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Find books for children north of Boston. Fundraisers, parties and storytime with

Jana Harris is currently scheduling Barefoot Book Parties, Storytime and Fundraisering events  for Fall and Winter 2014/2015.

Find and enjoy books, games, puppets and puzzles that will stay with your family for years to come. Jana Harris - 978-304-9028.

World Animals Party with Children

Creativity, music and movement for the whole family!

At your World Animals Party, step inside The Animal Boogie story and:

  • Get to know the animals of the Indian jungle. 
  • Enjoy creative music and movement. 
  • Learn about storytelling. 
  • Create unique wild animal masks. 
  • Browse books and products that teach children of all ages about wild animals around the world.

Open Hearts & Minds Party - without kids - food, fun and insightful conversation.

Step inside The Boy Who Grew Flowers and:

  • Have fun with a creative ice-breaker activity.
  • Talk about cultivating compassion in our children and exposing them to diversity.
  • Learn about storytelling.
  • Enjoy snacks, drinks and conversation.
  • Browse products that teach children of all ages about accepting differences.


Camp out on Castle Hill this Labor Day Weekend in Ipswich!

You can spend Labor Day weekend camping with your family at the Crane Estate! This annual overnight includes a forested camp site in the Pine Grove - an ideal location for both experienced campers and first-timers. There's a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Late Afternoon Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through Castle Neck, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course, you are also free to lounge on the beach or explore the property on your own. There will also be a campout dinner, s’mores around the campfire, and breakfast on Sunday. After the Camp Out is over, you are welcome to spend Sunday afternoon at the beach.


Runs Swim and bike a triathlon at Crane Beach in Ipswich MA!

Run, swim and bike a YMCA sponsored triathlon at Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts!  The course is a ½ mile ocean swim followed by a 2 mile beach run consisting of varied terrrain (sand, rocks, grass, pavement, and trails) and a 9 mile bike ride finishing back at Crane Beach.

Location: Crane Beach


Come watch a FREE showing of the LEGO Movie on the waterfront in Gloucester MA

Come enjoy a movie projected on a giant screen on the waterfront, under the stars in downtown Gloucester Massachusetts! Bring a lawn chair, blanket and your family for a night of Hollywood blockbuster fun! Food and refreshments will be available starting at 6pm, and movies will begin at dark!


Take a twilight walk at Maudslay State Park!

Maudslay State Park invites you to a twilight hike! The setting sun brings twilight, which is a magic time of the day. Join the park interpreter for a walk to observe the changes that occur from day to night, in the great outdoors.  Plus a powwow and fun activities that test your senses.  Consider bringing bug spray and a flashlight.


Watch Frozen under the stars at Waterfront Park in Newburyport

What could be better than a free movie viewed outside at Waterfront Park on a warm summer night? Bring a blanket andd enjoy a Summer Blockbuster under the stars with your family!


Discover what creatures live in New England Ponds at Harold Parker State Forest!

Meet at Campground Nature Center - Let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds by exploring Frye Pond! Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Appropriate for kids aged 6 and older.


On Heritage Day, admission is free at Maritime Gloucester!

Maritime Gloucester is hosting its 11th annual Heritage Day in honor of the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2014.  Come see the schooners docked at the pier including the Ardelle, the Spirit of Massachusetts, and Summerwind.  Admission is FREE for the day. There will be live music, hand crafted maritime gifts, and art exhibit created by the community, touch tanks and exhibits and lots of fun activities for kids!  This year there is also a community lobster bake at 4pm with a great deal on a boiled lobster dinner!


Cultural Care Au Pair Sale, Promotional code, discount code for northshore, nort

Cultural Care Au Pair Back to School Savings: Back-to-school savings: New families who register from August 15, 2014 through August 19, 2014, using promo code PCBTS2014 will receive a $75 registration fee waiver and $350 program fee discount when welcoming an au pair by January 30, 2015.

As an added bonus, families who select their final au pair by September 15, 2014, will receive an additional $350 program fee discount - for a total savings of up to $775!

For 25 years, Cultural Care Au Pair has provided flexible, affordable childcare solutions for parents across the country. Costing about $360 a week per family, not child, Cultural Care Au Pair is the best kept secret in childcare.


Boston Ballet School Northshore Children's Programs Register today!

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 School Year Session where children ages 16 months and up enjoy a supportive, welcoming, and engaging experience.


COASTSWEEP encourages families to volunteer and help preserve some of the nicest

Living on the North Shore has a lot of benefits, and one of the best is our proximity to the beach.  Wherever you might be living or visiting on the North Shore, you are never more than a half-hour car ride from the nearest spot to bury your toes in the sand.  We have miles and miles of beautiful beach available to us, and it's our obligation to help keep it clean.


Join the Wenham Museum for their Annaul craft fair and family day!

