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Friday afternoons are a great time for families to drop-by fand enjoy Open Studio at Art Haven. Participate in a fun activity and access to the studio space to work on clay, painting, drawing or anything else you dream up. All ages are welcome with a parent. Cape Ann Art Haven is a small nonprofit with the mission of providing a place for the community to have exposure to the arts.
Location: Cape Ann Art Haven
Ring in the New Year with your Family in Downtown Beverly Ma with a kid's new year countdown, entertainment, food, arts, crafts and all kinds of fun family events!!
Bring your family to Downtown Beverly for a safe, fun, family-oriented New Year Celebration.  There's all kind of activities and events planned in and around the Beverly's Downtown area that are designed to entertain and keep families engaged throughout the afternoon. 
Location: Downtown Beverly
Come Race the Festivus 5k in downtown Salem Massachusetts and raise funds for kids with autism.
Come race the Festivus 5k in downtown Salem Massachusetts and raise funds for the Northshore Education Consortium of Beverly to help them purchase technology to assist and educate children with autism! Festivus 5K (F5K) for Autism is a yearly Festivus-themed holiday race through historic Salem, MA. The event is sponsored by Friends of North Shore Education Consortium. To date, F5K has raised over $80,000 to help children with autism and their families. The 2018 race will raise money to help the North Shore Education Consortium of Beverly, MA educate students with autism.
Location: Downtown Salem
Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Don't forget the boots; as well as bikes, blades & boards. Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!
Location: Cutler Elementary School
Come to Mendel Observatory for stargazing sessions every Wednesday night.
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Observatory often holds special viewing times.  Check the Observatory Status Page before coming as it will state whether observatory is open for the evening. 
Location: Mendel Observatory at Merrimack College
CAM Kids at Cape Ann Museum Notorious Pirates! With the King Serpent Variety Troupe
Argh! It's all hands on deck matey for a morning of stories and songs celebrating pirates with the King Serpent Variety Troupe. Free for families with children. The King Serpent Variety Troupe is an outlaw themed performing group based in New England.
Location: Cape Ann Museum
Young at art is a program for toddlers at the Cape ann museum in Gloucester Massachusetts
Bring your toddler to Cape Ann Museum on the second Thursday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for Young at Art, a gallery-based storytime! Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with an adult. This drop-in program is free for members or with Museum admission. To register please email sarahflanagan@capeannmuseum.org or call (978)283-0455 x16.
Location: Cape Ann Museum
Ice Skate, Skating Rink in Peabody MA Learn to Skate with Santa
The staff at the McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is proud to host a Holiday-themed event full of fun for kids of all ages. Enjoy fun with activities like face-painting, Balloons by Brian, Holiday music and of course skating with Santa!
Location: McVann-O'Keefe Memorial Skating Rink
Kids will enjoy Breakfast with Santa at the Hamilton Wenham Community House
The magic of Santa has been experienced by generations of children and their families at our annual pancake breakfast. Santa’s helpers capture the special moment of your child with Santa in a photograph. Boy Scouts provide a cookie decorating activity for the children. Each child receives a small gift.
Location: Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham
Burn some calories before the Thanksgiving Feast at Ipswich's Run for the Pies!
Start your turkey day by burning off some calories with a run or walk along the Ipswich River on Turkey Shore Drive and Labor-in-Vain-Road and you'll have a chance to win a ready-to-bake pie from Russell Orchards! Racers, runners, walkers or stroller pushers are invited to the Ipswich Town Hall bright and early on Thanksgiving Day for a 2.8 mile riverside race along Turkey Shore Drive and Labor in Vain Road.  The 1.2 mile kids run starts at 8am.
Location: Ipswich Town Hall

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The Y Theatre Company presents Elf Jr

YMCA Theater Comapnay presents Elf Jr. at Manchester Essex Regional Middle School
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

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

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent Opening Weekend

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

Ski, Skate & Board Consignment Event

Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Don't forget the boots; as well as bikes, blades & boards. Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!

Old Tyme Country Fair

Old Tyme Country Fair at First Congregational Church in Rowley Massachusetts
Get into the Christmas spirit at the First Congregational Church of Rowley’s Olde Tyme Country Fair on Saturday, November 18th!
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches

Shop three of the best church fairs in New England, in the same neighborhood on the same day!
Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a cold, winter’s day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fair. All three churches are within walking distance with free on street parking. Gift bargains are served up...
9:00 am to 2:00 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

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School Open House

Essex North Shore Technical High School hosts an open house for prospective incoming students from the North Shore.
Essex North Shore Technical High School will be having an open house on November 17th from 9a – noon.  The high school is located on 565 Maple Street, Hathorne (Danvers), MA. Prospective students and families are invited to attend. Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School admits...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Brookwood School Admissions Open House

Located on Boston's North Shore on the Beverly/Manchester line just minutes from Route 128, Brookwood is a coeducational private independent day school for grades Pre-K through Eight.
Brookwood School invites you to attend its upcoming admissions open house during which families can tour the school, meet faculty, attend an information program with Head of School Laura Caron and hear from Grade 8 students. Stay tuned for registration information and program! Saturday, November 17...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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

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

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
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

Cape Ann Thanksgiving Harvest Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market hosts a Thanksgiving market at the UU Church on Middle Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts!
At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market Thanksgiving Market, you can stock up for Thanksgiving with your favorite local farmers, bakers, and more! Grab a locally made gift for your host, a treat for yourself, and all the best locally grown veggies, cheeses, fish, bread, and more to share with your friends...
10:00 am to 1:00 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

