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

Ring in the New Year with your Family in Downtown Beverly Ma with a kid's new ye

Bring your family to Downtown Beverly for a safe, fun, family-oriented New Year Celebration.  There's all kind of activities and events planned in and around the Beverly's Downtown area that are designed to entertain and keep families engaged throughout the afternoon. 


Meet the Author and Illustrator of The Polar Express at Wenham Museum!

Read the holiday classic and as the author and illustrator meets with parents and kids alike! Meet Chris Van Allsburg, author and illustrator of the holiday classic, and his newest book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie . Chris is the Caldecott Medal award-winning children's book author and illustrator of The Polar Express, Jumanji, and The Garden of Abdul Gasazi among many others.  See a complete listing of his mnany works at Amazon: Chris Van Allsburg !

Location: Wenham Museum


Owl Moon is one of North Shore Kid's favorite Winter Books!

We read every night at our house and nothing suits this season's cold nights more perfectly than holiday tales and vibrant illustrations on the pages of fun holiday books. Don't worry - we made sure the books we listed are fun for adults too!


Annika McKenna gorgeous jewelry best holiday gift for women

In time for the upcoming holiday season, I’m happy to find Annika McKenna, SeaSalt Design, handmade jewelry. A talented, local artist with a studio here on the north shore, Annika creates unique collections of handmade Sterling and Fine Silver jewelry inspired by nature.

50% off select style earrings offer Thursday -12/18 and Friday 12/19 only.


Cape Ann Museum.  Familiy Fun Days - Fishing Families of Gloucester

Explore the by-gone world of the Gloucester dory fisherman and welcome the new 10’7” dory to the CAM Activity Center!  The authentic vessel, built by heritage dory builder/fisherman Geno Mondello of Maritime Gloucester’s Dory Shop, will go next to the existing ship’s wheel.  Children can climb on board to simulate dory rowing and shore fishing and dress up as fishermen and other maritime figures.

Location: Cape Ann Museum


Cape Ann Farmers' Market will offer a great opportunity to pack your cupboard wi

At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market Solstice Market, you'll find ave a chance to fill your cupboard with locally produced food just in time for the holidays! Pick up last minute gifts, food and meet up with your community before hibernating with your family and friends! You could even buy a gift membership for a friend this holiday season and share lots of fun times at the market together next growing season!  A gift that truly keeps on giving!


Join the communiity spirit of Ipswich Evergreen - a celebration of Winter!

Ipswich Evergreen is a Holiday festival and civic celebration at the  Ipswich Visitor Center , and Ipswich's Old South Meetinghouse Green. Ipswich has great cause for merriment and jubilation! With the new year in sight, let us gather as a community to reflect on what makes living in Ipswich the year round most wonderful…

We will make great revelry over the fact that fully 50% of Ipswich land is protected open space! Ipswich ForEver Green!  Let us rejoice over Crane Beach & Appleton Farms! Boating, bicycling & hiking, miles of trails, the bounty of The Great Mash, local farms and a healthy harvest… Ipswich = Wild Life!


Come for a twilight hike around Ravenswood park to celebrate the Winter Solstice

A candlelight stroll at twilight in Ravenswood Park is a wonderful way to celebrate the Winter Soltice! join us as we celebrate the winter solstice in our favorite woodland park followed by a snack of S’mores and hot chocolate around a warm fire. Pre-registration required.

Location: Ravenswood Park


Families will play BINGO at Newburyport Public Library!

Come to NPL for fun and prizes at vacation week Bingo!! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of friendly competition and prizes. All ages welcome at this drop-in program.


Come see a free magic show at the Danvers Public Library featuring Jay Fraser!

Come see Magician Jay Fraser perform A Creative Magic Experience courtesy of the Peabody Institute Library - Danvers! A Creative Magic Experience is what Jay Fraser is all about. Based out of the North Shore of Massachusetts, Jay has many years of experience, and is sure to put on a great family oriented fun-filled show. This is an indoor performance. This show is geared towards kids in elementary school.


Come enjoy some interactive musical fun with Steve Blunt at Danvers Library!

Kids are invited to a fun, interactive music session with musician and story teller Steve Blunt at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers! This family program is for patrons of all ages… featuring mostly humorous original compositions and traditional American & multicultural selections.


Outdoor Ice Skating on the Green at Market Street Lynnfield Shopping Center

Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this season!

The rink offers public skating 7 days a week through March 1st.


  • $8 for adults
  • $6 for children under 12
  • Free for children under 3

Rent skates or bring your own. Skate rentals are $4.

Birthday parties and events may be accommodated based on rink availability.


This 'Appleton Cooks' workshop focuses on home culinary gifts at Appleton Farms

Some of the most coveted gifts are created in the kitchen! Join us as we prepare a variety of sweet & savory homemade food gifts perfect for sharing with others throughout this festive season. Everything from fantastic farmhouse baked goods to delicious savory spreads, these recipes will be perfect for all of your holiday gift-giving to family and friends! Class includes hands-on preparation of 5 food gift items, fun packaging ideas, printed recipe booklet and a light meal. Best of all, each participant leaves class with their very own culinary gifts!

Location: Appleton Farms


Fairwind Learning Center, Marblehead MA

Fairwind Learning Center (FLC) is a dynamic center that offers many educational opportunities for children, families, and communities. Offering a Transitional Kindergarten program for children who are age 5 by December 1. The center offers generalized and specialized tutoring services from experienced professionals for children Pre-K to Grade four and enrichment classes for children ages three to five.


Meet Santa at Market Street Lynnfield Shopping Center North of Boston

Santa is returning to MarketStreet!

Enjoy a Free photo with Santa at the following MarketStreet locations:

  • Learning Express Toys 12/18 11am-2pm
  • Polka Dog Bakery 12/18 6-8pm (Bring your pets for a pet photo with Santa!)
  • Lively Kids 12/19 11am-3pm
  • Kings Bowl 12/22 10am-12pm
  • Tommy Bahama 12/22 1-4pm

*Additional packages will be available for purchase*


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