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Vacation Week Family Fun Days: Winter Wildlife

Find out where coyotes get food and how they keep warm through the winter.

Come be a winter wildlife detective and learn the tracks and signs of local animals. During the introduction you will make your own wildlife tracks ID guide and get to look at and touch real wildlife clues. Then we will head out on the trails to follow tracks and signs left by wildlife such as deer, rabbits, coyotes, beavers, and more.

When: 
Friday, December 29, 2017 1-2:30pm

Imagine, Sing & Learn: Moon and Stars

Joppa Flats Education Center has fun things to do for northshore families

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler who loves animals. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. We'll give you coloring pages to take home, and you'll receive song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun-fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an email after each class.

When: 
Friday, December 1, 2017 10-11:30am

Sense of Wonder Walk: Nut's About Squirrels

Learn about Squirrels at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield Massachusetts. Photo ©Bill O'Connor

Squirrels are among the most engaging animals of the forest, dashing across logs and leaping from tree to tree. Except for the flying squirrel, they are active during the day, and one of the few wild animals you can actually observe up close. We’ll play some squirrely games and then take a walk to look for these charming bushy-tailed mammals. Bring binoculars if you have them.

When: 
Sunday, December 3, 2017 1:30-3pm

Free-for-All: Wings over Joppa

Join the fun with your family at the Joppa Flats Education Center to celebrate the fall migrations south!!

It's time for backyard birds to head south for the winter. Joppa Flats Education Center want to give them a proper send-off with a fun, free family event that features bird banding demonstrations, interactive games about bird migration, and lots of table-top science including bird-call recall, bird identification, shorebird feeding challenges, and a mystery bird nest challenge!

When: 
Sunday, November 12, 2017 10am-3pm

Sense of Wonder Walk: Let's Talk Turkey

Learn about turkeys at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield Massachusetts

Did you know that the wild turkey was Ben Franklin’s nominee for our national bird? Once driven nearly to extinction in much of the United States, the wild turkey has returned. Come learn about this large bird that represents our first American holiday, Thanksgiving. We’ll make a turkey craft and take a walk to catch, with luck, a glimpse of this elusive bird.

When: 
Sunday, January 12, 2017 1:30-3pm

See, Think & Wonder Walks: Forest Stroll & Salt Marsh Fishing

Stroll through the coastal forest and discover what lives in the marsh with naturalists from Joppa Flats

In every kind of weather, we love to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats, so join us for one, two, or more of these nature explorations! Each one will focus on the importance of a sense of place as we explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our natural landscape. Wildlife, local and migrating birds, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy. This session is a coastal forest stroll with a discovery session in the marsh.

When: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 2-3:30pm

Autumn Art Explorations: Nature Mobile

Kids will learn about nature through story, a hike and art at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

Join Artist and Art Teacher Mary Ann McCurdle for one or more of these new family art classes this fall. Each class will begin with a short story, followed by a nature walk, and finish up with a related art project as we celebrate the beauty of the season. 

When: 
Sunday, November 5, 2017 1-3:30pm

Youth Excursions: Night Hike at Rough Meadows

Walk through the Rough Meadows in Rowley with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Educators lit only by the full moon

Join Kirsten Lindquist on a nocturnal hike through Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley as "All Hallow's Eve" approaches on this kids-only adventure! We'll peek at the stars, learn about nocturnal animal adaptations, and see what kind of wildlife we can uncover. We'll cap off the evening with s'mores roasted over the firepit at Joppa Flats Education Center.

When: 
Friday, October 27, 2017 6-8:45 pm

Sea Shanty Sing-a-long

Come to Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley Massachusetts with the Mass Audubon under the full moon.

Join naturalists from Joppa Flats Education Center on the deck in the salt marsh at Rowley's Rough Meadows for a sing-a-long of sea shanties and maritime poetry, and learn how music was used to entertain, focus on work, and tell stories of nautical life. Bring your blanket and dinner and plan to stay for a picnic under the rising full moon. Instruments and shanty singers are welcome.

When: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 4-5:30pm

Sense of Wonder Walk: Spooky Spiders

Learn about spiders at Ipsiwch River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield during this spooky time of year.

Learn about spiders at Ipsiwch River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield during this spooky time of year! All spiders spin silk, but not all make webs to catch their prey. How does a spider spin a web and not get caught in it? Come and find out the other ways these fascinating little animals use their magic threads.

When: 
Sunday, October 15, 2017 1:30-3pm

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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

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!

The Polar Express in 4D!

Enjoy the Polar Express 4D Experience at the Museum of Science Boston.
Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D...

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by ArtsBoston in partnership with the City of Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Mayor’s Holiday Special is the region’s premier seasonal promotion which celebrates the wonder and joy of the holiday season by providing affordable access to over 150 of the region’s best and beloved holiday shows and performances, with ticket deals up to 50% off, dining deals, and free...

The Y Theatre Company presents Elf Jr

YMCA Theater Comapnay presents Elf Jr. at Manchester Essex Regional Middle School
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
Where: Ames Hall

Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Marini Farm

Kids will learn how to decorate gingerbrad houses at Marini Farm in Ipswich MA!
Celebrate the season with us, friends and gingerbread fun. Decorate your very own gingerbread house and take it home to eat or display as a centerpiece during your holiday celebrations. Enjoy endless decorating options, from frosted roofs, gum drop fences and cookie christmas trees.

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,...

Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Visit Newburyport MA during the holidays
Newburyport is a favorite local town to shop - especially during the holidays. The fantastic lights downtown, the tree in Market Square, all the beautifully decorated window boxes and of course, Santa's Workshop, where the kids can whisper their wishes to Santa.

