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Have a chance to view and tour classic and antique boats in Salem with your fami
Come Down to the 36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem. See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats. Meet skippers and crews and vote your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones. There will be boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, steel drums, the Blessing of the Fleet and more! $5 donation and children under 12 are free.
Location: Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina
Kids are invited to come build their own lighthouse with Essex Heritage at the Salem Massachusetts Visitors Center
Essex Heritage would like to invite visitors (ages 4+) to come and build their very own model lighthouse using every day materials! Special guest instructor and children’s book illustrator, Katy Bratun, will be leading this family friendly craft starting at 1:00pm at the NPS Visitor Center in Salem.
Location: Salem Maritime National Historic Visitor Center
 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.
The Open Door will hold its annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 4-8 pm at Cruiseport Gloucester.  Share in a simple meal of soup, bread and a cookie and take the dinner bowl home as a reminder of someone in need of a meal. Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs.
Location: Cruiseport Gloucester
Community Giving Tree Spring clothing drive at Ipswich Birth to Three Family Center
Come Celebrate Spring at Birth to Three! We will have a pizza party to celebrate good friends, community partners and warmer weather. Community Giving Tree will be on hand to collect your gently used clothing, shoes and baby items. Please remember that clients receiving items from CGT range in age from 0-18 years old. See you there!
Location: Birth to Three Family Center
Family Fun Extravaganza at the YMCA in Beverly Massachusetts ois open to the public!
Join Beverly YMCA as we kick off the summer fun with camp games, bouncy house, obstacle course, hula hoop dancing, fitness challenges, zipline and more! We are open to the community so come in and enjoy this family fun event!
Location: Sterling YMCA
Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6-7pm.
Location: Abbot Public Library
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.
Location: Stage Fort Park, Saint Peter's Square
Run the YMCA's Back Shore 5 Mile along the shore of Gloucester Massachsuetts
It’s baaaack… the Annual Backshore 5 Mile Road Race. Run Gloucester’s beautiful backshore. Spectacular views of Cape Ann’s Twin Lights, Thatcher Island and the Atlantic Ocean! Don’t miss this North Shore’s runners’ favorite. Post-race party at Mile Marker 1’s Waterfront Pavilion: bbq buffet, live music, awards and more! The Backshore Road Race is part of the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Seacoast Challenge & the Tinman Challenge.
Location: Good Harbor Beach
North Shore YMCA Ring Around the Neck 5 Mile and Children's Fun Run in Marblehead Massachusetts
Join North Shore YMCA for the 38th running of the Ring Around the Neck 5 Mile road race. Fun for the whole family starts at Devereux Beach! Ring Around the Neck’s 5 Mile race course takes you around Marblehead’s breathtaking Marblehead Neck! See both harbor and ocean views on this challenging race course.
Location: Devereux Beach
Steamroller Printmaking Workshop Sparhawk School - Amesbury
Sparhawk School is proud to present the 2nd annual Steamroller Printmaking Event! Sparhawk students have created woodcuts and collagraphs that will be inked and printed under the weight of a 2,000 lb steamroller! Tons of family friendly art activities, raffles, food and more! This year, we have created two community workshops where attendees can create a collagraph that will be inked and printed on the day of the event. Classes are $30 and includes all materials & print.
Location: Sparhawk School

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Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

See The Addison’s Model Ship Collection - Andover

Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA. Addison Gallery of American Art
Families are invited to explore The Addison Gallery's famed model ship collection, permanently installed in the building's lower level, consisted originally of 24 works commissioned by the museum's founder, Thomas Cochran, to document four centuries of American history.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Sprouting Melodies Music Program

Sprouting Melodies Music Program at Newbury Town Library
Sponsored by the Friends as well as by a grant from the Newbury Cultural Council, Family Sprouts Music Program gathers kids and families together here at the Newbury Town Library, and provides opportunities for children of different ages to learn and interact with each other. Each session includes...
10:15 am to 11:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play.
10:15 am to 11:15 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Classes: Haverhill

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Minecraft Club at Newbury Library

Kids can learn Minecraft skill from others at the Newbury Town Library!
“Can you teleport me?” “How do I fly?” “I need a sword!” “What are you building?” These exclamations are the sounds of a room full of kids playing Minecraftedu. Welcome to Minecraft Club!
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Spring Celebration and Clothing Drive

Community Giving Tree Spring clothing drive at Ipswich Birth to Three Family Center
Come Celebrate Spring at Birth to Three! We will have a pizza party to celebrate good friends, community partners and warmer weather. Community Giving Tree will be on hand to collect your gently used clothing, shoes and baby items.
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

8th Grade Project Presentation Evening at Waldorf School

Waldorf School at Moraine Farm
On Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm, the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm graduating class, after a year of independent study, presents their projects. The eighth grade projects are one of the unique rites of passage for the graduating class at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Students combine the...
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 28

23rd Annual ECTA Equine Exposition

Essex County Trail Association is hosting the 23 annual Equine EXPO
Essex County Trail Association is hosting the 23rd annual Equine EXPO to be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9am-3pm in the Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1, Topsfield, MA. This popular event draws over 800 people each year. Many new and returning individuals, groups and...
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Pingree School in Hamilton to host One Day University

One Day University will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton.
One Day University will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. Remember those special college professors whose lectures kept you wide awake and wanting to hear more? The ones you wished could be cloned? Steven Schragis, a Tufts University graduate,...
9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

See The Addison’s Model Ship Collection - Andover

Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA. Addison Gallery of American Art
Families are invited to explore The Addison Gallery's famed model ship collection, permanently installed in the building's lower level, consisted originally of 24 works commissioned by the museum's founder, Thomas Cochran, to document four centuries of American history.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Odyssey Day School 5K Race and Carnival

Odyssey Day School in Wakefield MA
Odyssey Day School invites you to its 5K Run and Walk. Please come and enjoy our 5k race is run/walk, professionally timed and a great PR course. We will have a bounce house and family carnival at the town common in Wakefield during with kid obstacle courses! 
10:00 am to 11:30 am