Wenham Museum’s 42nd Annual Family Festival and Craft Fair will return to the museum’s lawn August 23, 2014. One of the North Shore’s finest craft fairs featuring the region’s best artisans—some new and many returning—offering unique hand crafted items, family activities, and the museum galleries. Treat yourself to lunch at the award-winning Fat Belly BBQ Truck.

Location: Wenham Museum


Schooner Ardelle turns into the love boat for date night!

Maritime Gloucester and  Schooner Ardelle have teamed up to create Date Night! Schooner Ardelle becomes the 'Love Boat' for moms and dads, while kids (ages 4-12) enjoy the care of the staff at Maritime Gloucester, the aquarium and lots of fun activities. You'll have a nice romantic sail around Gloucester, and can rest easy knowing that your child is happy and engaged with a trusted team of professionals!


Kids are invited to come to Maritime Gloucester for a Catch of the Day Session

Each week Maritime Gloucester offers kids a different hands-on marine-themed program that integrates marine engineering, biology and maritime history. For kids ages 6-12 with an adult!


MIT Museum proudly presents InventionS: 2014 Student Showcase features a range of inventions created by MIT graduate and undergraduate students for courses, in labs or just for fun! Inventions on display  exemplify MIT's legendary values of creativity, ingenuity and practical problem solving.  Inventions on display include phone-controlled appliance that grows food, a user interface that converts everyday objects into musical instruments, and other projects that may well be the next big thing in technology! Come see what the future holds, and get a first-hand look at the inventing process!

Location: MIT Museum


Market Street Lynnfield MA, Market Street Lynnfield MA family shopping and enter

Enjoy outdoor movies on The Green each Tuesday in August. Family fun activities will begin at 6:00 PM. The feature will start at dusk, around 8:30 PM.

This weeks feature will be "FROZEN".

Family fun activities will include a Princess fashion show and sing along with special guests!


Back to School

It is often challenging to find a backpack that is ‘cool’, just the right size for all of the school day necessities and fits correctly! Correct fit should be your first priority!

Consider this: If a child carries his or her backpack for only 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon, they will carry it for 2 hours and 30 minutes per week.  There are 180 school days in a year.  That means the child would carry the backpack for 5,400 minutes or 90 hours per year.  It makes sense to choose the right backpack that fits well!


School Supply Drive for North Shore Kids

This September, many local children will head back to school without a backpack, pens, paper, and crayons. Help Community Giving Tree distribute supplies to more than 1000 school kids by sponsoring a filled backpack or by donating new items. Every kid deserves to start the school year with the supplies needed for success.


Get fresh local produce at the Beverly Farmers Market in downtown Beverly Massac

This is a great farmers' market connected to a large grassy park in downtown Beverly.  There is always music and a lot of shade.  The market offers fresh local produce as well as cheese, meat, eggs, bread, muffins, dog treats, massage, jewelry, and books.  The kids have a blast playing tag, meeting new friends, and listening to music.  The park is dog friendly, has plenty of parking and access to the commuter rail. This is a wonderful spot for an impromptu picnic!

Location: Odell Park


Tour the WWII era observation tower at Halibut Point State Park.

Meet at the Halibut Point State Park visitors center to learn about the role Halibut Point has played in America’s military history. This tour will include a climb to upper-levels of the park’s World War Two artillery fire control tower and a close look at a WWII azimuth. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. Best for ages 8 and above. Rain or shine.


Come to Maritime Gloucester for a Creature of the Week Session!

Each week Maritime Gloucester will highlight one of the fascinating creatures living in the aquarium. Kids will learn about the creature through an exploration in the Aquarium, a story and a creature craft. For kids pre-k through age 6.


Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, mea, dairy Newburyport

The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and delicious food. Live music every week!


Take a guided kayak paddle to Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!

Join us for an afternoon kayak paddle, followed by a leisurely walking tour of Choate Island. We’ll stop in to view the Proctor Barn and the Choate House, then continue on to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After taking in the breathtaking views of the marsh and Essex Bay, we’ll make our way back to the Proctor Barn for a delicious picnic supper catered by Ferreira Foods.


Come to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester for the 33rd Annual Waterfront Festival.

Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will once again blossom into the colorful 33rd Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival. A collection of over 175 Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations, live music, plus delicious ethnic foods. A pancake breakfast and traditional New England Lobster Bake complement this picture perfect seaport event!

Location: Stage Fort Park


You and your child can learn the basics of birding at Halibut Point State Park

The Trustees of Reservations invites families to come learn birding basics while enjoying the woodlands and heathlands at the weather-beaten bluffs of Halibut Point State Park or the wide open spaces of Coolidge Point Reservation. Swarms of shorebirds can be viewed at this these prestigious coastal birding points! Meet at the parking area. Pre-registration is not required.


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