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

Old Ipswich Days Craft Fair for families and children on Cape Ann

The Old Ipswich Days fair runs Friday-Sunday, July 26-27, 2013 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the South Village Green on Route 1A. Olde Ipswich Days is a favorite for all to meet and greet old friends and new, browse the booths and do some early holiday shopping, or make some timely indulgences.

 

Debbie & Friends tell stories that children know and love with music and song!

Debbie & Friends will perform a FREE show at the Boston Summer Arts Weekend main stage in Copley Square on Saturday, July 26! Debbie and Friends' performances include a variety of styles, from straight-ahead pop, to country, to rock, to reggae. The group's songs are engaging, interactive, fun, and educational! Come catch this free performance and stick around for the other acts including Steve Songs, and the Gizmo Guys!

Location: Copley Square

 

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! From fruit to chocolate, shakes are fun any time of the day. We’ll teach you how to combine different  flavors – or even swirl in a fruit sauce or add a crunchy topping. Sign up now!

 

Meet the Cows at The Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich Mass

Got Milk? Appleton Farms does! Come tour the dairy operation and meet the cows that make up the grass-fed dairy herd. Visit with calves, explore the pastures and meet the milkers in the dairy barn (ordinarily closed to the public). Lastly get a behind the scenes peek into cheese-making at our Dairy Processing plant.

Location: Appleton Farms

 

Tour d'Elegance public display is FREE and open to the public

Praised by car aficionados as one of the best shows in New England, the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance is a boutique car show that also serves as a fundraiser for scholarships at Endicott College. The show attracts car owners and crowds from across New England and has become the prime classic car event of the summer. Part of the Concours d'Elegance weekend includes the Tour d'Elegance on Saturday, a tour of the most elegant cars in existence today that winds along the Coastal Scenic Byway from Beverly to Newburyport and back.

 

Proceeds from the Newburyport Kitchen Tour benefit the NBPT Elementary PTO

The Annual Newburyport Kitchen Tour features sensational kitchens in a variety of period style homes in our riverside coastal community.  Each kitchen has been selected to showcase the fine work of the best designers, contractors and vendors Newburyport has to offer. 

 

This River Ecology Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper is about the estuary

Join Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center on a Beach Creature Cruise aboard Newburyport Harbor Tours Inc.'s Yankee Clipper through the Merrimack River Estuary! Teacher Naturalist, Lisa Hutchings will provide her expert pair of eyes to help your family find all the exciting sights and sounds of the marshes and varied habitats of  Plum Island as you cruise along the Merrimack River.

 

The Ipswich Farmers Market is every Friday 4-7pm on the South Village Green

Farm fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, maple syrup, eggs, herbs, flowers, local artisans and featured community initiatives as well as lively entertainment weekly! The Ipswich Farmers Market vision is “To support a vibrant local food-based economy and help nurture a more sustainable community.” The 2014 season runs from June 20-October 17.

 

Learn about song birds with a story and a wal at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuar

Bring your young naturalist to the sanctuary this summer and experience the joy of books and the wonders of nature. Participate in hands-on nature-related activities inspired by the stories. Sign up for one or more of these adventurous programs.

 

Kestrel Adventures present Wild Science with Clayton Kern!

Kestrel Educational Adventures invites you meet at the 'Get Outside Center' and caravan to a nearby wild to explore, get muddy, go wading, or stay dry and just watch! Kestrel naturalist Clayton Kern will lead an adventure in the study of reptiles and amphibians. Each week, participants will learn to catch and identify animals and will participate in a wildlife study. Your findings will be displayed at the Kestrel Educational Adventures Get Outside Center in Gloucester!

 

The Beach Gourmet serves up lunch every Friday and Saturday at Maritime Gloucest

Where Should We Go For Lunch? Maritime Gloucester has teamed up with Beach Gourmet to provide lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 am 'til 3:00 pm throughout the summer. Beach Gourmet created a signature sandwich just for us, The Maritime Lobster Roll, made with locally caught lobster, bacon and avocado creating a unique take on the New England classic! Other assorted sandwiches, vegetarian options and kids meals will also be offered along with chips, water and baked treats. The sandwich station is located adjacent to our classroom on the walkway to the harbor.

 

Come to Appleton Farms for a meal grown and cooked right on site!

Join Appleton Farms for a dinner on the farm! Bring your family and some friends for a relaxing evening watching the sunset over the Great Pasture and munching on fresh-from-the-farm food. Dinner will feature a seasonal menu grown or raised at Appleton and other local farms and prepared by Appleton Cooks! chef Carolyn Grieco.

Location: Appleton Farms

 

Children will love the mystery behind the decor of the Crane Estate Great House

The Great House at Castle Hill isn't just a big mansion for adults to explore. It was once the summer home (and playground) of the Crane children, Florence and Cornelius. On this special, 45-minute guided treasure hunt created especially for families with children ages 4 to 8, you can sharpen your sleuthing skills as we search for treasures, both large and small, throughout the Crane family mansion.

