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

If you love trying out new cookbooks, enjoy cooking, or just want to be a taster, our Seasonal Cookbook Throwdown is for you!  Check out a copy of this season’s Cookbook, Mario Batali’s America: Farm to Table at the front desk of the Manchester Public Library. Experiment with a recipe or two and bring your best dish from the book into our Taster's Choice event on Saturday, June 27th, at 3 PM.


Heidi Dallin's workshop at the Gloucester Stage is an introduction to Profession

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop exposes young people to professional theatre during a 6 week acting program for children ages 6 to 18 for Summer 2015! The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop provides young people an opportunity to develop self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as to introduce them to the skills necessary for professional theatre. A professional training program, the workshops include an introduction to theatre basics such as theatre games, improvisation, movement, vocal and physical expression, character preparation, scene study, storytelling, writing, public speaking and confidence building training.


Kids bowl free is a program designed to help kids stay active and safe.

Kids Bowl Free is a program where select bowling centers offer free bowling to kids all summer long. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.


The Kite Festival at Devereaux Beach is just one event of many in the Marblehead

Come paint the sky with the gang from Kites Over New England ( They will be building the classic Eddy Kite, a diamond shaped kite with a six foot tail.  This event is part of The Marblehead Festival of Arts.

Location: Devereux Beach


Kids can build a model boat and race it in a regatta on Redd's Pond in Marblehea

Kids are invited to come to Abbot Hall to build and paint their own model boat to be raced in a regatta in the afternoon!  Kits are provided to make the boat, and kids are encouraged to use their artistic abilities to customize their boat's appearance. Family team participation is encouraged. An adult must accompany all children.

Location: Abbot Hall


Things to do in Massachusetts, Boston, North of Boston

The Highland Street Foundation invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer with free admission. You do not need to register or obtain a ticket. Just show up and enjoy!


The Children's Festival is just one event of many in the Marblehead Arts Festiva

How wonderful to have kids view the world through a 64-color box of Crayola Crayons instead of an 8-color box, and the Children's Festival is here to help bring out the artist in every child. The Children’s Festival is a unique "hands on" arts-based program of activities directed toward children aged ten years and younger. This year’s theme is “50 Years of Arts and Crafts” as part of Marblehead Festival of Arts.


There's plenty to see and do for kids at the Marblehead Art Festival!

Celebrating it's 50th year in 2015, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has had a rich history in producing an annual summer arts Festival over the July 4th holiday week. This premier Festival hosts art exhibits in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Photography, Crafts, Plein aire Painting, Senior Art, Student Art and Youth Art. There's also a lot of great events and activities geared toward keeping kids and families engaged and entertained!


Take a guided kayak paddle to Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer day? Join us as we paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island. We'll beach our boats for a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House, then continuing up to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Mine Crane are buried. After the hike, we'll kayak around the island to enjoy the views from the water (tides permitting). You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience.


Come to Appleton Farms for a meal grown and cooked on site! This Appleton

Bring your family and some friends for a relaxing evening watching the sunset over the Great Pasture and munching on fresh-from-the-farm food. Dinner will feature a seasonal menu grown or raised at Appleton and other local farms and prepared by Appleton Cooks!

Location: Appleton Farms


The Trustees of Reservations host a kids hike on the Cedar Point Trail.

An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to Steep Hill Beach, and experience the hush of dusk as the sun fades and the creatures of the marsh prepare for nightfall. We'll stop for awhile to stargaze, then we'll finish our hike with s'mores around a campfire in the Pine Grove!


Learn how to make strawberry preserves at this Appleton Cooks program!

After this long winter, let’s make sure not one juicy red strawberry goes to waste at Appleton Farms this season! Join us for a field walk through our strawberry patch, learning how to grow, harvest, and tend strawberry plants. We will then stroll over to the farm kitchen where our chef instructor, Carolyn Grieco will demonstrate how to make strawberry preserves.

Location: Appleton Farms


Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night

Join us for a night of camping under the stars with your family! Have an early dinner at home, and then come with  your family and your tent. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary protects many different habitats, and we will explore all of them this Father's Day weekend. We will explore nature through games and hands-on activities, set up our tents near the Barn before sundown, and tell stories after the sun sets.


The River to the Sea Shorebirds Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper will focus on t

Join Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center for an exciting exploration of the lower Merrimack River ecosystem aboard Newburyport Harbor Tours Inc.'s Yankee Clipper! Teacher Naturalist, Lisa Hutchings will provide her expert pair of eyes to help your family find all the exciting sights and sounds of the marshes and varied habitats of  the Merrimack estuary as you cruise along the Merrimack River.


Wednesday night is the unofficial 1st night of Saint Peter's Fiesta in Glouceste

The St. Peter's Fiesta, Gloucester's annual salute to its fishermen, religious celebration, and five-day carnival and family fun fest — swings into gear Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The festival is sponsored by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester. It's a fun, safe tradition for families to enjoy.


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