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

Kids will explore the IRWS and find out what lives in the soil there!

Kids will get their hands dirty and dig into the science of soil at this April vacation session. Meet the critters of the sanctuary that call dirt home. Worms, millipedes, sow bugs, weasels, and voles are a few soil creatures that we will hope to see. Find out what it takes to make a garden grow, before preparing and planting your own take-home garden.


HAWC's annual walk/run is a major fundraiser for the organization!

HAWC hosts their annual fundraiser run and walk in Salem and are excited to announce that Senator Elizabeth Warren will be the 2014 chairperson!  Come for a full day of fun and help raise money for a great cause!

Location: Salem Common


The Fast Chicks 5k raises funds for local families & celebrates active women!

The Fast Chicks 5k is a Hamilton-Wenham Mother's Club sponsored community fundraiser race that celebrates active women and raises funds for a selected charity each year.  There's also a FREE kids race - a 100 yard dash! Now in it's third year, the race begins and ends at Patton park and funds raise this year will go to the Wellspring House, a North Shore organization based in Gloucester that empowers individuals and families to live more secure lives through basic needs assistance, education and job training.

Location: Patton Park


You'll find Organic locally grown produce, meat & dairy at the  Newburyport Farm

The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and delicious food. Live music every week!


Join the Trustees of Reservations on a treasure hunt at Hamlin reservation in Ip

Looking for something fun to do with the kids during school vacation? Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Hamlin Reservation on a treasure hunt and hike.  Kids will search for natural treasure (and some man-made as well!) as they walk through the gently rolling fields of this former farmland, then over a dike path that leads to a loop trail around Eagle Island in the marshes of Ipswich. Bring your sharpest skills of observation and a bag to collect your treasures!


Celebrate Earth Day at the Cox Reservation in Essex MA!

The Essex County Greenbelt Association and the their community partners will host a FREE Earth Day celebration at the Cox Reservation in Essex, Massachusetts! This free event will celebrate the environment, and build connections to our natural world by offering family-friendly activities.  The event will also showcase local non-profit organizations that share a commitment to building an environmentally sustainable community. 

Location: Cox Reservation


The annual Gloucester Pride Stride raises money for Cape Ann non-profits!

The Gloucester Pride Stride is an annual fundraiser walk that helps the non-profits organizations around Cape Ann. Walkers collect sponsorships for their favorite organization, then walk the 5 mile route through downtown Gloucester starting and ending at Stage Fort Park. Come join the fun, have a healthy walk and help your community!

Location: Stage Fort Park


Ann McCrae has 30 + years of art teaching experience.

Local artist, storyteller and teacher Ann McCrea will help kids use modeling clay to sculpt a rabbit or coyote! CLAY♦WORKS combines the magic of storytelling with clay sculpting. The 70-minute CLAY•WORKS program teaches kids from 1st-6th grade [ages 5-11]. Sitting in a circle on the floor, Ann tells a story which evokes their interest and creativity.


Mudeye Puppets are fun and made with recycled materials!

The Newbury Town Library is having a puppet extravaganza for April vacation! The Mudeye Puppet Company is an educational puppetry arts organization dedicated to providing esteem-building arts workshops, reducing waste, and encouraging creativity through use of reused materials.  Come to the Library for a free show followed by a puppet making workshop!


The Motif #1 5k and kids fun run takes place on Motif #1 Day in Rockport, Massac

This 5k Road Race and Kid's Fun Run is a great way to kick off Motif #1 Day! The 5k road race and 1 mile fun run that starts and ends at T Wharf in beautiful down town Rockport. Run the race and then spend the day with your family enjoying the fun, food and entertainment of the day-log festival.


Deborah Hoffman to speak at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA

Deborah Roffman will speak at Glen Urquhart School on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Roffman is a nationally acclaimed educator and author of Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' "Go-To" Person about Sex . She has more than thirty years of experience teaching kids and their parents about human sexuality. Roffman’s frank and vibrant pep talk will give parents the inspiration and tools needed to tackle the subject of sex with their kids.


Kids will learn all about crystals at Maritime Gloucester.

Maritime Gloucester invites kids in grades 2-5 to a vacation week session about Wind Turbines and Sail Power - part of a week full of educational sessions during April vacation! Do you want to build a snowflake?  With salt and ice, we'll create a variety of ice sculptures using colorful frozen shapes!


Mass Audubon has a live animal presntation at the Manchester Public Library!

