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Head outdoors at Appleton Farms Grass Rides in Ipswich Massachusetts
Grab your snow shoes, hiking boots or cross country skiis and get the family outside between Christmas and New Years to seek out our elusive herd of wooden reindeer sculptures found throughout the Grass Rides.  See how many you can find and leave a bell around each one's neck.  Bells can be found at the bulletin board. This Self-guided program takes place on the Appleton Grass Rides entrance off of Highland St. Trustees members park free. Nonmember's are $5. Dogs are welcome in the grass rides! 
Location: Appleton Farms
Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustes under the full moon.
Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the November Beaver Moon!  Also called the Frosty Moon, this full moon heralds the coming winter, and serves as a warning that ponds and swamps will soon freeze. Beavers are particularly active around this moon, storing food and making repairs to their lodge. Native American tribes knew this moon appeared when it was time to set beaver traps to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Take a guided hike on Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!
Join The Trustees of Reservations for an afternoon hiking tour of Choate Island. What could be better than a Choate Island hike AND picnic? This special spot is the jewel in the crown of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and is only accessible by boat. Join us for a rare chance to explore the cultural and natural history of this treasure. Participants will be led on a modest trek that will go past the Proctor Barn, White Cottage, and Choate House before landing all the way to the top of the island where spectacular views await. A picnic lunch (sandwich, fruit, cookie, drink) for each participant will be prepared by our award-winning Inn at Castle Hill.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Tour the Choate House on this guided exploration of Choate Island
Choate Island is the jewel in the crown of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and is only accessible by boat. Join us for a rare chance to explore the cultural and natural history of this special treasure. Participants will be led on a modest 1.5 mile trek past these Proctor Barn, White Cottage, and Choate House all the way to the top of the island, where they will enjoy spectacular views of the back side of Crane Beach and spectacular Essex Bay before retracing their steps back to the boat dock.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Spiran Lodge #98 hosts a pancake breakfast in Downtown Rockport!
Spiran Lodge #98 hosts a pancake breakfast in Downtown Rockport!  Come have a great breakfast, enjoy the friendship of you neighbors and pick up some delicious sweet treats at the Nordic bake table. Swedish pancakes, fruit cup, sausage, juice and coffee.
Location: Spiran Hall
Junior chefs learn to bake great pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving at Williams-Sonoma class!
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! Tie on your apron and let's bake an awesome pumpkin pie! Your sweet creation will be the talk of your family's Thanksgiving feast. $30 per child includes Emile Henry Mini Pie Dish Set! Suitable for ages 8-13.
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Enjoy food, live music and all kinds of family fun at the Essex Clam Fest! Photo: An order of steamed clams from Woodman's of Essex
The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm. Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.
Location: Memorial Park (Essex)
A friday night spooky skulls art party at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts!
Drop the kids off for a fun night painting a ceramic skull for Halloween! Space is limited so register soon. Limited Scholarships spaces are available (Email traci@arthaven.org).
Location: Cape Ann Art Haven
My Life, My Health free workshop at the YWCA Greater Newburyport.
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (My Life, My Health) is for anyone living with an on-going medical condition like: high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, asthma, chronic back pain, parkinson's, chronic fatigue, fibomyalgia and more. Family members, friends and caregivers can also participate.
Location: Newburyport YWCA
Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary is part island, part forest and part marsh!
Let's head out to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things; think about colors, shapes, and patterns; and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. ach nature exploration is presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children will enjoy.  This week we will walk the trails of the Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley and maybe experience a little spookiness!
Location: Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

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Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The ninth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists,  all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 1 to November 4, 2018. Other artists  from afar including New York,California and and New...

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

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

Marini Farm Arabian Nights Corn Maze

The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts is Arabian Nights themed!
The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze is Arabian Nights themed this year! This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering.We don't give you...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Viking Skating Club

Viking Skating Club announces its 2018-2019 skating season which begins with our first session on Saturday, October 13, 2018, with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m.   Group lessons are held at Salem State University’s Rockett Arena on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  
8:30 am to 10:30 am

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Andover Bear Company Now Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Andover Bear Company Now Open at MaketSteet Lynnfield
Experience quality teddy bears with a timeless aesthetic. Popping up next to Apple Store at MarketStreet Lynnfield for a limited time only.
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 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

Salem Open Market

The Salem Open Market runs on weekends during the last 3 weeks of October!
Love Halloween? Witches, goblins and ghouls? Well, there’s no better place to spend a spooky weekend in October than in Salem, MA! And what could possibly make Salem’s October Haunted Happenings even better? How about the Salem Open Market flying in with a hauntingly cool open-air arts market!
11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Teaching Growth Mindset at Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead

Parent Education at Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead MA
Learn how to teach using growth mindset language and perspectives to help children face challenges with confidence and determination. Hear from Nancy Harrison, Ed.D., School Psychologist at Epstein Hillel School, how to infuse your preschool classroom with a growth mindset. A growth mindset enables...
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

After School Programs at GUS in Beverly

After School Programs for North Shore Kids in Beverly MA
GUS+ After School classes promise hands-on learning and fun! Registration is OPEN! Join us for GUS+ After School! Held on our campus in Beverly Farms, classes are open to the greater community and begin each day at 3:00 p.m.
3:00 pm to 4:30 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

Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Creatures of the IRWS tell stories and interact with kids on the haunted trail!
At sundown this Halloween weekend, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest with creatures that can talk! Take a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the...
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Spooky Skulls at Art Haven

A friday night spooky skulls art party at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts!
Drop the kids off for a fun night painting a ceramic skull for Halloween! Space is limited so register soon. Limited Scholarships spaces are available (Email traci@arthaven.org).
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Witches' Night Out

Adults celebrate Halloween at Witches Night Out in Newburyport!
Hosted by Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants. On Friday night, October 19th, the streets of Newburyport and Tannery Marketplace will be filled with witches, ghosts, vampires, and other Halloween characters for Witches' Night Out!
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Halls of Darkness

Find out what nightmares await inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucestre Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents: Halls of Darkness! 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...
7:00 pm to 11:00 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...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, October 20

Shore Country Day School's Annual Rummage Sale

The Annnual Shore Country Day School Rummage Sale in Beverly Massachusetts
It's time once again for the annual Shore Country Day School Rummage Sale. Saturday, October 20th, 2018 from 9am to 1pm, shoppers will discover a treasure trove of home décor, garden accessories, adult, teen and children's books, outerwear, and clothing for men and women and children age 12 and up...
9:00 am to 1:00 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, Thursday, and Saturday 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...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Trick or Treating Hayrides at Marini Farm

Trick or Treating by hayride at Marini Farm in Ipswich is Safe and Fun!
Take a Hayride through our fields of wonder at Marini Farm in Ipswich. On every stop you will come across scenes of characters waiting to hand out Tricks and Treats. The hayrides will take place during the daylight hours.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Andover Farmers' Market

Find Fresh Local Produce at the Andover Massachusetts Farmers Market
The Andover Farmers' Market, now in its 12th season, offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit by providing fresh, local produce, baked and prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted goods.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Touch a Truck Newburyport

Kids (and adults) can get up close and personal with all kinds of trucks in NBPT
Newburyport Youth Services will host a 'Touch-a-Truck' Event at Cashman Park in Newburyport!  Come down and enjoy this fun event alongside the Merrimac River, in beautiful Newburyport, MA.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off - Newburyport

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 the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at Cushing Park/Kent Playground in Newburyport.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm