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

Kids will explore Maudslay State Park with Joppa Flats Education Center in NBPT

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. Meet at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport. $2.00 parking fee. Please dress for the weather. 


Kids will use nature as a muse to express themselves through art at Joppa Flats!

Any season is a great time to notice nature's beauty and to make it come to life with amazing works of art! In the Spring series, we'll use collage and various materials to make wonderful 3-D landscapes of places we like to play in and faraway worlds we've always wondered about.


Cut your own tree farm on the north shore

The weekend after Thanksgiving we begin to get into the holiday swing of things. I like to hang wreaths and lights and go to one of the local tree farms and select our Christmas tree. There’s nothing quite like the real deal–-a pine-smelling, sap-sticky, beautiful-in-its-imperfections Christmas tree.


After Santa arrives in Essex, kids will have a chance discuss their wish list wi

Santa arrives on the Essex River by boat and walks up to the shipyard with a cast of toyland characters. Children can sit on Santa's lap and review their holiday "wish list", while adults enjoy wonderful hot clam chowder from Woodman's.  Carols by 'Sound Waves' and Holiday Idol provide great entertainment for the evening!  Hot chocolate and Munchkins provided by Dunkin Donuts!


The Lighting of the Memory Tree is a solemn occasion to remember loved ones.

To kick off the Essex Holiday Festival, people gather in town for the Lighting of the Memory Tree. This special occasion give people to reflect as a group on the loved one that have gone before them. The town’s children’s bell choir performs in the background.

Location: Downtown Essex


Come have breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School!

The Essex Elementary Fifth Grade class sponsors a breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, take a photo with Santa and make a holiday craft! All proceeds benefit the Fifth Grade class trip. Come join in all the fun!


Santa will arrive at Masconomo Park by lobster boat at 1 pm on December 7, 2013

Come to the the annual Jingle Bell Walk in Manchester! Santa will arrive at Masconomo Park by boat at 1pm. The jolly man will lead children on a Jingle Bell Walk to Singing Beach, followed by an open house at the MCC from Manchester Community Center from 1-3pm, where there will be a miniature petting zoo, a craft activity,  face painting, entertainment with Mrs. Claus and delicious refreshments. Everyone will get a chance to meet Santa and take pictures, so come join in the Holiday fun in Manchester!


The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite at the Fi

Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts just in time to kick off your holiday season! Join the cast for a gala* reception which will be held in the upper lobby at 6PM on November 29th prior to the 7PM show!


Register to have Tea with Santa at the Crane Estate in Ipswich!

Welcome the start of the holiday season at Castle Hill! You'll be amazed by the Great House's lavish floral displays, 10' tall glittering trees, and other amazing holiday displays designed by the North Shore's finest florists and designers. For the little ones, make a reservation for Tea with Santa, in the Great House ballroom. Seatings available at 12Noon, 1:30PM, and 3:00PM.


Join the Cape Ann Symphony featuring the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus for an excitin

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert is an exciting celebration of holiday music favorites featuring The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts and an updated sing along to kick off the holiday season!


Burn some calories before the Thanksgiving Feast at Ipswich's Run for the Pies!

Start your turkey day by burning off some calories with a run or walk along the Ipswich River and you'll have a chance to win a pie! Racers, runners, walkers or stroller pushers are incited to the Ipswich Town Hall bright and early on Thanksgiving Day for a 2.8 mile riverside race along Turkey Shore Drive and Labor in Vain Road.  The 1.2 mile kids run starts at 8am.


Santa will come to Gloucester to launch the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting -

The annual Gloucester Holiday Parade has been a Gloucester tradition for many years. Come enjoy the parade, Santa, and the tree lighting at Kent Circle!  Volunteers will line up parade participants at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street at 2:00 PM and will guide them through downtown Gloucester and on to Kent Circle for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.


Run like a turkey through downtown Salem MA on Thanksgiving Day!

Join the fun for the 11th annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run in downtown Salem Massachusetts Thanksgiving morning and raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem! This is the largest race on the North Shore, with 2,000 anticipated participants. The race starts on the Salem Common and finishes at the Boys & Girls Club. Chip timing done by Racewire.

Location: Salem Common


The Art of the Brick at Faneuil Hall Boston. The world's largest display lego

Over 1 million colorful LEGO® pieces were used to create this show. Artist Nathan Sawaya has an ability to transform a common toy into something meaningful, elevating what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art.


Boston Children's Theater The Velveteen Rabbit. Holiday tradition for the whole

A rocking horse that talks, boats that dance, a toy soldier that marches and a soft, endearing rabbit who changes a young boy’s life. This is all part of the magic created on stage in Boston Children’s Theatre’s (BCT) annual production of the classic children’s story THE VELVETEEN RABBIT. Returning for a 6th season, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT will be performed this year at Endicott College’s Manninen Center for the Arts in Beverly from December 6 – 21.


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