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Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club in a Star party at Maudslay Park
Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club for an evening of stargazing at Maudslay State Park. The night sky is spectacular when you can view it from the middle of a state park, where our street lights don’t spoil the view! Maudslay State Park teams up with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club to highlight the spectacular night sky.
Location: Maudslay State Park
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. Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Harold Parker State Forest
Glen Urquhart School Michele Borba to Speak at Glen Urquhart School
Michele Borba, Ed.D., an internationally-recognized childhood psychologist on topics related to parenting and developing the character of children, will speak at Glen Urquhart School on October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Borba is a best-selling author of twenty-two books and one of the foremost authorities in the country on strengthening children’s empathy and resilience. She is an NBC contributor who appears regularly on the Today Show and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, Dr. Oz, CNN as well as in Newsweek, People, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Globe and Mail.
Location: Glen Urquhart School
By definition Pokemon is Anime! Teens can come find out more at the Teen Anime Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester!
Sawyer Free Library offers an Anime Club  for teens.  Come watch anime shows, meet new friends, practice your anime drawing, and develop some skill in origami! For kids in Grades 6-12 only.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Sawyer Free Library STEAM Team for Children ages 4-6. Dwarf Galaxy Image by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory
Sawyer Free Library offers a S.T.E.A.M.* club for children ages 4 to 6. We will be providing STEAM, story, and sensory activities all year round with opportunities for your child to do safe science experiments, build with Duplo and other materials, play some beginner Minecraft, read stories, make art, etc. We will have a different activity each month. This program is ideal for older preschool and younger elementary school students who are not yet ready for our other afterschool programs! Please register.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Sawyer Free Library programs for kids of Cape Ann - Science Club with Miss Lisa
Science Club with at Sawyer Free Library where kids will investigate, explore and discovery through science! For kids in grades 2 - 5. Register in the Children's Library.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Kids Minecraft Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester MA
Play Minecraft with other children grades 1-6 and the guidance of a teen volunteer and children's librarian. Learn new tricks from each other and explore and build in a world together. This group is for children in grades 1 and up. Please register for just one session per month. If registration is full, please sign up on the wait list and we will schedule you soon!
Location: Sawyer Free Library
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!
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning
This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to attend.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
YMCA of the North Shore Programs
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen Programs for youth and teens, like swimming lessons, sports leagues and the arts. HEALTHY LIVING:  Improving the nation's health and well-being Programs for adults and families, like fitness, adult sports leagues, road races, family nights and birthday parties. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back to our neighbors and friends Fundraising and volunteerism, as well as housing, community outreach and educational certification programs. View Program Guides: