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Kids will have a exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
How do you like to spend your summer vacation?  On this interactive tour for younger visitors and their families, join a member of the Crane’s household staff to explore what made this a relaxing summer home.  Peak into some of their private rooms and discover the family cat’s favorite hiding places!
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Rockport Massachusetts lights up the night with a mid-Summer fireworks show!
Following the Rockport Rotary Club Lobsterfest, a fireworks display will light up the sky over Rockport Massachusetts! The Show begins at 9:30pm, and will be lit off from Granite Pier.  The show will last for 20-25 Minutes, and may just include a couple of surprises according to the fireworks committee.
Location: Downtown Rockport
The Annual Witches Cup presents racing for both men and women at all levels.
Imagine the excitement of 100 cyclists racing around the Salem Common at over 30 miles per hour. Join us for the 35th anniversary of The Witches Cup and an afternoon of exciting racing. Then stop by our hospitality tent hosted by Wachusett Brewing Company - also featuring great food from Salem's favorite restaurants.
Location: Salem Common
Soul Rebel Project brings reggae jams to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Join the fun at Waterfront Park in Newburyport as you watch the Disney Pixar Animated 'Finding Dory'!
What could be better than a free movie viewed outside at Waterfront Park on a warm summer night?  Join in the adventures of Marlin, Newmo and Dory as they search for Dory's family!
Location: Waterfront Park
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
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
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
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