The Manchester Public Library hosts Mass Audubon naturalists for an Audubon Ark demonstration focused on birds of prey like owls and hawks! There are two sessions, with one filled already, so sign up today before the spaces fill up! This program is designed by Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark and is especially geared for ages 3-5 so it is deliberately kept small in size and is a half hour program. 


Northshore YMCA. Best Health Club for families north of Boston

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.


Programs for kids and teens at North Shore Community College, Danvers, Beverly,

North Shore Community College is offering a variety of creative, fun classes for kids this April Vacation beginning April 22 and registration is now open. The NSCC's Kids to College programs, offers fun courses for curious kids!


Bright Horizons, Bright Horizons: Open House Week for Toddlers and preschoolers.

Join us during our Open House week April 22-April 25 and you'll experience our The World at Their Fingertips curriculum in action. Built around extensive research, 21st century technology, and developmentally appropriate instruction, The World at Their Fingertips curriculum introduces the concepts of math, science, language, culture, environment, art and health.  We invite you to explore our enhanced infant, toddler, preschool and Kindergarten Prep programs at any one of our nearby centers.


The Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun

The Cambridge Science Festival is the first of its kind in the United States. It is a fun and engaging celebration showcasing  the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, and math in our region. The Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun with hundreds of events taking place in and around Cambridge, MA each spring.  For ten days, Cambridge will come alive with science and offer exhibits, activities, fairs, demonstrations, lectures, debates, concerts, plays, workshops and all kinds of interactive events for kids, families and curious individuals!


Family Day at the Banding Station will teach you about bird identification, and

Come for an exciting visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. The station operates only during the height of migration in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October).


This Flyby at Joppa Flats Center is all about the planet Earth.

Joppa Flats Education Center helps families beat the blahs and keep minds active and hands busy during school break! Drop in for an hour or stay all day for a vacation destination that suits your family's schedule. Participate in scheduled family presentations at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm. Let our volunteers provide guided instruction on how to blend science and art based on the day's theme. It's free-flow learning for the whole family. Come once, or make it a multiple-day adventure. Indoors and out, weather permitting.


Children ages 4 & up are invited to come to the Newburyport Library's Lego Day!

Children ages 4 and up are invited to come to the library Lego Club. This is a drop-in program requiring no sign up.  Drop in any time between 10am and 12pm. (We will have Duplos for the younger kids.) Show off your building skills or just get creative.


Kids will learn about plant eating animals that live at the IRWS

During this vacation week program, kids will learn about the plant-eating mammals that make their home at the sanctuary. We hope to catch glimpses of them, and certainly we'll see signs that they are living here. Participate in a mammal obstacle course. Build a beaver and muskrat lodge as a group, and track deer and other mammals in the fields and forests of the sanctuary.


 Pickering Wharf for the annual Easter Egg Hunt with The Easter Bunny

Hop on down to Pickering Wharf for the annual Easter Egg Hunt with The Easter Bunny. Bring the family along for a fun filled time. The hunt starts 1 p.m. at The Happy Sunflower and continues along the Wharf. At 2 p.m., photos with The Easter Bunny in front of The Happy Sunflower.

Event is free for the whole family to attend.

Candy for egg hunt was donated so there may be some with nuts.

The Easter Egg Hunt starts tomorrow at 1pm. Arrive a little early.

Photos with The Easter Bunny at 2pm.

Location: Happy Sunflower


 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.

The Open Door will hold its annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, May 8, 2014 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.


The 'Power of the Purse' event is a fun night of charity with proceeds to benefi

Come to the Willowdale Estate for the 'Power of the Purse' - a ladies’ evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine, purses and fun! Designer Purses and Specialty Bags will be raffled the night of the event. Buy a ticket and join us for a night of fashion and fun, all for a good cause. Proceeds will go to benefit the The Women’s Fund of Essex County! Casual attire please!


Community of Song – An Intergenerational Choir Concert for the Community Featuri

Open to children in grades 1 – 8 from all communities on the North Shore, we nurture student musicianship, build confidence, and encourage artistic expression through developmentally appropriate vocal instruction.
Complete our online registration form today!

The Children's Choir provides and ensemble experience that allows students to develop musically as individuals, while contributing to the joy and artistry of singing together with their peers.  We believe that students of varying ages can learn from each other by leading and working together to create something beyond the individual.

Location: Gordon College