North Shore Kid Stories, Events, Activities, Camps and Recipes

Walk on the Wild side with Harbor Seals at Joppa Flats Education Center!

Come to Joppa Flats Education Center and begin with a 45 minute indoor introductory program in the Lookout (second floor) about Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walrus). Then, we’ll carpool to an on-the-beach viewing area where we can see the harbor seals hauled out on the rocks at low tide at the mouth of the Merrimack River.


Preschool in Beverly, Wenham

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is proud to introduce a nature preschool for 3-5 year olds located at Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary in Wenham.

The program, which launches in fall 2015, features:

  • Highly qualified teachers with backgrounds in early childhood and nature education
  • Nature-based, emergent curriculum promotes language, math, and social development.
  • Two, three, and five day class groupings for 3-5 year olds from 9:00 am-noon, with options for early morning care at 8:00am and lunch bunch until 1:00pm.

    Beautiful classrooms, outdoor play areas, and gardens

Philosophy and Nature Connection
Recent studies confirm that children are spending less time engaged in vigorous outdoor play. The Ipswich River Nature Preschool provides young children on the North Shore with early educational experiences that foster the development of the whole child and a lifelong relationship with nature.

Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary’s 40-acre landscape in Wenham offers a variety of opportunities for exciting daily investigation, observation, and discovery. We spend a substantial amount of time outdoors where hands-on science activities, nature walks, and gardening foster curiosity and creativity.

Inside our two spacious classrooms, nature themes continue with children’s literature, music and movement, dramatic play, cooking, blocks and building, and art activities.

Additional experiences include field trips to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield for seasonal activities such as maple sugaring, vernal pool observations, and ponding.

Ipswich River Nature Preschool is grounded in developmentally appropriate state and national early childhood education guidelines. Our emergent curriculum approach emphasizes purposeful and productive play as a way to enable children to grow physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
Project Approach

While interacting with nature, children’s questions and observations provide the road map for short and long term investigations and projects that integrate math, science, and literacy.
Preschool classroom at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Children become motivated storytellers and writers as they document their observations of a robin’s nest. They use math in meaningful ways as they predict and record the number of days it will take for a butterfly to emerge from its chrysalis, for example.
Productive Play

Young children learn best through purposeful and productive play. Outdoor play experiences such as building a fort or digging a channel between two puddles provide children with opportunities to practice the social and intellectual skills of planning, problem solving, decision making, and collaboration.

Building fairy houses under the canopy of the beech trees, turning over logs to look for salamanders, and harvesting fresh vegetables for snack from our gardens are just a few of the ways that children engage all their senses.
Creative Learning

The beauty of our gardens and woods inspire joyful self-expression and creativity through the arts. Natural materials are incorporated into painting, drawing, weaving and sculptural experiences that allow children to visually convey their ideas and emotions.
Family Communications

Strong relationships with families are cultivated through multiple opportunities for parent participation. Teachers regularly share documentation of children’s learning with parents through private blogs, photos, and video. We welcome parent volunteers and help families connect with one another during family potlucks and programs.
Classes and Schedule

School begins in early September and runs through early June. With a few exceptions, we follow the vacation schedule of the Wenham/Hamilton public schools. Our class sizes are small–no more than 16 children with three highly qualified educators who are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Children must be three years of age prior to September 1 to be considered for admission.
Option 1
Tuesday & Thursday
9 am–noon*
$3,500 per year
Option 2
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
9 am–noon*
$4,500 per year
Option 3
Monday-Friday (5 days)
9 am–noon
$7,500 per year

*For an additional daily fee, children may participate lunch bunch until 1:00 pm. Early morning care may also be available at 8:00 am.


Boston Ballet School Northshore Summer Programs. Register online today for summe

The Boston Ballet School North Shore Studio in Marblehead is comprised of young people whose dedication, effort and talent is evidenced in their well-worn ballet slippers. Register today for the BBS Summer Program where children ages 3 and up enjoy a supportive, welcoming, and engaging experience.

We had the pleasure to speak with Jessica Kreyer, Principal and Director of the Boston Ballet School Marblehead Studio about the Summer Dance Programs for ages three through adult at the state-of-the-art facility conveniently located on the Salem/Marblehead line within the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA.


Summer Art and Photography Program for Kids on Cape Ann, Annisquam Arts, Glouces

Welcome to Annisquam Arts, an inspiring children’s summer studio! We're gearing up for our 21st season of art-making fun on scenic Cape Ann!

Young artists, ages 6-14, of all skill levels are welcome in our high-energy and imaginative morning and afternoon summer workshops. Participants will have a blast exploring a wide range of mediums, materials and techniques in the whimsical Gloucester studio of professional artist and teacher Dawn Southworth. The in-depth art experience is unrivaled by any other offerings on the North Shore. For nearly two decades, parents have been amazed by the quality of the materials and scope of the projects.

