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

Kite Day at Cogswell Grant is a wonderful fall afternoon event for North Shor

Come fly a kite at Cogswell's Grant! Bring your own kite or build one of your own, and watch professional kite flyers from Kites Over New England. Archie Stewart of Kite Education teaches a workshop with all materials included, where kids and adults can make their own kites and learn how to fly them.


Explore the vernal habitats of the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustees at Ni

Join The Trustees of Reservations on a night adventure in the dunes and bogs of the Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in search of Spring Peepers! The search will lead to vernal habitats that serve as breeding pools for tiny frogs – and hope to catch a glimpse of them as they call to find a mate. The cacophonous chorus of spring peepers means winter is finally coming to an end; they are among the very first to call and breed in the spring. The peeping call is very important during the breeding season, as the female will choose a mate by the quality of its call.


Green Meadows Farm invites families to Meet the Chicks Day - a day of fun activi

Green Meadows Farm invites families to their annual 'Meet the Chicks' Day! Kids will meet some the newest members of the farm crew and some of the adult laying hens as well. It's a great opportunity to learn about the development of a chicken. There will also be a fun scavenger hunt to get your little ones out and enjoying the farm. Meet the Chicks Day is free and open to the public so stop by and enjoy a touch of spring.


Nautical Night 2013 at MIT is a FREE night of exploration at the MIT Museum!

Dive in to a variety of exciting ocean-related activities ranging from marine biology to nautical design. Learn how metalwork and 3D printing are used in nautical engineering, and then explore a fascinating world of undersea microbes. Try your hand at both traditional and modern shipbuilding techniques, and get a firsthand look at objects from the MIT Museum's Hart Nautical Collection. Explore activities by the MIT Foundry and Forge, Oceans at MIT, Sea Perch, and more! Free with museum admission.

Location: MIT Museum


Sally Patty the Doll and Story-Teller Sharon Grimes visits the Ipswich Museum

Kids and their families are invited to the Ipswich Museum for a fun session of stories, singing and dancing! "Sally Patty" the doll and local storyteller Sharon Grimes will be here at 3pm for storytelling, song and dance. This program complements our winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child,” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities. First floor rooms open for viewing. Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.

Location: Ipswich Museum


The Great Neck Easter Egg Hunt is open to all! Registration Required!

The Association of Great Neck is Hosting their first annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 19 at the Naoko O'Flynn Playground on Little Neck Road in Ipswich! There will be plenty of eggs for the kids, facepainting and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny! Pre-registration is required. Download the Registration Form today. Send completed forms by mail or email.


Best rummage sale north of Boston! Shore Country Day School annual rummage sale.

It's time once again for the annual Shore Country Day School Rummage Sale. Saturday, April 26th, from 9am to 1pm, shoppers will discover a treasure trove of home décor, garden accessories, adult, teen and children's books, outerwear, and clothing for men and women and children age 12 and up.

Regarded as one of the best rummage sales on the North Shore, shoppers will find the best deals on fashions, all types of sporting goods, furniture and much more. You'll have fun, and get things done.


Come to Joppa Flats Education Center for a night hike just before dusk followed by fun activities back at the education center including night vision activities, firefly tag and stargazing! This Walk on the Wild Side is part of a series where adults and children can spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife.


Caring Bunny Photo Sessions at North Shore Shopping Center in Peabody. Visit Nor

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Bunny in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children with all abilities. Many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):

•     Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event.

•     Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.

•     Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.

Please RSVP at

The photo session will take place in the Lower Level of the Nordstrom wing.

Location: Northshore Mall


Marblehead Children's Center Open House serving children from infancy to kinderg

Marblehead Children's Center has a summer of fun planned for children ages 9 months to school age. This exceptional preschool offers flexible scheduling, highly engaged and qualified teachers and professional staff. Call today to explore the expansive facility including the infant and toddler classrooms, meet the preschool teachers, see the gym and Imagination Blocks, the expansive outdoor play area and learn about the supervised and safe summer programs offered.

Call today to schedule a tour at your convenience - 781-631-1954.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Northshore Mall, Peabody MA

Northshore Mall is in the spring spirit, celebrating the season with the Easter Bunny himself who is now at the mall and is gearing up for a very egg-citing event taking place. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 12, 2014. 9:00 – 10:30a.m.

Northshore Mall and the Simon Kidgits Club will host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Kidgits can participate in various craft-making activities including decorate-your-own Easter bucket, raffle prizes and having breakfast with the Easter Bunny himself!

Not a Kidgits Club member yet? Sign-up at Guest Services or at the event for only $5.00 that includes 1 year of fun activities!

Northshore Mall
210 Andover Street
Peabody, MA

Location: Northshore Mall


Mabels Labels for School and Camp

The season for summer camp preparation has begun! By now you're already scrambling to sign your kids up, and soon you'll be sorting through the piles of sunscreen, swimsuits and sneakers. Make their lives a little more organized (and yours a little easier) by picking up some Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs from Mabel's Labels. These UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags are designed for kids camp equipment — clothing, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more — and ready to take a summer beating. To complete the outfit of adventure, receive 20% off of an insulated water bottle from Eco Vessel with your Limited Edition Camp Combo Pack purchase.

Let Mabel's Labels help you to get them sorted, tagged and prepped for a summer they won't soon forget. Plus, save $2 with early bird pricing now through April 30th! Happy Camping!


