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Come enjoy a Lindsay and Her Giant Puppets at Sawyer Free Public Library!
The Sawyer Free Library invites kids to fun puppet show featuring Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals!  Lindsay shares her hand crafted, life size puppets with children and families across NH, MA, and ME. Filled with silliness, crowd participation, and lovable characters, her charming and positive short stories will delight the young and the young at heart! Don't miss this show - your kids will be chattering for weeks about these crazy animals!
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Photo: NASA image of moon’s shadow over the South Pacific
Come be a part of the “Great American Eclipse.” A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Massachusetts on August 21, and we’ll celebrate by building solar-eclipse viewers to safely watch the event. We’ll also learn a little about astronomy and discover why eclipses happen. Our next solar eclipse won’t be visible until 2024, so don’t miss this chance! 
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Join a Summer Owl Prowl Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Scott Santino
Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home and then come with your family, your tent, and a dessert to share. Join us as we explore the habitats of the elusive owls.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Preschoolers will learn ducks, clams & other mud creatures at Joppa Flats Center
Preschoolers join Joppa Flats Naturalists in an active, fun, program where they will learn what makes a salt marsh special, what lives in a salt marsh, how these animals find their food, and a chance to touch and hold live animals from the salt marsh! Using group games, songs, and fun interactive props, we’ll turn your preschooler into estuary enthusiasts! We’ll also make a take home craft  and enjoy a tasty salt marsh looking snack!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Market Street Lynnfield MA, Market Street Lynnfield MA family shopping and entertainment
Come to MarketStreet Lynnfiedl for a fun movie night on The Green and under the stars  This lawn style movie night (no chairs please) turns the green into an outdoor theater where we will show a family-friendly movie to the crowd on a giant screen!
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Families enjoy dinner on at Appletons Farms with ingredients fresh from the farm!
Join Appleton Farms for a dinner on the farm! Each Friday Appleton Farms and Chive Events invites you to join us for dinner. Relax under the setting sun and enjoy a truly unique farm to table experience. From fresh vegetables and fruits, to local pasture raised meats and sustainable seafood, Chive Events will prepare each meal using the best ingredients available from our own and other local farms. Menus may include slow roasted pork with rhubarb jam, seasonal fresh salads and homemade strawberry short cakes. Watch the season change with each meal and bring the whole family to enjoy the weekly harvests. A casual dinner set overlooking the Great Pasture will remind you to slow down and breathe in the summer's air. Enjoy a cold beverage from our friends at Ipswich Ale while you play oldfashioned lawn games and listen to live music.
Location: Appleton Farms
Join the team at Maritime Gloucester to learn all about oysters on the pier every Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Come to Maritime Gloucester and visit the Oyster Upweller on our pier and learn all about these incredible mollusks. Meets on the pier.
Location: Maritime Gloucester
Join the team at Maritime Gloucester for a Fish Print Workshop!
Come to Maritime Gloucester for a unique art workshop! Come pick your favorite fish and leave with new art for the fridge at home. Meet in the classroom or under the tent Wednesday from 3pm-4pm.
Location: Maritime Gloucester
Join the team at Maritime Gloucester for a Plankton Safari every Saturday and Sunday
Come to Maritime Gloucester and discover what lives near the bottom of the oceanic food chain using digital microscopes! Does the term plankton define a certain species? No! It is a term used to describe the enormous biomass of microscopic sea creatures ranging from nascent shrimp, fish and jelly fish to the tiny frye of lobster and squid.
Location: Maritime Gloucester
Come to Maritime Gloucester for a Creature of the Week Session! Photo ©Bill O'Connor
Each week we will highlight one of the fascinating creatures living in the Sea Pocket Touch Tank Aquarium. Students will participate in hands-on explorations, craft activities, and stories that introduce all the fun features that make the creature unique. Check-in at our Admission Desk at Maritime Gloucester’s Entrance is required due to space limitations.. For kids pre-k through age 6.
Location: Maritime Gloucester