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Come to the Stevens Coolidge Place for Illumination Nights!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for Illumintation Nights! Come one, come all and see the splendor of the illuminated winter gardens. Explore the grounds of the Stevens-Coolidge Place as they twinkle and shine with holiday lights that brighten the landscape. Pick up a song book to listen and sing holiday songs as you warm up with hot cocoa  and make s'mores around our outdoor fire pit. 
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Brookwood School Admission Open House
Brookwood School is excited to announce its upcoming Open Classrooms event for prospective families. On Monday, December 5, 8:45-11:30 a.m., interested parents of children entering grades PreK through 8 are invited to the school to enjoy a morning of sampling classes. A full schedule of classes will be available during the event and will feature a variety of disciplines and grade levels. This is a great way to get to know the school and have a first-hand look at Brookwood students and faculty in action. The school currently has openings in select grades for the 2017-2018 school year; please contact the Admissions Office for specific information. Taking part in the Open Classrooms is also a great way of getting a jump start on next yearís admissions process.
Location: Brookwood School
Kids will explore Maudslay State Park with Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!
In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things, think about colors, shapes and patterns, and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place. Local and migrating birds, other wildlife, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy. Meet at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport . $2.00 parking fee. Hosted by Joppa Flats Education Center. Please dress for the weather. 
Location: Maudslay State Park
Come celebrate the longest night - Winter Solstice - at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport
Come celebrate the longest night and shortest day of the year with Joppa Flats! Miss Mary and Miss Susan offer stories, songs, crafts made of evergreens, and thematic snacks for everyone to enjoy. Learn why we have seasons, and why different cultures around the world created legends and rituals to mark the longest night of the year. Join us for a festival of light to beckon the sun to return!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Kids will learn about how animals get ready for Winter months at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport
This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag! This week we'll be focusing on how animals and other creatures keep warm in the wild.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
The lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree is part of Middle Street Walk's finale.
The Annual Middle Street Walk is a great way to experience Gloucester's Historic District while having fun with the family. The Festivities begin at 11 am and go all the way through to the lighting of the lobster pot tree in downtown Gloucester! Pick up a Schedule of Events and get your walk on!  A whole day of FREE activities, shows and events await for all the members of the family. 
Location: Downtown Gloucester
Celebrate the start of the Christmas Season in downtown Manchester, Mass!
As part of the Christmas-by-the-Sea celebrations in Manchester there will be a Christmas concert at the First Parish Church and the tree lighting ceremony at Manchester Town Green immediately after the concert. This is also the kickoff of Manchester's Festival of the Trees by the Sea.  Come enjoy the community spirit of the holidays and make lasting Holiday memories for your children!
Location: Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, First Parish Church , Manchester Town Green
Come explore the food webs of the forest at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!
Walk with us through the forest to see how the changing season affects animals, trees, and plants. Examine tree holes and look for animals in the leaves. Whatever we find, we will explore, but we'll focus on what is eating and being eaten in the woods.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Hamilton-Wenham Community Sing and tree lighting
The Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham invites children to bring their own flashlight or glowsticks for the tree and gazebo lighting and a Christmas Carol Sing for all ages! Brian Doser, Peter Stewart and Joe Scuderi team up for an exciting musical evening with a few Special Guests. Booklets of carols are provided. A half hour of singing followed by cocoa, cookies, lighting the Gazebo and downtown Christmas Tree. A great way to kick off your Christmas celebrations.
Location: Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham
Kids can come to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge for a FREE Showing of Yogi Bear!
On selected Sunday afternoons through Winter, the refuge will be screening FREE, child-friendly films that feature a wildlife and/or environmental theme.  All films will be projected on the big screen in the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium. No preregistration; simply show up! All movies begin at 1:30 pm.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge