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

Halibut Point State Park hosts a program on Stratigraphy, the branch of geology concerned with the order and relative position of strata and their relationship to the geological time scale. In Stratigraphy at Halibut Point visitors explore some of Halibut’s soil/bedrock contact points and explore the story of time that they tell.


Kids will explore and learn about the dragonflies at Halibut Point State Park.

Explore the world of odonata, one of the oldest life forms on Earth. This is a great kids’ program and most appropriate for families. Meet at the Visitor Center.


Find out the story behind the granite at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport!

Halibut Point State Park is also a granite quarry with a history that goes back billions of years! A rock is not a thing but a drama, it can teach us about the great unifying science and the unique geology of Cape Ann. Rocks can tell us a lot about how the landscape was formed and the geology of Cape Ann tells us great stories, all visible at Halibut Point. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.


Glen Urquhart School Summer Program in Beverly MA

Join us for a special summer program at GUS! Our long-standing tradition of combining educational, hands-on workshops with easygoing summertime fun for children ages 4 to 14 continues. Our camp atmosphere is noncompetitive, creative, inquisitive, playful, and relaxed. We welcome children from schools all over the North Shore and beyond.

New this Year! Two new workshops for middle school students, “The Art of Leadership” and “The Art and Craft of Songwriting,” taught by Head of Glen Urquhart School Dave Provost. An all new program for children ages 4 to 5 taught by Joy Sullivan. A new afternoon option “campus kids” for children ages 4 to 8 and many new specialty workshops for all ages.


Brookwood School Summer Camp 2014 Manchester MA

Summer at Brookwood is a coeducational summer camp for students entering Pre-Kindergarten through grade nine. Summer at Brookwood creates a fun and supportive environment in which students thrive in athletics, enrichment and the arts. Kids develop friendships, the body, the mind and the imagination.


Maudslay State Park has a volunteer program that's a perfect pick for 8 - 13 year olds called Junior Ranger Stewards, part of the Junior Ranger Hikers program. Junior Ranger Stewards volunteer their services to improve Maudslay State Park in some way. Attendance at three Junior Ranger Hikers sessions gets attendees a badge and certificate.


Maudslay State Park has a program that's a perfect pick for 8 - 13 year olds. Learn about various aspects of the park and explore different trails to interesting spots you may not know. Attendance at three Junior Rangers sessions gets you a badge and certificate. Kids who are interested in voluteering their services to make Maudslay a better park should also check out Junior Ranger Stewards that meets every Friday.


Kids will  learn about all kinds of creatures from the Creature Teachers at SFL

Kids will learn about a variety of different animals from around the world at the Sawyer Free Library. The summer kickoff program with Creature Teachers will feature exotic animals up close and personal for children. Children will learn about the diverse habitats of our planet and the animals that live there. Ages 3 and up. Sign up online at the Children's Room website or call 978-281-9763 x 18


West Beach Fireworks July 4, 2014. Celebrate July 4th in Beverly Farms!

Due to Hurricane Arthur, the Fireworks will be held on Monday, July 7, with gates open at West Beach at 5pm.  On July 5th the there will be a DJ and games on the beach starting at 2pm!

Beverly Farms has a lot going on for the 4th of July including cookouts, softball games, live music, a parade and, of course, fireworks! Come celebrate Independence Day filled with history and community tradition!

Location: West Beach


Salem Massachsuetts Celebrates the Fourth of July Independence Day Fireworks

Join the City of Salem at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a 4th of July Celebration! The evening includes live music by the 42-piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra and Fireworks starting after dark from Derby Wharf.


Independence Day Celebration in Rockport 2012

Rockport traditionally celebrates Independence Day in style and this Fourth of July won't be any different. Scheduled festivities include the Firemen's Parade, a Legion Band concert, and Rockport's version of a finale - a towering bonfire at Back Beach.


Learn about 17th century life on the North Shore & Essex County north of Boston

Essex county is home to an extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America's First Period (1625-1725) of European settlement. Explore these architectural treasures and discover what is was like to live in Essex County during America's first century.

Various properties are open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, June - October, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


There's plenty to see and do for kids at the Marblehead Art Festival!

