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

Make your own gingerbread creation at Ipswich Museum!

Kids and their families are invited to the Ipswich Museum for a gingerbread workshop! The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a gingerbread house! Our hands-on, no-baking family class will supply each adult and child with all the materials needed to build your own candy decorated gingerbread house.  All ages!  We suggest adult assistance for children under 8.  Cost: $45 per family (this includes everything you need to go home with a completely decorated house). 

Location: Ipswich Museum


Silhouette Artist, Carol Lebeaux, Hand-Cut Heirloom Portraits Wenham Museum

Every year families across New England reserve time with beloved silhouette artist Carol Lebeaux who chronicles their children's growth by cutting out profile portraits while they pose. Wenham Museum is hosting a rare opportunity to have a hand-cut heirloom portrait created by silhouette artist Carol Lebeaux from a sitting or photograph.

Location: Wenham Museum


The Ipswich Farmers Market is having a Thanksgiving Market!

After a successful first year, the Ipswich Farmer's Market is having a Thanksgiving market just in time to stock up the pantry for Turkey Day! The Market willbe held indoors at the Ascension Church rain or shine!


Come to the Essex Fire Deaprtment for the annual spaghetti fundraiser!
23rd Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends. Everyone welcome! Donations accepted at the door. All proceeds go to the Fire Department Equipment fund.



Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a cold, winter’s day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fair. All three churches are within walking distance with free on street parking. Gift bargains are served up along with homemade food and hot beverages. A dollar goes a long way at this event.

Location: Downtown Essex


Friends of Dane Street Playground Present the Polar Express at the Cabot Theater

The Friends of Dane Street Playground, a group of neighbors committed to designing and install a new, safe playground at Dane Street Beach, will host a fundraiser at the new Cabot Performing Arts Center (formerly the Cabot Theatre). The event is a family friendly holiday themed movie showing of “The Polar Express.” Tickets include a movie ticket, bell, a visit from Santa, and more! The group will also hold a raffle for several items and themed prize baskets. Tickets will be $15 a seat and are available via paypal payment or cash at the door.


NPL celebrates Native American Heritage Month with a screening of "Miss Navaho"

NPL celebrates Native American Heritage Month! Join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary "Miss Navajo." The role of women and tradition in Dine (Navajo) culture is explored through a young girl's quest for the Miss Navajo Nation crown. All are welcome to this free event!


NMYO is performing a benefit concert to help the ipswich Food Pantry!

Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will perform a Thanksgiving concert to benefit the Ipswich Community Food Pantry. Come enjoy great music presented by some of the most talented youngsters on the North Shore and help the food pantry when it is needed the most - the week of Thanksgiving!


Ipswich Museum by Candlelight

Kids and their families are invited to the Ipswich Museum for Museum by Candlelight! The Museum's 1677 John Whipple House and 1657 replica Alexander Knight House will be open after dark and lit with candles as part of the town's two-week celebration of "Ipswich is First . . . Period."  Free (donations always welcome).

Location: Ipswich Museum


MIT's chain reaction competition is the Friday following Thanksgiving!

Whether it's the reaction induced between one creative contraption and another equally crafty contrivance, or the joyful reactions sparked on the faces of the spectators, the MIT Museum Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction is a one-of-a-kind, must-be-seen-to-be-believed engineering feat. 


Come build using LEGOs at the Sawyer Free Library

Attend an afternoon of LEGOs in the Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library! Snacks and LEGOs are provided. Register online!


come celebrate Native American History Month at Sawyer Free Library in Glouceste

Sawyer Free Library celebrates native American History Month with 'Fast Hawk', a member of the Micmac Northeast American Tribe! He will be bringing feathers, claws, animal skulls, a talking stick, pipes, stories, dances and more to this informative celebration!  All ages welcome. No sign-ups required. Part of the Middle Street Harvest Festival.


Aristides Rivas and Eglė Jarkova will perform at the Danvers Public Library

The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers present an afternoon of classical music featuring violinist Eglė Jarkova and cellist Aristides Rivas as they perform the works of G.P. Telemann, Reinhold Gliere, M. Ravel, and G.F. Handel.  There will be light refreshments after the concert.


The Boston Ballet will host a Free Story Hour at the Danvers Public Library

Come join The Boston Ballet for a reading of The Nutcracker , a story about a young girl named Clara who is given a special gift and goes on a magical adventure.


Join an art session in Gloucester Ma designed just for the young artist!

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 socilaizing and engaging in cooperative play.


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