Discovery

Camps and Summer Programs that offer programs in discovery on Massachusetts' North Shore and beyond.

Boat Building on the Docks

Summer classes at the Maritime Gloucester Boat Shop are a perfect way to learn basic woodworking and boatbuilding skills. Students will learn fundamental woodshop safety, use of hand tools, and basic woodworking skills in a supportive group atmosphere. Under the supervision of an expert boat builder, students will build a small wooden skiff. In addition to the time in the Boat Shop, students should have time to explore Gloucester Harbor in dories, gig boats and a pinky schooner sailboat.  Register early as registration is limited to six students.

Harbor Discovery

Kids have a blast on the waterfront with Maritime Gloucester's Harbor Discovery Program

For kids who enjoyed our school year “Ocean Explorers” program, this program is for you. Come and have fun on the Maritime Gloucester working waterfront. Program includes: aquarium activities, scavenger hunts, hauling lobster traps, conducting research, building stuff, waterfront visits, and getting on the water, piers and floats at Maritime Gloucester.  Available only to Gloucester students in grades 3rd through 5th.

Wee Farmers at Appleton Farm

Summer programs and Camps at The Trustees Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

 

Wee Farmers is designed for our 3-4 year old  friends who want to explore the farm, meet our animals, and get a taste of what Farm Camp is like at Appleton! Kids will get to dig into life on the farm and lend a helping hand brushing our goats, feeding our bunnies, singing songs, and taste testing in the education garden! Learn about how we grow our vegetables and see how good your senses are with Harvest Blanket. Tour the Cheese Kitchen and learn how sunshine helps to makes our delicious milk. We’ll start our morning with a quick craft and song before venturing out for some farm discovery and nature exploration. This program is perfect for younger siblings who have older siblings signed up for the Appleton Farm Camp and want to join in the fun too!

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Appleton Farm Camp

Summer programs and Camps at The Trustees Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

Appleton Farms is one of the most significant cultural and natural landscapes in American agrarian history. Our working landscape offers a diversity of learning opportunities for all ages, from soil science and habitat management to cheese making and community supported agriculture. The rich stories, rare resources, and sustainable operations, make Appleton Farms one of the finest stages in the country to showcase and teach excellence in small-scale agriculture.

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SummerQuest 2017 at the Crane Estate

SummerQuest at the Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!

This summer give your child an unforgettable camp experience: SummerQuest at the Crane Estate. Each day our campers venture forth to explore 2,000 acres of the most dazzling coastal landscape in New England. From Crane Beach to Castle Hill, your child will swim and kayak, sing songs and play games, make wonderful art, hike spectacular trails, and kick back with friends in the ultimate backyard.  This all happens in the framework of place-based, experiential learning.

Coastal Explorers: Sailing and Science

Haul the sails and head out on an adventure of a life time aboard the Schooner Ardelle out of Gloucester!

Haul the sails and head out on an adventure of a life time!  Maritime Gloucester and the Schooner Ardelle join forces to offer theCoastal Explorers summer program! During this week-long program ages 8-11 climb aboard Schooner Ardelle and set a course for fun and exploration! Throughout the week students learn to sail a traditional Gloucester fishing schooner while participating in exciting hands-on marine science and maritime heritage explorations along the North Shore. 

Coastal Explorers: Voyagers

Summer Adventure awaits aboard the Schooner Ardelle out of Gloucester on this Ma

Haul the sails and head out on an adventure of a life time!  Maritime Gloucester and the Schooner Ardelle join forces to offer the ever-popular Coastal Explorers summer program! During this week-long program, participants will be part of the crew on the Schooner Ardelle on daily voyages to ports and islands along the North Shore in search of adventure and excitement.

