Gloucester

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Climb Up City Hall Tower

Take a Free tour of Gloucester City Hall's renovated tower as part of Trails and Sails 2017!

Get your blood flowing as you climb up the clock and bell tower of Gloucester's magnificent City Hall to the belfry level! At the belfry level you will look down on Gloucester's civic center and, weather depending, beyond to Thacher Island's twin lighthouses, to Ipswich Bay and Magnolia. As you climb the stairs you will be regaled with the history of City Hall, enjoy learning about the functional design of the building and the current efforts to restore "our jewel in the crown". This is a photo-op par excellence. Note: The tower is not handicap accessible.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017 12-3 PM

Kay Ellis Scholarship Fundraiser

Come to the Kay Ellis Memorial Fundraiser for a night of fun on Gloucester Harbor!

Come to the Kay Ellis Memorial Fundraiser for a night of fun in Gloucester! Dinner at the The Gloucester House will be followed by a sail aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon or Schooner Ardelle or Whale Watch Privateer IV then back to Seven Seas Wharf for dessert, music, dancing and fun!

When: 
Monday, August 29, 2016 5:30-9:30pm

Coast to the Cure Bike Ride

Coast for the Cure starts at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Massachusetts

The 7th Annual Coast to the Cure Neurofibromatosis Bike Ride starts and finishes at Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park. All routes travel along Cape Ann’s shores and through Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly, Hamilton and Ipswich. The terrain includes rolling hills, long, sunny flats, and rural roads winding through the quaint towns of Boston’s North Shore. The 100 mile ride takes you further north through Georgetown, Amesbury and Newburyport.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017 7am
Registration open at 6:30am
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Gloucester Country Fest

Gloucester Country Fest brings fun and live country music to Gloucester Massachusetts in the beautiful setting of Stage Fort Park by the sea. Featuring headliner Jillian Cardarelli!

The Gloucester Country Fest brings the fun of live country music to Gloucester Massachusetts in the beautiful setting of Stage Fort Park by the sea. Jillian Cardarelli, Martin & Kelly, Stefanie Jasmine Band, Scarlett Drive and Shanna Jackman perform at waterfront Stage Fort Park for an afternoon of live music and good times! Don't miss your chance to see these national and regional country artists perform right here in Gloucester! Gates open at 11 am, music starts at noon.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017 Gates Open at 11am
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Historic Ice House Tours with SFL

Tour Cape Pond Ice and chill with the coolest guys in town! Gloucester Massachusetts and Sawyer Free Library

Chill with the coolest guys in town in the heat of Summer! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. This tour highlights the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in the historic icehouse on Gloucester's working waterfront. Wear warm clothing and shoes!  Signup with the library! 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 2-3pm
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Playtime Stories at Gloucester Stage

Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theatre at the Gloucester Stage Company in Gloucester Massachusetts

Gloucester Stage Company invites kids ages 2 and up to Playtime Stories. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theatre as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story.

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Saturdays through July 30, 2016 at 10am

Cape Ann Museum Summer Vacation

Cape Ann Museum Summer Program

Discover the awesome architecture and design all around you on Cape Ann. Explore Cape Ann Museum’s summer exhibit 
Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects and visit local historic houses. Kid’s will have fun drawing plans, painting a skyline and creating toys.

Register by calling (978)283-0455 x16 or email lizabrowning@capeann.museum.org.

$40 CAM Members / $50 nonmembers. (Bring a friend and receive $10 off!)

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Father's Day Special--Live Snake Show!

Albino Milk Snake being held by a child at Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team.

Grab Dad and come to a Live Animal Presentation of Snakes of Ravenswood, Massachusetts, and the World! As the sun warms the ground, you may come across a snake that slithers away before you have a chance to see it.  This is your chance to get up close to see and appreciate these creatures living in our yards and woodlands.  Rick Roth, local snake expert, and founder and Executive Director of Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, will share some of his favorite snakes and discuss their lives, habits, and care.  Free for Dads today. Call or email to register.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016 2-3pm
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Picture Book Writing Workshop for All Ages

Picture Book Writing Workshop for All Ages

Need Help With Your Picture Book Writing for Cape Ann Reads?

Amanda Cook of the Writer's Center is offering a free series of writer's Workshops for all ages on Wednesdays in the Sawyer Free Public Library (Gloucester) These classes are open to all writers interested in working on a Picture Book entry for the Cape Ann Reads (Manchester, Essex, Gloucester, Rockport) project. Classes will be May-October, Third Wednesday of every month, 1-2 PM, Sawyer Free Library.

