Outdoor Activity

Family Snowshoe (or Hike)

If it ever snows, this will be a great exploration of IRWS on snowshoes!

Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing but didn't know where to start? Join us for a leisurely snowshoe hike through the sanctuary. Along the way, we will search for animal tracks and keep our eyes open for wildlife. If you don't own snowshoes, we'll provide them for you. Snow or no, we will enjoy a wonderful winter hike and end with some hot chocolate at the end to warm up!

When: 
Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:30-3pm

Youth Outdoor Survival Challenge: Shelters

Teens will learn outdoors survival skills at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!

In this outdoor survival skills program, older children will learn the basics of the ancient outdoor skill of shelter building. We will look at real examples of animal homes for inspiration, learn some different shelter types and their pros and cons, discuss shelter safety, and make our own full-size shelters on the sanctuary. If there is snow we will make cozy quinzhee huts and if there is no snow we will make leafy lean-to huts. No experience necessary--just a desire to survive and thrive in the wild!

When: 
Saturday, February 2, 2018 1:30-3:30pm

Superbowl of Birding XVI

The Superbowl of Birding is a great way to spend the day outdoors with family.

Come to northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire for great winter birding and a chance to compete with other birders. The Superbowl of Birding is a unique, 12-hour team competition, where teams of birders of all ages and abilities seek out the greatest number of species and amass the most points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. Compete for prizes in 10 categories, from the Newbies Award to the esteemed Zeiss Joppa Cup. Enjoy spectacular winter birding and find out just how good you and your team really are! Sponsored by Joppa Flats Education Center, and Zeiss.

When: 
Saturday, January 19, 2019

First Day Hike on the North Shore

Explore a nearby state park on New Year's Day for a great start to the year!

First Day Hikes take place at nearby State Parks nationwide on New Year's Day. The annual hike originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation in Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks. On the North Shore, there will be First Day hikes at Bradley Palmer State Park and Breakheart Reservation.

When: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10am

Wonderful Winter Birding

Beginning winter birding is held on the 3rd Sunday of each Winter month

Join us at Halibut Point State Park, along the Atlantic migratory path, is an excellent locale for winter birding species you rarely see anywhere else. Harlequins, scoters, eiders, grebes, mergansers, loons, gannets and many more spend their winter on our shores. There is also a good possibility of seeing harbor seals that winter here.

When: 
Third Sunday of Month through March 2019

A Winter Solstice Celebration at Harold Parker

Come celebrate the longest night - Winter Solstice - at Harold Parker State Forest

Come celebrate the longest night and shortest day of the year at Harold Parker State Forest! What causes the winter solstice, and what does it mean for us? Come to Harold Parker State Forest and learn about this most important day of the year to ancient peoples and also to ourselves. Join DCR and Friends of HP for a cup of hot chocolate! We will celebrate the solstice at sunset at exactly 4:15 p.m. and usher out the shortest day of the year. Dress warmly and wear hiking footwear, bring water with you. We will be taking a short hike prior to the solstice sunset ritual.

When: 
Friday, December 21, 2018 3-5pm

Vacation Week Family Fun Days: Parent/Child Build a Birdfeeder

Build a Birdfeeder with your child that attracts birds to your yard this winter

Brighten up your yard this winter with a bird feeder handmade by you and your child. Each family will receive a kit containing all the necessary parts to build a feeder that will attract chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, and many other birds to your yard. A short slide presentation will highlight the birds that commonly come to feeders. We'll also observe the sanctuary feeders to see which birds are looking for food. Instructors will circulate to provide assistance.

When: 
Thursday, December 27, 2018 1-2:30pm

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Luxury condos at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester Massachusetts

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

Friday, May 24

The Lion King Jr. at HW Community House

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. Performances May 17, 7:30pm May 18, 3pm & 7:30pm May 19, 3pm May 23, 7:30pm May 25, 3pm & 7:30pm May 26, 3pm Production Co-Sponsors Cole Landscaping, Inc. and Hugo and Elena Foster
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.
7:30 pm

Saturday, May 25

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!

Melody Miles

Melody Miles raises funds for kids to pursue their artistic interests in the Hamilton-Wenham School District
Lace up your running shoes and join us for the annual Melody Miles Road Race where you’ll make your way through the streets of beautiful Hamilton and Wenham featuring student singers and instrumentalists at the starting line and along the Melody Miles course.  The 5K and 5-Mile races begin at 10am...
9:00 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

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

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

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

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
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