North Shore Kid Stories, Events, Activities, Camps and Recipes

On Maritime Community Day, admission is free at Maritime Gloucester!

Maritime Gloucester invites all to maritime community day! Come see the schooners docked at the pier including the Schooner Ardelle & Schooner Adventure.  Admission is FREE ffrom 10am-3pm. Take a schooner tour or sail, learn about whales, watch Captains Courageous, print with fish and more!

 

Run, swim and bike a triathlon at Crane Beach in Ipswich MA! Sponsored by the No

Run, swim and bike a YMCA sponsored triathlon at Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts!  The course is a ½ mile ocean swim parallel to the beach, followed by a 2 mile beach run consisting of varied terrrain (sand, rocks, grass, pavement, and trails) and a 9 mile bike ride finishing back at Crane Beach.

Location: Crane Beach

 

Join us as we paddle through the winding backwaters at IRWS with the family

Explore the Ipswich River at dusk. Bring your family and join us for an evening paddle in a canoe as we learn more about the river and some of its inhabitants. Being on the water is one of the best ways to explore and discover the wonders of wetlands. We will paddle through the winding backwaters lined with cattails and other marsh plants, looking for hidden wildlife. Using buckets and strainers, we'll stop and sample the rich aquatic life to learn more about what lives under the water.

 

Kids will have a blast explore the Great House at the Cran Estate

How do you like to spend your summer vacation? If you were one of the Crane children, you'd have a giant house to explore on rainy days and a backyard that seems to go on forever. But where did the cat go? 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 summer home for the Crane family. Peak into some of their private rooms and discover the family cat's favorite hiding places!

 

Smolak Farms Peach Festival in North Andover

Attend the annual peach festival and celebrate summer at Smolak Farms in North Andover.

Smolak Farms mouth watering peaches and plums are grown in about 40 different varieties of yellow peaches, white peaches, nectarines and plums on over 5 acres.

Location: Smolak Farms

 

Market Street Lynnfield MA

Bring your dancing shoes and come out and enjoy the company of family, friends and neighbors every Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. at MarketStreet Lynnfield's Music in the Square. Enjoy a new style of music each week until August 27th. The outdoor musical concert series is great time for families, friends and neighbors to meet up and enjoy the summer season together and the kids always enjoy meeting new friends.

 

Minecraft, Mario, Wii U at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Ma

Sawyer Free Library invites teens grades 6+ to the Teen Zone for free Minecraft gaming time!
Two sessions are available.

  • 1 - 3 p.m.
  • 3 - 5:45 p.m.

Grades 6 and up welcome!

 

Newbury Town Library programs for kids.

Family Sprouts is back by popular demand. Family Sprouts gathers kids and families together at the Newbury Town Library once a month, and provides opportunities for children of different ages to learn and interact together. Each session includes active music making designed to elicit different responses from the children based on their cognitive, social and physical skills.

Online registration is required at newburylibrary.org/youth

 

Kids will explore the tidal pools of Parker River with a park ranger

For generations children have enjoyed exploring tide pools and discovering the fascinating plants and animals that live in this realm between the tides. A refuge ranger will guide this hands-on program.

 

The Hampton Beach Children's Festival is a week full of fun for the kids at the

Don't miss five days of FREE fun for children of all ages Monday, August 17th through Friday, August 21st. Jam-packed with music, balloons, face painting, magicians, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and much more; this year's festival is sure to be very exciting. The festival will kick off with a magic show and build up to a Giant Costume Parade that marches along Hampton Beach on Friday. Every kid gets a prize just for being in it! Also, don't miss the chance to win a bicycle by taking part in the bumper sticker contest!

 

The Swampscott Farmers Market happens every Sunday through October.

Rain or shine, the Swampscott Farmers’ Market features a wide variety of produce, meats, fish, breads, flowers and crafts from farmers, food producers, and artisans from around Massachusetts and nearby New England states. Anchoring the market, Swampscott will have Clark Farm providing a large variety of produce, as well as John Crow Farms bringing produce, meats and poultry. Other vendors include Maitland Mountain Farms (known for their pickles and flowers), Fille de Ferme (producer of homemade jams and jellies), Cherry Street Fish Market, Big Sky Breads, and more.

 

Come to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester for the 33rd Annual Waterfront Festival.

Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will once again blossom into the colorful 33rd 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 pancake breakfast and traditional New England Lobster Bake complement this picture perfect seaport event!

Location: Stage Fort Park

 

Come join the fun at Connors Farm in Danvers for their peach festival in August!

Come join the fun at Connors Farm in Danvers and celebrate the second annual peach festival! The price of admission includes a lot of fun family activities that will keep the troops happily entertained for the day! The admission is priced right and portions of the proceeds will go to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Location: Connors Farm

 

Learn about 17th century life on the North Shore & Essex County north of Boston

Essex county is home to an extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America's First Period (1625-1725) of European settlement. Explore these architectural treasures and discover what is was like to live in Essex County during America's first century.

Various properties are open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, June - October, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

 

Take a casual bike ride on the trails at Harold Parker State Forest!

Meets at Campground Nature Center - This is a casual paced bike ride through forest trails. Great for families and also those new to trail riding. Helmets are required and you should bring water and insect repellent and sun screen. Appropriate for children over 10 years old.

 

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