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Meet the Monarch Gardner

Come to Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites families to join Katie Hone, The Monarch Gardener, for a fun and hands-on program that will focus on the charismatic monarch butterfly and its fascinating life cycle.  Meet live monarch caterpillars.  Make a common milkweed seed bomb to take home and start your very own monarch habitat.  Visit the refuge's butterfly garden to see milkweed and to look for monarch eggs.  Meet in t

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 10:00-11:00am

Family Campouts: Summer Owl Prowl

Join a Summer Owl Prowl Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Scott Santino

Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home and then come with your family, your tent, and a dessert to share. Join us as we explore the habitats of the elusive owls.

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Saturday, September 15 6pm - Sunday, September 16, 2018 9am

Firefly Foray

Come Explore Maudslay State Park on a Firefly Expedition!

Fireflys, also called lightning bugs, appear for only a few weeks in the early summer to delight us with their luminous nighttime dance and light show. In June, the fireflies delight us with their nighttime dance and spectacular light show. Learn about the life of a firefly then go on a walk led by the park interpreter, to observe firefly behavior and see them close up. Bring a net or jar to catch fireflies. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bug spray are recommended.

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Saturdays, June 16, 23 & 30, 2018 8:30-9:30pm
Wednesdays, June 20 & 27, 2018 8:30-9:30pm

Beaver Tales IRWS

Kids will learn about beavers at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: American Beaver ©Scott Santino

We will read by Lindsay Barrett George, take a close-up look at some beaver artifacts, and then take a walk to Rockery Pond to see a beaver lodge, dam, beaver chews, and scent mounds. Find out why beaver teeth are orange and what they use their tails for! We may even try our luck at making our own beaver lodge.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018 10am-Noon

Family Dusk Paddles: Owls on the Ipswich River

At ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary we'll look and listen for owls as we paddle

Explore the Ipswich River at dusk. Bring your family and join us for an evening paddle in a canoe as we learn more about the river and some of its inhabitants. Many kinds of owls "call in the night" with their hoots and screams as the sun begins to fade. As we paddle along, we'll look and listen for owls, talk about the types of owls we're likely to find at this time of year, and do some hooting ourselves.

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Friday, August 3, 2018 6-8 pm

Family Dusk Paddles: Summer Solstice

Take a paddle on the Summer Solstice and explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!

Explore the Ipswich River on the Summer Soltice! The longest day of the year is almost upon us, and what a fun way to start the summer! Join us for a paddle to observe nature from the river as we look for plants and animals that are equally excited for summer. This special paddle ends with s'mores around the fire and a solstice tale.

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Friday, June 22, 2018 6-8:30pm

Seashore Adventures: Beach Exploration

Go on a low tide exploration at Pavilion Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts!

Enjoy the morning at Pavilion Beach in Ipswich during low tide and discover the living wonders of the sandy coastline. We will walk across the shoreline of Little Neck, where we will search for tiny fish, hermit crabs, periwinkles, and other sea creatures living in this delicate habitat. We will preserve our memories by creating a beach collage.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 Noon-1:30pm

Summer Solstice Fairy Gardens

Come help build a fairy garden at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!

Midsummer's Eve is the longest day of the year - the perfect day to create a fairy garden for you and your fairies! Join us to make individual fairy gardens for each family. We will provide the container, rocks, and native plants to make a garden bowl any fairy would be happy with. Please bring your imagination and love for fairies. We will celebrate the completion of our gardens with a solstice story and a short walk.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018 1:30-3PM

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MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

New England Boat Show

The New England Boat Show in Boston Massachusetts
The 2019 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show invites the winter weary to get a taste of summer as the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is transformed into a boater’s paradise for 8 days in February. Attracting tens of thousands of boating and sailing enthusiasts, Northeast’s largest...

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 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

Imagine, Sing, & Learn: Bald Eagles are Back!

Kids will learn about eagles, their migrations and varied habitat at Joppa Flats. Photo ©2018 Bill O'Connor
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...
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Science Fridays at HW Library

Science Fridays with Melanie Ward at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Come to HW Library to join Melanie Ward for some STEAM-based fun! Caregivers and children together will listen to stories, sing songs, explore STEAM ideas and make art. This free program is designed for ages 0-5.
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

LEGO Club at Newbury Library

Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library!
Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library! Drop in to the NTL Lego Club on Friday afternoons. We supply the Legos and a theme for each week for you to get inspired by. Let’s get building! No registration required. For kids ages 5 and up.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Open Studio at Art Haven

Art Haven hosts an open studio every Friday night in downtown Gloucester
Friday afternoons are a great time for families to drop-by fand enjoy Open Studio at Art Haven. Participate in a fun activity and access to the studio space to work on clay, painting, drawing or anything else you dream up. All ages are welcome with a parent.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, February 19

Sugaring Adventures for Kids

Visit Appleton Farms' sugaring operation and learn about making maple sugar syrup!
Join us for an adventure in maple sugaring! Spend an afternoon in the sugar shack and along the trails learning about the great maples of Appleton, while helping us prepare for the sweetest season at the farm! Each day will be a new adventure. For children registered for the morning vacation...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a blast exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Mrs. Crane’s cat has gone missing and there’s a party tonight! Only you can help the household staff find the cat AND get ready for the party at the same time!
11:00 am to 11:45 am

February Vacation Once Upon a Contest

Come explore the Cape Ann Museum with your family during February Vacation. Gloucester, Massachusetts!
Join celebrated Cape Ann Reads writers and illustrators for hands-on experiences. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads.
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, February 20

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Come for a fun filled week of science, hands-on activities, museum tours and focused workshops!
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 am

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

February Vacation Workshops at Art Haven

February Vacation Workshops for kids at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts
Cape ann Art Haven has a great selection of art focused morning workshops during February Vacation in addition to their regular classes and open studio in the afternoons.  Kids can take part in morning sessions, afternoon sessions or stay for a full day!

Vacation Day Camp at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm - Beverly

Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly Massachusetts
Join us for winter fun and exploration at Waldorf Vacation Camp. Children will use their detective skills to complete winter scavenger hunts, go sledding and play games in the snow, cook warm snacks around the campfire, and get creative! This vacation program will be offered Tuesday through...
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Adventure Days: Winter Homes

Build igloos and learn how to find winter homes for animals at IRWS's workshop
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter? We'll explore the woodlands, wetlands, and field edges for nests, cavities, burrows, dens, and lodges to discover how birds, mammals, and insects find homes in this challenging season. We'll build an igloo or shelter and see how warm it can...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Farmer for a Day: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen  program is geared to children aged 6-9
In the winter, many people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! These programs are for kids who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out on the...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

StoryWalk: The Snow Globe Family

Join the fun at the Trustees of Reservations' Stevens Coolidge Estate to explore their storywalk trail!
Looking for a way to get outside with the kiddos this February Vacation? Stop by The Stevens-Coolidge Place to follow our StoryWalk trail through the property! Our grounds are free and open to the public everyday. Simply enter the grounds, head left towards the beginning of the StoryWalk by the...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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