Choate Island Day

Explore Choate Island with your family and experience the beauty of Essex Bay!

Explore an amazing island home to deer, foxes, osprey, and other magnificent creatures. Once home to generations of the Choate family and later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane Choate Island, Choate Island remains a magical place boasting miles of walking trails, historic buildings, and breathtaking views of Essex Bay. The day's festivities include optional walks, talks, a children's treasure hunt, and refreshments.  Park at Crane Beach, catch the shuttle at the boat dock, and your adventure begins.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 10AM - 3PM

Notch Traveling Biergarten at Appleton Farms

Come to the Notch Brewery Biergarten at the Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich!

Back by popular demand! The Trustees and Notch Brewing are partnering up again to bring you another series of family-friendly outdoor Biergartens. Relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our gardens, farms, historic homes, and parks throughout the summer while enjoying one of Notch’s locally crafted session beers. Not just for grown-ups and beer drinkers – modeled after the popular European style Biergartens, it’s a family affair. Scavenger hunts and quests for children, property tours for adults, plus lawn games with plenty of room to spread out and explore for all.

Friday, October 4, 2019 5-9PM
Saturday, October 5, 2019 2-7PM
Sunday, October 6, 2019 1-6PM

Trails & Sails 2019

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.

Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events from September 20-29, 2019 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will provide a passport to fun and adventure. It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County.

Daily, September 20-29, 2019

Flower Crown Making

Come to the Stevens-Coolidge Estate to learn how to make flower crowns with flowers picked from the gardens!

Join the The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate, cut your own flowers at our Flower Fields Cutting Garden and then use them to create a beautiful flower crown. We will have all the supplies and instructions you need to learn how to make a beautiful floral crown of your own design. Participants of all ages and genders encouraged to attend! Leave feeling fabulous and with the skills to craft future headpieces from your own garden blooms.

Saturdays & Sundays, September 7-29, 2019 12-3pm

Invertebrates of the Field and Forest

Families will learn about invertabrates of the North Shore with North Shore Nature Programs

North Shore Nature Programs is happy to be participating in our first ever Trails and Sails event! Join experienced naturalists Andrew and Dan on a guided hike through Camp Denison’s fields and forests. Your family can expect to see katydids, dragonfly’s, centipedes, millipedes, and sow bugs! Each family will have the opportunity to touch and hold as many invertebrates as they please! You will also learn about the amazing adaptations these creatures require to live in the wild.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 2-4pm

A Spiritual Quest Weekend at Hilldale Cemetery

Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!

Join Essex County Ghost Project on a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2019.  Join us for a weekend of paranormal enlightenment! On Friday night there will be an equipment class to learn how to use some of the tools we use today. After the class, tour one of the most haunted cemeteries in New England. On Saturday night the 21st and 27th you can bring any paranormal photographs you’d like to share and discuss before the tour. After the presentation, we will take a paranormal walk around the cemetery.

Fridays, September 20 & 27, 2019 7-10pm
Saturdays, September 21 & 28, 2019 7-10pm

5k for Inclusion for Northeast Arc at MarketStreet Lynnfield

The 5k for inclusion is hosted by Northeast Arc

Northeast Arc and MarketStreet Lynnfield have teamed up to change lives. On September 29th we will be hosting a 5K for Inclusion (along with the option of a one-mile walk), followed by a family fun-fest on The Green.

Grab your family and friends and register to participate today! All of the proceeds from your participation support Northeast Arc, an amazing organization that helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities or Family Fun-Fest participation? E-mail Kacy Jauron at KJauron@ne-arc.org!

September 29th to join us at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The morning will include a 5K, a 1 mile walk, stroll or roll, and fun for the whole family!

Sunday, September 29, 2019 8:30-11am

Lynn Woods Trails & Sails Walk

Hike to the Stone Tower at Lynn Woodsas part of trails and sails!

Join the Friends of the Lynn Woods on this Trails & Sails 2019 walk through to Dungeon Rock to Stone Tower. Lynn Woods Reservation is the second largest municipal park in the greater Boston area. This 2,200 acre forest reserve consists of ponds, wetlands, streams, deciduous & evergreen forest and rocky ledge. The ponds provide the drinking water for the residents of Lynn and surrounding communities. Wildlife abounds in the forest. More than an aquifer, wildlife preserve, wilderness experience, Lynn Woods is a unique adventure.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 11am-12:45pm
Sunday, September 29, 2019 11am-12:45pm

Medicine in Colonial Salem - Pioneer Village

Learn about colonial medecine at Pioneer Village in Salem Massachusetts

Join us at the Witch House and Pioneer Village for a look at medicinal curiosities from the 17th century. At 1630: Pioneer Village, we will feature herbal remedies from English tradition and a few from the local indigenous tribe. The exhibit will be included in admission and free to Trails and Sails attendees. Pioneer Village is open Saturdays and Sundays only. Tour times are 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 each day.

Saturdays and Sundays, September 21-29, 2019 12:30-3:30 pm


Harborlight Montessori School - Infant to Grade 8 - Beverly MA

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
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