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

The FREE 7th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza Concert features Cap

The Gloucester Fund and Ringo Tarr present a Free Concert on Gloucester Harbor to kick off the Independence Day weekend! Concert features Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound.


Monster's Inc. will be shown FREE at Lynch Park in Beverly MA

Join Sully and Mike on their adventure to return a little girl back to her own bed in this classic Disney/Pixar animated film! Enjoy a beautiful Summer night on at the ocean's edge at Lynch Park. Bring a blanket, a picnic dinner and enjoy the beauty of a Summer night under the stars!  The Snack Bar will be open for the movie.

Location: Lynch Park


Learn about butterflies at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

This week we learn about butterflies, how to catch them and what they eat! Adults and children can spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife. Excursions might include a group game to burn off some steam, an on-the-water scavenger hunt, or a guided tour. We'll observe, investigate, and compare coastal environments and their inhabitants, both on- and offshore. Each adventure will leave your family excited to come back for more!


Come Explore Maudslay State Park on a Firefly Expedition!

Fireflys, also called lightning bugs, appear for only a few weeks in the early summer to delight us with their luminous nighttime dance and light show. During this fun evening family adventure at Maudslay, learn about the life of a firefly and take a firefly walk led by the park interpreter. Bring a net or jar to catch fireflies, and learn how you can help with firefly monitoring. Comfortable walking shoes and bug spray are recommended.  Meet at the park headquarters on 74 Curzon Mill Road.


Come celebrate the first days of Summer with a full day of family activities at

Celebrate the start of summer at Salisbury Beach with the Summer Kick Off! Fun for the whole family! The beach front stage comes alive for an afternoon of live entertainment, kids’ activities, the ever-popular Beach Pizza Eating contest, face painting and so much more! The evening is topped off with a Free outdoor concert with Roomful of Blues followed by Spectacular Fireworks!


Annual Fairy Festival Underwood Photography, Cape Ann, for North Shore Child

Wenham Museum is proud to announce the Annual Faery Festival at Wenham Museum!

Gossamer wings, faery wands, and enchanting tales of far away places. Sip faery tea and decorate tiny faery houses with special guest Liza Walsh author of the Fairy Garden Handbook. Wear your own costume or borrow one of ours. Professional photographs are available through Underwood Photography. Reserve a copy of the fairy book in the Museum Shop.

Location: Wenham Museum


Mini moos is for children 2-5 to meet our dairy herd at Appleton Farms.

Got milk? We do! On this special program designed especially for our toddler friends, we'll enjoy calf close encounters, a cow story and costume, milking in the dairy barn and more! For ages 2-5 with an accompanying adult. Please pre-register. For older kids, check out Meet the Cows at Appleton Farms.

Location: Appleton Farms


Photography workshop for kids at Hamilton Wenham Library

Join professional photographer Toni Carolina and learn the hottest tips and latest techniques in photography.

Register at the Library's Reference desk, or call 978-468-5577. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

1:00-2:00 is for the 1st-3rd graders.

2:00-3:00 is for the 4th-6th graders.


Find Fresh Local Produce at the Andover Massachusetts Farmers Market

The Andover Farmers' Market offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit by providing fresh, local produce, baked and prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted goods.


The GAAC invites you to discover the the world of Astromony at the Halibut Point

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club invites you to Halibut Point State Park, one of the best places to view the night sky! Join the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club at the visitors center to view the wonders of the sky. Telescopes will be set up for viewing and local astronomers will be on hand for a star-studded experience. Dress warmly for the weather.  Appropriate for families with children.


Reconnect with your family and nature with the Great American Backyard Campout

The Great American Backyard Campout is a great way to kick off the Summer with friends and families and to reconnect with nature!  Every year, the National Wildlife Federation hosts this national camp out to help inspire Americans to protect wildlife, including a three-year campaign to get 10 million kids to spend regular outdoor time in nature.


Manchester's Fireworks display is launched from a barge moored off Singing Beach

On Thursday, July 3rd there will be a special 4th of July Concert at Singing Beach.  This free holiday concert will run from 7:15-9:15 p.m., so grab your picnic blankets or lawn chairs and come on down. Immediately following the concert, stick around for the fireworks show launched from a  barge just off of the beach!

Location: Singing Beach


Kaplan PSAT Test Practice at Hamilton Wenham Library

Take a practice PSAT test, complete with results, provided free of charge by Kaplan Test Prep.  A proctored PSAT practice test shows students what to expect in a test-like environment.
Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance from Kaplan, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator to use during the test.


