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Nature Playgroup at The Stevens-Coolidge Place

Toddlers are invited to come play and discover nature at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover!

Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate for a nature playgroup designed just for the little ones! To encourage outdoor play and familiarity with the natural world, a nature-based toddler playgroup will be held at the Stevens-Coolidge Place on every-other Tuesday, April through June.

When: 
Tuesdays May 1, 15 & 29, 2018 9:30-11am
Tuesdays June 12 & 26, 2018 9:30-11am

Bio-Blitz Free-for-All

Kids and adults will learn about the diversity of Plum Island and the North Shore wildlife at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

Joppa Flats Education Center invites families to join them for a full day of free outdoor and indoor nature activities, art projects, and biodiversity!  Connecting with nature starts with developing a good sense of place, and a great place to start is right here at Joppa Flats. This full-day family event will feature an exciting mixture of indoor and outdoor activities that encourage children and adults to learn more about the biodiversity of all the animals, plants, and insects that frequent our butterfly garden, salt marsh, and backyard!

When: 
Sunday, May 20, 2018 10am - 3pm

Salamander Meander

What kind of Salamanders will we find at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary?

Spring is the season when frogs, toads, and salamanders return to the wetlands to lay their eggs. After a short introduction in the Nature Center, where we will learn about the life cycles of these amazing creatures, we will search the sanctuary's wetlands and woodlands for salamanders and other amphibians on the move. If we're lucky, we might be able to catch a few to observe up close and then release. We'll also swing by our vernal pool, where we often find wood frog and spotted salamander eggs.

When: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:30-3pm

Cambridge Science Festival 2018

The Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun

The Cambridge Science Festival is the first of its kind in the United States. It is a fun and engaging celebration showcasing  the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, and math in our region. The Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun with hundreds of events taking place in and around Cambridge, MA each spring.  For ten days, Cambridge will come alive with science and offer exhibits, activities, fairs, demonstrations, lectures, debates, concerts, plays, workshops and all kinds of interactive events for kids, families and curious individuals!

When: 
Daily, April 13-22, 2018 All Day

Farmer for a Day: Dairy Detectives

This April vacation program at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts will follow the farms dairy operation.

The farm is coming alive in April and there is so much to do! Dig into vacation at Appleton Farms and become a farmer for a day (or 4)! You’ll get to help care for our animals, learn to grow and eat farm fresh food, create natural crafts, and explore the farm as it wakes up to spring!  Your little farmers will come home with stories of adventure, a deeper understanding of where their food comes from, a sense of responsibility, and memories made with new friends. This session will focus on Appleton Farm's dairy operations.

When: 
Friday, April 20, 2018 9am-12pm
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Farmer for a Day: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen  program is geared to children aged 7-10

The farm is coming alive in April and there is so much to do! Dig into vacation at Appleton Farms and become a farmer for a day (or 4)! You’ll get to help care for our animals, learn to grow and eat farm fresh food, create natural crafts, and explore the farm as it wakes up to spring!  Your little farmers will come home with stories of adventure, a deeper understanding of where their food comes from, a sense of responsibility, and memories made with new friends. 

When: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 9am-12pm
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April Vacation Treks & Trails: Joppa Flats

Identifying Minnows with naturalists from the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts.  Photo by Lisa Hutchings

Joppa Flats Education Center helps families beat the blahs and keep minds active and hands busy during school break! Head out into the wild with kids and families for great outdoor explorations this April vacation. For families with children ages 3 and up, School and Youth Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings heads a program where kids will to learn all about the "nursery of the sea" with our salt marsh science stations including live minnow ID, salinity experiments, and a chance to meet some of the live inhabitants of the salt marsh.

When: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 10am-Noon

Summits & Sea Creatures with Joppa Flats

Hike Mount Agamenticus in Maine with Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center during April Vacation!

Joppa Flats Education Center invites teens and tweens to explore a mountaintop and the ocean in one day - it's the best of both worlds! We'll start at Long Sands Beach, where we'll investigate the tide pools for marine life. The, we'll hike up Mount Agamenticus, where we'll keep an eye out for plants and animals unique to mountain habitats, and for evidence of the glaciers that covered the area thousands of years ago. We promise a lunch break, raptor search, and games at the summit! The two-mile hike is a combination of gentle and moderately hilly terrain. This is a great mountain for beginners and is full of natural history interest for more experienced hikers.

When: 
Friday, April 20, 2018 9am-3:30pm

April Vacation Week Treks & Trails: Mill Pond

Come to Mill Pond in West Newbury for dipnetting with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Center during April Vacation Week!

