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Parent/Child Build a Bluebird House

Bring the kids and learn how to build a bluebird house at Mass Audubon's IRWS

Celebrate spring by building a bluebird house with your child. We’ll supply all the materials and instruction to build a nest box for bluebirds and tree swallows. These wonderful nest boxes also attract chickadees, tufted titmice, house wrens, and woodpeckers. A short slide presentation will introduce families to the natural history and behavior of birds in Massachusetts, and we’ll discuss where and how to place your nest box. Dress for the weather because we will take a short walk to look and listen for bluebirds.

When: 
Saturday, April 6, 2019 1:30-3pm

Harbor Seals and Hot Chocolate

Learn all about harbor seals with Joppa Flats Education Center! Photo ©Bill O'Connor

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. Winter is prime time to see harbor seals from the beach! Join us as we head over to Salisbury Beach State Reservation to watch these charismatic creatures through our scopes and binoculars.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019 2:30-4pm

Family Hike: For the Birds

Come to the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts for a hike with your kids during April vacation!

The Trustees of Reservations invites you to get your little ones out of the house and build your family's outdoor confidence on a guided family hike! Meet up with your group of fellow explorers to learn a new nature tidbit and then hit the trails! We'll go at a comfortable pace for little legs and leave plenty of space for asking questions and stopping to observe something cool. 

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Monday, April 15, 2019 10am-Noon

Family Nature Series - Vernal Pools

Families will learn about vernal pools with ECGA at Farnsworth Reservation! Photo: Bill O'Connor

Greenbelt and North Shore Nature Programs present this outdoor Vernal Pools program for families. Come discover what lives in these ponds that appear in the spring and then disappear by summer. We'll scoop up some pond water to see who lives there, we'll look under nearby logs for wiggly salamanders, and we'll touch slimy frog egg masses (the ones that don't have frogs in them-- no frogs will be harmed!). Wear your Wellington boots so you can go right up to the edge of the pond!

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Saturday, April 6, 2019 4-6pm

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.

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

Family Nature Night: Owl Prowl

Join a family owl prowl the Rough Meadows in Rowley with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Educators

Owls are just beginning to nest at this time of year, and we're going out to Rough Meadows to find them! On our walk, we'll learn about the superpowers that owls use to survive the winter and raise their young. With some luck, we might stumble upon tracks, scat, or burrows -- evidence of other nocturnal animals.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

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.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019 10am-3pm

Teen Conservation Club: Spring/Summer Session

Teens will learn about Natural History, Ecology and Conservation at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

Interesting hikes, natural history topics to explore, and real data-collection opportunities will all be based on your input and interests in this exciting club for teens. Get involved behind the scenes with Mass Audubon's science and conservation work. We meet one or two Saturdays a month during our spring and fall sessions.  We also take one full-day field trip each session to connect with local organizations and learn more about environmental issues in our communities and how you can make a real difference. Meet other local teens who are passionate about nature, science, and taking care of our world. 

Spring Equinox Family Fun at the Crane Estate

Come enjoy a day of family fun celebrating the Spring Equinox at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachsuetts

The spring equinox is the day when the day and night are the same length – a perfect time to celebrate all things spring. We’ll start off learning about spring and seed growth, then plan our own seeds in decorated flower pots to bring some spring home with us. Then we’ll get outside together to explore the Castle Hill gardens and look for signs of spring before wrapping up with a snack. 

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Saturday, March 16, 2019 10am-Noon

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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...

Your Pup Could Be MarketStreets First Official Mascot!

Your pup could be MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! Enter to win.
Your pup could be the MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! This is the contest you’ve been waiting for! The winner will be celebrated with a topiary-twin of their adorable pooch, to be displayed for a year at MarketStreet Lynnfield! Here’s how to enter. It's SUPER EASY!

Todd Farm Market

Come to Todd Farm on Sunday - A classic New England Fleas Market in Rowley Massachusetts!
From early Spring to late Fall, Todd Farm is a great Sunday destination for families!  Head to the farm and explore the outdoor award-winning Market featuring up to 240 vendors from all over New England and New York!
5:00 am to 3:00 pm

Bluefin Blowout Family 5k to Benefit Alzheimer's Association

The Lyon-Waugh Bluefin Blowout Family Fun 5K will be happen at Stage Fort Park, Gloucester for the Lyon-Waugh Bluefin Blowout Family Fun 5K, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association! Run, walk, or stroll from Stage Fort Park to Hammond Castle and back to Stage Fort Park for a 5K loop. Enjoy the...
8:00 am to 10:30 am

Lungstrong 5k & 1.5 Mile Walk

Join the Lungstrong 5k in Beverly Massachusetts
Support the 5th Annual LUNGstrong 5K & 1½ mile Walk! 100% of proceeds supports lung cancer research at the Mass General Cancer Center under the direction of Dr. Alice Shaw.    This event is more than a run/walk...there is great food, drink and music as well as other activites.  Awards are given...
8:00 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

