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Come with us and you’ll be in a world of Pure Imagination! Join us for the beloved family musical adventure, Willy Wonka at the Performing Arts Center at North Andover High School. 10 years ago Willy Wonka was Acting Out!’s very first full scale production.  Close to 100 people joined us on the Andover Town Hall stage and performed for 4 full houses!  In March 2019 we’ll celebrate this anniversary by bringing the magic back to even a larger venue (including some of the original cast!)
Circus Smirkus proudly presents “Carnival” – their 2019 performance in Newbury Massachusetts
Ladies and Gentlemen, girls and boys! Step right up because the Circus is in town - and this year, our theme is the great American Carnival! In a fast-moving world, our show is inspired by the elegance of the carousel ride, the thrill of the roller coaster, and games of chance and skill that have long inspired young and old alike! You’ll see our troupers run for their lives through the haunted mansion, try their luck at the ring toss, balance their way through the house of fun, and discover romance in the tunnel of love! Circus Smirkus’ 2019 show Carnival is coming to town; step right up and join in the fun! Hosted by Theater in the Open
Location: Spencer Peirce Little Farm
Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead MA
Children ages 3 to 5 will explore the wonders of science and an introduction to engineering through a Jewish lens each week as they hear a relevant story and conduct a hands-on experiment. Each session will be led by a faculty member of Epstein Hillel School. Lab coats and lab books will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Walk-ins welcome.
Location: Epstein Hillel School
That Physics Show comes to the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts
Lifetime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific entertainment from the world of physics to the Off-broadway stage in That Physics Show! The show features live segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound/waves/vibration, light waves, temperatures and may more from the world in which we live, a world controlled by physics.
Location: The Cabot
Mil's Trills brings fun and music for kids to the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Mass
Mil’s Trills is a Brooklyn-based children’s music project dedicated to creating positive inclusive experiences that strive to empower and embrace young audiences and families through music. Through joyful live shows, albums and their new collaborative songwriting web series, they work to find new creative ways of bringing people together towards a peaceful global community. ​
Location: The Cabot
The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts!
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.
Location: The Cabot
Marcia Wilson and friend from 'Eyes on Owls'. Photo ©Mark Wilson
Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson of Eyes On Owls while they share their passion for owls! “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World” will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Kids will learn about 3d printing and make their own keychains at TOHP Public Library in Essex Massachusetts!
Kids in Grades 4, 5 & 6 are invited to come learn about 3d printing at the library.   Learn the basics of 3D modeling, create a design and print a keychain that you can take home! Register now for this special program. SPACES ARE LIMITED and sign up is required.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Learn how NOT to be a victim of assault at TOHP Burnham Library in Essex Massachusetts
This FREE class is designed to teach women and young women how to protect themselves when faced with uncomfortable situations and how to avoid them in the first place. Taught by John Kotch, a black belt instructor in Isshin-Ryu Karate, the class includes techniques used in Isshin-Ryu karate (known as a street, self-defense style based upon survival tactics) as well as those utilized by various martial arts styles, military and law enforcement personnel.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Come for a equinox full moon hike at Ward Reservation in Andover!
The Vernal Equinox marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, join a Trustees staff member on the trails at Ward Reservation to discover what signs of spring have already sprung.
Location: Ward Reservation

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Annual Danvers Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

Annual Danvers Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will raise funds for local kids
Come join the Danvers Kiwanis Club for their 49th annual Pancake Breakfast. This is one of the clubs biggest fundraisers. Thanks to those that come and support us we have been able to donate over $600,00 to the Danvers Community. Price includes Pancakes, Juice, Milk, Coffee, Sausages and Ham!
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Flapjack Fling & Sugaring Tours

The February Flapjack Fling isn't about pancakes, it's about the syrup!
The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary wraps up the maple sugaring season this year with our the annual Flapjack Fling. Bring your family and friends for this special breakfast at the sanctuary and enjoy the fruit (OK, sap!) of our labor and our maple trees on some delicious pancakes.
8:15 am to 1:00 pm

North Shore Gamers Game Day

All are invited to Sawyer Free Public Library in Gloucester Massachusetts for a fun day of boards games!
Looking to get into the fun of modern board gaming? Come and learn from the best! North Shore Gamers will be hosting a game day open to all levels and types of board gamers. Bring your favorite game or play from our communal library.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Beauty and the Beast at Larcom Theatre in Beverly

Live performances for the whole family at Larcom Theater in Beverly MA
Don’t miss this year’s spellbinding family show Beauty and the Beast starring Dame Dotty Potty, Loopy Louie, Gaston, Belle and of course The Beast! Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a spell-bound castle held captive by a hideous beast. Can she see beyond...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Junior Chef Class at Williams-Sonoma

Junior Chefs will make Peter Rabbit themed cookies at Williams-Sonoma Lynnfield!
Do you have a mini iron chef in your house?  Here's a perfect opportunity to nurture their interest in the culinary arts at Williams-Sonoma's Market Street Lynnfield location!
10:00 am

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Book Nook at MPL

Book Nook with Miss Melanie at Manchester Public Library
Book Nook is a weekly story time program for all children and families, ages infant through school age. Come and listen to stories, play games, sing songs, play with toys and build relationships with other families! Enjoying time in the Book Nook is a great way to startyour Saturday.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Girls Day at MIT Museum

Girls are encouraged to follow their interests in the sciences at MIT Museum's Girls Day in Cambridge!
Join MIT Museum for Girls Day, a bi-annual event celebrating women in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Explore, build, create and investigate with MIT faculty, students, and volunteers throughout the day. All hands-on activities, informal talks and demonstrations are...
Where: MIT Museum
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Families can learn through hands-on science at MIT Museum's Idea Hub in Cambridge Massachusetts
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LEGO Freeplay for Families!

The Amesbury Public Library invites families to build with LEGO!
APL invites kids and families to create with LEGOs! Use our blocks, big and small, to create from your imagination or try one of our challenges. We encourage the whole family to come and build!
Where: APL
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

ACTING OUT! Theater Company, is proud to present Willy Wonka, The Musical

Come with us and you’ll be in a world of Pure Imagination! Join us for the beloved family musical adventure, Willy Wonka at the Performing Arts Center at North Andover High School. 10 years ago Willy Wonka was Acting Out!’s very first full scale production.  Close to 100 people joined us on the...
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, March 26

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday Story Time on the Farm

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
It may be cold outside, but it's cozy in the Farm House! Join us for a regular Tuesday story time this winter. We will have an easy craft for your little one before we snuggle in for some stories! Come any time after 10 to enjoy the craft with stories being read at 10:30. All families are welcome...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

STEM Structures at NPL

Kids are invited to come to NPL to make STEM structures after school!
We’re cracking a ton of glow sticks for play time with a side of learning. Join us in our darkened program room where kids can use glow sticks to imitate designs or create something entirely new. Super simple, no mess, fun! Drop in for kids of all ages.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, March 27

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-3 Months

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

LEGO Club at HW Library

Wednesdays are LEGO Club Days at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Come to HW Library to create a masterpiece, share your ideas, work individually or as a team. This is a non-robotics program designed for children in grades K - 5, created to share the joy of Legos. No experience or registration necessary.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LEGOs at the Library

The G.A.R. Memorial Library Massachusetts Library's LEGO club is a drop-in family event
The G.A.R. Memorial Library invites families and kids of all ages to participate in a LEGO build.  Bring the whole family and build  something incredible. We provide the legos - you bring your ideas.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Come to Mendel Observatory for stargazing sessions every Wednesday night.
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obse
7:00 pm