For nearly 50 years, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has had a rich history in producing an annual summer arts Festival over the July 4th holiday week. This premier Festival hosts art exhibits in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Photography, Crafts, Plein aire Painting, Senior Art, Student Art and Youth Art. There's also a lot of great events and activities geared toward keeping kids and families engaged and entertained!


The Kite Festival at Devereaux Beach is just one event of many in the Marblehead

Come paint the sky with the gang from Kites Over New England ( They will be building the classic Eddy Kite, a diamond shaped kite with a six foot tail. This event is part of The Marblehead Festival of Arts.

Location: Devereux Beach


Blue Star Families, Blue Star Museums. Wenham Museum Wenham MA

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, through Labor Day.


Come to the Annual 'Born at Anna Jaques' Celebration on July 29, 2013

If you are expecting, or are considering starting a family, Anna Jaques Hospital invites you to a Birth Center Open House and tour. By attending, you are able to meet the obstetricians, gynecologists, certified nurse midwives, maternity nurses, pediatricians, neonatologists and family practice physicians who are available to take care of you during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. This will help you find the physician or midwife with whom you feel most comfortable. Once you have chosen your provider, you can begin scheduling the prenatal visits necessary for a healthy pregnancy. All physicians and midwives who deliver at the Anna Jaques Hospital Birth Center are board certified.


Orange Crush brings 80's tribut music to Castle Hill at the Crane Estate Ipswich

Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Orange Crush brings a great mix of 8-0's cover tunes to liven up the party!  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 join in on the family "Eye Spy."


The sweet sounds of country music is what Massachussetts native, country music singer/songwriter Jillian Cardarelli grew up on, and she bring that music to the Newburyport Waterfront for Yankee Homecoming!


Patsy Whelan brings the luck of the Irish to the Newburyport Waterfront!

Patsy Whelan brings his classical Irish folk music to the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series...

Laughing, sentimental, bawdy, full speed ahead... Patsy is one of New England's top Irish folk artists and an amazing entertainer!


Entrain brings rock funk jam music to the Newburyport Waterfront Park

The Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series invites you to enjoy Funk Jam music by the sea with Entrain! Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha's Vineyard-based six piece band Entrain has been thrilling audiences since its inception.

Entrain - "C Drum Blues" & "All That Good"


Kids in grades k-12 are invited to play chess at Salem Public Library.

Kids in grades k-8 who have an interest in chess are invited to come to the Salem Public Library to play chess with other enthusiasts of the game! Novice players are welcome and there are no instructors present. This two hour session is designed to provide a friendly environment for kids to test their skills against other opponents! Come to the library and play!


Clark School Danvers MA moving to Rowley MA. Kindergarten to grade 12.

Clark School, a private independent school founded in 1978, is moving from Danvers to Rowley, Massachusetts.  Clark was founded on the idea that not all students are the same types of learners. Over the years the demand for the individualized approach to education offered at Clark School has steadily increased and the school has grown to where it is now – serving more than 140 students from all over Boston’s North Shore and Metro West, in Kindergarten through grade twelve.

Location: Clark School


Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr

Come to the school at 10:00 AM on the first Thursday of each month for a Toddler/ Preschool aged treat. Each Story Hour will feature one of our teachers reading a few of their favorite children’s books, conducting an activity (usually related to the story) and providing a healthy snack for the children.

Location: Goddard School


Stone Zoo New England Bird Show exhibit Summer Program Event northshore children

Birds of prey - masters in free-flight. That's what you'll find daily at the interactive bird show at Stone Zoo. The wildly popular seasonal bird show features more than a dozen different bird species from around the world, including the bald eagle, king vulture, wedge-tailed eagle, black vulture, Abdim’s stork and many others, in this engaging, memorable and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Location: Stone Zoo


Abbot Public Library invites ki9ds to celebrate is National Teddy Bear Picnic Day! All across the country, children and their teddies will be getting together for snacks, stories, and activities, and we at the Abbot Library are no exception! Join us in the Children’s Room at 1:30 pm for this hour-long program. We’ll head out to the garden to hear books about bears, share a tasty treat, and make crafty presents for our loyal loveys. Bring your teddy & a blanket to join in on the fun! Numbers are limited and registration is required.