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Camp Ann Family Chariy Events and Fundraisers for North Shore Families. Children
Bring your bottles and cans to Stone Zoo to support their annual fundraiser to benefit conservation efforts supported by Zoo New England - the non-profit organization that protects and sustains the Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo .
Location: Stone Zoo
New Planetarium Show Suited for Adults & Children, Sound/Light Sensitivities, and More
New Planetarium Show Suited for Adults and Children with Sound/Light Sensitivities, and More The first show, Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky (Soft Light, Soft Sound) will be offered for the first time October 6 at 10:30 am and will also be shown on the first Sundays of November and December as well. With looser house rules, audience members should feel comfortable to talk amongst themselves and move from their seats, so that everyone feels welcome to enjoy the Planetarium experience and the wonders of the night sky regardless of sensory needs, ability, or age.
Location: Museum of Science
Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in astronomy-related activities run by our knowledgeable staff. Astronomy After Hours is the perfect place to kick off your weekend with your family.
Location: Museum of Science
Come make slime at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester. Feel the ooze!
Come to Cape Ann Art Haven for a slime party! Feel the ooze! It’s Slime Time! Please register for our first slime night of the school season. We will make 3 slimes with cool add ins, giant bubble making, and an overall good, slimey time!
Location: Cape Ann Art Haven
Come to Sawyer Free Library for a Community Baby Shower! Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Cape Ann YMCA is hosting a free Community Baby Shower for expectant parents and new parents with infants 0-6 months old. Join us for a fun and informational event that will include infant CPR demonstrations, refreshments, games, prizes and raffles, and information about community resources. This free event is sponsored by Sawyer Free Library, Pathways, Gloucester's Department of Public Health, The Open Door, and the YMCA.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Berwick Academy for grades PreK to 12
At Berwick, who we are is best displayed through seeing our community in action. Parents and their students are invited to join us for an upcoming Berwick in Action event while classes are in session, where attendees will engage with our students, teachers, and current Berwick parents. Experience our innovative programming, learn more about what sets our community apart, and see how you can #leaveyourprint at Berwick. Berwick in Action events are held monthly from 8-11 a.m. for students and families entering grades Pre-K through 12. To learn more and to register, please visit: https://berwickacademy.myschoolapp.com/page/berwick-in-action?siteId=1280&ssl=1 or Contact Admissions at 207.384.6301 or admissions@berwickacademy.org
Location: Berwick Academy for grades PreK to 12
Come to Ipswich as points along the Ipswich River are illuminated!
Come to Ipswich MA for a night of lights, illumination and light inspired artistry!  There will be live entertainment, bonfires and luminaries along the ipswich River, Interactive dance, art shows lasers and more!
Location: Downtown Ipswich
Ponds and puddles offer endless hours of exploration and discovery.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary invites families for a great exploration of the pond habitat! Though they are small, ponds contain a rich variety of plant and animal life. Explore Waterfowl Pond for a close-up look at a place where hungry creatures are always on the hunt. Using nets and other collecting equipment, dip into the water, sweep through the weeds, and scoop up mud to discover the creatures that live there.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Kids will learn about local and migrating birdws at Joppa Flats Education Center.
Come for an exciting family visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker river National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while you learn about migration and habitat use. Don't miss this chance - the station operates only during the height of migration in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October).
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
The Salem Zombie Walk is a fun time for all, and kinda scary! Salem Massachusetts Haunted Happenings
The Salem Zombiewalk has been an annual event for a number of years. This is a great family-friendly event of a genre that incorporates all aspects of life, or rather, undead that takes place in Halloweentown, USA during Halloween Season. Prior to the Zombiewalk, participants gather at Collins Cove Park for some field day activities, last minute costume tweaks and alterations, and of course to admire other lovers of the Zombie theme. Pets are welcome, so long as they are crowd friendly and well-behaved (and don't mind Zombies). Details are on the official flyer, please look for it on Facebook, and share the event. Fun activities start at 3:30pm with zombie kickball, parade at 4:30.
Location: Salem Common, Downtown Salem

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Costume Swap at Peabody Institute Library

Peabody Institute Library hosts a costume swap program for Peabody area families!
Peabody Institute Library hosts a costume swap program for Peabody area families!

