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

A comic illustration by Veronica Fish

Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites early released middle and high school kids to a comic & cartooning workshop with artists/graphic novelists Andy and Veronica Fish. “Jazz, Rock n’ Roll & Comic Books are uniquely American art forms.  Born out of comic strips in the 1930s comic books became increasingly popular with GI’s during WWII and have grown and developed in the 80+ years since they first appeared.”  This session includes lessons on creating characters using shape, art styles, cover a brief history of the art form and then feature a hands on demo.This is a hands-on demonstration that’s not just for artists! Supplies will be provided, but you could bring an extra pencil (just in case).


Calling all dads! Bring your kids to  Peabody Institute Library Danvers for a Sa

Children and their dads (granddads or male role models) are invited to join us for a fun filled hour for donuts and light refreshments. Plus story time, crafts and music and movement.


Help kids programming at Emma Andrews Library and enjoy some great soup on Soupe

Emma Andrews Library and Community Center invites you to the library for a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter afternoon! Come enjoy the library and some great food and leave knowing that the price of your meal will go to fund children's Summer programming! Choose from 3 soups (served with crusty bread) and a selection of home-made desserts. Suggested Donation $5.


Get kids interested in learning to read by having them read to a dog named Blu!

A dog in the library? Yes! Welcome to Blu, a black lab therapy dog who needs some doggie down time. Children can sign up for a 10 minute session to read to Blu in a comfy section of the library. The ages of the readers can vary - if your child wants to flip through a picture book and tell Blu about it, that is just fine! It’s great for Blu, who gets some snuggle time, and great for the children who get to practice their oratory skills with a very special pup.


Come enjoy a Saturday morning together with your child at Manchester Public Libr

Manchester Public Library invites kids and their caregivers to a Saturday morning session Books, Msuic, Crafts and intentional time together.  For kids ages 0-8.


Come to a FREE showing of 'The Lorax' at the Parker River NWR in Newbury Massa

Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on a  cold winter afternoon watching a great FREE film on the big screen in the comfort of the visitor center auditorium for a free showing of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax ()! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. The Friends of Parker NWR will even provide popcorn and bottled water (for a suggested donation).


Pedal to End Cancer American Cancer Society Manchester Athletic Club, Manchester

The Manchester Athletic Club will be hosting the annual Pedal to End Cancer Fundraiser on Sunday March 1, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. along with over 60 clubs throughout New England. It is a 3-hour Indoor Cycling event with an effort to raise funds towards the American Cancer Society.All members and non-members are invited and encouraged to join us to honor cancer survivors , raise awareness about reducing the cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight this terrible disease. If you are interested in participating we still have bikes available!


Come get a preview of prom fashion at the Manchester Community Center

You are invited to the first ever Prom Prom Trunk show brought to you by the Manchester Community Center.  You do not want to miss this event! A fun and exciting evening packed with the latest fashions including dresses & tuxedos, hairstyles, jewelry, make-up and great ideas to help make your Prom Night special. This event is free and open to the public! It is not too early to prepare for the prom season.  There will be coupons, great raffle prizes as well as complimentary snacks and beverages.


Celebrate Lunar New Year, aka Chinese New Year, at PEM in 2014

Join PEM as they celebrate the Lunar New Year!  2015 is the Year of the goat (or sheep) and PEM will host a day of family fun including traditional lion dances, a film set in Boston's Chinatown, sword play, traditional crafts and more! Join the festive mood in the Atrium — watch dance performances, create your own lucky lantern, hear some stories, experience traditional dance and performances, and take a family tour!


Commonwealth of MA National Archery in the Schools Program Tournament

Glen Urquhart School makes archery history by hosting the Commonwealth's first National Archery in the Schools Program tournament.

The archery event will take place on February 27 from 3-5pm in Glen Urquhart School's gymnasium.

Over twenty student archers from Glen Urquhart will welcome fellow archers from Manchester Essex Regional Middle School to a friendly competition showcasing their sharpshooting skills. 

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit or contact Kelly Rostad:


Family events and activities at the Children's Museum of NH

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire hosts the Make or Break it Club every Tuesday starting at 3:30pm. Kids ages 6-12 are invited to drop in to try their hand at a variety of hands-on "making" experiences, using real tools and materials. No reservations are required and different experiences are offered each week.


These 'Appleton Cooks' recipes focus on the savory pot pies at Appleton Farms

Winter on the farm is a very special place. Join us in the teaching kitchen as we take this hearty New England family favorite to the next level, sharing inspiration and professional cooking techniques while preparing creative varieties of savory pot pies! Our menu features Appleton Farms own grass-fed beef, cold-stored vegetable crops, and local seafood, while also discovering endless options for perfectly paired toppings and the art of hand pies. Best of all, our evening winds down with a delicious warming meal in the farmhouse dining room, and each guest takes home their very own individual pot pie! This event is part of the Appleton Cooks! program. For more information about Appleton Cooks! and similar events please click here.

Location: Appleton Farms


Come see the 2015 oscar nominated animated shorts at the Cabot Theater in Beverl

Feast your eyes on the visually-extravagant world of state-of-the-art animated film, as honored by the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences. These beguiling films include The Bigger Picture, filmed as if painted on wallpaper with some papier-mache; The Dam Keeper, about a town hero (who is a pig) whom everyone seems to take for granted; Feast, a Disney delight which will charm everyone, but especially dog owners like myself; Me and My Moulton, this year's quirky entry, for sure, but deeply affecting; and A Single Life, which traverses its amazing tale in a little over two minutes, at which time, you want to watch it four more times!


Rent Snowshoes for the whole family and hit the trails of Ravenswood Park in Glo

The Trustees of Reservations offer snowshoe rentals at the Cape Ann Discovery Center at Ravenswood Park (when there is enough snow) on Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday Holidays through the Winter months. Grab the family and get outdoors! Enjoy the wide open carriage paths during the winter wonderland. Warm up afterwards near our woodstove while enjoying hot chocolate. Adult and children’s sizes available. Snowshoes available on first come, first served basis.

Location: Ravenswood Park


Meet live night creatures at Ravenswood Park and go for a guided night tour

Have you seen the barred owls, foxes, or red squirrels of Ravenswood Park? Come to our new Cape Ann Center for Learning & Discovery when these live animals visit, and get a close-up view of these creatures to learn about their habits and behaviors. Tonight we'll discover nocturnal animals, such as bats and foxes, that sleep during the day and are active at night – then we'll take a guided hike in the park to see if we can spot a few in their natural habitat.

Location: Ravenswood Park


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