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

Climb up the tower of Gloucester's City Hall as part of Trails and Sails!

Get your blood flowing as you climb up the clock and bell tower of Gloucester's magnificent City Hall to the belfry level, accompanied by members of the City Hall Restoration Commission. At the belfry level you will look down on Gloucester's civic center and, weather depending, beyond to Thacher Island's twin lighthouses, to Ipswich Bay and Magnolia.


Come to an iron casting demonstration at Saugus Iron Works

U. S. National Park Rangers will be running a tour focused on how cast iron was made at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in the 17th century for Trails & Sails 2014. Ever wonder how early English settlers obtained the tools needed to survive in their new environment? Archaeologists have uncovered industrial sites in both England and America that shed light on work and survival in New England. Tour the reconstructed seventeenth century Iron Works with Park Ranger Krystal Vezina, followed by a presentation by Neil Wright, author of several books on industrial archaeology of England.


Visit Salem MA for Pioneer Village: Salem 1630 for trails & Sails

Take a guided tour of the recreated village of Salem in 1630. Learn about the landing of the Winthrop fleet and lives of the early colonists.This tour of the 1630 Pioneer Village has fascinating insight into the lives of the Puritans that sailed from England to New England in 1630. Learn the history of these men, women, children and their relationships with the Native Tribes surrounding them.


Come to the House of Seven Gables for a Trails & Sails event that focuses on the

House of Seven Gables hosts a Trails & Sails 2014 tour that focuses on the gardens and how they change seasonally! Join The House of the Seven Gables for a fabulous talk by Robyn Kanter to learn about The Gables' historic garden. Robyn Kanter, of Kanter Design Associates, worked under Dan Foley, landscape architect and horticulturist, when he relandscaped the Gables' garden and has remained true to its vision. She will tell the story of a garden that is one of the oldest on the North Shore, and arguably one of the oldest anywhere that has remained virtually unchanged by time and fashion.


FREE Admission to the Lynn Museum is just part of Family Fun Day!

Come to Lynn Museum and Historical Society to enjoy a FREE family day while participating in art activities and enjoying the ongoing exhibitions. As part of Essex Heritage’s Trails & Sails weekend the Lynn Museum invites you to check out our exhibits and then stay for the fun while you paint your own seashells, try your hand at sketching or watercoloring your own Lynn Beach Painters scene, or make an edible mini lighthouse. There will also be a special performance by You and Me Puppets and showing of the film Finding Nemo. This day has something for everyone!



Be prepared to climb a steep ladder to get a view from this iconic Light House.

Enjoy a panoramic view of Salisbury, Newburyport, and the Isles of Shoals and much of Cape Ann  while learning about the history of the Plum Island Lighthouse. This FREE tour is offered as part of Trails & Sails 2014.


Visit the Salisbury Point Railroad Station - Part of Trails & Sails!

Visit the Salisbury Point Railroad Historical Society for Trails & Sails 2014! Salisbury Point Station was originally built by the Eastern Railroad in 1870 and has since been totally restored. Our Water Street "museum" houses artifacts and Railroad "Memorabilia" as well as a collection of historic photographs dating from the early 1800's to the late 1970's. We also maintain and run seven model railroad layouts, in a variety of gauges. Visitors are invited to drive some of the trains (especially Thomas)! You can visit the Hat Museum which is inside the railroad museum


The Lynn Museum Will offer free guided tours Fridays duirng Trails and Sails!

Come to the Lynn Museum and Historical Society for free tours on during Trails & Sails 2014! Take a FREE tour of the museum and see the exhibits now on display: Lynn History...; Greetings From Lynn: Postcard Views of the City; A Step Back in Time, displaying over 100 shoes on view; Lynn at Home in the Victorian Era; and Tying the Knot in Lynn, an exhibition of over 100 years of bridal fashion.


The American Music & Harvest Festival ius a fun benefit music festival for NEF!

Enjoy two days of music, baseball, and farm activities featuring four centuries of American music. Featuring Soule Monde, Entrain, Driftwood, and many more, this festival celebrates everything from traditional to bluegrass, funk, folk, and beyond.  This fundraiser event will help support programs for local education funds, schools and educational foundations.


Join the fun as essex residents celebrate their local creativity with Trails&Sai

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum present the Arts and Craftsmanship Festival. This celebration of the creativity of Essex residents. Join us at 66 Main St. as musicians play, food and beer is available, and all kinds of art work is displayed. Good dogs on leashes are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. This is a Trails and Sails event!


Pingree School Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Hamilton MA

The fifth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School is open free to the public every day during daylight hours until November 23, including a reception with the artists on September 27 at 1 p.m. Forty-five sculptures are on display on the 100-acre campus at 537 Highland Street in South Hamilton.

Location: Pingree School


We Are All Connected at Halibut Point State Park

Halibut Point State Park invites families to a FREE nature program: “We Are All Connected: Animals, Plants, and People” at Halibut Point State Park! Join us for this presentation by The Center For Wildlife of Cape Neddick, Maine. Live animals, hands-on materials, and an interactive display will help to show us that everything is indeed connected.



Join the The Trustees of Reservations for a celebration of the change of seasons! Come and enjoy an open house and garden tour at The Stevens Coolidge Place. Stroll the gardens, play croquet, bring a picnic, and enjoy the grounds.


Kids can show their appreciation of Earth through art at the Ipswich River Sanct

Ever notice wavy lines on tree bark? That peppers and potatoes come in a crazy quilt of colors? That clouds can look like whispers in the sky? If yes, you won’t want to miss these classes. Sign up for all four, or choose individually. All participants (adults and children) will be expected to let loose their inner artist!


Come to Breakheart Reservation in Saugus to celebrate the arrival of Fall!

Breakheart Reservation invites you to an afternoon of family fun that celebrates the arrival of Fall! The fun and games include a free pumpkin for every child, scarecrow making, children's crafts, cider press, native wildlife, balloon art, face painting, Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment, Saugus River Watershed Council, and much more! Co-sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart Reservation.


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