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

Kids will build a MineCraft Adventure as part of a dev team at this Summer Camp

Do you have a Minecraft fan in your house? Here's a unique opportunity to turn their love of the game into a wonderful learning experience that fosters creativity, critical thinking and teamwork! This one week course is for kids ages 8-12, where the only requirements are the love of the game and the desire to craft more! This course is part of the Digital Media Academy at Harvard University course catalog for the Summer of 2014.


Stars are born, live for eons, and explode in a colorful display of gas & light.

At this time of the year, the night sky is in transition. Although the winter constellations are still on prominent display, they are slowly making their way offstage to the west. Meanwhile, the stars of early spring are entering from the east. What causes this seasonal variation, what are some of the better known stars and constellations, and what celestial treasures are there for you to enjoy through a telescope? This evening's program is intended to help you find out.


Turn off your digital devices and bring the family to the library for no-screen

Is there too much screen time going on in your household? Coordinated Family & Community Engagement of Hamilton-Wenham presents and evening of fun with music by Peter Stewart, arts and crafts, activities for all ages and an opportunity to visit with representatives from local schools and community members at our first annual Brain Building in Progress Week Celebration! For ages 0-8 with caregiver, older siblings are welcome. The first 50 families in the door will get books and a gift bag. For more info contact Lisa Cheney 978-468-5489


Make your own Hogwart's House Tie at Newburyport Public Library!

Harry Potter fans are invited to t this month's meeting of NPL's Teen Harry Potter fan club. This month, we will be making Hogwarts house ties! Please contact Jessica Hilbun, Teen Services Librarian, at 978-465-4428 ext. 246 or with any questions.


Help the Manchester Mothers Club and add a little silly to somebody's day!

The Manchester Mothers Club has a great fundraiser going on all month long in the towns of Manchester, Beverly, Gloucester and Essex during April! For just $20 ($25 to remain anonymous) they will send a flock of pink flamingos to decorate the location of your choice for a day. This is a lot of fun and people (especially kids) really get a laugh over being flocked! Flock your friends, relatives, coworkers or anybody that you think needs a little silly fun in their day!


Teens are invited to come make candy sushi at the Abbot Public Library

Abbot Public Library invites teens to stop by the library and make “sushi” – made with rice cereal treats and different candies. Use your imagination and see what crazy combinations you can come up with! No sign-ups necessary.


Ghostlight Chorus will perfrom FREE at Rockport's Shalin Liu Performance Center!

Ghostlight Chorus is an exceptional 16-member chamber choir who performs a varied repertoire of sacred and secular a cappella compositions from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Their performances range from cathedrals to concert halls to the PS1 Benefit at MoMA New York to a live performance with the Rolling Stones. The performance will include Rockport High School Madrigals and Chorus.


Kids will learn about butterfilies through art at Joppa Flats Education Center

There's always something wonderful to notice in nature's beauty, and we're here to help you make it all come to life through your own amazing works of art. Each series offers different themes and different materials to engage every young artist's budding creativity. Sign up for one class at a time, or come for the whole series. Move over, Michelangelo - make room for all our Joppa artist superstars!


Modern Dance Class for Teens with Jill Haney in Middleton MA

Modern dance is one of the most innovative dance forms around. From Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman, to Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, modern dance has pushed dance as an art form to its edges and beyond. Modern dance is for the curious and strong-minded dancer who wants to perform or choreograph something different.  Modern dance is for the artist who wants to innovate.

Jill Haney, teaches modern dance technique to 14-18 year olds at 4 technical levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. Jill welcomes teenagers with no dance training to advance levels of training.  Spring Session runs March 31-June 13, and Placement Classes for students with prior dance training will be held March 24, 25, and 26.

The Studio is a new dance studio located in Middleton, MA, and owned and operated by Jill Haney, a modern dancer who trained and danced in Tucson and San Francisco.  The facility is a wide open, warehouse space with 14 foot ceilings and an approximately 1200 square foot sprung floor.


Bring the kids and learn how to build a bluebird house at Mass Audubon's IRWS

Celebrate spring by building a bluebird house with your child. We’ll supply all the materials and instruction to build a nest box for bluebirds and tree swallows. These wonderful nest boxes also attract chickadees, tufted titmice, house wrens, and woodpeckers. A short slide presentation will introduce families to the natural history and behavior of birds in Massachusetts, and we’ll discuss where and how to place your nest box. Dress for the weather because we will take a short walk to look and listen for bluebirds.


College Application Workshop at Amesbury Public Libraryc with Priscilla Arnott

The Amesbury Public Library invites teens and their parents to college application workshop presented by local Attorney Priscilla Arnott.  This presentation is focused on the admission process, school visits, how to apply and more.  Start planning today and get a head start on your strategies for finding the best schools to fit your goals. Register online or contact Margie Walker at the library.


Salem Jazz and Soul Festival hosts a monthly music-education series, “MusicKidz"

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival hosts a monthly music-education series, “MusicKidz” at the Salem Public Library’s Children’s Room. The classes are geared toward children in grades K through 5, and offer a fun hour-long session where kids can explore their musical interests!



Come build using LEGOs at the Rockport Public Library

Attend an afternoon of LEGOs at Rockport Public Library. LEGOs are provided. LEGO donations are gratefully accepted.


The Cape Ann Symphony celebrates a world premiere concerto by pianist Charles Fl

Kids 18 and under are FREE as Cape Ann Symphony celebrates composer, conductor and pianist, Charles Floyd's return to Cape Ann! Highly popular with Cape Ann concert goers, Mr. Floyd has been heard in concert with over 500 orchestras. He last performed with the Symphony two seasons ago. Mr. Floyd's compositions range from chamber music to large orchestral and vocal works. Following his appearance here, Maestro Floyd agreed to compose a concerto for piano and orchestra that would be premiered by the Cape Ann Symphony. The program concludes with Dvorak's beloved "New World" Symphony.


Wenham Museum, Draw Me a Story: Alphabets and Animals Exhibit. Visit Wenham Muse

Families are invited to explore A Spoonful of Sugar exhibit with the magical nanny, Mary Poppins, and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of live music, crafts, and book signings with the award winning authors and illustrators featured in the Draw Me a Story exhibit.

Location: Wenham Museum


The New England Aquarium presents penguins at the Ipswich Library!

New England Aquarium educators will lead a discussion about what kind of animal a penguin is, defining characteristics and behaviors of specific species of penguin, and where penguins live. This is an interactive program with lots of fun activities for participants.No live penguins are involved, although there may be some stuffed specimens for display purposes. This program will be offered three times on March 27 for three specific age groups.


The Trashfinders Ball is fundraiser benefit for the Beverly Library's Book Mobil

Trashfinder's Ball is a Ball for trash pickers (selective sifters) that will raise fund for the Beverly Public Library Book Mobile! Bring your most prized trash find to the ball for judging. There's also 'junk' food, a Trashion show and music by the Found Objects. Trashfinder's Ball is a Ball for trash pickers. Bring your most prized trash find to the ball for judging. Traditional junk food served, make an outfit out of recycled materials or dress in a second hand outfit for the Trashion show, music by the incredible Found Objects. See tour dates on event page.


Is your Tuna farmed or wild and what's the difference? Find out at Joppa Flats!

We know how important it is to be "green," but how do we apply that to the way we live on the New England coast? Come to Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats for a full day of activities all about ocean creatures like whales, sea turtles & fish! We’ll learn about ocean sustainability and seashore conservation with fun, informative games like mini sporting events, quiz competitions, model building, and art projects for all ages!


The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be

An outdoor adventure for the whole family! Walk the Cedar Point loop with naturalists from The Trustees of Reservations, investigating the trail for tracks and telltales, piecing together evidence that will help us see the story in the landscape. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! We’ll end the hike in the Pine Grove with a bonfire and hot chocolate.


The Make It or Break It Club meets every Friday afternoon at the CMNH

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire hosts the Make or Break it Club every Friday from 3:00-4:45 pm. Kids ages 6-12 are invited to drop in to try their hand at a variety of hands-on "making" experiences, using real tools and materials. No reservations are required and different experiences are offered each week. The cost is $8 per session for museum members and $10 for non-members. Multi-session punch cards are also available for kids who want to come each week. Hope to see you this afternoon!


Members of the Boston Ballet School will perform a story hour at Sawyer Free Lib

Sawyer Free Library and the Boston Ballet School invite families to an interactive Cinderella Story Hour featuring members of the ballet school! Boston Ballet School, the Official School of Boston Ballet now has a in the Marblehead area of the North Shore. With four core programs designed with a progressive, age-appropriate curriculum for toddlers to senior citizens, the School provides unparalleled dance education and ballet training for over 5,000 students annually through the following programs:This performance is free for all ages.


Race to Nowhere is a critically acclaimed film about the pressures of US Schools

Do you feel like your kids are on a race through their childhood in school? The Manchester Memorial Elementary School 5th Grade Class will host a screening of the critically acclaimed 'Race to Nowhere', where a concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the culture of hollow achievement and pressure to perform that has invaded America’s schools. It is destroying our children’s love of learning and feeding an epidemic of unprepared, disengaged, and unhealthy students. This film focuses on the issues facing children in the school systems of America today, and leaves you thinking about what it really takes to produce a happy, motivated, creative human being.


Learn about painted turtles through art at the Joppa Flats Education Center

There's always something wonderful to notice in nature's beauty, and we're here to help you make it all come to life through your own amazing works of art. Each series offers different themes and different materials to engage every young artist's budding creativity. Sign up for one class at a time, or come for the whole series. Move over, Michelangelo - make room for all our Joppa artist superstars!


Wolf Hollow Ipswich MA Memorial Day Weekend Free Family Fun Fest Day

Make your Memorial Day weekend truly memorable. Bring the whole family to howl with the wolves for FREE! Wolf Hollow offers a unique opportunity to view gray wolves in as natural a setting as possible. Come see how they interact with their pack members and live in a social unit very similar to human families.

Location: Wolf Hollow


Marblehead Children's Center Open House serving children from infant to kinderga

Marblehead Children's Center is proud to announce a Yoga Fundraiser to support Dream Big!

Dream Big! provides girls from low-income situations in Massachusetts with the basic items and fees needed for them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being.

Come join MCC and RSVP today to support this important organization.


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