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Caring Bunny Photo Sessions at North Shore Shopping Center in Peabody. Visit Nor
Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Bunny in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children with all abilities. Many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary): Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event. Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called. Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit. The photo session will take place in the Lower Level of the Nordstrom wing.
Location: Northshore Mall
Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny at Northshore Mall, Peabody MA
Northshore Mall is in the spring spirit, celebrating the season with the Easter Bunny himself who is now at the mall and is gearing up for a very egg-citing event taking place. Pet Photo Night with Bunny is part of the festive Bunny Photo Experience, as many pet owners view their pets as important members of the family!  Pets will have their own turn to visit with Bunny, and take photos of the fun. Photo packages and pricing will vary, and guests can learn more at the Bunny set.
Location: Northshore Mall
Support group for moms at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Congratulations: you are pregnant!  Anna Jaques Hospital Birth Center 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.
Location: Anna Jaques Hospital
Sawyer Free Library community events for north shore families
Sawyer Free Library hosts local children’s author Karin Gertsch who will be reading her new children’s book, Flora Has an Adventure,  a story about a hen who goes on a visit to a library, at the Sawyer Free children’s library on March 14th at 10:00am. The author will be bringing one of her famous hens for children to meet after the story. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.  Best for children ages 4-8.   For more information please visit: sawyerfreelibrary.org.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Flapjack Fling isn't about pancakes, it's about the syrup!
The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary wraps up the maple sugaring season this year with our the annual Flapjack Fling. Bring your family and friends for this special breakfast at the sanctuary and enjoy the fruit (OK, sap!) of our labor and our maple trees on some delicious pancakes.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
learn how to make seed bombs at the Trustees of Reservations
Get ready for spring with seed bombs! Together we'll learn about flowers and seeds, then create handmade seed bombs full of native wildflower seeds or herb seeds to take home. Give them as gifts or use them in your own yard to create springtime plant explosions! 
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Essex County Community Foundation's Community Leadership Breakfast
Join ECCF and community leaders, legislators, donors, nonprofits, and friends as we celebrate local philanthropy and our collective impact in addressing social change in Essex County. Be part of the region’s premier event that recognizes philanthropists and nonprofit organizations having wide-reaching impact. You will learn about ECCF’s work that is “Inspiring Philanthropy for Generations.”
Location: North Shore Music Theatre
SummerQuest at the Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Studies show that children who spend time in nature and develop a rapport with the great outdoors are healthier, happier kids. At SummerQuest, we strive to connect children with the natural world, and to exercise their imaginations as well as their muscles.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Summer programs and Camps at The Trustees Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Appleton Farms is one of the most significant cultural and natural landscapes in American agrarian history. Our working landscape offers a diversity of learning opportunities for all ages, from soil science and habitat management to cheese making and community supported agriculture. The rich stories, rare resources, and sustainable operations, make Appleton Farms one of the finest stages in the country to showcase and teach excellence in small-scale agriculture.
Location: Appleton Farms
Join a Family Owl Prowl Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Scott Santino
People of all ages love owls, and many species of owls can be found right here in Massachusetts year-round. Experience the excitement of an owl prowl as we take a night hike to look and listen for Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, and Eastern Screech-owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we'll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn using real owl mounts, feathers, talons, and a brief slide show. We'll end our evening with an owl-hooting lesson.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

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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

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

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, October 7

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

Anna Jaques Birth Center Tour

Birth Center Tours Birth Center - Anna Jaques (Second Floor)
Welcoming your baby into the world is one of life’s most amazing experiences. The Birth Center of Anna Jaques Hospital is proud to offer parents of northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire a place of exceptional care. Our 12-bed unit is just the right size for women seeking a combination...
6:30 pm to 7:30 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

Thursday, October 8

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

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

Cape Ann Farmers' Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market will be drive thru and pre-order only for the 2020 season
For the 2020 Season, Cape Ann Farmers Market will hold a Drive Thru/Pre-Order market. As things develop the Market organizer will do their best to work through the hurdles please visit the website and facebook page frequently for updated information!
3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Salem Farmers' Market

The Salem Farmer's Market bring the goodness of local farm to downtown Salem!
The Salem Farmers' Market brings fresh local produce and other foods from North Shore farms and other local resources to downtown Salem every Thursday at Derby Square on Front Street Bentley Academy Charter School! Due to COVID-19, the market has needed to make some adjustments please read their...
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday, October 9

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