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Family Open House: Butterflies & Bugs

Joppa Flats will have Free indoor and outdoor activities for kids and families!

Joppa Flats Education Center invites families to join them for a full day of free outdoor and indoor nature activities, art projects, and live insects! July is the time to see such winged wonders as American ladies, swallowtails, monarchs, skippers, and more. At Joppa Flats, you'll see wild butterflies and captive caterpillars, learn about environmentally friendly products and practices for the home and garden, enjoy a guided nature walk on the grounds, and take home a fun craft or two.

When: 
Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Family Open House: Biodiversity Celebration

The Parker River Watershed provides habitat for a huge range of species!

Connect with nature and tune in to the multitude of organisms that surround us, starting here at Joppa Flats! This free drop-in family event features an engaging mixture of indoor and outdoor activities that will open your eyes to the great biodiversity of animals, plants, and insects in our gardens, salt marshes, and backyards.

When: 
Sunday, May 26, 2019 10am-3pm

Salamander Meander

What kind of Salamanders will we find at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary?

Spring is the season when frogs, toads, and salamanders return to the wetlands to lay their eggs. After a short introduction in the Nature Center, where we will learn about the life cycles of these amazing creatures, we will search the sanctuary's wetlands and woodlands for salamanders and other amphibians on the move. If we're lucky, we might be able to catch a few to observe up close and then release. We'll also swing by our vernal pool, where we often find wood frog and spotted salamander eggs.

When: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 1:30-3pm

Big Night at IRWS

Come explore the vernal pools of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with Mass Audubon!

Each year on the first warm rainy night of spring, wood frogs and mole salamanders begin a mass migration to vernal pools where they breed. If you happen to be out on one of these evenings, the experience can be spectacular. Tonight, a part of the sanctuary will be transformed into a Big Night scene. Participants will take a one-hour guided walk along the Vernal Pool Trail, where they will meet some interesting characters who will share some facts and stories about themselves, vernal pools, and this special time of year.

When: 
Saturday, April 13, 2019 6-8pm

Woodcock Walk at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and lear about the American Woodcock!

Each spring American woodcocks engage in one of nature’s most fascinating courtship displays. Here’s your chance to witness this “sky dance” up close and in-person! This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station at parking lot 1. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Program is limited to 15 participants. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time.  Preregistration required.

When: 
Friday, April 12, 2019 7:15pm
Friday, April 26, 2019 7:30pm

Family Owl Prowl

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.

When: 
Friday, March 15, 2019 7-9pm

Touch a Boat at Merrohawke Nature School

Come check out the Merrohawke Nature School at the 'Touch a Boat' Open House event in Newburyport!

We've all heard of touch a truck events, and Merrohawke Nature School is taking it to the water with their 'Touch a Boat' Open House. Come meet the skippers and crews that man the boats used by Merrohawke to create unique and engaging experiences that kids will remember for a lifetime! Check out the school and act quickly to register for one of their You do not have access to view this node before they run out of space!

When: 
Saturday June 1, 2019 10am-1pm

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February Vacation Week at the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

February Vacation activities at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Massachusetts
From friendly faces to shy glances, you can find people in all kinds of art from around the world and across time. Bring the kids to the Museum during Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures for free activities exploring the many portraits on view throughout the galleries. They can even...

February Vacation Workshops at Art Haven

February Vacation Workshops for kids at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts
Cape ann Art Haven has a great selection of art focused morning workshops during February Vacation in addition to their regular classes and open studio in the afternoons.  Kids can take part in morning sessions, afternoon sessions or stay for a full day!

