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

February Vacation Shipwreck Detectives for Pre-K - 1st Grade

Maritime Gloucester invites kids in pre-k through first grade to a vacation week session - Shipwreck Detectives! Our marine science classroom has become the site of a mysterious shipwreck: what can you learn from its artifacts?  Children will become marine detectives as they search for clues and explore our giant shipwreck mat.  What can they discover about the ship and its passengers?  A variety of fun activities will be offered as we learn about marine exploration and shipwrecks in New England.  We'll fish for facts and learn about boats in Gloucester Harbor through a fun story.


Frozen Crystals: Exploring Ice and Snow at Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester invites kids to a vacation week session about snow and ice science - part of a week full of educational sessions during February vacation!. Does this time of year have you thinking of ice and snow?  Explore the science of all things frozen!  Make your own saltwater paintings and watch shimmering crystal patterns appear.  Turn an ordinary sock into a toy seal, walrus, or beluga whale. We'll learn about coldwater creatures, Arctic and Antarctic exploration, and snowy habitats!


Join the Museum Edacator for a look at antique valentines, then make your own!

Come to Wenham Museum and join the educator for a look at our collection of antique valentines, hear the story, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (paperback) by Spinelli, Eileen (1996) Paperback , and make special valentines to bring home. Wenham Museum's M is for Museum program series is designed as a fun, first-museum experience combining early literacy and socialization. The program series meets the second Friday of the month.


Location: Wenham Museum


Frozen Singalong at the Manchester Public Library

Come to Manchester Public Library for the sing along version of Frozen! Join the crowd in the Children's room to enjoy all your favorite songs as we watch and sing! We know you know the words, but they all show up on the screen just in case!


Join the Boston Bruins in the goal to collect 6,400 new pairs of pajamas kids in

Join Sawyer Free Library, Georgetown Public Library, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, Peabody Essex Museum , the Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons in their goal to collect new pajamas for kids in need! Bring new pajamas to the library for ages 0-12 to be picked up and donated to Cradles to Crayons.  This year's goal is 6,400 pairs of pajamas to keep kids feeling safe, warm and valued.  Every donation will make a big difference to the child that needs them so do your part and donate today! North Shore Locations are listed below.  See a complete list at Cradles to Crayons.  Other drop-off locations on or near the North Shore are listed below.


The Pike School Andover, Massachusetts An independent, coed, day school

Grab your sleds, mittens & hats for an afternoon of sledding and hot chocolate at Pike School! All are welcome.

Location: Pike School


Salem So Sweet, Salem MA, Valentines Festival, Visit Salem MA,  Salem So Sweet i

Celebrate chocolate during the Salem So Sweet festival, February 6-15, 2015. Activities include the sell-out chocolate and wine tasting on February 6, chocolate samplings and chocolate-inspired menu items at restaurants throughout Salem, and the Golden Ticket raffle. Enjoy viewing ice sculpture installations all around downtown.

Location: Downtown Salem


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.


Bright Horizons, Bright Horizons: Curriculum Night Experience for Toddlers and p

The Bright Horizons curriculum, The World at Their Fingertips®, is uniquely designed to inspire, engage, and encourage children to be active learners. Join Bright Horizons for their Kindergarten Prep and Preschool Showcase events the week of February 9-13. These events will provide you with an overview of the curriculum through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classroom activities and interactions with staff and other families.

In addition to seeing the curriculum in action, this event will allow you to:

  • Share in the learning with teachers
  • Explore classrooms
  • Meet with current Bright Horizons families


Wingmasters demonstrate live birds of prey of various specious in Massachusetts

Birds of prey have inspired artists from prehistoric times to the present day. Manchester Public Library invites us to register for a unique art opportunity to draw four birds of prey with Jim Parks of Wingmasters. Audience members will quickly learn what fascinating models birds of prey make as we discover each bird's characteristics to gain a fuller understanding of what defines a bird of prey.  Bring your favorite pencils and paper - the library will have very basic supplies on hand too.


On Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m., parents of students entering grades Pre-K through Eight are invited to Brookwood School's Open House to learn about the exceptional education the school offers.

The program will feature:

  • 8:45 a.m. Classroom tours - meet and speak with Brookwood faculty
  • 9:30 a.m. Information program - hear from Head of School John Peterman and a panel of students in Grades 3-8
  • 10:00 a.m. School Meeting

"At Brookwood, we know that what matters most is a child who is happily engaged in his or her learning and a student who is intellectually challenged, supported, and encouraged by teachers and peers alike," says Brookwood Head of School John Peterman. "Over the course of Brookwood's 55-plus year history we've learned that a confident child is a successful learner and successful learners are successful in life. And we know this is a question of balance -- balancing rigor with compassion, excellence with exuberance, and self-discovery with sensitivity to others."


Do animals eat snacks?  We'll find out at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newbur

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag!  In this session, we'll talk about animals and the snacks they eat!


Find great activities, crafts, recipes and projects at

If you are out of ideas for projects and activities to keep family members entertained, you should discover the world awaiting you at InstructablesInstructables is a great resource for finding things to make and do alone or as a group. Passionate people from around the world show what they do or make, and then give instructions on duplicating their effort.


Come to Appleton Farms for some snow man making fun!

What a perfect time to enjoy the snow! Join us for some outdoor farm fun and make your very own snow farmer! Play out in the stone paddock and then warm up in the Carriage Barn with some hot cocoa. While you're here, explore the farm and see some of our adorable Jersey cows in the dairy barn! Drop in at the Stone Paddock next to the Visitor Center anytime between 10-12:30. Event is weather dependent.

Location: Appleton Farms


John James Audubon's painting of a Bald Eagle. Come to Joppa Flats to learn more

Walks on the Wild side are an opportunity for adults and children to spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife. Each program begins at Joppa Flats Education Center with a brief introduction to our theme via slide shows, group activities, or an in-class demonstration.  This session's theme will be all about Bald Eagles!


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