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May-October, Third Wednesday of every month, 1-2 PM

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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

Cambridge Science Festival 2018

The Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun
The Cambridge Science Festival is the first of its kind in the United States. It is a fun and engaging celebration showcasing  the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, and math in our region. The Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun with hundreds of...

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off

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 Saturday,  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at the Cushing Park and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Community Giving Tree center in Boxford - just down the...
9:00 am to 12:00 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

Families in the Farm Kitchen: Bread and Butter Making

Families will learn to make farm fresh bread and butter at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA
Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. We will make homemade rolls and top them with freshly made Jersey butter. We will learn about how our cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk, then enjoy...
10:00 am to 11:00 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

See The Addison’s Model Ship Collection - Andover

Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA. Addison Gallery of American Art
Families are invited to explore The Addison Gallery's famed model ship collection, permanently installed in the building's lower level, consisted originally of 24 works commissioned by the museum's founder, Thomas Cochran, to document four centuries of American history.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions.
10:00 am to 5:00 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

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

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

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dads & Donuts At Sawyer Free

Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning
This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Book Nook at MPL

Book Nook with Miss Melanie at Manchester Public Library
Book Nook is a weekly story time program for all children and families. Online registration is requested, but not required.  Come to all, or come to some.
10:30 am to 11:00 am

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

A Little Bazaar

A Little Bazarr is a makers market in at Mill No. in Lowell Massachusetts
A Little Bazaar is a “makers market” that takes place every Saturday in Lowell, MA. It features independent sellers with vintage, handmade, and artisanal products. It’s become very popular for people who love to shop for unique gifts and goods. Saturday March 10 is the Women's Day Market!
Where: Mill No. 5
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Get Outside This April Vacation Cruises with Charles Riverboat Company

Vacation fun for families and children
Bring the kids and spend April School Vacation week with us! Enjoy a 60-minute, fully-narrated sightseeing cruise along the Charles River. Your captain and crew will both entertain and educate while pointing out the historic and cultural sights of Boston and Cambridge. Sights include Beacon Hill...
12:00 pm to 2:00 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

Aleppo Shriners Circus 2018

Shriners Circus in Wilmington MA
Fun for the whole family! Enjoy 5 days of animals, acrobats and much more. The all-new Shriner's Circus thrills, during April school vacation week. Enjoy elephant rides, clown photos, and all sorts of exciting acts - right up close.
2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Families in the Farm Kitchen: Cheese Making

Families will learn to make farm fresh cheeses at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA
Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. With the help of our cheesemaker we will make a batch of fresh farm cheese while we learn about how our cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk. Afterwords...
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 28

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

See The Addison’s Model Ship Collection - Andover

Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA. Addison Gallery of American Art
Families are invited to explore The Addison Gallery's famed model ship collection, permanently installed in the building's lower level, consisted originally of 24 works commissioned by the museum's founder, Thomas Cochran, to document four centuries of American history.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Odyssey Day School 5K Race and Carnival

Odyssey Day School in Wakefield MA
Odyssey Day School invites you to its 5K Run and Walk. Please come and enjoy our 5k race is run/walk, professionally timed and a great PR course. We will have a bounce house and family carnival at the town common in Wakefield during with kid obstacle courses! 
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Book Nook at MPL

Book Nook with Miss Melanie at Manchester Public Library
Book Nook is a weekly story time program for all children and families. Online registration is requested, but not required.  Come to all, or come to some.
10:30 am to 11:00 am

Who Was Book Club? - Albert Einstein

Who Was Albert Einstein?  A bookclub for kids in grades 2-5 at Newbury Town Library
This month's book club will be reading 'Who Was Albert Einstein?' and making our very own BLUBBER creations!! This Book Club meets once a month and lets kids use technology, crafts, and imagination to share what they learned in every book in the “Who Was Series”.
11:00 am to 12:00 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

A Little Bazaar

A Little Bazarr is a makers market in at Mill No. in Lowell Massachusetts
A Little Bazaar is a “makers market” that takes place every Saturday in Lowell, MA. It features independent sellers with vintage, handmade, and artisanal products. It’s become very popular for people who love to shop for unique gifts and goods. Saturday March 10 is the Women's Day Market!
Where: Mill No. 5
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Childhood on Cape Ann Family Tour

Cape Ann Museum Collection. Kids skating on frozen Gloucester Harbor
How did Cape Ann children play, learn, dress and think throughout history? Learn the answers with docent Trudi Olivetti during this all ages family tour. End your visit in the Activity Center with hands-on art-projects and play in a real dory. Free for CAM members or with Museum admission.
1:00 pm to 1:45 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

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.
7:30 pm
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