Newburyport Boston Strong 2.62 mile fun run invites kids to race!

In 2013, a group of local moms, in partnership with the Winner’s Circle Running Club organized this running/walking event to support the One Fund and the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Last year this event raised $15,000 for the One Fund … let’s do it again! If you are a runner/walker, sign up now to support the cause. There's a special Kids Run at 10am followed by the Charity Run at 10:30am. Event day registration starts at 8:30 AM at Cashman Park.

Location: Cashman Park


Scooper Bowl, Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl Fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institut

Calling all ice cream lovers! The 32nd annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® presented by Walgreens is on June 3, 4 and 5, at Boston City Hall Plaza. More than 30 flavors will be served for three consecutive days to support cancer care and research The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Location: City Hall Plaza


Marblehead teens are encourage to join the Rotary's Talent Show!

The Marblehead Rotary is offering local high school students an opportunity to show off their talents and a chance to win some great scholarship money! Open auditions will happen weekly at Marblehead High School Auditorium from March 11 - April 1, with semi-finals happening on April 8! 5 Finalists will be chosen to perform at the Marblehead's Got Talent Fundraiser at the Boston Yacht Club on May 2!


Four days of exploring and natural adventure await your child at IRWS!

Spring is an exciting time for outdoor discovery. This April Vacation week Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary has put together four days of hands-on, awesome activities to explore the natural world in spring. Kids will sharpen their  observation skills as they locate and learn about bugs, search for salamanders, watch birds gather nesting materials, and much more. Participants will be divided into smaller groups by age.


Search for frogs, salamanders and their eggs at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Spring is the season when frogs, toads, and salamanders return to the wetlands to lay their eggs. After a short introduction in our Nature Center where we will learn about the life cycles of these amazing creatures, we will search the sanctuary's wetlands and woodlands for amphibians on the move. If we're lucky, we might be able to catch a few of them! We'll also be sure to swing by our vernal pool where we should be able to find large masses of wood frog and spotted salamander eggs.


Kids will be able to meet Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat at the

Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat will be visiting the Children's Museum of New Hampshire to greet young fans and help promote the love of reading via the Books Alive program.  At this Books Alive event, museum staff will be reading Curious George stories by Margret and Hans “H.A.” Rey throughout the day. The friendly costumed monkey character, accompanied by the Man with the Yellow Hat, will be popping in and out to greet children, exchange a hug or high-five, and pose for photos.


Deborah Hoffman to speak at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA

Deborah Roffman will speak at Glen Urquhart School on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Roffman is a nationally acclaimed educator and author of Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' "Go-To" Person about Sex . She has more than thirty years of experience teaching kids and their parents about human sexuality. Roffman’s frank and vibrant pep talk will give parents the inspiration and tools needed to tackle the subject of sex with their kids.


Come to the First Annual Kid's Bike Safety Day hosted by Big Mike's Bikes!

All children are welcome at Big Mike's Bikes first annual Kids' Bicycle Safety Day at O'Maley Innovation School in Gloucester! We will have an obstacle course that teaches hand signals and rules of the road, a free bicycle safety check, and great prizes like new helmets and bike lights! We will be in the parking lot between the ice rink and skate park. Bring the whole family!


Peabody Library creativity lab is the perfect place for makers to collaborate!

Do you have a maker in your family?  Here is a wonderful resource right on the North Shore to facilitate their desire to create! The Peabody Institute Library has recently opened their new Creativity Lab that includes an array of tools that can be used to make and fabricate all kinds of projects.  From music to sewing to electronics, the Creativity Lab is a great place to come to collaborate with others, brainstorm, make and create!  Come visit the lab and nurture your desire to make something better with your own ideas, or to create something completely unique!


Cape Ann Waldorf School Grades Tour, Independent school, Beverly MA

Cape Ann Waldorf School welcomes parents to visit and to observe the Waldorf curriculum in action on Tuesday, April 8, from 8:15 to 10:15. CAWS is now enrolling first grade.

Founded in 1986, Cape Ann Waldorf School is enrolling children into our rising First Grade for fall, 2014. Come learn more about the advantages of a Waldorf educational approach at our upcoming “Walk through the Grade School” during Main Lesson. Meet our First Grade teacher.


Come to the Spring Market at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Gloucester!

What does the Cape Ann Farmers' Market have to offer in Early Spring?  Plenty!  Come find out for yourself as the CAFM celebrates  a new year growing season and the arrival of Spring at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church in Gloucester. There will be lots of fun and friends and great food!


Methuen Ballet Ensemble will interpret the classic story of Sleeping Beauty at t

Methuen Ballet Ensemble will present their interpretation of Sleeping Beauty, a tale of a young princess who cucceumbs to black magic, and the prince who saved her. As the ballet begins, the baby, Princess Aurora, is being christened. The Evil Carbosse storms in and curses the baby as her invitation to the event was overlooked.


Little hands are great for making fresh pasta.  Williams-Sonoma Jr. Chef Class

Do you have a mini iron chef in your house?  Here's a perfect opportunity to nurture their interest in the culinary arts at Williams-Sonoma! At this class, kids will learn to prepare simple and delicious recipes ranging from main courses to snacks!  The theme for April 26: Making Fresh Pasta. Little hands are great tools for making fresh pasta – from rolling to slicing – join us and learn how to prepare fresh pasta – and surprise mom on Mother’s Day.

Location: Northshore Mall