Summer Camp at Joppa Flats

Mass Audubon full and half day programs for kids ages 6-12 at Joppa Flats Center

Joppa Flats Summer Camp is the perfect place for youth with an interest in and curiosity about the world around them. Their weekly summer themes offer a wide range of topics – everything from oceans to birds to nature art – as well as opportunities for children to experience hands-on science, discuss reasons “why” and “how” things happen, handle live animals, explore the outdoors, and create art projects to take home. Joppa Flats programs stress environmental awareness, having fun, and learning, both indoors and out. Flats Summer Camp is the perfect place for youth ages 6 to 12 with an interest in and curiosity about the world around them.

Amesbury Youth Summer Recreation Programs

Amesbury Youth Recreation offers over 30 different summer programs to choose from for ages 3 and up. Please see summer brochure for extensive list [download link below].  There are plenty of programs to choose from for kids 4 and up. 

Mass Audubon Summer Programs at Joppa Flats

Summer Programs at Joppa Flats are designed to engage kids aged 6-12  in nature and to explore the world around them.

Explore nature and get outdoors at Joppa Flats Summer Camp Summer Camp. Joppa Flats Summer Camp is the perfect program for children with an interest in and curiosity about nature. Campers ages 6 to 13 have fun and make friends as they discover local habitats and wildlife. The days are filled with hands-on, place-based activities, such as wildlife tracking, orienteering, and nature art; games and cooperative challenges; and nature engineering projects. Multiple field trips each week provide full ecosystem immersion for an enhanced camp experience, while small group sizes ensure that campers stay safe and engaged. 

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MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen

Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly MA
Celebrate the season with family bonding and gingerbread fun at our signature workshops. Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House.
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
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

Historic Holidays at Rebecca Nurse Homestead

Learn about the history of the Holiday celebrations at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers Massachusetts!
Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead for our annual Historic Holidays event. This year's theme is "Christmas Through The Ages". Take a break from Christmas shopping and visit us for a good old-fashioned holiday celebration with reenactors from different time periods. Have a cup of mulled cider while you...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician, Brian...
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops - Matinee

Join the Cape Ann Symphony featuring Wendy Bets and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus
A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops concert features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts performing with the orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The Chorus and Orchestra join together to perform a wide...
2:00 pm to 4:30 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

The Nutcracker at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The company is thrilled to announce that world renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Sabi Varga will be joining this year's production...
3:00 pm

Kids Cookie Decorating Class at Marini Farm

Kids will learn how to decorate holidQay cookies at Marini Farm in Ipswich MA!
A class that will focus around decorating Holiday Cookies. Our little chefs will begin by decorating a holiday craft. They will then use their creative energy and icing to decorate their holiday cookies. Each chef will receive enough cookies to have a snack and take a few home.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Nutcracker & Gala Reception at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The company is thrilled to announce that world renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Sabi Varga will be joining this year's production...
6:00 pm

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops

Join the Cape Ann Symphony featuring Wendy Bets and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus
A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops concert features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts performing with the orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Yoichi Udagawa. The Chorus and Orchestra join together to perform a wide...
8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

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MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 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

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 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

The Nutcracker at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The company is thrilled to announce that world renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Sabi Varga will be joining this year's production...
3:00 pm

Gloucester's Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

Santa will come to Gloucester to launch the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting -
Gloucester's Holiday Parade has been a is a great tradition to kick off the holidays! Come enjoy the parade, Santa, and the tree lighting at Kent Circle!  Volunteers will line up parade participants at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street at 2:00 PM and will guide them through downtown Gloucester...
3:00 pm

Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

Come celebrate Santa's arriival in Newburyport and  stay for the Tree Lighting.
A Newburyport tradition! As the holiday season approaches, Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive in the most fitting way for this seaport town... by US Coast Guard boat! Welcome Santa on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as he and Mrs.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Kids Cookie Decorating Class at Marini Farm

Kids will learn how to decorate holidQay cookies at Marini Farm in Ipswich MA!
A class that will focus around decorating Holiday Cookies. Our little chefs will begin by decorating a holiday craft. They will then use their creative energy and icing to decorate their holiday cookies. Each chef will receive enough cookies to have a snack and take a few home.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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