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

Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6-8pm.

 

Programs for kids and teens at North Shore Community College, Danvers, Beverly,

North Shore Community College is offering a variety of creative, fun classes for kids in grade K-8 beginning October 18th. Find a variety of fun courses for curious kids at NSCC Kids to College program.

 

Glen Urquhart for Preschoolers

Glen Urquhart School welcomes Preschoolers this season. Children will enjoy the free Story Hour with Sharon Carter Grimes on Tuesdays for ages 2 1/2 - 5 years in the Glen Urquhart School Lower School Library. Classes are free and open to the public. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

Independent Secondary School Fair. Meet representatives from boarding day school

Independent schools are welcoming communities that nurture students, have exceptional teachers and offer tremendous opportunities. The Independent School Fair at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA is an opportunity for families and students to meet with representatives from private schools, including day schools in the Boston area and boarding schools around New England. If you are considering the possibility of an independent school for your child for the Fall of 2015, now is the time to start looking. Attend and use this unique opportunity to meet with a number of schools under the same roof, meet representatives and gather information from boarding and day schools in New England and beyond.

All families interested in independent secondary schools are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.

 

Come learn about lobsters at Maritime Gloucester as part of Trails and Sails!

Love lobster? Come to Maritime Gloucester during Trails & Sails to get up-close and personal with New England’s favorite marine crustacean. During each of the one-hour sessions, you will see (and maybe even lend a hand in) how a traditional wooden half round lobster trap is made when Capt. Harold Burnham demonstrates this age-old craft. Discover many fun facts about the life of a lobster. All participants will have a chance to alternate between the lobster trap building demonstration and the lobster talk.

 

You and your child can learn the basics of birding at Halibut Point State Park

The Trustees of Reservations invites families to come learn birding basics while enjoying the woodlands and heathlands at the weather-beaten bluffs of Halibut Point State Park or the wide open spaces of Coolidge Point Reservation. Swarms of shorebirds can be viewed at this these prestigious coastal birding points! Meet at the parking area. Pre-registration is not required.

 

Appleton Farm's Family Farm Day wil have lots of fun, food and live music!

Celebrate the arrival of fall and farm traditions with The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for the annual  Family Farm Day event on Sunday, September 21 from 10am—3pm (RAIN OR SHINE).  The family-friendly event features local healthy foods, music by Ben Rudnick and Friends, barnyard animals, and traditional farm crafts and activities including pumpkin painting, pony rides, and a hay obstacle course!

Location: Appleton Farms

 

Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning

This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to attend.

 

Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!

Join Essex County Ghost Projecton a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2014. Take part in a weekend of paranormal enlightenment! On Friday night there will be an equipment class to learn how to use some of the tools we use today. After the class, tour one of the most haunted cemeteries in New England. On Saturday night join us for a paranormal talk lead by EVP specialist and local author Karen Mossey. After the presentation we will take a paranormal walk around the cemetery.

 

Kids can play historic games and learn history through crafts at the Sargent Hou

Learn about Gloucester History in this Trails & Sails 2014 activity! Explore the fascinating world of early American feminist writer Judith Sargent Murray (1751 - 1820) and her husband Reverend John Murray (1741 - 1815), the founder of Universalism in the Country. Event includes historic children's games and activities in the garden that bring Judith's story to life.  

 

Tour Cape Pond Ice and chill wioth the coolest guys in town!

Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester's working waterfront.

Location: Cape Pond Ice

 

Tour Cape Pond Ice and chill wioth the coolest guys in town!

Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester's working waterfront.

Location: Cape Pond Ice

 

Schooner Adventure's Open House has some great activities for kids!

Bring the family to see this newly-restored Gloucester schooner, learn some maritime history and have some fun! The Schooner Adventure will be hosting an Open House with free admission at the Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck as part of the Trails & Sails 2014! Tours on board Schooner Adventure are led by Docents. Tours take about 20 minutes depending on questions. Please arrive in the first half hour after the hour.

 

Take a guided tour of the Essex Marshes with Essex River Cruises for Trails & Sa

Essex River Cruises hosts a narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat. Explore the marshes and discover a habitat brimming with abundant wildlife and the changing landscape that supports it. Bring along your binoculars, cameras and sketchbooks! You're bound to be inspired!

 

Tour Salem State's Cat Cove Marine Lab for Trails and Sails! FREE!

Come tour the Cat Cove Marine Laboratory as part of Trails & Sails 2014! The Cat Cove Marine Laboratory is operated by Salem State University to promote the sustainable use of aquatic resources on the North Shore and elsewhere. 

Massachusetts’ North Shore is historically, culturally and economically linked with the ocean. More recently, the ecological importance of coastal waters has been recognized.

 

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