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The vegetable your child tolerates today may be old news tomorrow. Their eating habits are unpredictable and that’s normal. Your eating habits and the way you speak about food, however, are major influences in forming their life-long habits. It’s important to teach children that you eat to fuel your body and your brain. Marit Pywell, RDN, CDE, a nutritionist at Anna Jaques Hospital, shared 7 habits that will have you feeling great while leaving a lasting impression on the kids. Prepare your meal schedule and the meals for your family with these tips in mind.
Location: Anna Jaques Hospital
Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States
The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.
Location: Topsfield Fairgrounds
This class is offered for children ages 3.9 - 5 years of age at Sparhawk School in Amesbury MA
Register today for this special parent & child art class series on Wednesday mornings at the Sparhawk School with Catherine Kulik, the Sparhawk Elementary & Middle School art teacher. Your child will explore diverse ways of creating art and experiment with new, engaging materials while learning about line, color, texture and notable works of art. This class is sure to engage their sensory skills as well as their innate curiosity about the visual world around them.  Each class is limited to ten children and runs for 5 week sessions.
Location: Sparhawk School
North Shore Secondary School Fair & Educational Expo
Tower School invites parents to attend the North Shore Secondary School Fair & Educational Expo, held on its campus, Monday, September 19, 2016, from 6:00-8:30 pm. Admission Directors from 97 Independent Secondary Schools will be in attendance, as well as representatives from AISAP (Association of Independent School Admission Professionals). AISAP will offer expert-led breakout sessions on testing, financial aid, scholarships and other key topics. This event is free, and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Dailey, Director of Enrollment and Secondary School Placement, at
Location: Tower School
Bright Horizons: Curriculum Night 2016
Join Bright Horizons the week of September 19-23 for Curriculum Night 2016! Step inside our classrooms and meet our teachers; explore our parent/teacher partnerships; learn about The World at Their Fingertips® curriculum; and discover how our emergent curriculum approach uses children’s own interests to inspire their love of learning. Find an event near you.
Take this self-guided scavenger hunt at Union Cemetary in Georgetown as part of Trails and Sails!
Learn about local history, gravestone carving and more in this fun and educational self-guided tour of Georgetown's historic Union Cemetery. Fun for the whole family! E-mail: for your scavenger hunt list and instructions, then drop by the Brocklebank Museum at 108 East Main Street, open Sundays from 2-5, to discuss your findings and enter for a chance to win some great prizes! Drawing is September 25th at 5 pm.
Location: Union Cemetary Georgetown
Bike the Rail Trail from Topsfield to Danvers and back as part of Trails and Sails!
Join ECTA Trail Steward and Topsfield Rail Trail Committee Chairman Joe Geller as he leads us on a bike tour of the Topsfield Linear Common Rail Trail through Topsfield, Wenham, Danvers and Peabody.  We will begin at the Town Hall parking lot in Topsfield at 9 a.m. and ride to Lowell Street in Peabody.  We'll stop for a short break at Karl's Sausage Kitchen off Lowell Street in Peabody for rest rooms for about 20 minutes before returning to Topsfield.  This is a great chance to discover a fantastic and safe multi-use path you never knew was there!!
Location: Topsfield Town Common
Complete this family scavenger hunt and be entered to win museum admission!
Spend time learning at the cemetery by doing a family friendly scavenger hunt. Grab the Scavenger Hunt Clues and directions at the Wenham Museum's front desk, or download materials from the Wenham Museum's website. Return your completed form and be entered in the raffle to win passes to the Museum! This event is FREE as part of Trails & Sails 2016
Location: Wenham Museum
Come celebrate the Harvest at Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton!
Green Meadows Farm celebrates the harvest season with their FREE annual Harvest Fest! Enjoy live music by Dixie Cookbooks, arts and crafts for kids, farm fresh food (for purchase), an obstacle course, lawn games, face painting, and wagon rides. The walking paths are open for you to walk about the property and enjoy the fields and animals.
Location: Green Meadows Farm
Celebrate 400 Years of Maritime History at Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts!
Join the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Dr. Calvin Mires, Co-Founder and Instructor of Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program (SEAMAHP) in bringing maritime heritage to life through hands-on activities. Although we won't actually be practicing archaeology, visitors young and old will have the opportunity to use the tools and methods of archaeological research, survey and documentation.
Location: Salem Maritime National Historic Site