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Kimball Farm Corn Maze

Kimball Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
At the Kimball Farm Corn Maze all are welcome to come and enjoy the challenge of finding your way through the winding corn field maze. Our originally desIgned CORN MAZE  for 2018 is full of Crazy angles and is sure to be a fun challenge. Have no fear, there will be clues along the way.  Be daring...
12:00 am

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...

Autumn Feature Story Walk

Join DCR’s Autumn Feature StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park, featuring One Small Place in a Tree, written by Barbara Brenner and illustrated by Tom Leonard
Join DCR’s Autumn Feature StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park  Walk a trail and read the story One Small Place in a Tree, written by Barbara Brenner and illustrated by Tom Leonard.  Come and participate in this self Guided StoryWalk for Pre-K kids with adults!  Autumn is a perfect time to enjoy the...
Where: Maudslay!

Quarry Quest and Story Walk at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
A treasure hunt around  the quarry at Halibut Point State Park with clues and word unscrambles to find the treasure box!  Recommended for ages 8 and up. Clues available anytime at bulletin board. Quarrying History Self-Guide tour brochure available anytime for visitors of all ages.

Haunted Harbor Cruise

Come learn about the haunted happenings of Salem Sound on this 1½ hour cruise.
Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to a unique cruise in Salem Massachusetts! The fabled coastlines of Salem sound come alive with tales of haunted lighthouses, eerie islands, ruthless pirates, and living monsters who wreak havoc on passing ships to this very day! This spook-tacular 75-minute...

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be...

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Boston Book Festival 2019

Boston Book Festival 2019. Kate DiCamillo
Join us in Copley Square for the Boston Book Festival 2019. The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free Festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the...
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Haverhill Farmers' Market

Haverhill Farmers Market, North Shore Farmers Market, Cape Ann Farmers Marke
The vibrant, colorful Haverhill Farmers Market is where local farmers and food producers meet to sell directly to the community. Established in 1978, the Haverhill Farmers Market mission is to provide access to farm-fresh products and promote local agriculture, as well as serve as a social...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday in Harvey Park in Downtown Rock
The Rockport Farmers' Market is a small market that runs each Saturday through the Summer (June - early October). Sponsored by the Rockport Exchange, the market is limited in size due to the size of the Harvey Park - a quaint setting in the heart of downtown found on the corner of Mount Pleasant...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

North Shore Gamers Game Day

All are invited to Sawyer Free Public Library in Gloucester Massachusetts for a fun day of boards games!
Looking to get into the fun of modern board gaming? Come and learn from the best! North Shore Gamers will be hosting a game day open to all levels and types of board gamers. Bring your favorite game or play from our communal library.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Boo at the Buttonwood Zoo

Boo at the Buttonwood Zoo
Now in its 18th year, Boo at the Zoo will run during the day this year! Our favorite fall tradition is back! Dress the kids in their favorite costume and explore 10 trick or treat stations, Halloween-themed animal enrichment, up close personal encounters with the zoo’s animal ambassadors and fall...
10:00 am to 5:00 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

Groundwork Farmer's Market at the Academy

Groundwork Lawrence hosts farmers markets three days a week in the greater Lawrence Area
Groundwork Lawrence hosts three farmer's markets per week because fruits and vegetables grown locally are best for you, your health, and your family's health, because it supports local businesses, keeps money in our community, and is the best for the environment. Come and support your local farmers...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Andover Farmers' Market

Find Fresh Local Produce at the Andover Massachusetts Farmers Market North of Boston
The Andover Farmers' Market offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit by providing fresh, local produce, baked and prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted goods. At the Andover Farmers’ Market pick up fresh, local, and healthy...
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Fall Foliage Celebration at Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Come celebrate Fall at and the changing of colors at the Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover!
Fall in New England is a magical time! Get outside with The Trustees of Reservations this year and enjoy the season.
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

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

Fall Festival at Tower School

Fall Festival and Open House at Tower School in Marblehead MA
Tower School, an independent day school located in Marblehead, serving pre-k through grade 8, celebrates harvest time through family-friendly field games, nature-based explorations in its science labs and art studios—and of course, with FOOD!
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 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

