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Come celebrate the Winter solstice at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with a night time walk using lanterns!
Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore. With lanterns in hand, we will stroll the trails to light up the night. We will serve hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire on our return.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Pre-Schoolers will learn all about owls at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!!
Preschoolers are welcome to come learn about owls! These 90-minute sessions are for both you and your active preschooler! Each week, our structured activities will include original songs, movement, dramatic play, hand-on science, and a thematic snack. We'll give you coloring pages to take home and lots of fun materials via an electronic goody bag after each class.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Take a stroll through The Enchanted Village, a true New England tradition. Plus, take a picture with Santa and top it all off with a Jordan's Furniture blueberry muffin! The Spirit of Boston’s Holidays Throughout the 1960's and into the 1970's, Jordan Marsh displayed the Enchanted Village in its Downtown Crossing store. The heart-warming display quickly became an integral part of New England’s seasonal celebrations. Until 1972, when Jordan Marsh closed the display, a trip to The Village was a traditional event.
Vacation Break Program - December 18-21 in Beverly MA
Need some first-week-of-break, mom-and-dad-are-not-on-vacation-yet fun? Sign your kids up for the FUN@GUS Vacation Break Program - join us for one day or all four! Every day at FUN@GUS K-6 kids will enjoy activities throughout the Glen Urquhart School campus, including outdoor adventures, science explorations, games, arts, cooking, and more! Every day will include different activities. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily fee is $80, all four days $280. Learn more at https://www.gus.org/extended-day-and-gus/vacation-break-programs The December Vacation Break Program will run Monday through Thursday, December 18-21. The program is for grades K–6 and is open to the community.
Location: Glen Urquhart School
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Step inside for an incredible journey back in time. Be a participant in the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution at the all new Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Join in on one of Boston´s most iconic protests. Re-enactors from across New England come together to tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the evening of December 16, 1773. this annual event is your own time machine to Boston's colonial past! Tickets available now. Presented by Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Relive the event that changed American history forever- the Boston Tea Party. in the same place where it all began 243 years ago. Join Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock for a fiery debate about the tea tax. Then, follow the Sons of Liberty on a march to the tea ships in Boston Harbor to make salt-water tea. The Annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment is a chance for the public to join in on one of Boston’s most iconic protests. Re-enactors from across New England come together to tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the evening of December 16, 1773.
Location: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by Highland Street Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Running now through New Year’s Day, Mayor’s Holiday Special is a two-month celebration of Greater Boston’s performing arts, featuring thousands of discount tickets to over 500 holiday performances through BosTix, plus dining deals and free festivities.
Preschool programs in Beverly MA at GUS
One day left for the morning preschool program, for children ages 3.6 to 5 by partners Glen Urquhart School and Kestrel Educational Adventures. Each week, our preschool program Noticing Nature will focus on one of the five senses, and we’ll practice waking up that sense to notice the natural world around us. The one-hour class will start in the GUS greenhouse, where children will engage in activities to focus their senses, such as looking for things that are hidden, listening to recorded bird calls, and experiencing different smells. Each class will also include a guided walk on the GUS nature trail, where we’ll heighten our senses and discover as much as possible. The class will end with the group telling the story of the day, sharing what we noticed with our senses and learning a few activities the children can practice throughout the week to keep their senses sharp. Our storytelling approach and use of dramatic voices and movement encourage even the youngest children to participate. Noticing Nature will be held on Wednesdays, in the GUS campus greenhouse, at 74 Hart Street, in Beverly Farms, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., December 13th.
Location: Glen Urquhart School
Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
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 answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered Nurse to support every woman’s mothering experience. You do not need to be a breastfeeding mom to enjoy these groups. All aspects of mothering are discussed. Drop-ins welcome! Mother & Baby: Newburyport & Haverhill This group meets on Tuesdays from 10:00am-11:45am at Anna Jaques and at 2 Water Street in Haverhill on Thursdays from 10:30am-12:00pm. Guest speakers present periodically on topics such as car seat safety, infant nutrition, and infant growth and development. No registration needed, open to all mothers and babies
Location: Anna Jaques Hospital
Located on Boston's North Shore on the Beverly/Manchester line just minutes from Route 128, Brookwood is a coeducational private independent day school for grades Pre-K through Eight.
Parents of children entering grades Pre-K through 8 are invited to learn about the exceptional education offered at Brookwood School at the school’s annual Fall Admissions Open House on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9 AM. Dedicated to nurturing excellence, Brookwood is a community where children enjoy going to school; where the focus is on educating the whole child, where students are truly known by their teachers, and students are engaged in a challenging and meaningful curriculum. In combination these qualities provide the foundation essential for a student’s future educational success.
Location: Brookwood School
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

