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Storytime and other events and things to do at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Bring a blanket, a snack and join us on the MarketStreet Green as we enjoy a story read by the Lynnfield Public Library every Friday in April! Lynnfield Public Library Wonderful Storytime Series is a 4 week series that will take place every Friday in April at 10am! Join us for one or all!
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Odyssey Day School in Wakefield MA
Odyssey Day School invites you to its 5K Run and Walk. Please come and enjoy our 5k race is run/walk, professionally timed and a great PR course. We will have a bounce house and family carnival at the town common in Wakefield during with kid obstacle courses! 
Location: Odyssey Day School
Brookwood School Open Classroom experience
Brookwood School is excited to announce its upcoming Open Classrooms event for prospective families. On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 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 2018-2019 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
The Trustees of Reservations' Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
For the first time, the The Trustees of Reservations will open the Great House at Castle Hill for tours on Patriots Day.  Grab the family and take the Guest of the Cranes tour on the hour and our roof tour, Cupola with a View, at 11:30 AM and 1:30PM.  Unique gifts are available at our gift shop with 10% off for Trustees members.  Last tour of the day is at 3PM.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Come to the free community day at the Trustees of Reservations'Stevens Coolidge Estate in North Andover
Join your friends and neighbors at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a free day of outdoor enjoyment! This free mid-day event is the perfect low-key introduction to the Stevens-Coolidge gardens, including assorted lawn games, a variety of paths through the gardens to see what spring has sprung, and several tables set up for communal picnicking.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
There's lots to do at Appleton Farms in Ipswich during April Vacation!
While Spring is the time of new growth, it may still be too cold for fresh flowers or green grass. Bring some green life inside with an easy and adorable mason jar terrarium. We’ll use glass mason jars, gravel, soil, mosses and plants to create a miniature natural world that can stay on your desk or windowsill. You’ll leave with a mini terrarium of your own, plus the skills to make bigger ones at home. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 7-10 but all are welcome. Kids must attend with adult, but there is no additional charge.  Pre-registration is required.
Location: Appleton Farms
Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and lear about the American Woodcock!
Each spring American woodcocks engage in one of nature’s most fascinating courtship displays. Here’s your chance to witness this “sky dance” up close and in-person! This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station at parking lot 1. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Program is limited to 15 participants. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time.  Preregistration required.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Sawyer Free Library STEAM Team for Children ages 3-6. Dwarf Galaxy Image by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory
Sawyer Free Library offers a S.T.E.A.M.* club for children ages 3-5. We will be providing STEAM, story, and sensory activities all year round with opportunities for your child to do safe science experiments, build with Duplo and other materials, play some beginner Minecraft, read stories, make art, etc. We will have a different activity each month. This program is ideal for older preschool and younger elementary school students who are not yet ready for our other afterschool programs! Please register.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts!
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.
Location: The Cabot
Cooking classes for children and adults
When school is closed, Taste Buds Kitchen is open! A new and unique menu is offered each week. Register for a few weeks or even a single day. Every day kids make two to three recipes – always one savory and one sweet – while whipping up batches of fun. Younger chefs focus on the basics along with kitchen games while the older camps tackle advanced techniques and culinary challenges. Professional Culinary Instructors and Kid Experts lead the way for a camp your budding chef won’t soon forget! A TBK apron is included for each full-week camper as well as flexible drop-off from 8:30-9:00am for a small fee.
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen

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Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

See The Addison’s Model Ship Collection - Andover

Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA. Addison Gallery of American Art
Families are invited to explore The Addison Gallery's famed model ship collection, permanently installed in the building's lower level, consisted originally of 24 works commissioned by the museum's founder, Thomas Cochran, to document four centuries of American history.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play.
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Saturday, April 28

Who Was Book Club? - Albert Einstein

Who Was Albert Einstein?  A bookclub for kids in grades 2-5 at Newbury Town Library
This month's book club will be reading 'Who Was Albert Einstein?' and making our very own BLUBBER creations!! This Book Club meets once a month and lets kids use technology, crafts, and imagination to share what they learned in every book in the “Who Was Series”.
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Families can learn through hands-on science at MIT Museum's Idea Hub in Cambridge Massachusetts
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Little Bazaar

A Little Bazarr is a makers market in at Mill No. in Lowell Massachusetts
A Little Bazaar is a “makers market” that takes place every Saturday in Lowell, MA. It features independent sellers with vintage, handmade, and artisanal products. It’s become very popular for people who love to shop for unique gifts and goods. Saturday March 10 is the Women's Day Market!
Where: Mill No. 5
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Childhood on Cape Ann Family Tour

Cape Ann Museum Collection. Kids skating on frozen Gloucester Harbor
How did Cape Ann children play, learn, dress and think throughout history? Learn the answers with docent Trudi Olivetti during this all ages family tour. End your visit in the Activity Center with hands-on art-projects and play in a real dory. Free for CAM members or with Museum admission.
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Build a Lighthouse - Essex Heritage ArtWeek

Kids are invited to come build their own lighthouse with Essex Heritage at the Salem Massachusetts Visitors Center
Essex Heritage would like to invite visitors (ages 4+) to come and build their very own model lighthouse using every day materials! Special guest instructor and children’s book illustrator, Katy Bratun, will be leading this family friendly craft starting at 1:00pm at the NPS Visitor Center in Salem...
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Woodcock Walk at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and lear about the American Woodcock!
Each spring American woodcocks engage in one of nature’s most fascinating courtship displays. Here’s your chance to witness this “sky dance” up close and in-person! This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station at parking lot 1.
7:30 pm

Sunday, April 29

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Ring Around the Neck 5 Mile

North Shore YMCA Ring Around the Neck 5 Mile and Children's Fun Run in Marblehead Massachusetts
Join North Shore YMCA for the 38th running of the Ring Around the Neck 5 Mile road race. Fun for the whole family starts at Devereux Beach! Ring Around the Neck’s 5 Mile race course takes you around Marblehead’s breathtaking Marblehead Neck! See both harbor and ocean views on this challenging race...
9:00 am

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm