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Come with us and you’ll be in a world of Pure Imagination! Join us for the beloved family musical adventure, Willy Wonka at the Performing Arts Center at North Andover High School. 10 years ago Willy Wonka was Acting Out!’s very first full scale production.  Close to 100 people joined us on the Andover Town Hall stage and performed for 4 full houses!  In March 2019 we’ll celebrate this anniversary by bringing the magic back to even a larger venue (including some of the original cast!)
Circus Smirkus proudly presents “Carnival” – their 2019 performance in Newbury Massachusetts
Ladies and Gentlemen, girls and boys! Step right up because the Circus is in town - and this year, our theme is the great American Carnival! In a fast-moving world, our show is inspired by the elegance of the carousel ride, the thrill of the roller coaster, and games of chance and skill that have long inspired young and old alike! You’ll see our troupers run for their lives through the haunted mansion, try their luck at the ring toss, balance their way through the house of fun, and discover romance in the tunnel of love! Circus Smirkus’ 2019 show Carnival is coming to town; step right up and join in the fun! Hosted by Theater in the Open
Location: Spencer Peirce Little Farm
Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead MA
Children ages 3 to 5 will explore the wonders of science and an introduction to engineering through a Jewish lens each week as they hear a relevant story and conduct a hands-on experiment. Each session will be led by a faculty member of Epstein Hillel School. Lab coats and lab books will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Walk-ins welcome.
Location: Epstein Hillel School
That Physics Show comes to the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts
Lifetime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific entertainment from the world of physics to the Off-broadway stage in That Physics Show! The show features live segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound/waves/vibration, light waves, temperatures and may more from the world in which we live, a world controlled by physics.
Location: The Cabot
Mil's Trills brings fun and music for kids to the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Mass
Mil’s Trills is a Brooklyn-based children’s music project dedicated to creating positive inclusive experiences that strive to empower and embrace young audiences and families through music. Through joyful live shows, albums and their new collaborative songwriting web series, they work to find new creative ways of bringing people together towards a peaceful global community. ​
Location: The Cabot
The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts!
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.
Location: The Cabot
Marcia Wilson and friend from 'Eyes on Owls'. Photo ©Mark Wilson
Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson of Eyes On Owls while they share their passion for owls! “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World” will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Kids will learn about 3d printing and make their own keychains at TOHP Public Library in Essex Massachusetts!
Kids in Grades 4, 5 & 6 are invited to come learn about 3d printing at the library.   Learn the basics of 3D modeling, create a design and print a keychain that you can take home! Register now for this special program. SPACES ARE LIMITED and sign up is required.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Learn how NOT to be a victim of assault at TOHP Burnham Library in Essex Massachusetts
This FREE class is designed to teach women and young women how to protect themselves when faced with uncomfortable situations and how to avoid them in the first place. Taught by John Kotch, a black belt instructor in Isshin-Ryu Karate, the class includes techniques used in Isshin-Ryu karate (known as a street, self-defense style based upon survival tactics) as well as those utilized by various martial arts styles, military and law enforcement personnel.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Come for a equinox full moon hike at Ward Reservation in Andover!
The Vernal Equinox marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, join a Trustees staff member on the trails at Ward Reservation to discover what signs of spring have already sprung.
Location: Ward Reservation

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AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 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

Celebrate the Sea Open House

Stop by as part of Joppa Flats to learn how we can all take responsibility for sustaining the natural beauty and resources of our oceans and coastline.
Come to Joppa Flats for fun, hands-on activities and exhibits that spotlight the wonders of our mighty Atlantic! Learn about ocean giants and creatures of the deep. Play ocean-themed games and create seaworthy art. Find out where our seafood comes from, how people can collect energy from the ocean...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Chess Club at Sawyer Free

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.
10:00 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

Gloucester Education Foundation's Power of Play Festival

Gloucester Education Foundation is proud to host Power of Play Festival, a day of play for Gloucester families and kids of all ages. Gloucester Education Foundation's Power of Play Festival
Gloucester Education Foundation proudly hosts is proud to host their annual Power of Play Festival, a day of play for Gloucester families and kids of all ages. Play is an important learning tool that promotes creative and innovative thinking. Play also helps kids develop skills that are a...
11:00 am to 2:00 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

Live Action CLUE for Families

Was it the butler in the pantry with the pipe wrench?  Come find out at the Crane Estate Family CLUE party!
Was it the butler in the pantry with the pipe wrench?  Come find out at the Crane Estate! You've been invited to Miss Florence Crane's birthday party in 1928. Everyone is having a good time until someone dies. Can you figure out who did it, in what room, and with which weapon?
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Winter Wildlife Cinema: Fabulous Frogs

Nature Fabulous Frogs in the theater at Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport
Enjoy some particularly wonderful wildlife-themed films on the big screen in the comfort of the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium...for FREE!Experience for yourself the “cinematic WOW!” created by our state-of-the-art laser projector, with surround sound! The following films will be shown...
1:30 pm

Read with Gus at MPL

Read with Gus, a certified reading therapy dog, at the Manchester Public Library
Deb Kaneb and Gus are back and looking forward to reading with you!  A Certified Reading Partner helps to build reading confidence by providing a safe, nonjudgmental space to practice, plus it's so much fun. Sign up early!  Please call 978-526-7711 for your 15 minute appointment.
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cape Ann YMCA Carnival

Cape Ann YMCA will hold a carnigval for Cape Ann Families!
Running away to the carnival has never been so easy. We will be transforming out gymnasium for a fun filled evening. Music, dancing, games, prizes, face paint, snacks, and so much more! Can't wait to see you there!
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

ACTING OUT! Theater Company, is proud to present Willy Wonka, The Musical

Come with us and you’ll be in a world of Pure Imagination! Join us for the beloved family musical adventure, Willy Wonka at the Performing Arts Center at North Andover High School. 10 years ago Willy Wonka was Acting Out!’s very first full scale production.  Close to 100 people joined us on the...
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday, March 28

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: Mother & Baby Support Classes: Haverhill

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 questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Marblehead Rec Gym Play Time & Activities

Gym Play Time & Activities at Marblehead Recreation Department
DJ, Dancing & Cookie Decorating! Join the Marblehead Recreation Department for the 8th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance. This is a social event for girls of all ages with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other guardians/caregivers.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

LEGO Club at Danvers Library

LEGO club at Danvers Library
Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites kids to an afternoon of building and fun! Activities will include free build, themes and instructional design. All structures will remain on display in the Children’s Room till the following weeks's session
3:30 pm

Minecraft Club at Newbury Library

Kids can learn Minecraft skill from others at the Newbury Town Library!
“Can you teleport me?” “How do I fly?” “I need a sword!” “What are you building?” These exclamations are the sounds of a room full of kids playing Minecraftedu. Welcome to Minecraft Club!
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Science Squad: Electricity

Kids will learn about the science of electricity at the Beverly Public Library!
Beverly Public Library invites families and children to learn about science through hands-on activities!  Electricity is an invisible force all around us.
3:30 pm

Hearty, Homestyle Vegetarian Cooking

The Trustees of Reservations hosts a Vegetarian Cooking Workshop at Applton Farms in Ipswich Massacchusetts!
Whether you're a vegetarian or just looking to lighten up a bit and eat less meat, this workshop is for you!  We'll use everyday ingredients to prepare wholesome, hearty, meat-free dishes sure to satisfy everyone at your dinner table.....vegetarians and 'non' alike.  Learn about alternative protein...
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tupac Mantilla at Rockport Music

Percussionist Tupac Mantilla performs a free concert at Rockport Music's Shalin Liu Center for Performing Arts
Sowah Mensah is an ethnomusicologist, composer and a “Master Drummer” from Ghana, West Africa. Sowah has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria and is currently a music professor at both Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he also directs each school’s African...
7:00 pm

Friday, March 29

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