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

Get kids interested in learning to read by having them read to a dog named Blu!

A dog in the library? Yes! Welcome to Blu, a black lab therapy dog who needs some doggie down time. Children can sign up for a 10 minute session to read to Blu in a comfy section of the library. The ages of the readers can vary - if your child wants to flip through a picture book and tell Blu about it, that is just fine! It’s great for Blu, who gets some snuggle time, and great for the children who get to practice their oratory skills with a very special pup.


Newburyport Public Library want sto know if you've got what it takes to construct your own marshmallow catapult? Come give it a shot and show off your skills! This FREE program is sponsored by the Friends of the Newburyport Public Library. Please contact Jessica Hilbun, Teen Services Librarian, with any questions.


Kids will learn about quilts at Manchester Historical Museum and make quilt squa

The Manchester Historical Museum will be offering a program focused on quilts for children 3 and up. Come see examples of different antique quilts and make your own quilt patterns. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP.


 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.

The Open Door will hold its annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 4-8 pm at Cruiseport Gloucester.  Share in a simple meal of soup, bread and a cookie and take the dinner bowl home as a reminder of someone in need of a meal. Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs.


 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.

The Open Door invites you to bowl painting session at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum! Bring the kids to come paint bowls for the annual The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner 2015 in May where painted bowls will be auctioned off to the highest bidder! This free session is an opportunity to express yourself artistically while helping The Open Door raise funds to aid North Shore families and individuals in need. Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP by March 25.


IMADA scholarships are offered to help students fray the costs associated with c

The Ipswich Music, Art & Drama Association, Inc. is pleased to offer graduating seniors of Ipswich High School the opportunity to apply for these scholarships to assist with higher education expenses. Scholarships are open to all graduating seniors of Ipswich High School who have participated in one or more of the arts programs offered through the Ipswich Public Schools and who have been accepted at, and will attend, an institution of higher learning.


Come see a free showing of Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron at PRWS in Newbury!

Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on an Early Spring  afternoon to watch a great FREE film on the big screen in the comfort of the visitor center auditorium!  Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (Widescreen) () is the story of a great stallion that grew up during the 19th Century in the American West.  Through the tale, viewers will learn about the lives of feral mustangs in the wilderness, how they communicate and the hardships that animals and humans faced in the 'Wild West'.  The Friends of Parker NWR will even provide popcorn and bottled water (for a suggested donation).


The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be

An outdoor adventure for the whole family! Walk the Cedar Point loop with naturalists from The Trustees of Reservations, investigating the trail for tracks and telltales, piecing together evidence that will help us see the story in the landscape. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! We’ll end the hike in the Pine Grove with a bonfire and hot chocolate.


Walk on the Wild side with Harbor Seals at Joppa Flats Education Center!

Come to Joppa Flats Education Center and begin with a 45 minute indoor introductory program in the Lookout (second floor) about Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walrus). Then, we’ll carpool to an on-the-beach viewing area where we can see the harbor seals hauled out on the rocks at low tide at the mouth of the Merrimack River.


'My Neighbor Tortoro' will be the teen movie at the Abbot Library in Marblehead

Abbot Public Library invites kids 13 and up for an afternoon of anime! Come watch the Anime Movie My Neighbor Totoro (), enjoy Japanese snacks and drinks with friends!


Abbot Public Library invites families for a night of fun activities! Come to the Meeting Room on Tuesday night, March 31 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm for a night of board games, cards, snacks and hot cocoa! We will provide some games, but please feel free to bring some of your own. All ages are invited!


Is your Tuna farmed or wild and what's the difference? Find out at Joppa Flats!

We know how important it is to be "green," but how do we apply that to the way we live on the New England coast? Come to Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats for a full day of activities all about ocean creatures like whales, sea turtles & fish! We’ll learn about ocean sustainability and seashore conservation with fun, informative games like mini sporting events, quiz competitions, model building, and art projects for all ages!


Come to the Spring Market at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Gloucester!

What does the Cape Ann Farmers' Market have to offer in Early Spring?  Plenty!  Come find out for yourself as the CAFM celebrates  a new year growing season and the arrival of Spring at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church in Gloucester. There will be lots of fun and friends and great food!


Summer Art and Photography Program for Kids on Cape Ann, Annisquam Arts, Glouces

Welcome to Annisquam Arts, an inspiring children’s summer studio! We're gearing up for our 21st season of art-making fun on scenic Cape Ann!

Young artists, ages 6-14, of all skill levels are welcome in our high-energy and imaginative morning and afternoon summer workshops. Participants will have a blast exploring a wide range of mediums, materials and techniques in the whimsical Gloucester studio of professional artist and teacher Dawn Southworth. The in-depth art experience is unrivaled by any other offerings on the North Shore. For nearly two decades, parents have been amazed by the quality of the materials and scope of the projects.

Small classes and individual instruction nurture all levels of ability. Our workshops are all about fun and exploration. No coloring in the lines here!

Register today as space is limited.

To register online or for more information contact


David Grover will perform at the Cabot Theater in Beverly!

The Bershire's living treasure David Grover has a decades-long history as a first-rate performer, songwriter and producer and has received wide recognition and many awards, including a regional Emmy nominations. His message is that no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what we believe in, together we can make the world a better and more fun place. Celebrate together with David Grover, whose greatest gift is his ability to connect with people of all ages and create a powerful sense of unity, acceptance, and joy.


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