and scheming—the...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
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

Monday Knitting Group

Hamilton Wenham Knitting Group for All ages
The knitting group at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library welcomes experienced & beginning knitters and crochet folk.
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

AJH: Breastfeeding Class - Haverhill

Breastfeeding technique and support class at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Breastfeeding Classes are taught by Anna Jaques Hospital Lactation Consultants for mothers and their support person(s) to gain the knowledge and tools to help you successfully breast your baby.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm