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MFA American Sign Language Day

Museum of Fine Arts, American Sign Language Things to do NorthShore Families and Kids

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), hosts its fifth annual ASL day, a celebration of Deaf culture welcoming members of the Deaf community and friends. Coinciding with National Deaf History Month, the program includes American Sign Language tours, performances by DEAFinitely Dance, art-making kits and more. The day's activities are presented in partnership with Boston Deaf Night Out (DNO) and Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

When: 
Saturday, April 9, 2022 10am-5pm

MFA Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Free Open House

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston celebrates Martin Luther King Day with free admission and an open house with great activities for families! Photo: John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985.

Free admission for all. 
All events are free. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy free admission all day long at the MFA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House. There’s an array of vibrant, engaging, and collaborative programming scheduled throughout the day for all ages and abilities, presented in the spirit of Dr. King.

When: 
Monday, January 20, 2020 10am-5pm

Farmstead Story Hour

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.

Barnyard stories really come to life when you get to see the main characters in real life! Bring the kids down to Appleton Farms for our farm fresh version of story time. Explore the farmstead, visit our learning garden, see our cows and rabbits, and find a spot to play under a shady tree in our stone paddock. Gather around for a farm story with one of our farmers! The program begins at 10:30am and a story will be read at 11:15am. This event is appropriate for infants – 4-year-old children.

When: 
Tuesdays June 8 - August 3, 2021 10-10:45am
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Dads & Donuts At Sawyer Free

Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning

This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free Library with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to attend.

When: 
Saturday, March 14, 2020 10:00am

Monarch Migration Celebration

Kids will learn about monarch butterflies at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover!

You spent the summer watching them flit about your gardens, now it’s time to wish them well on their trip down to Mexico – it’s the Monarch Migration Celebration at Stevens-Coolidge Place! This celebration will kick off with a children’s pollinator parade around the property (costumes encouraged!) bringing all visitors to an afternoon of demos, crafts & stories, seed bomb making and gardening tips to bring these orange friends to your yard in the spring.
Butterfly release at 2:30pm

When: 
Saturday, October 5, 2019 10am-3pm

Monarch Story Hour at Coolidge Stevens Estate

Kids will learn about monarch butterflies at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover!

When it's warm and sunny, it's butterfly weather! Come sing and read stories about butterflies in the gardens with your friends at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. We'll play in the lawn, act out the caterpillar life cycle and end the morning with a hunt for monarch caterpillars and chrysalis munching away on our milkweed in the gardens. This program is best suited for children 2 to 5 years old. Pre-Registration is encouraged.

When: 
Wednesday, July 7-August 28, 2019 9:30-10:30am

Trunk or Treat at Goddard School Middleton

Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr

Goddard School in Middleton is hosting a spootacular Halloween event. Goddard families will decorate their cars and fill their trunks with candy right here in the Goddard School parking lot. Guests and friends are welcome with a bag of candy as your donation to our event. Join us for a day of fun and games.

When: 
Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm
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Story Time with Elsa at Ravenswood

Come to Ravenswood Park in Gloucester and meet Elsa!

The Trustees of Reservations invite you to Ravenswood Park to meet Elsa at their Pre-K Winter Story Time by the Woodstove!  Free if you become a member at the program.  Wear your prince or princess outfits!   Space is limited, register in advance at by contacting Ramona at rlatham@thetrustees.org or 978.281.8400. 

When: 
Saturday, March 6, 2016 10-11AM
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Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Summertime Birding for Families

Kids will learn more about our local birds and how to identify them at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts
Want to learn more about our local birds and how to identify them? Joppa Flats education interns will take you on an easy walk and introduce you to a variety of birds, from egrets and herons in the salt marsh, to ducks and shorebirds along the river, to songbirds and hummingbirds at our feeders. We...
8:00 am to 9:30 am

Marblehead Festival of Arts

There's plenty to see and do for kids at the Marblehead Art Festival!
The Marblehead Festival of Arts has had a rich history in producing an annual summer arts Festival over the July 4th holiday week for more than 50 years! This premier Festival hosts art exhibits in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Photography, Crafts, Plein aire Painting,...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Amesbury Days Celebration