Small classes and individual instruction nurture all levels of ability. Our workshops are all about fun and exploration. No coloring in the lines here!

Register today as space is limited.

To register online or for more information contact


Shore Country Day School Summer Programs. Beverly MA Boston Children’s Theatre (

Summer Shore camps are all about enjoying sun and fun through a vivid learning experience. Enroll your child today in enrichment, S.T.E.A.M., sports or theater camp and get ready to hear about how this is the best summer ever!
Check out for dates and details on the camps listed below. E-mail Alyssa Freda, Director of Summer Programs, at with any questions.


Sparhawk School Amesbury MA PreK to Grade 12

Finding the right educational fit is a defining moment in each family’s life. Join us for a campus wide Open House and learn more.

No letter, conversation or brochure can say as much as the feeling of peering into a classroom that feels like home. Our campus wide open house will include tours of the Lower Campus (PreK- 7) at 259 Elm St. in Amesbury and the Upper Campus (8-12th grade) at 196 Main St. in Amesbury. Families interested in boarding can visit the Residential Campus via shuttles from our Upper Campus.  Interested families can register for the open house by visiting or by calling 978-388-5343.

Sparhawk School is an independent, PreK -12 college preparatory day school with a focus on academic excellence in a culture of kindness.

Location: Sparhawk School


Clark School private school in Rowley MA

Have you ever wished you could touch a whale? From the inside? Clark School in Rowley MA invites Kindergarten and 1st grade students to meet internationally renowned Whale Specialist and Educator, Cynde McInnis, as she introduces students to her 43 foot inflatable Humpback Whale, Nile. Ms. McInnis will teach students about the beloved marine mammal. Adults can tour the new campus in Rowley, and learn more about the benefits of a Clark School Kindergarten education.

Enrollment is limited! Please register with Clark School!

Location: Clark School


Art classes for kids, North of Boston, Visit Massachusetts, North Shore, northsh

Artist and educator Nancy Forristall is accepting registration for Summer Art Studio for Kids. The 2015 season offers a variety workshops for young artists at the Pine Island studio in Newbury.


FREE trial classes in honor of Saint Patrick's Day in Beverly MA

The Brady Kenny O'Brien Academy of Irish Dance in Beverly will be offering FREE trial classes in honor of Saint Patrick's Day! Come try a class on Tuesday March 3, 10 or 24, 2015 and experience a piece of Irish culture. We offer classes for children of all ages, starting as young as age 3!


Art and Nature Summer Program, Camp at Sparhawk School in Amesbury MA

Sparhawk is the premier independent progressive day and boarding school on Boston's North Shore where the intellectual vitality of each student's educational experience is considered paramount. We build strong community, encourage collaboration, and respect the uniqueness of each individual.  We create real and tangible experiences that stimulate curiosity and inspire inquiry.  Students are encouraged and guided in their journey toward deep understanding across disciplines, and benefit from positive adult and peer mentorship, secure in the knowledge that their strengths, needs and interests are recognized.

Location: Sparhawk School


Debbie & Friends use original songs to tell stories that children know and love.

A live Debbie & Friends show is a trip for the entire family—a joyful jaunt through a variety of styles, from straight-ahead pop, to country, to rock, to reggae, all delivered by a band of musicians who are clearly there because they love it. Kids become the Big Bad Wolf and blow the house down, fix Rosie’s wrong rhymes, and test their skills with the Simon Says Song. Like everyone’s favorite teacher, Debbie connects with her audience and respects kids for the people they are, and her warmth is sincere and her radiance downright contagious.

Location: Regent Theater


MIT Museum's Idea Hub is a focuses on hands-on design and engineering!  In this

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission.

Location: MIT Museum


A comic illustration by Veronica Fish

Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites early released middle and high school kids to a comic & cartooning workshop with artists/graphic novelists Andy and Veronica Fish. “Jazz, Rock n’ Roll & Comic Books are uniquely American art forms.  Born out of comic strips in the 1930s comic books became increasingly popular with GI’s during WWII and have grown and developed in the 80+ years since they first appeared.”  This session includes lessons on creating characters using shape, art styles, cover a brief history of the art form and then feature a hands on demo.This is a hands-on demonstration that’s not just for artists! Supplies will be provided, but you could bring an extra pencil (just in case).


Calling all dads! Bring your kids to  Peabody Institute Library Danvers for a Sa

Children and their dads (granddads or male role models) are invited to join us for a fun filled hour for donuts and light refreshments. Plus story time, crafts and music and movement.


Help kids programming at Emma Andrews Library and enjoy some great soup on Soupe

Emma Andrews Library and Community Center invites you to the library for a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter afternoon! Come enjoy the library and some great food and leave knowing that the price of your meal will go to fund children's Summer programming! Choose from 3 soups (served with crusty bread) and a selection of home-made desserts. Suggested Donation $5.


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