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Essex National Heritage Area sites offer over 150 free family fun events over two weekends each September for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will provide a passport to fun and adventure. It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County. You can read more about it Trails & Sails 2018

Experience Waldorf Academics in Action

Cape Ann Waldorf School Open House Beverly MA

Explore arts education at Cape Ann Waldorf School on Tuesday, April 2, from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Visit the lower grades (1-5) and middle school grades (6-8) in action, followed by a conversation with faculty and parents. For adults only.

We believe in the journey. We believe in letting a child have a childhood. We believe that academic excellence is the by-product, and not the goal, of a rich, fulfilling educational path that honors the child's development. We believe when you educate a child, you have a chance to change the world.

When: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 8:15-10:15 a.m.

Shore Country Day School All Grades Open House

Admissions Open House at Shore Country Day School Beverly MA Admissions Open House for prospective students at Shore Country Day School. An independent day school.

All Grades Open House: January 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

All families are invited to discover Shore’s exceptional Pre-K through Grade 9 programs. Meet Head of School Larry Griffin and explore the best that Shore has to offer, from our soaring art studios to our “maker” space, the Innovation Lab; from our state-of-the-art Theatre to our rock-climbing wall; and from our bright early learning wing to our fully equipped science labs.

When: 
Sunday, January 24th, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Experience Waldorf Education in Action

Cape Ann Waldorf School Open House

Experience Waldorf education in action Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 8:15-10:15 a.m. Kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, 5, 7. For adults only.

We believe in the journey. We believe in letting a child have a childhood. We believe that academic excellence is the by-product, and not the goal, of a rich, fulfilling educational path that honors the child's development. We believe when you educate a child, you have a chance to change the world.

When: 
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 8:15-10:15 a.m.

Berwick Academy Open House: 4th Grade - When Students Become Leaders

Berwick Academy Open House 4th Grade

4th Grade - When Students Become Leaders

Have you considered Berwick Academy for your rising 4th grader? Learn more about our dynamic fourth grade program during an informal parent event on Friday, May 20 at 8 a.m. Experience our PK-4 Community Meeting followed by a parent coffee with our Lower School Director, fourth grade teachers, and current parents. This is a great opportunity to learn more in a casual setting and hear from our current parents about why they chose Berwick. Following the coffee parents are invited to sit in on a fourth grade class for a more in depth look at our program.

Tuition assistance is still available for fourth grade applicants. Please inquire for more information.

Please RSVP online or email admissions@berwickacademy.org or call 207-384-6300.

When: 
Learn More about Grade 4 Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8 a.m.

Glen Urquhart School Open House

Glen Urquhart GUS Admissions Open House 2012. A great education for North Shore

Tomorrow’s world is going to demand very different kinds of things of our children. Fortunately, Glen Urquhart is a very different kind of school. Learn more about Glen Urquhart School at the Kindergarten and First Grade Open House on Wednesday, December 5, 9-11 a.m.

Observe classes, ask questions, tour GUS lower school, and meet the outstanding teachers.

Overview of the kindergarten and first grade curriculum, and a Q and A with head of school and kindergarten and first grade teachers at 9:00.

Read about the GUS kindergarten program.

GUS Kindergarten FAQ

Read about the GUS first grade program.

When: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 9-11 a.m.

Sparhawk School Open House

Sparhawk School Open House Amesbury Ma Independent Pre-K-12 College Preparatory

Sparhawk School will host an OPEN HOUSE for prospective students and their families on Wednesday, March 14th 2012, at both Amesbury campuses.

• 9-11am at the Upper Campus (High School): 196 Main  Street, Amesbury,  MA
• 4-6pm at the Lower Campus (PreK-8):  259 Elm St., Amesbury, MA

This event will be the final open house for the 2012 enrollment season.

Sparhawk School is an independent, PreK -12 college preparatory day school with a focus on academic excellence in a culture of kindness.

When: 
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Location: 

Coffee & Conversation with Brookwood School at NPL

A Brookwood Coffee & Conversation is an informal gatherings with current Brookwo
  • How do I find a great school for my children?
  • What is student life like at an independent school?
  • What can a new school offer my child?

These are consuming questions for parents searching for the best educational options for their children. No one is better able to answer those questions than other parents who have gone through the search and found that school.

When: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 9:30-11 a.m.

Coffee & Conversation with Brookwood School at Wenham Museum

A Brookwood Coffee & Conversation is an informal gatherings with current Brookwo
  • How do I find a great school for my children?
  • What is student life like at an independent school?
  • What can a new school offer my child?