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MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Pick Up Gift Cards at MarketStreet Lynnfield

MarketStreet Gift Card are here.
With over 80 stores and restaurants, the MarketStreet Gift Card allows you to give the perfect gift.
12:01 am to 11:58 pm

North Shore Holiday Toy Drive

Senator Bruce Tarr & 104.9 FM encourage you to donate toys for kids in need!
With the need for toys at an all-time high for local children, Senator Bruce Tarr and 104.9 will once again broadcast live all day from nine locations on the North Shore to collect as many toys, gift cards, and monetary donations as possible to fulfill North Shore needs. The live broadcasts are...
6:00 am to 6:30 pm

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

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

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 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 and Thursday 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, Brian...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play.
10:15 am to 11:15 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Classes: Haverhill

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
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...
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Enchanted Christmas Village - Avon

Take a stroll through The Enchanted Village, a true New England tradition. Plus, take a picture with Santa and top it all off with a Jordan's Furniture blueberry muffin! The Spirit of Boston’s Holidays Throughout the 1960's and into the 1970's, Jordan Marsh displayed the Enchanted Village in its...
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by Highland Street

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by Highland Street Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Running now through New Year’s Day, Mayor’s Holiday Special is a two-month celebration of Greater Boston’s performing arts, featuring thousands of discount tickets to over 500 holiday performances through BosTix, plus dining deals and free festivities.
12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

A Little Night Music & Rhyme

Come sing, dance and get the wiggles out at Beverly Public Library
Beverly Public Library  invites families with kids under 5 (or so) to join the musical rhythmic fun! Come Dance, shake, move and sing and get the wiggles out.
6:30 pm

Friday, December 15

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by Highland Street

Discount Tickets Boston Mayor's Holiday by Highland Street Boston Mayors Holiday Special for North Shore families
Running now through New Year’s Day, Mayor’s Holiday Special is a two-month celebration of Greater Boston’s performing arts, featuring thousands of discount tickets to over 500 holiday performances through BosTix, plus dining deals and free festivities.
12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Open Studio at Art Haven

Things to do north of Boston
Friday afternoons are a great time for families to drop-by fand enjoy Open Studio at Art Haven. Participate in a fun activity and access to the studio space to work on clay, painting, drawing or anything else you dream up. All ages are welcome with a parent.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Edible Christmas Trees for Teens and Tweens

Teens and Tweens will make Christmas tree brownies in Essex Massachusetts.
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites tweens and teens in grades 6-12 to for a fun holiday treat! Stop by right after school and make an edible brownie Christmas Tree.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Illumination Nights at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Come to the Stevens Coolidge Place for Illumination Nights!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for Illumintation Nights!
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 16

The Polar Express in 4D!

Enjoy the Polar Express 4D Experience at the Museum of Science Boston.
Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D...

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Pick Up Gift Cards at MarketStreet Lynnfield

MarketStreet Gift Card are here.
With over 80 stores and restaurants, the MarketStreet Gift Card allows you to give the perfect gift.
12:01 am to 11:58 pm

Boston Tea Party Ships Annual Reenactment 2017

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Step inside for an incredible journey back in time. Be a participant in the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution at the all new Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Join in on one of Boston´s most iconic protests. Re-enactors from across New England come together to tell...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On Saturday,  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at the Cushing Park and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Community Giving Tree center in Boxford - just down the...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

AJH: Sibling Preparation Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Sibling Preparation Class
Sibling Preparation Class is offered to big brothers and sisters. The class includes a tour of the Birth Center and age-appropriate activities to let children have fun while learning about new babies and changes in the family. Classes are on Saturdays from 9:00am-10:00am in the Higgins Conference...
9:00 am to 10:00 am