Come to Mill Pond in West Newbury for dipnetting with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Center during April Vacation Week! It’s vacation week, so let's head for the hills and the marsh and the pond! Miss Lisa and Miss Kirsten are ready for an out-of-school adventure, and they have all the field equipment we'll need to go on a mini-trek to explore some of our favorite habitats. At Mill Pond, we'll bring the buckets, scoops, nets, microscopes, and guides to see what freshwater life is springing forth. At Rough Meadows, we’ll set fish traps and search for tiny snails and scud, then go on a salt marsh scavenger hunt. All materials are provided, so come on out and meet us for some treks and trails!

When: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2019 1-3pm

Adventure Day: Soil Scientist

Kids will explore the IRWS and find out what lives in the soil there!

Kids will get their hands dirty and dig into the science of soil at this April vacation session. Meet the critters of the sanctuary that call dirt home. Worms, millipedes, sow bugs, weasels, and voles are a few soil creatures that we will hope to see. Find out what it takes to make a garden grow, before preparing and planting your own take-home garden.

When: 
Friday, April 20, 2018 8:30am-3pm

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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

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...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The ninth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists,  all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 1 to November 4, 2018. Other artists  from afar including New York,California and and New...

Kimball Farm Corn Maze

Kimball Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
At the Kimball Farm Corn Maze all are welcome to come and enjoy the challenge of finding your way through the winding corn field maze. Our originally desIgned CORN MAZE  for 2018 is full of Crazy angles and is sure to be a fun challenge. Have no fear, there will be clues along the way.  Be daring...

Marini Farm Arabian Nights Corn Maze

The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts is Arabian Nights themed!
The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze is Arabian Nights themed this year! This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering.We don't give you...

Beginning Birding at Halibut Point

Meet at Halibut Point State Park for Beginning birding - held on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Come to Halibut Point State Park, a nationally renowned destination for viewing winter birds, to learn the basics of birding, natural history, and behavioral traits of our area's winter birds such as ducks, gulls, cormorants, loons, grebes, gannets, and alcids.
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Swedish Pancake Breakfast

Spiran Lodge #98 hosts a pancake breakfast in Downtown Rockport!
Spiran Lodge #98 hosts a pancake breakfast in Downtown Rockport!  Come have a great breakfast, enjoy the friendship of you neighbors and pick up some delicious sweet treats at the Nordic bake table. Swedish pancakes, fruit cup, sausage, juice and coffee.
8:00 am to 11:00 am

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Viking Skating Club

Viking Skating Club announces its 2018-2019 skating season which begins with our first session on Saturday, October 13, 2018, with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m.   Group lessons are held at Salem State University’s Rockett Arena on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  
8:30 am to 10:30 am

Newburyport Farmers' Market

Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, mea, dairy Newburyport
The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

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

Trick or Treating Hayrides at Marini Farm

Trick or Treating by hayride at Marini Farm in Ipswich is Safe and Fun!
Take a Hayride through our fields of wonder at Marini Farm in Ipswich. On every stop you will come across scenes of characters waiting to hand out Tricks and Treats. The hayrides will take place during the daylight hours.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fitness on the Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield - Athleta

Workout and get fit on The Green with fitness and health experts at MarketStreet Lynnfield MA.
Join us on The Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield for sweat-inducing workouts. These complimentary classes run from May through October.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Swampscott Farmer's Market

The Swampscott Farmers Market happens every Sunday through October.
Rain or shine, the Swampscott Farmers’ Market features a wide variety of produce, meats, fish, breads, flowers and crafts from farmers, food producers, and artisans from around Massachusetts and nearby New England states. Anchoring the market, Swampscott will have Clark Farm providing a large...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Andover Bear Company Now Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Andover Bear Company Now Open at MaketSteet Lynnfield
Experience quality teddy bears with a timeless aesthetic. Popping up next to Apple Store at MarketStreet Lynnfield for a limited time only.
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

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

History Lab at the Seven Gables

The Living History Lab hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables
Try your hand at history! The Living History Lab hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables allows the young and young-at-heart to learn about history through a unique set of experiments. Living History Labs take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4...
10:30 am to 4:30 pm

SCNA Kids Carnival

Salem Common Neighborhood Association invites families to the Common for an afternoon of fun for the whole family!
There's nothing like October in Salem and the SCNA is thrilled to host two weekends of our annual Kids Carnival on the Common including rides, face painting, and family fun! There is no admission fee to enter the carnival. Tickets for rides are $3/ticket or $15 for an unlimited daily wristband.
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Salem Open Market

The Salem Open Market runs on weekends during the last 3 weeks of October!
Love Halloween? Witches, goblins and ghouls? Well, there’s no better place to spend a spooky weekend in October than in Salem, MA! And what could possibly make Salem’s October Haunted Happenings even better? How about the Salem Open Market flying in with a hauntingly cool open-air arts market!
11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Royal Princess Halloween Party

