North Shore Kid Stories, Events, Activities, Camps and Recipes

The Chebacco Boat PArade is a great Fourth of July tradition in Essex MA

The Chebacco Lake and Watershed Association will sponsor its annual Fourth of July Boat Parade on at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 4th.  All boats will meet near the Centennial Grove beach and proceed around the lake counterclockwise. Prizes will be awarded for Most Patriotic, Most Creative and best costume or costumes.


The GAAC invites you to discover the the world of Astromony at the Halibut Point

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club invites you to Halibut Point State Park, one of the best places to view the night sky! Join the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club at the visitors center to view the wonders of the sky. Telescopes will be set up for viewing and local astronomers will be on hand for a star-studded experience. Dress warmly for the weather.  Appropriate for families with children.


The Tidepools at Halibut Point State Park are some of the best in New England!

Halibut Point State Park invites families to join them on a tide pool adventure! Halibut Point contains some of the best tide pools in New England. Join the Interpreter for a trip down to the rocky shore for some inter-tidal exploration. Learn about these interesting creatures living in a unique transitional environment. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.


Find out the story behind the granite at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport!

Halibut Point State Park is also a granite quarry with a history that goes back billions of years! A rock is not a thing but a drama, it can teach us about the great unifying science and the unique geology of Cape Ann. Rocks can tell us a lot about how the landscape was formed and the geology of Cape Ann tells us great stories, all visible at Halibut Point. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.


Kids will explore and learn about the dragonflies at Halibut Point State Park.

Explore the world of odonata, one of the oldest life forms on Earth. This is a great kids’ program and most appropriate for families. Meet at the Visitor Center.


Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focu

Enjoy a guided tour of Halibut Point State Park around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration.  Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascades from rocky headlands to the abundant tidal pools below. The panorama encompasses views from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. This glorious natural landscape is breathtaking and inspiring.


Sandy Bay Yacht Club Sailing Program in Rockport MA

Sandy Bay Sailing Program offers sailing lessons to sailors of all ages and abilities; from beginners to racers and cruisers, ages 8 and up. Located on beautiful location on T Wharf in historic Rockport, Mass. SBYC offers quick access to ocean sailing at its best.


Tracking skills are a great way to improve your outdoor adventures! Learn about

Come with your family and learn about animal tracking! People have been tracking animals for a very long time now. Come get a glimpse of the process and do some animal tracking yourself! Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Meet at the Nature center in the campground. Appropriate for all ages.


Hiding in plain sight is beneficial to predators who are looking to spot prey.

Did you know that animals in nature play their own game of hide-and-seek? Join the Park Interpreter in this program to learn about the fascinating and creative ways animals have adapted to hide themselves. Meet at the nature Center. Appropriate for families with children.



Meet at the headquarters (305 Middleton Rd., North Andover) and Join the Intepreter on a long hike to one of the many gorgeous spots in the park for lunch. Recommend bringing bagged lunch, water, insect repellent, sun screen and camera. Appropriate for all ages, families with children, best for 6 years and older.



Join the park interpreter at Harold Parker State Forest for a night hike under t

Note:  This event is canceled due to inclement weather! Meet at the headquarters (305 Middleton Rd., North Andover) and join the park interpreter for a walk through the woods to celebrate the full moon. It is recommended that you bring insect repellent and a flashlight. Appropriate for all ages, families with children, best for 6 years and older.


Discover what creatures live in New England Ponds at Harold Parker State Forest!

Let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds by exploring Berry Pond. Harold Parker has 11 ponds, 9 of which were created by the CCC. Learn their function and importance. Wear appropriate hiking shoes. It is recommended that you bring water, insect repellent and sun screen. Appropriate for all ages, must be able to walk several miles. Meet at the Nature Center in the campground.


Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustes under the full moon.

Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the July's Buck Moon! Native Americans named July's full moon the Buck Moon in observance of male deer, who in July begin to re-grow antlers shed the previous winter. Other names for this full moon include Thunder Moon, for the month’s frequent thunderstorms, and Hay Moon, after the July hay harvest. We might also call it the Armstrong Moon -- a nod to astronaut Neil Armstrong's first footsteps on the moon on July 20, 1969.


ipswich Celebrates the fourth of July with a parade and a reading of the declara

Ipswich's Independence Day Parade begins Winthrop School, up Manning Street, along High Strret to East Street, then turns to follow Water Street along the River to the Ipswich Town Hall.   Kids and other participants are invited to show up at 9am to decorate bikes trikes and wagons, with the parade starting at 10am.  At the end of parade, Benjamin Franklin will read the Declaration of Independence, followed by live music and more!


Fourth of July Fireworks at Salisbury Beach include a campfire and marshmallow r

Fourth of July Celebration – Salisbury Beach, MA includes the annual campfire sing along and marshmallow roast on the beach followed by fireworks at 10:15 pm. The location is on the beach at the Broadway Mall behind the stage!


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