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Sled Safety reduces the risk of injury and allows everybody to make it home safe
Sledding is a great way to kill an afternoon on snowy days, have some fun with the family and get some outdoor winter exercise. I loved sledding as a kid, but now when I see 'B' pretending to have 'accidents' on the sledding hill we made in our front yard, I cringe to think of the possible dangers involved in sledding. Wiping out is fun, until somebody gets hurt.
Cut your own Christmas Tree farms north of Boston Massachusetts on the North Shore
The weekend after Thanksgiving we begin to get into the holiday swing of things. I like to hang wreaths and lights and go to one of the local tree farms and select our Christmas tree. Cutting your own tree is the real deal - you knwo where your tree comes from, and you are supporting a local farmer.
Mass Audubon Photo Journaling Workshop at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield MA
Fall is a fantastic time to explore our coastline with its rocky tide pools and sandy clam flats. Joppa Flats Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings will guide families on the identification of creatures, provide small group challenges, and share her vast knowledge and joy for marine life. Sign up for one or all of these educational outdoor adventures. This Session will focus on photo journaling.
Location: Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary is part island, part forest and part marsh!
Fall is a fantastic time to explore our coastline with its rocky tide pools and sandy clam flats. Joppa Flats Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings will guide families on the identification of creatures, provide small group challenges, and share her vast knowledge and joy for marine life. Sign up for one or all of these educational outdoor adventures. Joppa Flats will provide all field gear and equipment. This is not a drop-off class; all children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Locations are subject to change.
Location: Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
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 leisurely pace with stops to explore for birds, mammals, insects, and other interesting creature we'll see along the way.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
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-tailed Deer grazing, and Eastern Coyotes howling. Learn about the fascinating adaptations of these animals as they prepare for winter and hear some Hunter's Moon lore on this fun, fall, after-dark adventure.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Meet some of the birds that you'll find in your yard at Joppa Flats Education Center!
The Joppa Flats riverside yard will be our outdoor classroom for families every week! Let's learn about different animals and their habitats, discover the mysteries of weather and where animals go in winter, and do lots of hands-on science with songs, role play, and imagination.  This session will focus on birds that you'll find in your own backyard!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Explore Appleton Farms on a hay ride tour! Undoubtedly the best way to experience our 350+ year old farm and all of its spectacular grounds and animals. Rides will take place every twenty minutes during our Pizza Picnics, Fridays from 4pm to 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4.
Location: Appleton Farms
North Shore Kids' list of farms that offer 'Pick Your Own' pumpkins North of Boston Massachusetts
Celebrate Fall and take the kids to a pumpkin patch!  Picking your own pumpkin is just part of the fun!  Some places listed may have closed pick your own in the field, but should have a great selection available at the farm! Here is a short list of some local pumpkin patches north of Boston:
'Maudslay is Haunted' is an annual fundraiser for Theater in the Open at Maudsla
Maudslay is Haunted is a North Shore Kid favorite, and this year they are doing things a bit differently. Download the Maudslay is Haunted trail map at the Theater in the Open website, then bring your family to Maudslay State Park to enjoy a virtual self-guided haunting experience along the trail. We highly recommend this for Halloween fun for all ages because its spooky, and haunting, but not too scary. Join a cast of all ages for a one-hour walking tour through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all in the autumn grandeur of Maudslay State Park.
Location: Maudslay State Park

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Hike & Seek: Sprouts of Spring

Come enjoy enjoy a self-guided outdoor activity adventure at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place.
As animals emerge from hibernation and the snow starts to melt, hints of green begin to bud and sprout which can only mean Springtime has arrived. From acorn to tree, sprout to fern, and spore to mushroom; the woodland forest is a revolving world of new plant species as far as the eye can see.

"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport to look for signs of spring on a self-guided story walk!
Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for a self-guided StoryWalk® through Maudslay State Park from April 17 – Mother’s Day, May 9 features the children’s book “It’s Spring!” by Linda Glaser. Just follow Hedge Drive and visit the laminated pages of the book posted along the route. A wonderful...

Tulip Festival at Cider Hill Farm

Come cut your own tulips at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury Massachusetts
Over 50,000 tulips are scheduled to bloom at Cider Hill Farm at the end of April - beginning of May at cider Hill Farm and we you to come pick your own!

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

Wednesday, May 19

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

Thursday, May 20

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

Friday, May 21

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

Saturday, May 22

Nature Walks for Tots: Rocky Beach Walk

Explore the rocky shore at Sandy Point with Mass Audubon Naturalist from Joppa Flats Education Center!
As spring arrives and settles in, Miss Lisa wants to take you through the woods, on the trails, and along the shore to look for creatures, explore, and play. We'll use our "science eyes" and "nature ears" for some outdoor family fun! On this walk we'll explore the rocky shoreline of Sandy Point!
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Outdoor Adventures for Families: Return to the Tide Pools

Explore the tide pools of Sandy Point Reservation with Joppa Flats Educators
As spring takes over, it's a great time to explore green spaces with your family in the woods, on trails, and along the shore. "Miss Lisa" and her team will assist with the identification of creatures, provide small group challenges, and share our joy and knowledge about the natural world. Sign up...
1:00 pm to 3:00 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

The 20th Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner

Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.
The Open Door hosts a new twist on an old tradition. Join The Open Door to mark the 20th Anniversary of this beloved community event. Empty Bowl TO GO is by appointment only with a drive-thru experience at The Open Door in Gloucester. 
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 23

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 9:00am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:00 am to 12:00 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

Monday, May 24

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