These are consuming questions for parents searching for the best educational options for their children. No one is better able to answer those questions than other parents who have gone through the search and found that school.

When: 
Monday, January 23, 2012 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: 

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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

The Lady of Salem: Maritime Art

Tour the Ladies of Salem with Trails & Sails! Learn about the history of Salem Massachusetts through this unique public art installation!
Learn about Salem's maritime history and view "Lady of Salem" public art through a guided walking tours of the "Ladies." This festive Beautification Committee public art project features over 15 artistically decorated ship figureheads adorning downtown Salem. Tours will focus on Salem's maritime...

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...

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park for public viewing!
Maudslay State Park has a strong connection to the arts, and one of the highlights of the year is Sculpture at Maudslay! The annual show will be themed 'CONNECT'. This unique exhibition brings together artists from many walks of life to create site-specific sculptures in the park. 

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...

Trails & Sails 2018

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.
Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events over the weekends of September 21-23 and September 28-30, 2018 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will...

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...

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

Boston Public Market - Boston

Boston Public Market - Boston
The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers housed under one roof offering fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items. Residents and visitors alike can find seasonal, locally sourced food from Massachusetts and New...
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Rowley Farmers Market

Rowley Farmers Market - a seasonal open-air market every Sunday July-September on Rowley Common
The Rowley Farmers Market is an open air market held on Sundays on the Rowley Town Common.  There's always a great selection of fresh local produce, other food and locally hand-made goods.
8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Fall Frolic 5K & Kids Fun Run

The Fall Frolic 5k and kids fun run is a rain or shine race held at Beverly's Lynch Park!
 Join in the fun for the 9th Annual 5k & Fun Run event – an awesome team effort that brings together all five Beverly elementary schools for a day of running fun!! Each year we are thrilled with our community’s commitment and participation and we’re hoping for another repeat on Sunday,...
Where: Lynch Park
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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

Farmstead Cheese Tour

Tour Valley View Farm's goat cheese operation as part of Essex Heritage's Trails and Sails!
Visit Valley View Farm to learn about Essex County's largest farmstead goat cheese maker. See nubian goat herd, learn about cheesemaking, see the cheese cave and sample cheeses. Cheese and farm products available to purchase.
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

PEM: Sally Mann A Thousand Crossings - Salem

Events in Salem MA at Peabody Essex Museum
Co-organized with the National Gallery of Art, this exhibition features some 115 photographs - many of which have not been exhibitied or published previously - that offer a sweeping overview of the distinguished photograhier's articstic achievement, vision and drive.    
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden

Pick Your Own Bouquet at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place
The public is invited to cut your own flowers in the cutting garden (only). In addition to pick-your-own standards like zinnias, dahlias and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

MFA: Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century

Museum exhibits at Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA
In the dynamic world of 18th-century Europe, people, ideas, and artistic styles crossed national boundaries. Salons rich with opulent paintings and furnishings hummed with intellectual exchange, gossip, and flirtation. To a person like Giacomo Casanova—smart and confident, boastful and scheming—the...
10:00 am to 5:00 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

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

Enchanted Forest Day

Say farewell to our garden season with this celebration of the Flower Fairies and Elves at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate
Don your wings, grab your crowns or cloaks and come say farewell to our garden season with this celebration of the Flower Fairies and Elves that keep our gardens in bloom all summer long.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Hidden Life of Trees

Come learn about the secret life of trees at Halibut Point State Park.
Come to Halibut Point State Park to learn about trees! Often, what we do see of the natural world is less significant than what we don’t see.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

North Andover Farmers' Market

North Andover Farmers Market every Sunday Through October 7, 2018.
The North Andover Farmers' Market brings local produce and foods to the heart of North Andover every Sunday!  The market will take place in the center of town at the intersection of First Street and Main Street.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Essex Heritage Boat Tours to Bakers Island Lighthouse - Salem

Boat and Light Station Tour Bakers Island Tour
Bakers Island Light is officially open for the season! Whether you have visited before or are new to the site, there are lots of ways to experience Bakers Island Light this summer. Read on to see what is happening this year.
10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Sail on the Schooner Fame

Take a sailing tour aboard Schooner Fame of Salem for Trails & Sails 2018!
Come for a sail on FAME, a full-scale replica of one of the first American privateers to get to sea during the War of 1812. FAME was also arguably the first privateer to send in a captured vessel. She seized some 21 prizes in the waters off Maine, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before being lost in...
11:00 am to 12:45 pm

Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms

Wagon rides at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts. Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Wagon Rides are new to Appleton Farms this summer! What better way than to spend a summer day on the farm. Hop aboard our hay wagon and go for a ride past our vegetable fields and out to the great pasture. Enjoy our rolling landscape, maybe spot some cows grazing and enjoy being outside! The ride...
11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Powder House Tours

Tour the Newbuyrport Powder House for Sails and Trails 2018
As part of Trails & Sails 2018, tour the Newburyport Powder House, built in 1822 at Godfrey's Hill on Low Street, with a restored exterior and interior.
12:00 pm to 4:00 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

Touch Tank Time

You can look at, AND touch the creatures in Joppa Flats touch tank!
Summer beach days are over, but our 110-gallon tide pool touch tank is still filled with marine life! Drop in for this free program at Joppa Flats and examine the critters you might have discovered on your own visits to the shore. Sea Urchiins, Moon Snails, Sand Dollars, hermits, Horseshoe Crabs,...
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Flower Crown Making

Come to the Stevens-Coolidge Estate to learn how to make flower crowns with flowers picked from the gardens!
Join the The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate, cut your own flowers at our Flower Fields Cutting Garden and then use them to create a beautiful flower crown. We will have all the supplies and instructions you need to learn how to make a beautiful floral crown of your own...
1:00 pm

Polo at Myopia Hunt Club

Polo at Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton MA
Bring a picnic and enjoy the action.
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Brocklebank Museum Open House

Explore the Brocklebank Museum in Georgetown as part of Trails and Sails!
Visit the Brocklebank Museum, built in the late 1600s, with ties to the abolitionist movement and the famous Beecher family.
2:00 pm to 5:00 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

0.5K Mini-Marathon

A Short Run for Charity. Are you in Olympic physical condition, subsisting on a carefully calibrated diet and ready to run for miles for a good cause?  Yeah, neither are we. But we can help run for a good cause.  Join members of the Hamilton-Wenham Rotary at The Wenham Country Club for our first...
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

TitO presents Poe

Theater in the Open presents the works of Edgar Allen Poe at Oak Hill Cemetary in Newburyport Massachusetts
  Join Theater in the Open for a special encore presentation of Poe in The Ellen T. Brown Memorial Chapel at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport. Using music, macabre pageantry and shadow puppetry, Theater in the Open’s ensemble will explore the emotional tension and otherworldly atmosphere that...
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Fitness on the Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield - Lululemon

Join us on The Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield for sweat-inducing workouts. These complimentary classes run from May through October.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Full Moon and Folklore Hike

Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustes under the full moon.
Join The Trustees of Reservations to celebrate September's Full Moon. Like most full moons, it goes by many names. Often called the Full Corn Moon, it traditionally corresponds with the time for harvesting corn. Similarly, it is also called the Barley Moon because this is the time when ripened...
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Friday, September 28

Gone Fishin' on Ipswich River

Kids will learn about pond fishing on the ipswich River at Harold Parker State Forest
Come and join us for this family fishing experience! Go to the Accessible Trail parking lot at 40 Asbury Street (left turn just inside the park gates past the old gray farm house) for a FREE drop-in program for ages 6+.  Follow the trail fishing signs for a short walk to the fishing spot.  Learn...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

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

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

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

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

MFA: Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century

Museum exhibits at Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA
In the dynamic world of 18th-century Europe, people, ideas, and artistic styles crossed national boundaries. Salons rich with opulent paintings and furnishings hummed with intellectual exchange, gossip, and flirtation. To a person like Giacomo Casanova—smart and confident, boastful and scheming—the...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
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

Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope at Maudslay State Park is a chance for preschoolers to explore the park, enjoy a story and make a craft!
Maudslay State Park has created this program for their youngest crowd! For the young set that loves nature, the park interpreter will lead a three-part preschool aged program that includes a Story, Craft & Walk that involves outdoor exploration. A different nature topic each week so come every...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Essex Heritage Boat Tours to Bakers Island Lighthouse - Salem

Boat and Light Station Tour Bakers Island Tour
Bakers Island Light is officially open for the season! Whether you have visited before or are new to the site, there are lots of ways to experience Bakers Island Light this summer. Read on to see what is happening this year.
10:30 am to 2:00 pm

The Story Behind the Dory

Learn about Lowell's Boat Shop on this guided Trails and Sails Tour
Visit Lowell’s Boat Shop on thei Trails & Sails 2018! Founded in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating wooden boat shop in the United States. Now a National Historic Landmark, Lowell's continues to build wooden boats in the traditional method. Located on the banks of the...
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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