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

47th Annual Sheep Shearing Festival

Traditional Sheep Shearing Tools.  Come to the 45th Annual Sheep Shearing Festival on the North Andover Common.
The North Andover Festival Committee is inviting you to the 47th annual Sheep Shearing Festival being held on the North Andover Common. The event is held from 10am to 4pm, and includes Sheep shearing and herding demonstrations, crafters, food vendors, pony rides, and much more!
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Touch a Truck Beverly

It's fun in Beverly at the annual touch a truck event held during Public Works Week.  There will be equipment for display, pictures and hands on for children such as backhoes, loaders, dump trucks and mowers.  It is a citywide event for people of all ages.
10:00 am to 1:00 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

Revere Beach Kite Festival

The Annual Revere Beach Kite Festival
The 5th Annual Revere Beach Kite Festival is a great opportunity to get the family out to enjoy some fresh air. This is a FREE event that the whole family will enjoy. Kids can fly kites high into the sky, while enjoying live music, professional kite flyers, and FREE kite decorating for the kids.
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Eyes on Owls

Marcia Wilson and friend from 'Eyes on Owls'. Photo ©Mark Wilson
Everyone loves owls!  Yet, how many of us have ever seen a live owl up close? With Eyes On Owls, Naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson will introduce you to six different live owls from New England and far beyond. Some owls, like the Great Horned, Barred and Eastern Screech Owls are...
Where: iFarm
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Vintage BaseBall at Spencer-Peirce Little Farm

Come see how baseball used to be played at Spencer Pierce Little Farm. Photo: Matthew Muise Photography
It’s Base Ball, 1861 style at Spencer Peirce Little Farm! These fun, historically accurate games feature underhand pitching and no gloves are allowed. A ball bounced once and caught is an out! Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Come and see for yourself how this game was...
12:00 pm to 3:00 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

Annual Endangered Species Day Celebration

Piping Plover isjust one of the endangered species you'll learn about at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites people of all ages to celebrate Endangered Species Day on Sunday May 19th from 12pm-3pm at the Refuge Visitor Center. Endangered Species Day was designated to educate the American public on the importance of protecting endangered species and highlight...
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Shop Local HW Street Fair

The first annual Shop Local HW Street Fair!
Join us for our first annual Shop Local HW Street Fair on Sunday May 19th from 12 to 4. Come down to Railroad Ave to check out the new shops and learn about all the goods, services, and non profit organizations right here in town.
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Green Energy & Car Show at Tower School

Green Energy Home and Car Show at Tower School in Marblehead MA
Ranging from electric cars to home energy audits, Sustainable Marblehead has assembled a team of experts to help answer questions and offer assistance in improving and increasing sustainable practices inside the home, in the garden, and on the road.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Sense of Wonder Walk for Families: Ponding

Kids are invited to come Explore the Ponds of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!
Each 'Sense of Wonder' outing will begin with a short introduction indoors, and then we will go outside for a walk. Topics for each walk are listed below, but we will stop and investigate anything that crosses our path. Join us for one or both of these spring programs.
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Fabulous Flowers

Rhododendron flowers are just one of the flowering trees you'll see at Maudslay State Park along the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Massachusetts
Maudslay State Park has one of the best stands of rhododendrons in New England, and well worth the trip!  Come stroll the park check the sign at headquarters to find the park interpreter location and learn about some of these beauties. 
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

That Physics Show at the Cabot

That Physics Show comes to the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts
Lifetime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific entertainment from the world of physics to the Off-broadway stage in That Physics Show! The show features live segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound/waves/vibration, light...
Where: The Cabot
3:00 pm

The Lion King Jr. at HW Community House | Matinee

The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters at the Community House of Hamilton Wenham
The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.
3:00 pm

Milking Time at Appleton Farms

Come see the Appleton Farms milking cow herd in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Join us Every Sunday at 4PM to see our Jersey heard being milked. See the cows bring brought in from pasture, get a look at the milking up close and ask our dairy farmer a few questions! Perfect for kids and adults alike. While you are here take a peek in the cheese kitchen viewing room, visit with...
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Beverly Cross Country Running Series

Beverly Cross Country Running Series for school-aged kids at North Beverly Elementary school Massachusetts
This 3 race cross-country running series for grades K-8 open to students from all schools in Beverly. Awards to top runners, plus music and a fun atmosphere for all. Races are open to ALL BEVERLY ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL children.  The races will take place on the North Beverly Elementary...
5:00 pm

Wednesday, May 22

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA. Parent and Child classes offer parents, grandparents, and caregivers the opportunity to learn about child development, Waldorf education and parenting the young child all within a home-like environment at our beautiful location on...
9:00 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

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

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

Spring Explorers in Marblehead

Marblehead MA Marblehead Recreation & Parks Department
Who lays eggs? What lurks in the log? What grows in the garden? Grab your rubber boots and get ready to explore the answers to these questions in our Spring Explorers program. Each class offers a new nature adventure — blending games, stories, and hands-on activities to engage your child in...
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-3 Months

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
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 questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Composting for Kids at Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Kids will learn about composting at the Trustees of Reservations' Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover
Spend your early release day building and playing at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. This drop-off program will introduce garden lifecycles, get your hands dirty building a composter to take home and finish outside with games in the gardens.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Evening Stroll at Maudslay

Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, and bug spray is recommended.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
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