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Creative Salem and Phoenix School, Salem MA host the
Salem will be getting all sorts of adorable and spooky as Creative Salem and Phoenix School host the Wicked Wednesday Children's Costume Parade & Party in Downtown Salem. The parade will start at Riley Plaza and will head up Washington St. to Lappin Park and then head down the Pedestrian Mall to the fountain stage where the kids will have a dance and costume party. At the stage, there will be kids music and performances by some character actors featuring popular costumed character personalities and more.
Location: Downtown Salem
Kids will make their own WikkiStix art at the Newburyport Public Library
Stop by to build or make artwork with Wikki Stix, wax-covered pieces of yarn that mold into any shape you want. Drop-in for kids of all ages and abilities.
Location: Newburyport Public Library
Food, music, art and fun come together for a great family time in Rockport MA!
The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting. New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh lobster, chowder, pastries, grass-fed beef, wood-fired pizza, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more. Local craft beers and wine produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes.
Location: Downtown Rockport
North Shore Kids' list of farms that offer 'Pick Your Own' pumpkins on the North
Celebrate Fall and take the kids to a pumpkin patch!  Picking your own pumpkin is just part of the fun!  Some places listed may have closed pick your own in the field, but should have a great selection available at the farm! Here is a short list of some local pumpkin patches north of Boston:
The Gran Prix of Gloucester is an annual international cyclocross race held in Gloucester Massachusetts in the beautiful setting of Stage Fort Park by the sea.
The Gran Prix of Gloucesteris two days of international calibre races where competitors from all over the US, Canada & Europe converge to race in North America by the sea at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Cyclocross is the most spectator-friendly form of bicycle racing, so bring the family and join the excitement.  Who knows? Maybe next year someone in your family will be part of the action! Hosted by ECV - Essex County Velo and Ipswich Brewing
Location: Stage Fort Park
Sample some of the best chowder in the world at the Ipswich Chowder Festival!
This popular fall classic is one of the North Shore’s most anticipated events. Folks on the North Shore and beyond will flock to Ipswich for its famous fried clams, seafood and of course delectable clam chowder. What better way to round out the season than with an opportunity to, not only samples some of the best chowder around, but also become judge for a day?
Location: Downtown Ipswich
NTL's Harvest Fest is a fundraiser for the Newbury Town Library
The Friends of the Newbury Town Library invite you to our annual Harvest Fest.  Please join us for a fun day out with your family and support our library on Saturday, October 13 from 10am to 2pm at NTL.  Here’s what’s happening this year:
Location: Newbury Town Library
Witch City 5k - a YMCA 5k costume run in downtown Salem Massachusetts!
Run through Boo-tiful Historic Salem! Get your best running costume ready for the 11th running of this annual Salem Haunted Happenings Event. A great way to begin your day of Halloween fun in Salem. Let the kids join the Halloween costume fun with the Spooktacular Kids Broom Dash. Post-race awards, costume contest, music, photos, refreshments and more.
Location: Salem Willows Park, Downtown Salem
The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday in Harvey Park in Downtown Rock
The Rockport Farmers' Market is a small market that runs each Saturday through the Summer (June - early October). Sponsored by the Rockport Exchange, the market is limited in size due to the size of the Harvey Park - a quaint setting in the heart of downtown found on the corner of Mount Pleasant Street and Broadway, across from the entrance to T-Wharf.
Location: Harvey Park - Rockport
Ipswich Harvest Market on the Center Green in Ipswich Massachusettts
Come join us for a community marketplace for all things Ipswich, sustainable, handmade, and community grown. There will be fresh food, crafts and great music.  We will highlight the Autumn/Harvest theme that comes naturally with a late October market as well as tying into Ipswich Illumination, which takes place later that day. There will be live music and kids activities.  Hope to see you there!
Location: Middle Green Ipswich MA

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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

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

October Barnyard Story Hour

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Barnyard stories really come to life when you get to meet the main characters up close and personal! Bring the kids down to Appleton Farms for our farm fresh version of 'story time'. Explore the barnyard and meet our barnyard friends including Molly the sheep and Timothy the goat. Explore the...
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

History Lab at the Seven Gables

The Living History Lab hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables
Try your hand at history! The Living History Lab hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables allows the young and young-at-heart to learn about history through a unique set of experiments. Living History Labs take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4...
10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Essex Clam Fest 2018

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...
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Choate Island Hike

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...
11:00 am to 1:30 pm

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

1864 Baseball on the Common

Providence Grays v. Brooklyn Atlantics on the Salem Common.
Come see baseball the way it was played during the time of the Civil War. See the Providence Grays take on the Brooklyn Atlantics in an 1864 style vintage base ball game. See how much the game has changed from the time of no gloves, wool uniforms, and heavy wooden bats.
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

SCNA Kids Carnival

Salem Common Neighborhood Association invites families to the Common for an afternoon of fun for the whole family!
There's nothing like October in Salem and the SCNA is thrilled to host two weekends of our annual Kids Carnival on the Common including rides, face painting, and family fun! There is no admission fee to enter the carnival. Tickets for rides are $3/ticket or $15 for an unlimited daily wristband.
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dads & Donuts Storytime at NTL

Dads & Donuts Storytime at Newbury Town Library
Dads & Donuts is a story time designed especially for dads and children ages 3-5, but siblings are always welcome. This weekend storytime is a great opportunity for dads and their little ones to hear some fun stories. Donuts and drinks provided.
11:00 am to 11:45 am