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Essex County Trail Association is hosting the annual Equine EXPO at Topsfield Fairgrounds
ESSEX COUNTY TRAIL ASSOCIATION is hosting the 24th annual EQUINE EXPO to be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 9-3 in the Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1, Topsfield, MA.  This popular event draws over 800 people each year.  Individuals, groups & businesses make up over 80 booths offering goods and services, new and used, for the horse and rider/driver. To outfit everyone for the show and trail season, find  a massage therapist, trainer, saddle fitter or a new saddle, upgrade all your tack and equipment, build a barn, purchase supplements, books, herbal products, home décor or gifts this is the place to be. 
Location: Topsfield Fairgrounds
Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr
Goddard School in Middleton is hosting 3rd Annual Touch a Truck at Goddard & Open House. Guests and friends will enjoy live music, old fashion Middleton Police Vehicle and K-9 Demo, a Party Bus and weather permitting a HELICOPTER.
Location: Goddard School
Support group for moms at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Anna Jaques Hospital offers a fantastic support group for new moms. Persist - A Recovery Support Group for Moms. You are the most important person when it comes to the care of your baby, which means taking care of yourself is a vital step in your motherhood journey. Join us – with your baby! – for a weekly support group designed to provide a safe and supportive place to share your recovery.   There is no cost for the group and no need to RSVP. Contact 978-255-3149 with questions.
Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Spring and Summer consignment sales event at Pingree School, Hamilton MA, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Spring and Summer children's clothing, brand name toys and gear, furniture, maternity and boutique items. The consignment sale is an organized, store-like environment where individuals sell and purchase gently used baby and kids clothing, toys, and baby gear.
Location: Pingree School
Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm for children in second grade and up.The first session is for beginners and the second session is for advanced players. Registration is required
Location: Abbot Public Library
Learn and improve ukulele skills at the Ukulele Melee at the Cutler School in Hamilton!
Since 2011, the Ukulele Melee has provided an exciting yearly venue for Boston-area ukulele enthusiasts of all ages to share ideas, learn, perform, play together, & have fun! Each year we bring new musicians, workshops, jams, vendors, raffles, ukulele auctions, and strum alongs to help you learn and grow in your ukulele education and appreciation.  Come for an exciting day of music and aloha, made possible by the students and community of Hamilton, MA in which the festival is now held.  
Location: Cutler Elementary School
Marini Farm Strawberry Festival ipswich Massachusetts
Come to Marini Farm Annual Strawberry Festival for their celebration of the strawberry harvest. June is Strawberry Month and Marini Farms' 12 acres of berries begins to produce some of the best tasting strawberries on the North Shore. Marini Farm Annual 2019 Strawberry Festival is a family fun event with activities for all ages including fields of strawberry picking, farm fresh strawberries and strawberry productsand of course fresh strawberry shortcake!
Location: Marini Farm
Kids Minecraft Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester MA
Play Minecraft with other children grades 1-5 (ages 6 and up)  Learn new tricks from each other and explore and build in a world together. This group is for children in grades 1 and up. Due to our child safety policy, at least one parent per session will need to volunteer to stay in the room the entire time of the program, from 3:30-4:30. Please register for just one session per month. If registration is full, please sign up on the wait list and we will schedule you soon!
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Come build using LEGOs at the Sawyer Free Library
Attend an afternoon of LEGOs in the Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library! Snacks and LEGOs are provided. Register online!
Location: Sawyer Free Library
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.
Location: Sawyer Free Library

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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...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! 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, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2020 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! 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 clues...
10:00 am to 6:00 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

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
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

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-6 Weeks

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques Hospital is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. This new group (for moms, grandmothers, and female caregivers only) is focused...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Mendel Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obse
7:00 pm

Friday, October 30

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2020 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! 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 clues...
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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

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

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
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

Hunter's Moon: Night Hike for Families at IRWS

Walk through the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary lit only by the full moon
The sparkle of the Hunter's Moon will guide our way as we walk the trails of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Led by a sanctuary naturalist, we'll explore fields, forests, and wetlands looking and listening for beavers slapping their tails on the river's surface, Barred Owls hooting, White-...
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 31

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by James Disilvestro
The 11th annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. Presenting art outside allows us to observe social distancing advisories while offering a delightful opportunity for...

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...

Little Woods Walk: Forest Walk for Families

Join Mass Audubon naturalists on a hike at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield!
Join a Mass Audubon teacher on a child-friendly walk to learn about the people and wildlife who call these forests home. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy a hike with family and give thanks for the resources and beauty that nature provides for wild animals and people, too. The hike is set at a...

Pizza Picnics at Appleton Farms

Appleton Farm's Pizza Picnics are a great way to get outside with the family while socially distancing in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Pizza Picnics at Appleton Farms features pizza baked in our wood fire oven, made fresh by hand when you order! Non-alcoholic beverages and assorted sweet treats will also be available to purchase on site, as well as beer or wine from one of our local featured vendors (be sure to bring your wallet...