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

The Ocean Food Cahin Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper will focus on the estuary

Join Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center for an exciting exploration of the lower Merrimack River ecosystem aboard Newburyport Harbor Tours Inc.'s Yankee Clipper! 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  the Merrimack estuary as you cruise along the Merrimack River.


Albino Milk Snake being held by a child at Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team.

Come to Sawyer Free Library's presentation of 'Snakes of New England and the World' to learn all about the habitat and lives of snakes from New England and around the world from Rick Roth, Executive Director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team. Live local and exotic animals will be presented, and those who attend will have the opportunity to see these creatures close up!


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 Rockport Festivals, 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.


The GAAC invites you to discover the the world of Astromony at the Halibut Point

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club invites you to Halibut Point State Park, one of the best places to view the night sky! Join the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club at the visitors center to view the wonders of the sky. Telescopes will be set up for viewing and local astronomers will be on hand for a star-studded experience. Dress warmly for the weather.  Appropriate for families with children.


Join the team at Maritime Gloucester for a Plankton Safari every Tuesday and Thu

Come to Maritime Gloucester and discover what lives near the bottom of the oceanic food chain using digital microscopes! Does the term plankton define a certain species? No! It is a term used to describe the enormous biomass of microscopic sea creatures ranging from nascent shrimp, fish and jelly fish to the tiny frye of lobster and squid. Explore the depths as we take samples directly from Gloucester Harbor to the lab where attendees will have hands-on experiences with the lifeforms that serve as a major source of food in the sea! For kids ages 5 and up (with an adult).


Food, music, live entertainment, dance, craft and fun come together for a great

The July 18 Downtown Gloucester block Party is themed for a New Orleans Carnivale!  Wear a  costume and enjoy a fun evening in downtown Gloucester! Food, music, live entertainment, dance, craft and fun come together for a great family time at the Downtown Gloucester Block every Third Saturday through September! Five music stages, shopping 'til 11pm, outside sidewalk dining, live dance performances and all kinds of other fun things to do make the streets come alive. Kids will love the singers and roaming magician, and they'll find games, facepainting, kids snacks, balloons, giant chess and more in 'Kids Town'!


Come to Connors Farm in Danvers for their blueberry and raspberry festival!

Come join the fun at Connors Farm in Danvers as they celebrate Blueberry and Raspberry Season. The price of admission includes a lot of fun family activities that will keep the troops entertained for the day!

The admission is priced right and portions of the proceeds will go to benefit local animal shelters.

Location: Connors Farm


North Shore Commity College classes and programs for youth

A special one-week class Scrubs: Health Careers and You!

Want to know what its like to be an EMT or what a doctor deals with in the ER?
This one-week class for youth explores careers in surgical technology, nursing, radiology, and occupational, physical, and respiratory therapy at North Shore Community College.

Taught by Jennifer Forte, Instructor of Surgical Technology, the class is held at our state-of-the-art Health Care Professions building on the Danvers Campus.


Become a natural biologist and explore the world of owls at IRWS

Become a wildlife biologist as we hike the trails to see where owls live. We'll learn about their habitats, view owl mounts, and dissect a real owl pellet to discover what they eat. On our return, we will create an owl collage from natural materials.


Kids will explore the tidal pools of Parker River with a park ranger

For generations children have enjoyed exploring tide pools and discovering the fascinating plants and animals that live in this realm between the tides. A refuge ranger will guide this hands-on program.


Come see how baseball used to be played (circa 1860s) at Spencer Pierce Little F

Join the Essex Base Ball Organization at Spencer Peirce Little Farm to see how baseball used to be played! Watch the teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, Lowell Nine, Newburyport Clamdiggers, Portsmouth Rockinghams, and Lynn Live Oaks, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, a player pitches underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Weather permitting, please call. Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers.


Come to Maudslay State Park everyt htird saturday of the month for a FREE perfor

Theater in the Open invites you to bring the kids, the dog, and the picnic blanket out to beautiful Maudslay State Park! The third Saturday of every warm month, we will be joined by many of our friends in the community to present storytelling, song, dance, fairytale-theater and a fun group activity, all right here in the park and all entirely free!


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


AfterFab will play at the Crane Estate Picnic Concert Sereies in Ipswich

Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and make the Crane Estate your Summer playground!


Explore the world of bugs in your backyard at Joppa Flats Education Center

In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors 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. Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place. Local and migrating birds, other wildlife, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy.


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