Ice Queen Cosplay hosts a princess party at Salem Willows in Salem Massachusetts
Join our five princesses and a fairy friend for a Royal Halloween Party! Limited space, so don’t wait! This party will include story time, interactive songs and dances, games, costume contest, crafts and goody bags! Very light spooky snacks will be available. It’s sure to be an event to remember!...
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Notch Traveling Biergarten at Appleton Farms

Come to the Notch Brewery Biergarten at the Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich!
Notch Brewing's family-friendly biergarten returns to Appleton Farms, one of the oldest continually running farms in the country. The biergarten will be setting up in the farm's historic stone paddock for two days of autumnal fun finest session beer await you. Grab your friends and family and join...
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

MarketStreet Monster Mash Comes to Lynnfield

MarketStreet Lynnfield has things to do and events for families. Shopping, Dining, Entertainment
Grab your Goblins and Ghouls and join us on The Green for a Monster Mash Halloween Party! Enjoy a live DJ, dance party, pumpkin decorating, candy and more! MarketStreet Lynnfield brings back its popular Halloween themed, MarketStreet Monster Mash, on Sunday, October 21, 2018. This family-friendly...
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Weir Hill 50th Anniversary

Come celebrate Weir Hill's 50th anniversary as a Trustees property and the grand opening of the Weir Hill Stevens street parking lot.
Come celebrate Weir Hill's 50th anniversary as a Trustees property and the grand opening of the Weir Hill Stevens street parking lot. In partnership with Friends of North Andover Trails join us for a beautiful fall foliage hike to celebrate Weir Hill!
Where: Weir Hill
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

"Spooktakular" GNFC Halloween Party

The Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club Spooktacular - a fun family outing at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury
The Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club Halloween Spooktacular is fun for the whole family! Come dressed in your favorite costume for the most "spooktacular" GNFC Halloween Party yet!  Kids of all ages will enjoy live music by Travis Ford and dancing, tractor rides, pumpkin "picking,"...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Fall Foliage Cider & Donut Cruises

Take a guided tour of the Essex Marshes with Essex River Cruises
Essex River Cruises hosts a narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Maudslay is Haunted

'Maudslay is Haunted' is an annual fundraiser for Theater in the Open at Maudsla
Maudslay is Haunted is a North Shore Kid favorite! We highly recommend this for Halloween fun for all ages because its spooky, and haunting, but not too scary! Theater in the Open host their notorious annual haunting of Maudslay! Join a cast of all ages for a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes...
Where: Maudslay!
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms

Down on the Farm Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Join Appleton Farms for the Down on the Farm Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms! These family-friendly concerts will feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, and an opportunity to meet our dairy cows and farm animals. series continues with a performance by Rust Never Sleeps.  Bring your own...
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Trick or Treat on Pickering Wharf

Kids are invited to Pickering Wharf for trick or treating with the merchants of pickering wharf in Salem Massachusetts
Kids are invited to Pickering Wharf for the Trick or treating and Halloween fun with the merchants on the wharf! Bring the family along for a fun filled time. Put on your costume and come join the fun!
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday, October 26

Family Halloween Party at Ipswich Museum

The Ipswich Museum is having a Halloween party for families!
Kids and their families are invited to the Ipswich Museum for an afternoon of Halloween fun!  Join us in the courtyard of the Heard House for old fashioned games, scary stories, a haunted house, costume parade, and more.
3:00 pm to 5:00 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

Things to do north of Boston
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

Halls of Darkness

Find out what nightmares await inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucestre Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents: Halls of Darkness! What nightmares await you on a tour of this darkened castle?  If you dare, come and see for yourself, but beware what lurks in the shadows and hidden corners! Visit the most unique and surreal haunted attraction in Massachusetts, just a few minutes north...
7:00 pm to 11:00 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

Saturday, October 27

Marini Farm Arabian Nights Corn Maze

The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts is Arabian Nights themed!
The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze is Arabian Nights themed this year! This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering.We don't give you...

Kimball Farm Corn Maze

Kimball Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
At the Kimball Farm Corn Maze all are welcome to come and enjoy the challenge of finding your way through the winding corn field maze. Our originally desIgned CORN MAZE  for 2018 is full of Crazy angles and is sure to be a fun challenge. Have no fear, there will be clues along the way.  Be daring...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The ninth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists,  all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 1 to November 4, 2018. Other artists  from afar including New York,California and and New...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Hallow-marini Children's Party

Trick or Treating and Halloween Fun at Marini Farm in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Families will find Halloween fun at Marini Farm in Ipswich! By popular demand we are hosting another kids Halloween event for Hallween! We welcome everyone to join in on the fun and dress up.
12:00 am to 3:00 pm
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