Rockport Maker's Festival

Come celebrate the maker spirit in downtown Rockport Massachusetts!

Shop for the perfect handmade gifts in a seaside Christmas village! Join us for a town-wide festival and holiday market, with maker-themed events in the shops, festive food, holiday music and attractions—even horse drawn carriage rides! Plan your visit today!

A Town-wide Festival!

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Apple and Wine Festival

Russel Orcahrds Wine and Apple Festival in Ipswich, MA

Start holiday festivities off early, celebrating the Apples and Wine Festival, the first weekend in November. Enjoy all things apple, try our wine and enjoy live music all weekend.  Festivities will include Wine tasting*, Live music, Hands-on cider-pressing demonstrations, Make-Your-Own Apple Pie, Apple samples, Hayrides, as well as loads of apple goodies made fresh in the bakery including hot apple crisp and cider donut caramel sundaes.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 11am-4pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018 11am-4pm

Castle Hill Christmas by the Sea | Sunday

Chirstmas at Castle Hill is a weekend of festivities hosted by the Trustees of Reservations at Castle Hill in Ipswich Massachusetts

Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition for many New England families. Don't miss this year's spectacular "Christmas by the Sea". Each room in our 1920s mansion is festively decorated by florists, designers, garden clubs, or volunteers. You'll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, a treasure hunt, family activities, and a visit with Santa.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 2, 2018 12-4pm

Hamilton Pumpkin Fest

Hamilton Massachusetts celebrates Halloween with a Pumpkin Fest!

Pumpkin Fest is a family-friendly afternoon full of fun activities that includes pumpkin carving, activities and games, arts and crafts, a DJ and costume dance party, bouncy house and face painting from 12:30-3 p.m. All activities are open to all and free. The children's costume parade starts at 3:15 p.m. and the pumpkin illumination is at about 5 p.m. at Weaver Pond in Patton Park.

Saturday October 27, 2018

Rowley Fall Festival

Pine Grove PTA's Fall Fest on the Common in Rowley Massachusetts

Come to the Rowley Town Common for an afternoon of family fun! There will be prizes, crafts, giveaways, food trucks, live music and DJ, magic and pony rides.  Games will include Jenga, PGS Plinko, Pumpkin Bowling, Scarecrow Building, Beanbag Toss, PGS Basketball Hoop Shoot, any many others! There's also a chance to show off  your Halloweeen costume in our costume contest! Hosted by the Pine Grove PTA.

Sunday, October 28, 2018 4-6pm

Essex Clam Fest 2018

Enjoy food, live music and all kinds of family fun at the Essex Clam Fest! Photo: An order of steamed clams from Woodman's of Essex

The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm. Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 11am - 4pm
Chowder Tasting Noon-2pm

Middleton Pumpkin Festival

Middleton Pumpkin Festival in Middleton Massachusetts - a full day of dun for the whole family!

Come to the Middleton Pumpkin Festival for a full day of  fun for the whole family! There will be live entertainment including a magic show and dance performances, a costume parade, hayrides, martial arts, a bake sale, a book sale, demonstrations by local organizations and great food!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rockport Harvest Fest

Food, music, art and fun come together for a great family time in Rockport MA!

The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting. New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh lobster, chowder, pastries, grass-fed beef, wood-fired pizza, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more. Local craft beers and wine produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 10am-5pm

Ipswich Chowder Fest

Sample some of the best chowder in the world at the Ipswich Chowder Festival!

This popular fall classic is one of the North Shore’s most anticipated events. Folks on the North Shore and beyond will flock to Ipswich for its famous fried clams, seafood and of course delectable clam chowder. What better way to round out the season than with an opportunity to, not only samples some of the best chowder around, but also become judge for a day?

Saturday, October 13, 2018 11-4pm


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!

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

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...
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

Beaded Snowflakes Crafting at NPL

NPL hosts a coloring session for all ages in Newburyport! Cookies included!
Come to the library to make snowflakes using pipe cleaners and pony beads. Simple, easy fun! Kids of all ages and abilities welcome. Please note there will be small beads in the room and caregivers will need to monitor any young children they bring.
10:00 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

PEM February School Vacation Week

Interconnected: School Vacation Week at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts
Peabody Essex Museum invites kids and families for days of fun and engaging events and activities during February vacation week!  Come to the Museum Come join us for a week of exploration into our relationship with nature and discover new ways to become a steward of the earth.  There will be drop...
10:00 am to 4:00 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

Vacation Morning Movie at SFL

come to a FREE showing o fthe movie Smallfoot at the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Sawyer Free Library is hosts a morning of fun for kids and families with a showing of !  We'll be showing the movie and making popcorn, so come join the fun!
10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

Vacation Kids Minecraft Club at SFL

Kids Minecraft Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester MA
Play Minecraft with other children grades 1-5 (ages 6 and up)  Learn new tricks from each other and explore and build in a world together. This group is for children in grades 1 and up.
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Vacation Week: Farm Felting

Learn about the process of making felt from wool at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts during February Vacation!
Warmer spring weather means its sheep shearing time on the farm.  But what to do with all that wool? Learn about the time honored tradition of wool felting. We’ll start by learning how to “card” the raw wool into soft fiber for spinning or felting. Afterwards, we’ll try our hand at making felt...
1:30 pm to 2:30 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

Embroidery Crafternoon at Salem Library

Kids will learn about the craft of Embroidery at the Salem Public Library
Kids will learn about embroidery and then make their own masterpieces with needle and thread. For kids in grades 4-8. Please register in the Children's Room, or call 978.744.9667
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Phillips Academy Chamber Orchestra Concert

The Phillips Academy Chamber Orchestra Concert is free and open to the public
the Chamber Orchestras of Phillips Academy will present a concert in Cochran Chapel on the Phillips Academy campus.  The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Elizabeth Aureden and Christina Landolt, will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Charterhouse Suite,” a suite of dances in the...
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 23

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.
10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Chess Club at Sawyer Free

Chess Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Sign up for chess with Jaime online! No prior experience necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome - both new players and experienced players are sure to enjoy a fun yet challenging session. All ages welcome.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Book Nook at MPL

Book Nook with Miss Melanie at Manchester Public Library
Book Nook is a weekly story time program for all children and families, ages infant through school age. Come and listen to stories, play games, sing songs, play with toys and build relationships with other families! Enjoying time in the Book Nook is a great way to startyour Saturday.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Soup-er Saturday at Emma Andrews Library

Help kids programming at Emma Andrews Library and enjoy some great soup on Soupe
Emma Andrews Library and Community Center invites you to the library for a bowl of hot soup on  a Winter afternnon!
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

Snowy Owl Prowl

Join the Trustees of Reservations at  the Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts in search of the Snowy Owl!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in search of the Snowy Owl! Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane...
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Sunday, February 24

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,...

Sunday Sugar Open House and Pancake Breakfast

Come to Appleton Farms for a full morning of maple sugaring fun in Ipswich Massachusetts
Join The Trustees of Reservations or a maple sugaring morning of fun! Tour our sugar shack and see how we turn sap into syrup, sip hot cider and stay warm by the campfire, explore the farm with our self-guided winter scavenger hunt, visit the barnyard, and enjoy our very own syrup on fresh pancakes...
9:00 am to 12:00 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

Sunday Morning Science at Joppa: Papermaking & Nature Journals

Kids will use nature as a muse to express themselves through art at Mass Audubon
Spend some weekend time with others who are interested in science and wildlife, and get in touch with your "inner scientist!" You'll get a chance to meet live creatures, design something "green," or explore a new field in science.
10:00 am to 11:30 am
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