Families are invited to the Activity Center at the Cape Ann Museum to participate in hands-on activities that delve into the art, history and culture of the region. Each Second Saturday focuses on a specific theme based on the Museum’s collection and/or special exhibitions.
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Schooner Ardelle invites you on a unique adventure on the coast of the North Shore! Board the Ardelle as we depart the Sail Boston festival and sail back to Gloucester in company of the fleet of Tall Ships participating in the Tall Ships Challenge/Redez-vous Tall Ships Regatta race from Massachusetts to Canada. We will return to Gloucester in the afternoon, prior to the race start. Tickets are also available to join the Ardelle to watch the start of the tall ships regatta that afternoon! Passengers are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Boston and out of Gloucester. Trunnel tickets and Vouchers are not valid for this unique sailing experience.
Kestrel Educational Adventures is hosting a Student Work Showcase! This is an afternoon for sharing favorite project work that was done in connection with the natural world. We usually have work by students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and it includes sculptures, maps, field guides, nature videos, among other projects. You are invited to come and share your creations with others.
TownGreen 2025, a program of the Gloucester Meeting House Foundation, presents its second Cape Ann Sustainability Fair. This year's theme is "Get Your Green On" for the families and residents of Cape Ann. Learn how to lower your own carbon foot print as you listen to great music, eat tasty local food, and learn from some of the greatest minds on climate change at our speaker's series.
Summer classes at the Maritime Gloucester Boat Shop are a perfect way to learn basic woodworking and boatbuilding skills. Students will learn fundamental woodshop safety, use of hand tools, and basic woodworking skills in a supportive group atmosphere. Under the supervision of an expert boat builder, students will build a small wooden skiff. In addition to the time in the Boat Shop, students should have time to explore Gloucester Harbor in dories, gig boats and a pinky schooner sailboat. Register early as registration is limited to six students.
For kids who enjoyed our school year “Ocean Explorers” program, this program is for you. Come and have fun on the Maritime Gloucester working waterfront. Program includes: aquarium activities, scavenger hunts, hauling lobster traps, conducting research, building stuff, waterfront visits, and getting on the water, piers and floats at Maritime Gloucester. Available only to Gloucester students in grades 3rd through 5th.
Sawyer Free Library hosts Poetry and Puppies at the outdoor ampitheater! This program for kids ages 6 and up encourages learning poetry while giving children a chance to ineteract with puppies looking for a home! In partnership with the Cape Ann Animal Aid.
With warmer weather upon us comes preparations for summer fun and summer programs for children 3-6 years of age. Register your child today and join us for another summer full of trips to the beach, the bowling ally, the farm, the movie theater! We will enjoy Spanish lessons, tye-dye day, a bubble party, lemonade stands, weekly water play, theater arts, music and treasure hunts with Jape the Pirate, decorating fairy houses, visits from the Ice cream truck and much more! We will be busy making memories that will last a life time!
Tompson Street Reservation in Gloucester, managed by Essex County Greenbelt Association, is full of rich and diverse wildlife habitat, as well as some spectacular views of Ipswich Bay. Come on this fun, full-day hike and learn about vernal pools and forest wildlife while we explore the glacial granite summit of Eagle Rock with other adventurous young adults. Don't forget a camera -- the views should be great!
Attend an afternoon of crafts in the Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library. Particpants will learn about recycling and upcycling. Kids will crate and take home their own project made from plastic bags and wrappers.
- For children aged 8 and up
- Please register for this event online