Exploration

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. 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.

When: 
Friday, April 12, 2019 7:15pm
Friday, April 26, 2019 7:30pm

Bug Brigade

Explore the world of bugs in your backyard at the Stevens-Coolidge Place

It’s time for a good ol’ bug hunt! Did you know that insects are the largest group of animals? It’s true! About 75 percent of all the world’s animals are insects. During this April Vacation bug scavenger hunt, we invite you to bring your buddies to the Stevens-Coolidge Place or team up with new friends met on the property. Each group of explorers will be given field note handouts on which to record their observations and a magnifying glass-topped bug jar for getting a better look at our tiny friends in the gardens. What will you find today?

When: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019 10am-Noon

Young Naturalists

Young Naturalists at the Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover Massachusetts

There’s a lot to observe when the weather warms up. Spring is a time when migrating birds return from their wintering grounds and baby animals like deer and squirrels are born. During this April Vacation program, participants will put on their explorer hats and head out into nature to see what’s changing in the animal kingdom. Of course, you can’t head out without the proper gear, so we’ll be making binoculars together to help you better observe the world around you, and animal behavior handouts for sketching and/or writing about your findings.

When: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019 10am-Noon

Celebrate the Sea Open House

Stop by as part of Joppa Flats to learn how we can all take responsibility for sustaining the natural beauty and resources of our oceans and coastline.

Come to Joppa Flats for fun, hands-on activities and exhibits that spotlight the wonders of our mighty Atlantic! Learn about ocean giants and creatures of the deep. Play ocean-themed games and create seaworthy art. Find out where our seafood comes from, how people can collect energy from the ocean, and how to protect our oceans and coastline as they show signs of climate change. Family presentations will be offered at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

When: 
Sunday, March 24, 2019 10am-3pm

Family Owl Prowl

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

People of all ages love owls, and many species of owls can be found right here in Massachusetts year-round. Experience the excitement of an owl prowl as we take a night hike to look and listen for Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, and Eastern Screech-owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we'll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn using real owl mounts, feathers, talons, and a brief slide show. We'll end our evening with an owl-hooting lesson.

When: 
Friday, March 15, 2019 7-9pm

Meet Backyard Birds

What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!

Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and then release them. The unique band that Deb places carefully on each bird’s leg connects other bird researchers with the data she’s collected. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.

When: 
Sundays through March 10, 2019 10am-12:30pm

Adventure Days: Awesome Owls

Look for Owls at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary during the day and learn about their habitat and feeding.

Have you ever walked through the woods looking for owls during the day? Owls are most active at night, of course, but if you know what to look for you can find their daytime roosts. Together we'll discover what our local owls look like, what they eat, and what they sound like. As a special activity, everyone will help to dissect an owl pellet.

When: 
Friday, February 22, 2019 8:30am-3pm

Create Sweet Memories | Rent a Sugar Maple Bucket

Rent a bucket to harvest Maple Sap and convert it to Maple Syrup at IRWS!

Start a new maple sugaring tradition by renting your own sugaring bucket for yourself, your family, or as the perfect gift. Join our sugaring experts on Saturday, February 23, for a two-hour interactive program and experience this lovely New England tradition.

When: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2019 10am-Noon [Full]
Tuesday, February 23, 2019 1:30-3:30pm

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Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Wee Farmers at Appleton Farms

Wee Farmers at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts. Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Wee Farmers is designed for our 3-5 year old friends who want to explore the farm, meet our animals, and get a taste of what Farm Camp is like at Appleton!
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Art and Creative Classes at Artcie Studio

Art and Creative Classes at Artcie Studio in Hamilton MA
Artcie Studio summer classes are all about being creative, getting inspired and becoming educated in art!  Our instructors are trained artists and teachers who have been teaching fine art to children and adults for 15 plus years, and our newest instructor has been with us for 2 years.  Our goal at...
9:30 am to 11:30 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

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Groundwork Farmer's Market at the Library

Groundwork Lawrence hosts farmers markets three days a week in the greater Lawrence Area
Groundwork Lawrence hosts three farmer's markets per week because fruits and vegetables grown locally are best for you, your health, and your family's health, because it supports local businesses, keeps money in our community, and is the best for the environment. Come and support your local farmers...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

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

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
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

Waldorf Community Market - Beverly MA

Waldorf Community Market - Beverly MA
Waldorf Community Market The Waldorf community is delighted to offer a summer community market starting June 7 through August 30. Every Friday, enjoy an impressive arrangement of local farmers, food vendors, and artist, along with children’s activities, music and fun. Join us each week and...
2:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Creature Catch!

Discover what creatures live in New England Ponds at Harold Parker State Forest!
Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Fish, frogs, snakes, and salamanders, let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds!  Nets and buckets are provided.  This activity can be wet and muddy.
2:30 pm to 3:30 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

Friday Farm Dinners at Appleton Farms

Families enjoy dinner on at Appletons Farms with ingredients fresh from the farm!
Join Appleton Farms for a dinner on the farm! Each Friday Appleton Farms invites you to join us for dinner. Relax under the setting sun and enjoy a truly unique farm to table experience. From fresh vegetables and fruits, to local pasture raised meats and sustainable seafood, Chive Events will...
5:30 pm

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Monday, July 22

Beverly Farmers' Market

Get fresh local produce at the Beverly Farmers Market in downtown Beverly Massac
This is a great farmers' market connected to a large grassy park in downtown Beverly.  There is always music and a lot of shade.  The market offers fresh local produce as well as cheese, meat, eggs, bread, dog treats, jewelry, and books.  The kids have a blast playing tag, meeting new friends, and...
Where: Odell Park
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, July 23

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Wee Farmers at Appleton Farms

Wee Farmers at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts. Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Wee Farmers is designed for our 3-5 year old friends who want to explore the farm, meet our animals, and get a taste of what Farm Camp is like at Appleton!
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Family Adventure | The Edge of the Sea

Discover the natural beauty and varied beach to woodland habitats of Eastern Point with Mass Audubon
Join Mass Audubon as they explore the habitats of Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary in Gloucester. The cool breezes, superb coastline, and easily observed wildlife will delight your senses. We'll visit tide pools, salt marsh, woodlands, and adjoining fields using hands-on activities as we...
9:30 am to 11:00 am

Art and Creative Classes at Artcie Studio

Art and Creative Classes at Artcie Studio in Hamilton MA
Artcie Studio summer classes are all about being creative, getting inspired and becoming educated in art!  Our instructors are trained artists and teachers who have been teaching fine art to children and adults for 15 plus years, and our newest instructor has been with us for 2 years.  Our goal at...
9:30 am to 11:30 am

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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

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

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

Playdate at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Waldorf at Moraine Farm invites you to join them on Tuesday, July 16, and 23, for a morning of PLAY and a Puppet Show. Meet some of our early childhood teachers and other families in the community. The open play hour is suggested for children up to Grade 1. 
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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