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

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.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Book Nook at MPL

Book Nook with Miss Melanie at Manchester Public Library
Book Nook is a weekly story time program for all children and families. Online registration is requested, but not required.  Come to all, or come to some.
10:30 am to 11:00 am

Essex Turkey Scavenger Hunt

Come to Essex Town Hall to take part in a town-wide scavenger hunt where the prize is turkey!
Join friends and nieghbors in a hunt for turkeys throughout Essex and a chance to win a free Thanksgiving Turkey. Meet at Town Hall for the clues and work with your family or a group of friends to find all the hidden turkeys and get a chance to win a FREE Thanksgiving Turkey.
1:00 pm

Buoy Priming Party at Art Haven

Help Cape Ann Art Haven prepare for their Annual Buoy painting workshops and auction fundraiser!
Come help Cape Ann Art Haven prep buoys for their buoy painting workshops and their annual auction fundraiser! Help prime paint buoys with a fresh coat of  white!
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Salem Winter Farmers Market

The Salem Farmers' Market goes indoors for the Winter months of Nov & Dec
Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market!!  A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place inside the Witch City Mall (formerly Museum Place Mall) located a 1 church street in Salem.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Youth Outdoor Survival: Fire Challenge

Youth Survival Fire Challenge at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
In this outdoor survival skills program, we will venture out onto the Ipswich River. Learn the In this outdoor survival skills program, older children will learn the basics of the ancient outdoor skill of fire-building. Participants will learn important safety steps, collect their own firewood, try...
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

From the Forest: Wreath Making Workshop

Come to a wrCome to Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts to make your own Holiday Wreath!
Get into the holiday season by creating your own stunning natural wreath! There is nothing more beautiful that what nature offers us to decorate our homes in fall. Using evergreens, burgundy blueberry twigs, fallen lichen, mosses, a variety of seed pods, unusual cones, deep red rosehips, dried...
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Community Baby Shower

Come to Beverly Library for a Community Baby Shower! Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
New parents (of babies 0-12 months old) and expectant parents are invited join to us for our first Community Baby Shower! Hear about local family resources, participate in an introductory baby story time, create a keepsake for your baby, and meet new families. We hope to see you there!
3:00 pm

The Village Oasis Family-Fun Grand Opening

Family Yoga at The Village Oasis Family-Fun Grand Opening in Beverly MA
Families are invited to try yoga poses, create art, and join in on-the-mat storytelling at the grand opening of The Village Oasis, a new kind of yoga studio for families in Beverly, MA, on Saturday, Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 4-
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper

Come to the Essex Fire Deaprtment for the annual spaghetti fundraiser!
Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends. Everyone welcome!
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Boston Children's Museum The Wonder Ball

Boston Children's Museum Wonder Ball
Get ready for a wonder-ful night of dinner, dancing, and fundraising featuring special guests Bill and Giuliana Rancic! Join us for Boston Children's Museum 5th Annual fundraising gala, The Wonder Ball! The Wonder Ball raises critical funds benefiting the children of Boston, ensuring no child is...
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Willy Wonka – An Enchanced Movie Experience

Willy Wonka - an enhanced movie experience produced by Creative Collective at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts
Creative Collective and the Cabot are excited to announce the first in a new series of enhanced movie experiences.
Where: The Cabot
7:00 pm

Friday, November 23

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

MIT Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

Friday After Thanksgiving chain reaction at MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts
The MIT Museum's Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction is a one-of-a-kind engineering feat that must be seen to be believed! Attend as a spectator or build your own Rube Goldberg-esque link and be part of a giant chain reaction at our fun and family-friendly event! Host Arthur Ganson...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LEGO Club at Newbury Library

Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library!
Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library! Drop in to the NTL Lego Club on Friday afternoons. We supply the Legos and a theme for each week for you to get inspired by. Let’s get building! No registration required. For kids ages 5 and up.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Open Studio at Art Haven

Things to do north of Boston
Friday afternoons are a great time for families to drop-by fand enjoy Open Studio at Art Haven. Participate in a fun activity and access to the studio space to work on clay, painting, drawing or anything else you dream up. All ages are welcome with a parent.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Full Moon and Folklore Hike

Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustes under the full moon.
Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the November Beaver Moon!  Also called the Frosty Moon, this full moon heralds the coming winter, and serves as a warning that ponds and swamps will soon freeze. Beavers are particularly active around this moon, storing food and making repairs to...
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, November 24

Holiday Teddy Bear Tea at Taj!

Teddy Bear Tea at Taj! Holiday Events for kids in Boston Massachusetts
It's the most wonderful time of the year -- for a Teddy Bear Tea. The gracious tradition of tea continues this holiday season at Taj Boston. The young and young at heart will thrill to the magical Teddy Bear Tea, with a child-approved, bright, colorful and deliciously decadent holiday-themed menu...
Where: Taj Boston

The Nutcracker at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The company is thrilled to announce that world renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Sabi Varga will be joining this year's production...

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concert in Ipswich and Manchester Massachsusetts
A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops is a celebration of the holidays with a program of favorites by Strauss, Anderson, Mozart, Tchaikovsky. The orchestra will be joined by the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus directed by Wendy Betts. We will conclude with the ever popular audience sing...

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent Opening Weekend

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...