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

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

Update 06.21.2015: Games are rained out but BBQ lunch is still on in the barn! Join the Essex Base Ball Organization at Spencer Peirce Little Farm on Father’s Day for a day of base ball, history, art, BBQ, and Ipswich Ale.  Four games will be played on the day beginning at 10am and going until 3:30 featuring the Newburyport Clamdiggers against the Portsmouth Rockinghams and the Lynn Live Oaks against the Lowell Base Ball Club.


Take a guided kayak paddle of Fox Creek with the Trustees of Reservations!

Have you ever wanted to kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay? Join us at Steep Hill Beach for this late-in-the-day adventure as we paddle Fox Creek, the oldest man-made tidewater canal in the United States! As we wend our way through the marsh, we'll be on the lookout for herons, egrets, and other shore birds -- with luck we'll spot an osprey hunting for its supper! We'll supply the kayaks and lifejackets; please call to learn more.


Bring your used and old bikes and parts to Bevenrly MA Commons!

The 4th Annual Beverly Bike Drive will be held at the Beverly Common. Working in partnership with the Boston-based non-profit Bikes Not Bombs, the Beverly Bike Committee is collecting used bicycles, bike frames, bike parts, and tires. Bikes Not Bombs will fix up the bicycles so they can be given to those who most need them. Bikes Not Bombs annually delivers thousands of bicycles to local families and partner communities around the globe. There will be free smoothies (made with a bike-powered blender) for all those who drop off at Common.

Location: Beverly Common


Explore the history of Ravenswood with the Trustees of Reservations in Glouceste

Rescued Road, Revolution & Renaissance - Walk through history at Ravenswood Park! Ravenswood, over the centuries, has changed from once a main thoroughfare, to a backwoods, and now to our favorite local refuge. On this guided walk, we'll see the evidence from the past and learn the stories of a colorful cast of characters who help make Ravenswood the unique and special place we all treasure today. Pre-Registration requested

Location: Ravenswood Park


Lifetime Wave Kayaks are very bouyant, stable and great platforms to learn on.

We live near a tidal cove that is great for our four year old to play in especially at mid tide when the water is about as deep as a wading pool. It's allowed both of our kids to become comfortable with the water as we have done water activities like swimming, jumping in waves and even kayaking together.  My kayak has a baby seat that my son used in the past, but his sister is ready to start using that spot, and it was time for 'B' to have his own kayak.


Ice Cram Social Benefit and Family fun at Endicott Park Danvers

The 13th Annual Ice Cream Social (which is  sponsored by Cherry Farm Creamery) will be on held Sunday, June 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The ice cream stand, located on 19 Conant Street in Danvers, MA has donated ice cream, hot fudge, and paper goods to the fundraiser for the past five years.

Proceeds from the WALK will support the renovation of the inpatient oncology unit at NSMC Salem Hospital, ensuring that our cancer patients have access to the most up-to-date and sophisticated cancer care on the North Shore For more information log onto Additionally, proceeds will also be donated to Ovations for a Cure which is a nonprofit organization providing patient programs, awareness, and care for women with Ovarian Cancer in Massachusetts.

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Location: Endicott Park


Schooner Adventure's Open House

Bring the family to see this newly-restored Gloucester schooner, learn some maritime history and have some fun! The Schooner Adventure will be hosting an Open House with free admission at Maritime Gloucester! See Schooner Adventure fully commissioned and ready to sail. She’s “Fast and Able”, legendary for her grace, prolific fishing career, and her steadfastness in the face of the Atlantic’s fiercest storms. National Historic Landmark Adventure, sails once again from Gloucester’s harbor. Learn about Membership Benefits and how to hoist the sails with our crew.


Bees are critical to plant lifecycles. Learn all about it at IRWS.

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary invites kids to explore the fascinating and intriguing lives of the bees and wasps that we commonly encounter in our gardens, lawns, homes, and landscapes. We will explore the pollinators, predators, and parasites of their mysterious world and discover the value that these insects bring to our ecosystems as well as our lives.


Celebrate the Stevens to Stevens Trail! This new 1.3 mile trail links the Steven

Join The Trustees of Reservations to celebrate the Stevens to Stevens Trail! This new 1.3 mile trail links the Stevens-Coolidge Place to Weir Hill. Beginning at the Stevens-Coolidge Place, the trail continues down Andover Street, across North Andover Town Common, and up and over numerous lots donated to The Trustees of Reservations by the Stevens family, along the Town Beach and into the Weir Hill Reservation. The construction of this important linkage was funded by the Community Preservation Act. It is now complete and ready to be enjoyed. Join us to cut the ribbon and go for a walk along this wonderful new trail that brings the community together.


Join Music at Edens Edge at Sawyer Free Library for a FREE Saturday morning conc

Join Music at Eden's Edge for a free children's concert at the [nopde:947] in Gloucester! MEE musicians will perform a narration of a captivating story, accompanied by exciting, vividly descriptive classical music selections. “The Tale of the Magical Ring” is an enchanting Russian fairy tale about a boy whose father promises him an inheritance, and his exciting adventures, illustrated by a delightful series of excerpts from works by Biber, Hindemith, Telemann, Pachelbel, Bach, and Villa-Lobos.


Runners, walkers and kids are invited to particitpate in the Coastal 5k

Calling all runners and walkers--and their children--who love our North Shore beaches. Sign up for the 6th Annual Coastal 5K Run for the Beach! The scenic course starts at Dane Street Beach in Beverly, goes through wooded side streets to the Lighthouse at Hospital Point, loops back through historic neighborhoods to Independence Park and ends with ocean views of Salem Sound. The course has some rolling hills.


Join Ms. Liz at the Beverly Public Library for a morning of musical fun!

Beverly Public Library invites families and children to the Sohier Room for a fun morning filled with music and song! An interactive mix sing-along music and children's literature will keep kids 0-5 years old engaged and smiling!  Drop in, no registration required!


Art in the Barn is a fundraiser for the Essex Greenbelt Association Essex County

For one weekend every June, the barns at the Cox Reservation are transformed with color and form as paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, monoprints, ceramics and pottery, and sculpture in wood and iron adorn the walls, window sills, tables, stairs and every nook and cranny of our rustic barns. Artists generously donate 50% of their sales to support the land conservation mission of Essex County Greenbelt Association.  Bring your young artist along to see how others create and display their work.

Location: Cox Reservation


Essex County Greenbelt Association will host the first annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore! Seasoned road cyclists, beginner bike enthusiasts, spectators, and volunteers are all invited to participate in the Tour de Greenbelt.  Two routes,  a half century (50 mile) and a shorter loop, show off some of Greenbelt’s finest conserved properties.

Location: Cox Reservation


Seaside #1 Fire House Manchester Massachusetts

The Manchester Historical Museum invites you to Manchester Fire Fighting: Yesterday & Today. Come see how our fire department fought fires in the past and then visit our current station to see how they do it today Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP.


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