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

Rockport lights up the night with a mid-Summer fireworks show!

Following the Rockport Rotary Club Lobsterfest, a fireworks display will light up the sky over Rockport Massachusetts! The Show begins at 9:30pm, and will be lit off from Granite Pier.  The show will last for 20-25 Minutes, and the show may just include a couple of surprises according to the fireworks committee.


The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood.

Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy in Gloucester is hosting a blood drive to collect a goal of 50 donations in a single day in August! There is a always a huge need for blood, and many people need blood today! Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. Your donation is needed right now.


The Rockport Acoustic Music Festival is a day-long celebration of music at Millb

The Rockport Acoustic Music Festival is a day-long celebration of music at Millbrook Meadow in Rockport Massachusetts! Come relax and enjoy a beautiful setting, have a picnic, play with your kids and enjoy the music of local musicians and bands! This annual event is a fun time for all so don't miss it!


'Meet the Machines' at Appleton Farms will introduce you to farm machines

Pack a picnic, load up the kids, and ride over to the farm to get your fill of trucks, tractors and heavy equipment followed by a showing of our favorite farm movie "Babe" in the Carriage Barn. You'll get to climb aboard backhoes and bucket loaders, check out manure spreaders and harrows, then enjoy the picnic you brought from home or purchased in our Dairy Store in the beautiful Stone Paddock. We'll have lemonade and water available for all.

Location: Appleton Farms


Enjoy Lobster at the beach in Rockport at the 17th Annual Rotary Lobsterfest!

What could be better than enjoying a lobster dinner at the beach with your family while helping a worthy cause? Rockport Rotary's Lobsterfest is a unique outdoor dining event held each summer at the American Legion Hall and bandstand in Rockport (on Beach Street, opposite Back Beach). Proceeds benefit local community service projects and the club's scholarship fund.

Location: Back Beach


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.


Come to Appleton Farms for a meal grown and cooked on site! This Appleton

Bring your family and some friends for a relaxing evening watching the sunset over the Great Pasture and munching on fresh-from-the-farm food. Dinner will feature a seasonal menu grown or raised at Appleton and other local farms and prepared by Appleton Cooks!

Location: Appleton Farms


Join a Summer Owl Prowl Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home and then come with your family, your tent, and a dessert to share. Join us as we explore the habitats of the elusive owls.


Find out the story behind the granite at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport!

Halibut Point State Park is also a granite quarry with a history that goes back billions of years! A rock is not a thing but a drama, it can teach us about the great unifying science and the unique geology of Cape Ann. Rocks can tell us a lot about how the landscape was formed and the geology of Cape Ann tells us great stories, all visible at Halibut Point. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.


Poison Ivy has three leaves on each branch node. "Leaves of Three, Let it Be."

Anybody who has ever had a case of poison ivy will tell you that they wish they could go back in time and avoid ever having contact with the plant - and that's precisely the best way to deal with it.  If you and your children can identify the plant and avoid coming into contact with the oily residue on its leaves, everyone is bound to have much more fun this summer!


The Whalemobile comes to Maritime Gloucester.

The Whalemobile is coming to Maritime Gloucester for Maritime Community Day! Join whale naturalist Cynde McInnis for a very special Creature of the Week, featuring a life-sized inflatable humpback whale named Nile. By crawling inside the whale, kids will develop an awareness of and fascination for whales that inspires them to care about the oceans and the wild world around us.  Each session is 20 Minutes. Great for 6-13 yrs with an adult.


Discover and explore the facts of the creatures you find at the beach at Joppa

Drop in at Joppa Flats BEFORE the beach, AFTER the beach, or INSTEAD of the beach! What is that spiky thing I almost stepped on? How do starfish – or is it sea stars – eat? Are those baby fish, or is that as big as they get? You have the questions, Joppa Flats Education Center has the answers – and the animals – and the touch tanks!


Come join the fun at the Essex Street Fair Salem!

The Essex Street Fair is a two-day event held in downtown Salem and is part of the Slemn Heritage Festivities! This years fair includes a new format with a juried arts & crafts open market throughout the weekend. Crafters, artisans and food vendors from in and around Salem will join local merchants in selling their wares on Essex Street & surroundings. This free event will run the length of Essex Street from the Daniel Low Building to the Hawthorne Hotel.

Location: Downtown Salem


The LEGO Movie will be projected on the Lynch Park Shell in Beverly for FREE

Parents and kids alike love the LEGO Movie! Experience a great adventure as you watch this fun adventure at the ocean's edge in 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


Come join the fun as hundreds of Beverly area kids try to remember the words in

Hundreds of kids from the Beverly area come together to perform your favorite songs and compete for the title of "Grand Champion". Lots of fun, and air guitar too! Part of Beverly Homecoming.


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