Dance

Family Friendly Folk Dance

Come join the community tradition of the folk dance at Ipswich Town Hall in Massachusetts!

Dance is a New England folk tradition, and Ipswich Recreation invites you to the fun! Join old and new friends in folk dances, including squares, contras, and circle dances. Egrets-Only, a band and caller of local Ipswich parents, will provide the fiddle tunes and instruction. All are welcome and the dance is gender neutral. Circle, Line, & Square Dances. No partner or previous skill is required. Dancers are encouraged to bring a water bottle to fill as needed and an open heart.

When: 
Friday, January 5, 2024 7-9pm
Friday, March 1, 2024 7-9pm
Friday, May 3, 2024 7-9pm

Eagle Festival: Everything Eagles

Kids will learn about eagles, their migrations and varied habitat at Joppa Flats. Image ©David Morris

During Eagle Festival Week, join North Shore Field Teachers at a popular viewing area to spot Bald Eagles along the Merrimack River and learn about behaviors such as soaring, fishing, and showing courtship displays. Using sound effects, props, and group role play, you'll stay active and warm outdoors as you and your family learn together. Three date and time choices!

When: 
Friday, February 16, 2024 10am-3pm
Saturday, February 17, 2024 10am-3pm

Lunar New Year Festival at PEM

Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts!

Join PEM as they celebrate the Lunar New Year | The Year of the Dragon!  welcome the Year of the Dragon with a vibrant festival heralding new beginnings and the coming of spring. Join us as we continue our celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home at PEM! Enjoy performances, storytelling and art making and explore Yin Yu Tang.

When: 
Saturday, February 10, 2024 10am-4pm
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STOMP at Lynn Auditorium

Come to the Lynn Auditorium in Massachusetts to see STOMP - a live experience of dance and percussion!

After 29 years and 11,475 performances, STOMP closed in New York City on January 8, 2023, and went on tour. STOMP - a live experience of dance, rhythm and percussion is coming to Lynn Massachusetts! Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP: the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music, and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

When: 
Thursday, May 30, 2024 8pm
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Family & Friends Sweetheart Ball

Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to dance the night away with their favorite grown-up at The Family and Friends Sweetheart Ball in Hamilton Massachusetts

The Community House presents The Family and Friends Sweetheart Ball! Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to dance the night away with their favorite grown-up. Formerly the Father Daughter Dance and the Mother Son Knight Out, The Sweetheart Ball combines the two to make one, inclusive and festive event. Music provided by a local DJ, dancing, pizza, and an ice cream sundae bar included. Portraits provided by a professional photographer.

When: 
Saturday, February 10th, 2024 6-8pm

Rockport New Year's Eve 2023

Come to Rockport Massachusetts for a wonderful night of family New Year's Activities!

Rockport New Years Eve is an annual family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration of the arts in picturesque downtown Rockport, Massachusetts. Halls, churches, town offices, and some streets are taken over by happy revelers celebrating the New Year. Most of the venues are handicap accessible. Admission to most events requires the purchase of an inexpensive button, and a few events are free. Performances include music, dance, puppet shows, magic, and much more. Activities conclude with a midnight ball drop. Children's entertainment wraps up with an early New Year celebration.

When: 
Sunday, December 31, 2023 4pm-Midnight

Christmas at Castle Hill

The Trustees' Castle Hill Christmas by the Sea is a weekend of festivities hosted by the Trustees of Reservations at Castle Hill in Ipswich Massachusetts

Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition. Don’t miss this year’s Travels with the Cranes. Each room in our 1920s mansion is decorated for the holidays drawing inspiration from Crane travels around the world, including Paris, Japan, Egypt, and New York.

When: 
Fridays through December 22, 2023 2023 4-8pm
Saturdays through December 23, 2023 10am-4pm
Sundays, December 3, 10 & 17, 2023 10am-4pm
Tuesday-Saturday, December 26-30, 2023 10am-4pm

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Harborlight Montessori School - Infant to Grade 8 - Beverly MA

We Walk the Woods!

