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Poetry and Puppies at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts
Sawyer Free Library hosts Poetry and Puppies at the outdoor ampitheater! This program for kids ages 6 and up encourages learning poetry while giving children a chance to ineteract with puppies looking for a home! In partnership with the Cape Ann Animal Aid.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Jungle Jim's Minecraft Madness combines Magic, Comedy and balloons at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massach
Sawyer Free Library hosts Minecraft Madness with Jungle Jim! Balloon art, magic, comedy and audience participation make this a fun engaging show that kids and Minecraft fans will love! All ages are welcome.Activities include Giant Dragon creation, the Building Block Madness Torunament, a riveting Zombie Chase and the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza!  It all lead up to the big finale - a humungous 6-foot slime ball!
Location: Sawyer Free Library
The annual Gloucester Pride Stride raises money for Cape Ann non-profits!
The Gloucester Pride Stride is an annual fundraiser walk that helps the non-profits organizations around Cape Ann. Walkers collect sponsorships for their favorite organization, then walk the 5 mile route through downtown Gloucester starting and ending at Stage Fort Park. Come join the fun, have a healthy walk and help your community! Walkers can raise funds online or in person - pledge sheet download link below.
Location: Stage Fort Park
Kids will explore the IRWS and find out what lives in the soil there!
Kids will get their hands dirty and dig into the science of soil at this April vacation session. Meet the critters of the sanctuary that call dirt home. Worms, millipedes, sow bugs, weasels, and voles are a few soil creatures that we will hope to see. Find out what it takes to make a garden grow, before preparing and planting your own take-home garden.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Summer Programs at Joppa Flats are designed to engage kids aged 6-12  in nature and to explore the world around them.
Explore nature and get outdoors at Joppa Flats Education Center Summer Camp. Joppa Flats Summer Camp is the perfect program for children with an interest in and curiosity about nature. Campers ages 6 to 13 have fun and make friends as they discover local habitats and wildlife. The days are filled with hands-on, place-based activities, such as wildlife tracking, orienteering, and nature art; games and cooperative challenges; and nature engineering projects. Multiple field trips each week provide full ecosystem immersion for an enhanced camp experience, while small group sizes ensure that campers stay safe and engaged. 
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival Waltham MA for North Shore Children Families
Back in the day of sophisticated New England, folks wove their own scarves and knitted hats, gloves and sweaters from real wool shorn from bleating sheep by "Renaissance men" like Kevin Ford and Andy Rice. That vanished era of self-reliance will return Saturday, April 29, 2017 to Gore Place for the 30th Annual Sheep Shearing Festival when visitors can learn some everyday skills that flourished when the Federal-style mansion was built in 1806.
Location: Gore Place
Kids will plant and cook on Earth Day at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!!
Celebrate our Earth, farming, and delicious food with this fun hands-on planting and cooking experience! We’ll start in the teaching kitchen and get cooking. Kids will practice basic measuring and knife skills as we work together to whip up a tasty farm frittata with our own eggs. While our creation cooks kids will plant their own mini herb garden to take home. Learn about what plants need to survive and see what were planting in our own kitchen garden. Afterwards we’ll enjoy our snack together! Recommended for ages 6-10 but all are welcome! An adult must attend but there is no additional charge. Pre-registration is required. This program meets in the farm kitchen.
Location: Appleton Farms
April Vacation Camp and programs for kids
Sign up today and spend April Vacation at Acera STEAM Learning Lab. from April 17-21, 2017. Acera is now hosting its first April Vacation Camp. From Printmaking to Physics Challenges to Mirror Laser Art to Augmented Video Game Design, the April vacation week programs have something for every interest.
Come celebrate Ipswich's Local Color at Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts
Crane Beach Color Blast is part of "Local Color" - a Weekend full of Festivities in Celebration of Local Flavor, Color & Culture! Event is free ~ Parking fees apply. Dogs Welcome! Pigments will be tossed - dress accordingly. Color will be celebrated! Kites, flags, ribbons, pompoms all welcome!
Location: Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Beanstalk Adventure Indoor Ropes Course at Jordans Furniture
Channel your inner tightrope walker as you take on Beanstalk Adventure Ropes Course at Jordan's Furniture in Reading MA. Participants are safely harnessed before climbing the 3-story tall ropes course attraction and embarking through elements like cargo nets, angled rope ladders and more. The adventure continues on the Sky Rail zip line that stretches 69-feet over Beanstown.
Location: Beanstalk Ropes Course at Jordan's Furniture