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Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly MA
Celebrate the season with family bonding and gingerbread fun at our signature workshops. Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House. Enjoy the endless decorating options, from frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences, and cheerful holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate and experiencing quality family time. Spread the holiday spirit by inviting friends to join you for this special event! This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together!
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen
Fun with Wikki Stix at Newburyport Public Library
Stop by to build or make artwork with Wikki Stix, wax-covered pieces of yarn that mold into any shape you want. Drop-in for kids of all ages.
Location: Newburyport Public Library
North Shore Nature Fair at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA
Gather your friends and family and join us on Sunday, November 5th, on the Glen Urquhart School campus in Beverly Farms, for a family-friendly, hands-on Nature Fair. The fair will celebrate our local natural environment and the work of our like-minded partners on the North Shore. Activities and projects will be situated across our 23-acre campus, which features a nature trail, woodlands and marsh, an athletic field, and outdoor and greenhouse classrooms.
Location: Glen Urquhart School
Walk through the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary lit only by the full moon
Find out why Native Americans call the November full moon the Beaver Moon. The smell of wood smoke combined with the crunch of leaves underfoot reminds us that winter is just around the corner. Spend an evening walking around the sanctuary under a full moon, searching barren tree tops for the silhouettes of owls, fishers, and raccoons while stopping in our wetlands to observe beavers making their final winter preparations. What a perfect way to spend a quiet evening with your family before the rush of the holidays begins.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Kids will build their own fairy houses at Mosely Woods in Newburyport!
Join educators from Joppa Flats Education Center with your preschooler for an adventure to collect acorns, pine cones, lichen, bark, and moss at Newburyport's Mosely Woods! We'll use our imaginations to create woodland homes and creature friends with the natural materials we find. You'll go home with your fairyland dwellings and a new excitement for finding natural treasues and turning them into creative projects.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
STEAM comes to the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!
Join the Joppa Flats STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Team, where you will work together with other creative and curious students for a weekly engineering challenge! Under the guidance of Teacher-Naturalist and art educator Jan Morris, this program will challenge your problem-solving skills, increase your awareness of design elements in nautre, and unleash your inner scientist! Possible project themes include erosion control, beaver dam construction, and wind turbines.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Parent Education Screening and Discussion of Beyond Measure at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA
Glen Urquhart School, the independent, K-8 school in Beverly Farms, welcomes the community to a free screening of “Beyond Measure,” the documentary follow-up to the award-winning “Race to Nowhere.” The event will be held at the GUS campus, in the upper school, on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. “Beyond Measure” follows public schools across the country as they take matters into their own hands, innovating from the inside. By spotlighting success stories, “Beyond Measure” shows that it is possible to rise above America’s toxic, and anxiety-provoking, achievement fixation and build a richer, more empowering, and student-centered education culture from the ground up.
Location: Glen Urquhart School
Find out what nightmares await inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucestre Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents: Halls of Darkness, all-new for 2017! What nightmares await you on a tour of this darkened castle?  If you dare, come and see for yourself, but beware what lurks in the shadows and hidden corners! Visit the most unique and surreal haunted attraction in Massachusetts, just a few minutes north of the Haunted Happenings of Salem. For over 25 years, no Halloween season has been complete without a haunted tour through this real medieval castle!
Location: Hammond Castle
Food, music, art and fun come together for a great family time in Rockport MA!
The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, chowder, small-batch jams, jellies and chocolates, locally-grown produce and more.
Location: Downtown Rockport
Sweet Paws Rescue Barktoberfest helps raise funds for this unique shelterless pet matching organization
An interactive, fun festival for the entire family and for a great cause! Friendly dogs are welcome (must be leashed)! Come to Essex, throw a blanket down, listen to some tunes and hang out with us for the day! We will have cider donuts and refreshments to purchase for the early visitors and then move right along to a cookout in the afternoon. We will also be unveiling our new fall/winter SPR Merchandise!