Walk the trails in a group at Harold Parker State Forest Every Wednesday at 10am
Walk the trails with a group at Harold Parker State Forest every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. – Meeting location varies weekly. Email trek.reef@mass.gov for location.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

MPL: Mother Goose Storytime

Manchester Public Library Storytime with Miss Audrey Manchester by the Sea Massachusetts
Join Miss Audrey for Storytime for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers! We'll share books, songs, and games. Registration is required each week as space is limited.
10:30 am

School Vacation Week Fun in Salisbury!

Seaglass Restaurant, Joes Playland Arcade and the Salisbury Beach Carousel team up to bring affordable vacation week fun to North Shore Massachusetts families!
Seaglass Restaurant, Joes Playland Arcade and the Salisbury Beach Carousel team up to bring affordable vacation week fun to North Shore Massachusetts families!
11:30 am to 3:00 pm

Salisbury Beach Carousel - School Vacation

Carousel at Salisbury Beach MA. Parties, Family Reunions, Weddings, Showers, Birthday Parties
Salisbury Beach Carousel Hours: February Vacation Hours (MA and NH) February 16 – March 3 Open Daily Noon – 5:00pm Non Vacation Hours
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 29

School Vacation Week Fun in Salisbury!

Seaglass Restaurant, Joes Playland Arcade and the Salisbury Beach Carousel team up to bring affordable vacation week fun to North Shore Massachusetts families!
Seaglass Restaurant, Joes Playland Arcade and the Salisbury Beach Carousel team up to bring affordable vacation week fun to North Shore Massachusetts families!
11:30 am to 3:00 pm

Salisbury Beach Carousel - School Vacation

Carousel at Salisbury Beach MA. Parties, Family Reunions, Weddings, Showers, Birthday Parties
Salisbury Beach Carousel Hours: February Vacation Hours (MA and NH) February 16 – March 3 Open Daily Noon – 5:00pm Non Vacation Hours
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Read to a Dog at APL

Kids are invited to read to a dog at Amesbury Massachusetts Public Library. Image generated with AI.
The Amesbury Public Library invites kids to come read to a dog at the Library! Gus, a mixed lab and certified reading partner dog, would love to hear you read aloud!
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Sea Glass Art at Sawyer Free

Sea Glass Art workshop at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts
Come to the library for an evening of coastal creations. Bring your own sea glass to make sea glass art. Picture frames, shells, and some crushed glass will be provided as well as step-by-step instructions to create designs that will keep the beach in your heart and your home.
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Friday, March 1

Kidleidoscope at Breakheart Reservation

Kidleidoscope is a program designed for preschoolers at Bradley Palmer State Park
Come join our park interpreter for a story time and nature walk! Complete a small craft and explore the woods! Walks are gently paced and approximately 1 mile, though not accessible for strollers. Appropriate for families with children 3-5 years old. Meet at the Visitor Center.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

School Vacation Week Fun in Salisbury!

Seaglass Restaurant, Joes Playland Arcade and the Salisbury Beach Carousel team up to bring affordable vacation week fun to North Shore Massachusetts families!
Seaglass Restaurant, Joes Playland Arcade and the Salisbury Beach Carousel team up to bring affordable vacation week fun to North Shore Massachusetts families!
11:30 am to 3:00 pm

Salisbury Beach Carousel - School Vacation

Carousel at Salisbury Beach MA. Parties, Family Reunions, Weddings, Showers, Birthday Parties
Salisbury Beach Carousel Hours: February Vacation Hours (MA and NH) February 16 – March 3 Open Daily Noon – 5:00pm Non Vacation Hours
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Homeschool Meet Up at North Shore Children's Museum

Homeschool meetup North Shore Childrens Museum in Peabody Massachusetts
North Shore Children's Museum is hosting a monthly homeschool meet-up. It takes place during the 1-4 PM play session. A private party room will be reserved for homeschoolers to gather for self-directed lessons.
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Friday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Every day has a full list of barnyard chores we need to accomplish to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy. Let’s get to work! Join us for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays and Saturdays! Get on your muck boots – your whole family will get to be...
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Salisbury Beach Carousel - Free Friday Hours

Carousel at Salisbury Beach MA. Parties, Family Reunions, Weddings, Showers, Birthday Parties
Salisbury Beach Carousel Hours: Friday: 4 pm to 8 pm Saturday: 12 pm to 8 pm Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm Hours of operation are to change.
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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