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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
Voice of Hope Fundraiser at NorthShore Music Theater - Beverly MA
Voices of Hope presents: A MILLION DREAMS. Creating hope for a cancer-free world. Inspired by The Greatest Showman’s title song, Voices of Hope’s Fall Gala, A Million Dreamswill draw on the stories of dreamers! This October, we invite you to share a musical celebration of our journey. It began ten years ago when Voices of Hope was founded by a dreamer… a man who envisioned a world without cancer. Now, just a decade later, more than 150 performers have come together to dedicate their time and talents to that same vison. 
Location: North Shore Music Theatre
Chess Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Sign up for chess with Jaime online! No prior experience necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome - both new players and experienced players are sure to enjoy a fun yet challenging session. All ages welcome.
Location: Sawyer Free Library

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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...

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...
Where: Maudslay!

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.

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...

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,...

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!

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

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...

Parent & Child Morning Glory for the Youngest Child

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Morning Glory for the Youngest Child (10 to 19 months) Morning Glory for the Youngest Child is a “Mommy and Me” playgroup for a caregiver with a child 10 months to 19 months of age. Morning Glory for the Youngest Child meets weekly for 10 classes on Fridays from 8:45 am to 10:45 am.
8:45 am to 10:45 am

Groundwork Farmer's Market at the Library

Groundwork Lawrence hosts farmers markets three days a week in the greater Lawrence Area
Groundwork Lawrence hosts three farmer's markets per week because fruits and vegetables grown locally are best for you, your health, and your family's health, because it supports local businesses, keeps money in our community, and is the best for the environment. Come and support your local farmers...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 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

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

Bebop Beats in Beverly

Bepob Beats Music and movement program for kids at the Beverly Public Library
Come to this fun storytime, music and movement playgroup at the library. Free for all families with children birth and up.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Creative Collective Marketplace

The Salem Creative Collective Market runs on weekends during the last 3 weeks of October!
This is the biggest vendor fair of the Haunted Happenings Salem season with the Creative Collective bringing you some of the best local artisans around. The Creative Collective Night Market (until 9:00 pm), sponsored by Retonica and Lord Hobo Brewing will transform the Downtown into an artisan and...
11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Parent & Child Peach Blossom Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Peach Blossom is for infants who are 3 – 12 months¹. Caregivers will be provided the opportunity to discover how to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of each baby.  Classes include interactive touching and singing games, developmental observation and discussion time with...
11:30 am to 1:00 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

Open Studio at Art Haven

Art Haven hosts an open studio every Friday night in downtown Gloucester
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

Halls of Darkness: Fears & Phobias

Explore your fears and phobias inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents Halls of Darkness: Fears & Phobias! Spend a spooktacular evening at Hammond Castle Museum. Are you afraid of the dark, spiders, or clowns? Does your heart skip a beat when you're SCARED? Join us and face your fears within our walls!Visit the most unique and surreal...
7:00 pm to 11:00 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

Sunday, October 20

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

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...

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...
Where: Maudslay!

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.

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!

Todd Farm Market

Come to Todd Farm on Sunday - A classic New England Fleas Market in Rowley Massachusetts!
From early Spring to late Fall, Todd Farm is a great Sunday destination for families!  Head to the farm and explore the outdoor award-winning Market featuring up to 240 vendors from all over New England and New York!
5:00 am to 3:00 pm