 

Local high school-aged bands will compete to see who rises to the top in the Bat

Yankee Homecoming invites you to the Fourth Annual High School Battle of the Bands. Local High School aged bands will compete to see who rises to the top and wins the opportunity to open for a YHC Waterfront Concert as well as cash and prizes! Watch local student bands battle it out on the stage, and help your favorite band by voting for them!

 

Appleton Farms is looking for teen volunteers to help with the Flower Project!

Appleton Farms needs volunteers for their Flower Project service learning program that engages youth in the planning, growing, cutting and arranging of flowers. The program culminates as participants deliver their arrangements weekly to area nursing homes and hospice patients. The program meets weekly in July and August.  Teens are encouraged to sign up for the whole Summer season.

Location: Appleton Farms

 

Come to this fun family-friendly sporting event that includes a kids bike race and parade in downtown Beverly Massachusetts!  This professional road race runs a short circuit through the streets of Beverly, with categories for amateur, master and elite riders! Its an evening of fun for the whole whether you're a spectator or a participant!

 

Boston Ballet School Northshore Studio at Van Otterloo YMCA

Boston Ballet School North Shore Studios invites you to an Open House on Thursday, July 24, from 1-3 p.m. See the BBS state-of-the-art studios located in the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA and learn about the many programs for children and adults.

 

Kids will have a hands- on learning experience with Joppa Flats Education Center

The YWCA Greater Newburyport and Newburyport Development invite you to the 3rd performance of the 2nd Annual YWCA Greater Newburyport Summer Fun Series, featuring an interactive live touch tank experience with Joppa Alive, a program by Joppa Flats Education Center. Kids will love the chance to touch indigenous creature fresh from the Gulf of Maine as they learn about their habitats, diets and survival skills! This family-style program is Free and open to the public, though reservations are recommended and donations are appreciated.

 

See Ventriloquist Al Getler at the Rockport Farmers Market

Ventriloquist Al Getler will put on a free show at the June 26 Rockport Farmers' Market! Come enjoy a fun family friendly performance in quinessential New England setting! “At the core, I am a family entertainer. I love seeing both kids and their parents laugh together. In the end, everyone walks away from a live show a bit happier,” said Getler.

 

The MIT Dome Copyright 2007 Eric Baetscher. Open Course Ware FREE.

Did you know that MIT offers a huge catalog of free online courses where you can dive right in and start expanding your horizons right the comfort of your own home? They offer over 2000 courses ranging from Sciences & Humantities to Management & Engineering. The courses are open to anybody who wishes to try them. MIT has also developed a course selection for teens looking to get a taste of what MIT has to offer, become better students and help them prepare for their AP exams.

 

Middleton Farmers Market has the North Shore Covered with fresh fruit and vegeta

The Market features 20-25 vendors. All the vendors are local and include organic farms that sell fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, meat, eggs, fish and a variety of prepared foods. You'll also find handmade crafts from local artists. Meet the farmers, take in the  fun community atmosphere.  Events include music, face painting, balloons, and a magician. Follow on Facebook to find the latest happenings.

 

This parent/child walkabout focuses on tidal pool creatures and habitat.

We will be exploring the tide-pools of Sandy Point to learn about the relationships between the water, plants, and animals that live in this habitat. We will learn how to search and handle a wide variety of intertidal animals including  snails, mussels, crabs, and other small invertebrates. We plan to play a game that shows what life in a tide-pool is like, sing some songs and get a little wet too!

 

Enjoy Lobster at the Beach in Rockportat the 16th annual lobsterfest!

What could be better than enjoying a lobster dinner at the beach with your family while helping a worthy cause? Rockport Rotary's Lobsterfest is a unique outdoor dining event held each summer at the American Legion Hall and bandstand in Rockport (on Beach Street, opposite Back Beach). Proceeds benefit local community service projects and the club's scholarship fund.

Location: Back Beach

 

Come watch a FREE showing of back to the Future on the Water in Gloucester

Come enjoy a movie projected on a giant screen on the waterfront, under the stars in downtown Gloucester Massachusetts! Bring a lawn chair, blanket and your family for a night of Hollywood blockbuster fun! Food and refreshments will be available starting at 6pm, and movies will begin at dark!

 

Hula Hoops are healthy and fun! Come find out for yourself at Sawyer Free Librar

Kids will learn all about Hula Hooping at Sawyer Free Library. Pinto Bella Hula Hoops will have a live demonstration where kids will learn the history of hula hoops, the benefits of the activity and how to do it properly! Kids will then have a chance to try for themselves, and then join iun on organized games and use teamwork to see how fun and energizing Hula Hooping can be! For kids in grades K-5!