Amesbury Days is a celebration of the onset of Summer and community.
Welcome to the 123rd Amesbury Days! It is with great pleasure that we bring together fun and exciting community events to launch summer of 2022. Amesbury Days 2022 has a full schedule of events beginning June 23rd, through July 4th.
9:00 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

A Far Cry Family Concert at Shalin Liu

A Far Cry presents their present first ever family concert, "Rhythms of the Day" at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Massachusetts.
A Far Cry presents their present first ever family concert, "Rhythms of the Day" at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Massachusetts. Called a “world-wide phenomenon” by Boston’s WBUR, the Grammy-nominated A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music...
11:00 am

Kids Sail Free on Schooner Adventure!

Schooner Adventure in Gloucester Massachusetts announces free sailing for kids in 2022!
Schooner Adventure in Gloucester Massachusetts announces free sailing for kids in 2022!* Sail into history on Gloucester's flagship vessel, a National Historic Landmark and icon of the American fisheries. Enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour sail on historic Gloucester Harbor, America's oldest fishing port...
11:00 am

DJ Beach Party at Salisbury Beach

Salisbury Beach Summer Beach Party every Friday through the Summer.
Friday nights all summer long, don’t miss family fun starting at 7:15 PM on the Salisbury Beach stage! It’s a night full of oldies music on the beach with DJ Ralphie B, including doo wop, Motown, and more. Special guest vocalist appearances make for an unforgettable performance of classic hits!
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, July 2

Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Red, White & Blue Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast at Tuck's Point Manchester Ma is a July 4th tradition!
The Annual Red, White & Blue Pancake Breakfast at Tuck's Point will feature live music, pony rides, a great breakfast and more at the beautiful seaside setting of Tuck's Point! The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club invites families to enjoy pancakes topped with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped...
7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Amesbury Days 5k

Start a new summer tradition with the Amesbury Days 5k on July 4th weekend.
Start a new summer tradition with the Amesbury days 5k sponsored by The Institution For Savings! This 2nd annual walk/run 5k is brought to you by Millennium Running & Greenstride, New Englands premier race producers.
8:00 am

Haverhill Farmers' Market

Haverhill Farmers Market, North Shore Farmers Market, Cape Ann Farmers Marke
The vibrant, colorful Haverhill Farmers Market is where local farmers and food producers meet to sell directly to the community. Established in 1978, the Haverhill Farmers Market mission is to provide access to farm-fresh products and promote local agriculture, as well as serve as a social...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Find fresh local produce and other foods at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Marblehead Festival of Arts

There's plenty to see and do for kids at the Marblehead Art Festival!
The Marblehead Festival of Arts has had a rich history in producing an annual summer arts Festival over the July 4th holiday week for more than 50 years! This premier Festival hosts art exhibits in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Photography, Crafts, Plein aire Painting,...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday at Rockport Music in Downtown Rockport!
Produce and locally-grown and made farm products can be purchased on-site from our farmers from 9am-12pm at the Rockport Farmers Market. Just stop by, follow our protocols, and buy fresh food directly from your farmers and food producers! A huge thank you to Rockport Music for their generosity in...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Amesbury Days Celebration

Amesbury Days is a celebration of the onset of Summer and community.
Welcome to the 123rd Amesbury Days! It is with great pleasure that we bring together fun and exciting community events to launch summer of 2022. Amesbury Days 2022 has a full schedule of events beginning June 23rd, through July 4th.
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFoA Sand Sculpture Competition

Marblehead FoA Sand Sculpture Competition on Devereaux Beach in Marblehead
It's family fun!!!!! The 2022 Sand Castle Sculpture Event welcomes families to bring buckets, shovels, and creativity to this cherished free Festival family event, open to sand sculptors of all ages. Sign up early at the Festival's registration table at Devereux Beach then dig in and create the...
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Broom Decorating for Kids at the Witchery

The Witchery is hosting a ‘Broom Decorating for Kids’ class each Saturday in Salem Massachusetts
Kids are invited to decorate their own  broom with pendants, charms, plants, ribbons & more. Our 20" kids' brooms are assembled by The Witchery and ready for your little ones to customize!  Broom decorating is a hands-on, friendly activity in a relaxed setting.
9:00 am
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