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Salem Jazz & Soul Festival

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The sixth annual Salem Jazz & Soul Festival is a free event the whole family will enjoy. In addition to live sounds of national New Orleans jazz talent, national bands and local ensembles, the day features a Salem Five music education classes, arts & crafts, a kid's tent, and much more, all at the Salem Willows on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 & 19, from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19, from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.

North Shore Pet Fair

The North Shore Pet Fair will be held on Salem Common this August!

The North Shore Pet Fair is a chance for local exhibitors and pet venders to hold a fair at the Salem Common while local pet enthusiasts showcase their dogs in a variety of competitions.  This is a great opportunity to show off the family pet, or to introduce your child to the world of pet ownership! Registration for this year’s the North Shore Pet Fair at the Salem Commons has begun! Sign Up Today!

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Sunday, August 5, 2012 10am-4pm
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Meet and Create with Captain Puddle

Mud Puddle Toys in salem and Marblehead. Family fun in Massachusetts. Toy Store

Ahoy! Join Captain Puddle at Mud Puddle Toys in Salem on Fridays at 1 p.m. to share stories of high adventure, friendship and heroes of all sizes!!! Captain was a plundering pirate once before, but found she seemed to only pillage books, not gold. The crew left Captain Puddle for more bountiful treasures (what they don't know is a book is the greatest treasure of all!) An intellectual pirate through and through: A pirate of print.

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Fridays at 1 p.m.
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Haunted City Junior Triathalon - Little Witch Duathalon

Kids can run, ride and swim (or not!) at Forest River Park in Salem!

The Haunted City Junior Triathlon has and will continue to attract hundreds of young athletes to put their athleticism to the test in a swim, bike, and run triathlon. Kids ages 5-12 who don't want to swim in the ocean or the open water, but still want to race have a Duathlon option this year! Kids participating in either race will walk away with some great serious bragging rights, making this event a great summer goal. Each athlete is treated like a professional at this inspiring event. It gets bigger and better each year!

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Sunday August 5, 2012 registration begins at 7am

Make Your Own Hand Print and Footprint Tiles!

Get handprints and/or footprints done in clay as a gift, or just as a treasure.

Mud Puddle Toys is giving parents of the North Shore a great opportunity to create a keepsake that is bound to last a lifetime.  Come to their Salem location with your children, where they will have professional artisans from the North Shore Clay Studio cast their footprints and hand prints in clay. Names, dates, or any other text can be painted on the casts when they are glazed.  These tiles make great gifts for Father's Day or any occasion! Tiles made at this session will be ready for Father's Day!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012 12-2pm
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Mother's Day Brunch at the Hawthorne

Mother's Day Brunch North of Boston Salem MA for North Shore Families

Mother's Day is a special day for children to take the time to say thank you to Mom. Families get together and celebrate, laugh, have fun and enjoy each others company. The Hawthorne Hotel makes it an especially nice get together with the sumptuous brunch service they offer for Mother's Day. The brunch, menu is abundant with a larger variety of offerings and caters to all types of guests.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012 10:30-7pm
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Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art

Explore the concept of shape shifting through Native American art at PEM!

Shapeshifting is a common theme in today's fiction and science fiction, but did you know this theme has been present in Native American art, dance, music and story telling for millennia? Transformation lies at the root of the shapeshifting concept, and Peabody Essex Museum invites you to explore transformation through Native American paintings, ceramics, textiles, photographs, videos and monumental installations drawn from collections in the United States, Canada and Europe! 

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On Display January 14 - April 29, 2012

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Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Come for a fun filled week of science, hands-on activities, museum tours and focused workshops!
Where: MIT Museum

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,...

North Shore Gamers Game Day

All are invited to Sawyer Free Public Library in Gloucester Massachusetts for a fun day of boards games!
Looking to get into the fun of modern board gaming? Come and learn from the best! North Shore Gamers will be hosting a game day open to all levels and types of board gamers. Bring your favorite game or play from our communal library.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

StoryWalk: The Snow Globe Family

Join the fun at the Trustees of Reservations' Stevens Coolidge Estate to explore their storywalk trail!
Looking for a way to get outside with the kiddos this February Vacation? Stop by The Stevens-Coolidge Place to follow our StoryWalk trail through the property! Our grounds are free and open to the public everyday. Simply enter the grounds, head left towards the beginning of the StoryWalk by the...
9:00 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

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

Chess Club at Sawyer Free

Chess Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Sign up for chess with Jaime online! No prior experience necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome - both new players and experienced players are sure to enjoy a fun yet challenging session. All ages welcome.
10:00 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

Sugar Shack Saturdays

Visit Appleton Farms' sugaring operation and experience a New England tradition
Spring is coming and the sap is running! Appleton Farms invites families experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts...
10:00 am to 3:00 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

Create Sweet Memories | Rent a Sugar Maple Bucket

Rent a bucket to harvest Maple Sap and convert it to Maple Syrup at IRWS!
Start a new maple sugaring tradition by renting your own sugaring bucket for yourself, your family, or as the perfect gift. Join our sugaring experts on Saturday, February 23, for a two-hour interactive program and experience this lovely New England tradition.
10:00 am to 3:30 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

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, ages infant through school age. Come and listen to stories, play games, sing songs, play with toys and build relationships with other families! Enjoying time in the Book Nook is a great way to startyour Saturday.
10:30 am to 11:30 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

Soup-er Saturday at Emma Andrews Library

Help kids programming at Emma Andrews Library and enjoy some great soup on Soupe
Emma Andrews Library and Community Center invites you to the library for a bowl of hot soup on  a Winter afternnon!
12:00 pm

Snowy Owl Prowl

Join the Trustees of Reservations at  the Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts in search of the Snowy Owl!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in search of the Snowy Owl! Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane...
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Saturday, March 9

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

Chess Club at Sawyer Free

Chess Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Sign up for chess with Jaime online! No prior experience necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome - both new players and experienced players are sure to enjoy a fun yet challenging session. All ages welcome.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sugaring Off Tours at IRWS

Sugaring Off tours are a fun and tasty way to learn about maple sugaring at IRWS
Spring celebrations begin early at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.
10:30 am to 2:30 pm

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, ages infant through school age. Come and listen to stories, play games, sing songs, play with toys and build relationships with other families! Enjoying time in the Book Nook is a great way to startyour Saturday.
10:30 am to 11:30 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

Sunday, March 10

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

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

Sugaring Off Tours at IRWS

Sugaring Off tours are a fun and tasty way to learn about maple sugaring at IRWS
Spring celebrations begin early at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.
10:30 am to 2:30 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
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