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Summer Art and Photography Program for Kids on Cape Ann, Annisquam Arts, Glouces
Welcome to Annisquam Arts! We're gearing up for our 24th season of art-making in the heart of Cape Ann. From bookmaking to woodworking, we're offering seven inspiring workshops this summer––sign up for one week or all seven! Young artists ages 6–14 are welcome.
Location: Annisquam Arts
STEM Programs, Robotics, Coding, Math Edge at Sylvan Learning
Sylvan Learning of Peabody is proud to offer STEM Programs this summer. Sylvan Learning's innovative programs will light up your child's mind and build a love for STEM. Register today for Robotics, Coding, Math Edge and more.
Location: North Shore Sylvan Learning Centers
USCG Boating Safety Course in Salem Massachusetts by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 43 Marblehead, MASS
About Boating Safety | If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out this in classroom training. If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out this in classroom training.This boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a youth boat license or safety certification. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. This is a 1 day [8 hour] essential boating safety training open to kids ages 12 and up, as well as adults. Lunch is provided.
Location: Palmer's Cove Yacht Club
Join the Trustees of Reservations to Explore their historic houses during their FREE open house Home Sweet Home tours!
The Trustees’ public gardens are a living documentary of Massachusetts horticulture and design traditions. We are celebrating those gardens, many of which are part of the landscapes of our historic homes, at Home Sweet Home—our annual Open House Day—this year. Come experience all the beauty, history, and unique stories contained within each home, as well as the exquisitely designed gardens and stunning natural landscapes that continue to inspire creative minds to this day. Whether you're a garden lover, an architecture aficionado, a plein air painter, or simply curious, we have a house for you to explore.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Stevens-Coolidge Place
Learn to surf on the north shore of Massachusetts. Swampscott, Nahant, Salem, Lynnfield
Ocean House Surf offers a program to teach new surfers "groms" (ages 7-17) how to surf, in a fun and safe environment. OHS teaches experienced surfer's how to progress to the next level. The team of instructors will work with your children to get them acclimated to the fundamentals of catching and riding waves, as well as teaching them how to navigate the waves. If they have never surfed before, this is their opportunity!  If they are a seasoned surfer, this camp is awesome for cultivating proficiency and fostering the groundwork for enhanced performance. All instructors are First Aid, CPR and Lifeguard certified with years of surf experience.
Location: Nahant Beach Reservation
Cooking classes for children and adultsin Beverly and North Andover
Join us at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly for a Summer Camp Open House. Parents and students are encouraged to drop-in to meet our Chef Instructors and to check out our special Kids Kitchen and sample a yummy culinary creation. This is a free event. Register to RSVP.
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen
The Salem Farmer's Market bring the goodness of local farm to downtown Salem!
The Salem Farmers' Market brings fresh local produce and other foods from North Shore farms and other local resources to downtown Salem every Thursday at Derby Square on Front Street ! It's a great place to come find healthy choices for your family's dietary needs, as well as meet local crafts people and artisans! This is a great community resource that strengthens social bonds and interactions, and helps local food producers by creating a direct to consumer channel for their produce and other goods! Come join the fun and experience one of the best farmer's markets on the North Shore!
Location: Downtown Salem
Gloucester's US Coast Gaurd Station host an open house and boating safety day at their station in downtown Gloucester!
United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester is having an open house and safe boating day! Stop by and learn all about the Coast Guard and its important role in Gloucester. The United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester annual Safe Boating Day Open House will feature local marine vendors, safe boating displays, flare demonstrations, tours of Coast Guard vessels, and more. Free to the public. Recreational boaters, commercial boaters, loads of fun for the kids!
Location: United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester
Explore Appleton Farms with your family - or come and just hang out! Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Join Appleton Farms for oem fun on the farm! Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast sheep will run for their morning helping of grain? Join us for our NEW weekend Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every ½ hour. Greet the goats, make a wool bracelet, cuddle a calf, farm story time, collect chicken eggs and more! In between activities hang out in the Carriage Barn and explore our all-day learning stations or picnic outside in the Stone Paddock!
Location: Appleton Farms
Fathers Day Bluegrass BBQ at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Bring a picnic blanket and load up the kids for a summer evening on the farm to celebrate the special fathers in your life. Enjoy dinner from a variety of local food trucks and beer and wine from Ipswich Ale and others. (As we book vendors we will update this page). Live bluegrass from Old Cold Tater!
Location: Appleton Farms

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Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

See The Addison’s Model Ship Collection - Andover

Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA. Addison Gallery of American Art
Families are invited to explore The Addison Gallery's famed model ship collection, permanently installed in the building's lower level, consisted originally of 24 works commissioned by the museum's founder, Thomas Cochran, to document four centuries of American history.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

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

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

Flowers for Kids

Flowers are for Kids, too! Learn about these special flowers that cover the land that is Maudslay State Park in Newburyport Massachusetts
Flowers are for Kids, too! Learn about these special flowers that cover the land that is Maudslay State Park . Perfect for a photo op. The park interpreter knows what is blooming and when. Be sure to pack a camera. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, bug spray recommended.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Creature Catch!

Discover what creatures live in New England Ponds at Harold Parker State Forest!
Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Fish, frogs, snakes, and salamanders, let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds!  Nets and buckets are provided.  This activity can be wet and muddy.Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Appropriate for a
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

LEGO Club at Newbury Library

Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library!
Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library! Drop in to the NTL Lego Club on Friday afternoons. We supply the Legos and a theme for each week for you to get inspired by. Let’s get building! No registration required. For kids ages 5 and up.
3:00 pm to 4:30 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

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in...
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Sunday, May 27

See The Addison’s Model Ship Collection - Andover

Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA. Addison Gallery of American Art
Families are invited to explore The Addison Gallery's famed model ship collection, permanently installed in the building's lower level, consisted originally of 24 works commissioned by the museum's founder, Thomas Cochran, to document four centuries of American history.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fitness on the Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield - Athleta

Workout and get fit on The Green with fitness and health experts at MarketStreet Lynnfield MA.
Join us on The Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield for sweat-inducing workouts. These complimentary classes run from May through October.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Secrets of the Gardens

Magnolia flowers are just one of the flowering trees you'll see at Maudslay State Park along the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Massachusetts
The gardens of Maudslay are special landmarks, telling the stories of the Moseley family love of botanical history. Learn about how the gardens used to look and how they became the gardens they are today.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Seaside Cycle Family Trail Ride

Join Seaside Cycle on a family bike ride in the woods of Grodon College in Beverly Massachusetts
Do you have a kid or two that wants to get their mountain bike on the trails but aren't sure how to get them started? Or does your child ride at school and want to go out with you? We've got the perfect ride for you! How technical the ride is will depend on participant ability and we are happy to...
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Public Skate & 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...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Monday, May 28

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Manchester Memorial Day Parade

In Manchester, legion members and parade participants will assemble Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Amaral-Bailey Post 113 for a brief seaside service. Wreaths and flowers will be dropped into the harbor in remembrance of those lost at sea. The parade then will move on to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery to...
8:30 am

Danvers Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day in Danvers MA. Photo: All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore
The Danvers Memorial Day parade begins at Town Hall at 9 a.m. sharp, and will follow the traditional route of previous years - down Sylvan Street, through downtown and back to Town Hall.
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Essex Memorial Day Parade

Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade begins at 9 am and progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge.
9:00 am

Boxford Memorial Day Parade

Parade steps-off from Community Center in East Boxford Village and marches to Village Cemetery. Scouts and veterans will decorate graves with accompanying music followed by chaplain led prayer, firearm salute, and playing of 'Taps'. The parade continues to James L.
9:30 am