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Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club in a Star party at High Rock Tower Observatory in Lynn
Celebrate spring's arrival by star gazing with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy ClubGirls in grades K-5 are invited to bring a friend to register for Girl Scouts at the next North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club Star Party! We’ll look at the stars through the large telescopes at High Rock Tower and Observatory and be treated to two hands-on workshops from an amateur astronomer or GSEMA staff. Space snacks will be provided!
Location: High Rock Park Tower & Observatory
Join Coast to Coast Paddle on a Mother's Day from Obear Park
Coast to Coast Paddle loves that so many moms love to paddle! If there is a mother in your life that loves the water, we have an awesome unique gift idea for you to give her! We have planned a special Mother's Day Paddle (paddleboard or kayak)! Bring Mom out on the water or send her with a friend on Mother's Day, Sunday May 13th (mark your calendars!) for a morning paddle to get her day off to the best start :)
Location: Obear Park
Come see how baseball used to be played at Spencer Pierce Little Farm. Photo: Matthew Muise Photography
It’s Base Ball, 1861 style at Spencer Peirce Little Farm! These fun, historically accurate games feature underhand pitching and no gloves are allowed. A ball bounced once and caught is an out! Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Come and see for yourself how this game was played in the 1860's.
Location: Spencer Peirce Little Farm
Flower Pop at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Spring is here to stay, and that’s certainly worth celebrating. Look out for an artful – and unexpected – burst of fresh florals popping up at MarketStreet this Mother’s Day weekend. Plus, every snap of this Instagram-worthy installation that’s tagged on social will earn $1 for @Rosies_Place, a Boston-based shelter that supports local women in need. Stay tuned for more details! #FlowerPop Inviting shoppers to revel in springtime florals by the thousands while celebrating Mother’s Day, #FlowerPop, a pop-up experience consisting of bursts of blooms that give back, is coming to MarketStreet Lynnfield this Mother’s Day weekend: May 12 and May 13, 2018. Throughout the weekend, blooms from #FlowerPop will be given away to the first 100 people stopping by each day, and making this Instagram worthy activation a charitable one, $1 will be given to Rosie’s Place, a local non-profit serving women in need, for every social media post using #FlowerPop. MarketStreet Lynnfield is located at 600 Market Street Lynnfield MA. www.marketstreetlynnfield.com  |  @marketstreetlynnfield
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Gloucester Karate Academy is offering a Summer special for new students looking to try the martial arts.
Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy is running a great Summer special for adults and children that is safe, educational and fun! For just $99, you can join the academy classes for the months of July and August, have two introductory private lessons and recieve an official karate uniform. A full schedule of classes is designed to cater to busy family schedules, and provides flexibility in achieving your next goal.
Location: Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy
Sparhawk School Amesbury MA
Sparhawk School is a PreK-12 grade school with two beautiful campuses in Amesbury MA. Our three year early education program begins at 3.5 years old. To learn more and to see if Sparhawk is the right fit for your family, join us for the PreK & Kindergarten Open House on May 8th, 6-7PM at Sparhawk Lower Campus, 259 Elm Street in Amesbury. Sparhawk's early education program instills a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. We stoke your child's innate excitement to explore, build and create through our experiential hands-on curriculum.  Attendees will receive a coupon for $100 of Sparhawk's ART+NATURE summer program!  Register online: https://www.sparhawkschool.com/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=326
Location: Sparhawk School
Mother's Day at the Banding Station will teach you about bird identification, and
Come for an exciting visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. The station operates only during the height of migration in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October).
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Sidewalk Chalk art at Motif #1 Day in Rockport Massachusetts - a day of family fun! Image: Motif 1 by Matthew Anderson
The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates Rockport across the arts! M1D honors the fishing shack, artist’s studio, and tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport’s historic wharves, a building painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1.
Location: Downtown Rockport
Gloucester Education Fund's Public School Art Festival in Gloucester Massachusetts
For the last 10 years the Gloucester Public School District and Gloucester Education Foundation have organized this amazing community event which highlights the artistic gifts of the students in our city. This celebration features art and performances from children in every school in the Gloucester Public School District. Paintings, ceramics, photography, woodworking, theater pieces and musical performances will be on display throughout the downtown area — in City Hall, Sawyer Free Library, the Cape Ann Museum, and the Sculpture Park. Come and enjoy the talents of our students!
Location: Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester City Hall
Rhododendron flowers are just one of the flowering trees you'll see at Maudslay State Park along the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Massachusetts
Maudslay State Park has one of the best stands of rhododendrons in New England, and well worth the trip! Come stroll the park with the park interpreter and learn to identify some of these beauties.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Be sure to pack a camera. For: Ages 6 & up
Location: Maudslay State Park

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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

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

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

Glen Urquhart School Middle School Voices. Student Perspecitives, Empowerment, and Action

Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA
Glen Urquhart School is hosting a special discussion about the importance of school climates and empowering the voices of youth. Glen Urquhart School is pleased to welcome Harvard School of Education lecturer and author Gretchen Brion-Meisels to campus on May 22 for “Middle School Voices: Student...
6:30 pm to 9:00 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