Help provide instruments to kids who love music but can't afford the instrument

There's something about music that speaks to us. It changes our lives in ways nothing else can. Around 4th grade, it is customary for Rockport Schools to hold an instrument trial day. Some students instantly fall in love with an instrument, but then financials come into play when trying to get the child that instrument. The reality is that some families can't afford to pay the expense for the instrument.


Come meet Mudeye Puppet's Deepsy Diver at Beverly Library!

The Beverly Public Library invites you to a meet Mudeye Puppet's Deepsy Diver! Deepsy Diver is a musical, magical interactive puppet show with a cast that includes Wesley Water Strider, Al Angler Fish and Vivvy the mayfly. Join marine explorer Deepsy Diver as she goes an a watery quest to save our river, with plenty of environmentally educational tips along the way. All puppets are made from recycled materials, so be sure and stick around after the show to meet them up close and personal!


Marblehead Fireworks as seen from Chandler Hovey Park by Jeff Folger


Due to unsafe sea conditions caused by Hurricane Arthur, the Fireworks have been canceled by the fireworks barge operator. 

All other celebrations will continue as planned!

Fourth of July in Marblehead is an all-day event on the harbor front that begins at 10am with the Horribles Parade, composed of unusual and sometimes opinioned home-made floats, music, and other parading favorites. For the rest of the day, the waterfront is lively with music, food, and family activities.

The day ends with the Harbor Illumination and Fireworks.


The YWCA Newburyport has Summer programs designed to fit your schedule.

In addition to their swimming programs, the Newburyport YWCA offers a flexible schedule of day camp programs that are designed to give parents a little leeway in the scheduling thorough the Summer months.


The Chebacco Boat PArade is a great Fourth of July tradition in Essex MA

The Chebacco Lake and Watershed Association will sponsor its annual Fourth of July Boat Parade on at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 4th.  All boats will meet near the Centennial Grove beach and proceed around the lake counterclockwise. Prizes will be awarded for Most Patriotic, Most Creative and best costume or costumes.


Pancake Breakfast at Tuck's Point Manchester Ma for Families

The Annual Red, White & Blue Pancake Breakfast at Tuck's Point will feature live music, pony rides, a great breakfast and more at the beautiful seaside setting of Tuck's Point! The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club invites families to enjoy pancakes topped with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream, scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, coffee, milk, and juice! Live Dixieland music and free pony rides will excite and entertain the kids! Proceeds support the Club's scholarship program and community service projects in Manchester and Essex.

Location: Tuck's Point


Discover what creatures live in New England Ponds at Harold Parker State Forest!

Meet at Campground Nature Center - Let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds by exploring Frye Pond! Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Appropriate for kids aged 6 and older.


Children will enjoy an art activity at the SFL Greek Theater.


Wednesday night is the unofficial 1st night of Saint Peter's Fiesta in Glouceste

The St. Peter's Fiesta, Gloucester's annual salute to its fishermen, religious celebration, and five-day carnival and family fun fest — swings into gear Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The festival is sponsored by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester. It's a fun, safe tradition for families to enjoy.


The Swampscott Farmers Market happens every Sunday through October.

Rain or shine, the Swampscott Farmers’ Market features a wide variety of produce, meats, fish, breads, flowers and crafts from farmers, food producers, and artisans from around Massachusetts and nearby New England states. Anchoring the market, Swampscott will have Clark Farm providing a large variety of produce, as well as John Crow Farms bringing produce, meats and poultry. Other vendors include Maitland Mountain Farms (known for their pickles and flowers), Fille de Ferme (producer of homemade jams and jellies), Cherry Street Fish Market, Big Sky Breads, and more.


The Cape Ann YMCA Saint Peter's Fiesta 5k encourages kids to enter.

The Saint Peter's Fiesta 5k Road Race hosted by the Cape Ann YMCA is a healthy opportunity for families to be directly involved with this traditional community celebration in Gloucester!  Kids are encouraged to enter, and all funds raised by the race go to the Cape Ann YMCA Summer Camps program. The race starts at beautiful Stage Fort Park and ends in the heart of the Fiesta celebration in Saint Peter's Square.


Byfield Community Arts Center fundraiser Music & Arts Festival

Support your local artists and have a blast at the same time! Bring your family for a day of regional and national music performances on three stages, artists and artisans displaying and selling their wares, children's activities, and food and beverage vendors, including Newburyport Brewery and Ipswich Ale! This fundraiser event has a great lineup of performers including Liz Frame and the Kickers, Ryan Montbleu, Sara Blacker, Big Ol' Dirty Bucket, Richard James and the Name Changers, Soul Rebel Project, and many more. 

Location: Manter Field