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Come for a fun filled week of science, hands-on activities, museum tours and focused workshops!
Where: MIT Museum

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

IRWS School Vacation: Awesome Owls

Look for Owls at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary during the day and learn about their habitat and feeding.
Have you ever walked through the woods looking for owls during the day? Owls are most active at night, of course, but if you know what to look for you can find their daytime roosts. Together we'll discover what our local owls look like, what they eat, and what they sound like. As a special activity...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Vacation Day Camp at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm - Beverly

February Vacation Winter Camp at Moraine Farm
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly is offering a February Vacation Camp experience. This camp is designed for children ages 4 through 7. Camp will be offered Tuesday, 2/18 through Friday, 2/21, 8:30 am through 3pm, with the option to pick up at 1 pm. Sign up for one day or all four. Children...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

WinterQuest at the Crane Estate

Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts offers a morning program for kids 7-14 during February Vacation!
The Crane Estate isn’t just the home of the ultimate summer adventure (SummerQuest), it’s also home to exciting spring and winter adventures! Join us during school break for a special half-day drop-off program for children ages 7-14, full of outdoor adventure, hands-on STEM activities, games, and...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Kids in the Kitchen | February Vacation Week

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen program is geared to children aged 6-9
In the winter most people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! These programs are for kids ages 6-10 who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 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

Beaded Snowflakes Crafting at NPL

NPL hosts a coloring session for all ages in Newburyport! Cookies included!
Come to the library to make snowflakes using pipe cleaners and pony beads. Simple, easy fun! Kids of all ages and abilities welcome. Please note there will be small beads in the room and caregivers will need to monitor any young children they bring.
10:00 am to 11:30 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

Ice Castles - New Hampshire

Ice Castles - New Hampshire Family Fun
New Hampshire’s Ice Castles have been one of the top destinations to spend time in during the winter months. The castles are designed in a way that allows for people to play, explore, and have fun. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice...
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

PEM February School Vacation Week

February School Vacation Week programs at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts
Peabody Essex Museum invites kids and families for days of fun and engaging events and activities during February vacation week!  Come to the Museum Come join us for a week of exploration into our relationship with nature and discover new ways to become a steward of the earth.  There will be drop...
10:00 am to 4:00 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

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a blast exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Mrs. Crane’s cat has gone missing and there’s a party tonight! Only you can help the household staff find the cat AND get ready for the party at the same time! This interactive tour program takes families through the house looking for where the cat might be hiding, while also learning about the...
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Winter Fun at Castle Hill

Beat those winter blues and make the most of February vacation by getting outside at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
Beat those winter blues and make the most of February vacation by getting outside! Every afternoon February 16-22, join us for winter fun for all ages at the Crane Estate from noon-4pm (we recommend you arrive by 3pm). Check in at the front desk in the main gallery of the house then plan your...
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Lowell WinterFest 2020

Annual Lowell WinterFest. Visit Lowell MA
The Lowell Winterfest is a two day festival held annually in February in downtown Lowell and is attended by thousands of people each year. Lowell's annual Winterfest weekend in downtown Lowell is a fun event featuring everything from a carousel and ice-skating to an all-you-can-eat chocolate...
1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Little Women - The Broadway Musical at Wheelock Family Theatre

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested. On the advice of her friend, Professor Bhaer, Jo weaves the story of herself, her sisters, and...
7:30 pm

Sunday, February 23

Ice Castles - New Hampshire

Ice Castles - New Hampshire Family Fun
New Hampshire’s Ice Castles have been one of the top destinations to spend time in during the winter months. The castles are designed in a way that allows for people to play, explore, and have fun. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice...
10:00 am to 10:00 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, February 24

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

PJ Library Mommy and Me - Peabody

Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation
Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation invite parents/caregivers and children ages 3 and younger to enjoy a morning of socializing and meeting new friends, creative music and movement and Jewish themes, free play and a snack.
9:30 am to 11:00 am

PJ Library Mommy and Me - Peabody

Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation
Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation invite parents/caregivers and children ages 3 and younger to enjoy a morning of socializing and meeting new friends, creative music and movement and Jewish themes, free play and a snack.
9:30 am to 11:00 am

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

Pajama Story Time at NPL

Kids are invited to the pajama time book reading at Newburyport Public Library.
All ages are welcome to join Miss Shannon for an evening of stories, songs, dances and more! Miss Shannon will be wearing her pajamas. You can wear yours, too! This is a drop-in program. No registration required.
6:00 pm
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