Scavenger Hunt

Winter Games at Maudslay

Kids will explore Maudslay State Park with Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

Let the games begin! Beat the winter blahs with a high-energy scavenger hunt for footprints, nests, and burrows. Winter shelter building, animal tracking races, and adaptation demonstrations are part of the line-up for this active and educational romp through the park. We’ll cap it off with cookies and cocoa to celebrate our time together outdoors.. Meet at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport . $5 parking fee. Hosted by Joppa Flats Education Center. Please dress for the weather. 

When: 
Sunday, February 21, 2016 1:30-4 pm

Vacation Week Flyby: Furry, Fat, and Feathered Friends

Learn about the birds that stay in New England for Winter, and what they do to survive at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary! Photo: ©Bill O'Connor

Our school vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities while we keep minds active and hands busy during school break with free-flow learning for the whole family. Each session offers a different theme, with scheduled family presentations and something to engage hearts and minds for all ages and interests.

When: 
Monday, December 29, 2015 10am - 3pm

Family Pop-Up Days

Holt Hill at Ward Reservation is marked with Solstice Stones and has panoramic

Select weekends this fall, let us help you explore the fall foliage of Ward Reservation. With craft activities, games, story times, and scavenger hunts to take with you on the trail, we have all you need to create a memorable nature adventure fit for the whole family. Activities can be found up on Holt Hill. Drop in anytime between 10am and 1pm Story Times at 10:30 and 12:30

When: 
Saturday, October 24, 2015 10am-1pm
Story Times at 10:30am & 12:30pm
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Vacation Week Flyby: March in the Marsh!

March the Marsh Habitat during the vacation week fly-by.

Joppa Flats Education Center offers April vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities - keeping minds active and hands busy during school break! Come all day or as your schedule allows! This Vacation Week Flyby will focus on the salt marshes, the important role they play in the ecosystem and the creatures that use them to feed, live and breed.

When: 
Frisday, April 19, 2013 10am-2pm

Parent/Child Walkabout: Salt Marsh Hide & Seek

Explore the marsh with your child at Joppa Flats Education Center!

In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats! Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place as we explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our natural landscape. Wildlife, local and migrating birds, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy.

When: 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2-3:30 pm

Spring Animal Treasure Hunt & Tea

Children will love the mystery behind the decor of the Crane Estate Great House

The Trustees of Reservations hosts a fun afternoon at The Great House at Castle Hillof fun for families with proceeds to benefit the Ipswich Humane Group! Explore the Great House while searching for images of animals in paintings, wallpaper, and decorative arts. Each child will receive a small prize for completing the treasure hunt. Don't miss the face painting and coloring table, too!

When: 
Sunday April 13, 2014 12-4pm

Sweetbay Swamp Quest Fest!

Kids and families will learn all about questing on an exploration in Ravenswood!

At this Quest Fest, learn all about Questing! Make your own stamp and passport and participate in the fastest growing family recreational adventure this side of the Atlantic. The Sweetbay Swamp Quest is a clue-based treasure hunt through the swamp trails, discovering stories about our nearly "loved to death" Sweetbay Magnolia and to a Quest Treasure Box. Pre-registration required.

When: 
Sunday, November 10, 2013 1-3PM
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Parent/Child Afternoon Walkabout: Hop, Wriggle, Swim!

Discover the creatures that live in Mill Pond's habitat with the Mass Audubon!

On this excursion kids will be ponding with Joppa Flats Education Center at Mill Pond in West Newbury! Come explore the pond habitat and learn about the creatures that live there! We will be exploring the edge of a pond with safe shore access using nets, scoopers, strainers, cups, bowls and spoons. We’ll examine the water, leaf litter and plants with hand lenses and magiscopes. We’ll walk along the edge of the meadow near the pond looking for signs of life and spotting birds. We’ll give out binoculars to all participants. Each participant will take home coloring packets!

When: 
Saturday, September 20, 2013 10-11:30 am
Saturday, September 20, 2013 1-2:30 pm
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Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

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,...
12:00 am

Salem Arts Festival

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For three days, this annual family friendly art festival transforms downtown Salem into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase their talents. The popular free event will feature over 80 artists and performers, and includes a variety of art, music, dance, and theatre performances. The...

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

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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

Saturday, June 13

Family Campout at Pomps Pond

Pomps Pond Family Campout hosted by Andover Recreation!
Discouraged by the long drive up North to camp? Worry no more! Join us for a night of camping right here in Andover, on the sandy shore of Pomps Pond! Bring a tent, sleeping bag, and some food to BBQ. Enjoy canoeing on the Pond, S'mores by the fire, arts and crafts, and an outdoor movie! A light...
Where: Pomps Pond
4:00 pm

Sunday, June 14

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

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,...
12:00 am

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

Kids Con New England 2020

Kids Con New England Nashua NH cosplay comic superhero princess Star Wars convention
Kids Con New England is the first and only comic book convention just for kids in New England! Kids Con New England® is New England’s first and largest kids-focused comic con & children’s book event! Inspiring art education, literacy and creativity through family-friendly comics, children’s...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Magnolia Farmers Market

Come enjoy the Magnolia Farmers Market on Lexington Ave every Sunday!
The Magnolia Community Farmer’s Market will reopen in June of 2019 with a new line up of vendors, followers, entertainment and community purpose.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

North Andover Farmers' Market

North Andover Farmers Market every Sunday Through October 7, 2018.
The North Andover Farmers' Market brings local produce and foods to the heart of North Andover every Sunday!  The market will take place in the center of town at the intersection of First Street and Main Street.
10:00 am to 2:00 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

AJH: Sibling Preparation Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Sibling Preparation Class
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1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

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2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Monday, June 15

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

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,...
12:00 am
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