MSL: 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway

MarketStreet Lynnfield 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway
The businesses at MarketStreet have teamed up to make your holiday season a whole lot brighter with over $3,000 in prizes being given away on MarketStreet Lynnfield's Insta

The Polar Express at Goddard School Middleton

Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr
Goddard School in Middleton is hosting a spootacular Holiday event. All Aboard to The Polar Express at The Goddard School of Middleton! Come one, come all! featuring: Middleton Police Chief DiGianvittorio as SANTA! Visit the North Pole Watch the Polar Express Movie Hot Chocolate Station Reindeer...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
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

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

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

CAFM Holiday Market

Come tot he CAFM Holiday Market in Gloucester and stock up on locally made food and gifts!
What does the Cape Ann Farmers' Market have to offer in the dead of winter?  Plenty!  Pick up the last of the season’s produce, food items to get you you through the busy days ahead, and handmade gifts for all. This year we are sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive for The Open Door-our goal is to...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Winterfest Weekend in Amesbury

On December 15 and 16, Amesbury's beautiful and historic Market Square and Upper Millyard will be the center of a two-day winter celebration. Ring in the season with carolers, ice sculpture demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor skating rink, a visit from Santa, and more!
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off - Newburyport

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at Cushing Park/Kent Playground in Newburyport.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Holiday Sing Along

Come with friends and neighbors to sing holiday songs to start your holiday seas
Gather your family and friends and come over to the Firehouse for a little old-fashioned Holiday Sing-Along to kick off your Holidays with music!  The Youth Choir from the Immaculate Conception Church (Newburyport), directed by Donna Postle, will be there to lead everyone in singing some well-loved...
11:00 am

Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen

Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly MA
Celebrate the season with family bonding and gingerbread fun at our signature workshops. Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House.
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Salem Winter Farmers Market

The Salem Farmers' Market goes indoors for the Winter months of Nov & Dec
Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market!!  A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place inside the Witch City Mall (formerly Museum Place Mall) located a 1 church street in Salem.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Ipswich Evergreen

Celebrate the onset of Winter with Ipswich's community-centered events!
Ipswich Evergreen is a Holiday festival and civic celebration at the  Ipswich Visitor Center , and Ipswich's Old South Meetinghouse Green. Ipswich has great cause for merriment and jubilation! With the new year in sight, let us gather as a community to reflect on what makes living in Ipswich the...
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A Cinderella Panto - Matinee

Come enjoy a Cinderella Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
Edward Speck and Joshua Shack bring back a favorite TITO Holiday Panto. We’ve updated our version of this classic fairy tale, added a holiday spin, plenty of adorable mice and even a few playful clowns to lead audiences on an enchanted adventure. It’s everything that you loved the first time you...
3:00 pm

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk

Come celebrate the Winter solstice at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with a night time walk using lanterns!
Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore....
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Zoo Lights at the Stone Zoo

Stone Zoo for north shore families
ZooLights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season. Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx, and reindeer.
Where: Stone Zoo
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Winterlights at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Come to the Stevens Coolidge Place for Winterlights at night in North Andover!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for the most magical time if the year at The Stevens-Coolidge Place!
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A Cinderella Panto

Come enjoy a Cinderella Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
Edward Speck and Joshua Shack bring back a favorite TITO Holiday Panto. We’ve updated our version of this classic fairy tale, added a holiday spin, plenty of adorable mice and even a few playful clowns to lead audiences on an enchanted adventure. It’s everything that you loved the first time you...
7:00 pm

North Shore Music Theater Presents A Christmas Carol

Live performances for the whole family at North Shore Music Theater
New England’s brightest holiday tradition! An original adaptation based on Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a musical ghost story following the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the...
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Friday, December 21

Winterlights at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Come to the Stevens Coolidge Place for Winterlights at night in North Andover!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for the most magical time if the year at The Stevens-Coolidge Place!
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Holiday Invitation Nights!

Downtown Newburyport is the place to shop during the invitation nights!
Come to Downtown Newburyport and the Tannery Marketplace for Newburyport’s Holiday Invitation Nights and shop for the holidays in style! Mark your calendars, book a babysitter and call your friends to make plans for two great nights in Newburyport! Enjoy merchant hospitality, live entertainment,...
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A Cinderella Panto

Come enjoy a Cinderella Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
Edward Speck and Joshua Shack bring back a favorite TITO Holiday Panto. We’ve updated our version of this classic fairy tale, added a holiday spin, plenty of adorable mice and even a few playful clowns to lead audiences on an enchanted adventure. It’s everything that you loved the first time you...
7:00 pm

North Shore Music Theater Presents A Christmas Carol

Live performances for the whole family at North Shore Music Theater
New England’s brightest holiday tradition! An original adaptation based on Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a musical ghost story following the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the...
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, December 22

Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Visit Newburyport MA during the holidays
Newburyport is a favorite local town to shop - especially during the holidays. The fantastic lights downtown, the tree in Market Square, all the beautifully decorated window boxes and of course, Santa's Workshop, where the kids can whisper their wishes to Santa.

The Polar Express in 4D!

Enjoy the Polar Express 4D Experience at the Museum of Science Boston.
Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D...

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,...

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by ArtsBoston in partnership with the City of Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Mayor’s Holiday Special is the region’s premier seasonal promotion which celebrates the wonder and joy of the holiday season by providing affordable access to over 150 of the region’s best and beloved holiday shows and performances, with ticket deals up to 50% off, dining deals, and free...

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

MSL: 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway

MarketStreet Lynnfield 12 Days of Christmas Prize Giveaway
The businesses at MarketStreet have teamed up to make your holiday season a whole lot brighter with over $3,000 in prizes being given away on MarketStreet Lynnfield's Insta
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