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Kids will get a close-up look at creatures and bugs that live in IRWS wetlands.
Wetlands are wonderful places full of fascinating animals and plants. Together we will discover the wetland habitats of the sanctuary. We'll hike to Hassocky Meadow and search for ducks, turtles, snakes, and more. We will continue our explorations at a real vernal pool and look for breeding salamanders, wood frogs, and their egg masses.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Hike Mount Agamenticus in Maine with Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center during April Vacation!
Joppa Flats Education Center Camp Director Kirsten Lindquist leads an excurison to York Maine! We'll explore both a mountaintop and the ocean in one day -- it's the best of both worlds! We'll start off with a hike around and up Mount Agamenticus, which overlooks the ocean out to the Isles of Shoals on the horizon. On the mountain, our crew will keep an eye out for vernal pools and evidence of glacial history, while we all get to know flora unique to alpine ecosystems. After lunch on the summit, we'll descend to the coast at nearby Long Sands Beach and investigate the tide pools for marine life.
Location: Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Come to Rough Meadows and discover the creatures that live there with Joppa Flats Education Center during April Vacation. Photo ©Alan Ward
Joppa Flats Education Center helps families beat the blahs and keep minds active and hands busy during school break! Head out into the wild with kids and families for great outdoor explorations this April vacation. For families with children ages 3 and up, School and Youth Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings is taking field gear, table-top science displays, and art equipment to local wetlands. You’ll bird with binoculars, learn about temporary collecting, sketch and journal, try wildlife photography, and revel in habitat exploration.  “Seining the Salt Marsh at Rough Meadows” meets Thursday, April 20, at Rowley’s Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. All materials are provided and no registration is required. Adults must accompany children. Maximum family price of $32. Mass Audubon members receive discounts.
Location: Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Chase Argy the Gorilla down Argilla Road in Ipswich Ma in this fun 5k for all ages!
This fun-filled family event kicks off the 2017 YMCA North Shore Road Race Series, now in its 11th year! Argy the gorilla has completed this wandering 5K course through the wooded neighborhoods of Ipswich, on everything from running shoes to a Segway to the back seat of a convertible!  Bring the kids along for workout games with Argy (the Gorilla)! Post-race awards, music, photos, refreshments and more! This race is open to all ages.
Location: Ipswich YMCA
Museum of Fine Arts Children's Vacation Activities
Collaborate and Create! The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), invites families to meet and make art together with other families. Artists have always collaborated for inspiration and to create art. Along with art making, enjoy a dance performance, go on a family art walk, and listen to children’s stories. Enjoy free drop-in activities all week, supported by the Cogan Family Foundation.
Location: Museum of Fine Arts
Seaside Sustainability programs are built on a foundation that emphasizes the importance of sustainability in harboring an earth in which future generations will be able to thrive.
Seaside Sustainability programs are built on a foundation that emphasizes the importance of sustainability in harboring an earth in which future generations will be able to thrive.  Seaside Education Adventure (SEA) was the first program to grow out of this idea, and pairs marine ecology ideas with hands-on nature learning. This combination introduces local youth to the short and long term effects of a variety of ocean threats.  These boat-based trips take students out onto the water to learn about oceanography, water sustainability, and ecosystem balance.  This year, Seaside Sustainability is offering two SEA programs:
Things to do with Dogs at MarketStreet Lynnfield MA
Polkadog Bakery in Lynnfield and Slobbr are joining forces to bring us Doggy de Mayo at MarketStreet Lynnfield. Grab your 4 legged friend and meet on The MarketStreet Green for 2 hours of Complimentary Doggy Ice Cream, Dog-Friendly Vendors, Giveaways and more!
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Teen School Vacation Week programs in Salem at PEM
During this teen, youth workshop, PEM instuctures will guide participants through defining a message, designing a visually impactful sign, and leading teens through the block-printing process with the PEM printmaking press.
Location: Peabody Essex Museum
School Vacation Week programs for kids in Salem at PEM
Peabody Essex Museum has a tons of interactive art activities for families to enjoy over school vacation week. Explore the World of WearableArt TM exhibition and let the spectacular ensembles on view spark your childs imagination. Meet a Cirque du Soleil costumer, pen a six-word memoir and compete in a design challenge!
Location: Peabody Essex Museum
Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
Location: Boston Common and Boston Public Garden