Trick or Treating Hayrides at Marini Farm

Trick or Treating by hayride at Marini Farm in Ipswich is Safe and Fun!
Join us for our most popular event of the year. Take a Hayride around our 8 acre corn maze. Your hayride driver will make some special stops along the way. Favorite costumed characters await the wagon to hand out Tricks and Treats. Hayrides run continuously from 10am to 4pm.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Head of The Charles Regatta - Cambridge

Head of the Charles Regatta 2019 - Cambridge
The Head of the Charles Regatta is one of the world's largest rowing events. Watch rowing teams compete from all over the country and take the sights of autumn along the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Landmark 5k Road Race

Landmark School's annual 5K Road Race is a family fun event that helps support the mission of Landmark School.
The Landmark School 5K Road Race is a family fun event that helps support the mission of Landmark School. Run or walk the scenic course then stay for the Fall Festival with kid friendly activities, including their very own fun run. Race open to the community.
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a blast exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Mrs. Crane’s cat has gone missing and there’s a party tonight! Only you can help the household staff find the cat AND get ready for the party at the same time!
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Blue Man Group Hosts 5th Annual Autism-Friendly Show

Blue Man Group Hosts 5th Annual Autism-Friendly Show
Blue Man Group Boston has announced their 5th annual special autism-friendly performance which will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 am.
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Boo at the Zoo - Stone Zoo

Stone Zoo, Zoo New England events for north shore children and families
Boo at the Stone Zoo features Halloween themed crafts and games, along with a haunted maze. Visitors to the Zoo will also have the chance to learn about enrichment as many of the animals receive pumpkins! Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Thrills,...
Where: Stone Zoo
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Creative Collective Marketplace

The Salem Creative Collective Market runs on weekends during the last 3 weeks of October!
This is the biggest vendor fair of the Haunted Happenings Salem season with the Creative Collective bringing you some of the best local artisans around. The Creative Collective Night Market (until 9:00 pm), sponsored by Retonica and Lord Hobo Brewing will transform the Downtown into an artisan and...
11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Ipswich Chowder Fest

Sample some of the best chowder in the world at the Ipswich Chowder Festival!
This popular fall classic is one of the North Shore’s most anticipated events. Folks on the North Shore and beyond will flock to Ipswich for its famous fried clams, seafood and of course delectable clam chowder. What better way to round out the season than with an opportunity to, not only samples...
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lighthouse & Foliage Cruise

See North Shore Fall Foliage from the water on this lighthouse tour!
Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to take in the changing colors of fall by boat on a cruise out of Salem Massachusetts Harbor. Passengers will visit out five historic lighthouses during this 14-mile harbor loop through Beverly, Manchester, Salem & Marblehead. This 1 hour 45 minute tour...
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Maudslay is Haunted

'Maudslay is Haunted' is an annual fundraiser for Theater in the Open at Maudsla
Maudslay is Haunted is a North Shore Kid favorite! We highly recommend this for Halloween fun for all ages because its spooky, and haunting, but not too scary! Theater in the Open host their notorious annual haunting of Maudslay! Join a cast of all ages for a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes...
Where: Maudslay!
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Great Duck Migration

Learn about ducks and their migration patters at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!
Come enjoy an early evening excursion at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield! During the autumn months, thousands of migratory waterfowl fly directly over the sanctuary as they travel from their summer breeding grounds in the north to their winter homes in the south. Each night,...
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Haunted Happenings Family Movies at 289 Derby

Outdoor Movies on Saturday in October at Charlotte Forten Park in Salem, MA.
Salem Haunted Happenings’ family movie nights are moving to Charlotte Forten Park at 289 Derby Street this year! This series is produced and sponsored by Creative Collective in partnership with Salem Haunted Happenings and the City of Salem.
6:30 pm

Halls of Darkness: Fears & Phobias

Explore your fears and phobias inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents Halls of Darkness: Fears & Phobias! Spend a spooktacular evening at Hammond Castle Museum. Are you afraid of the dark, spiders, or clowns? Does your heart skip a beat when you're SCARED? Join us and face your fears within our walls!Visit the most unique and surreal...
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Thursday, October 24

See, Think, & Wonder Walks: Leaf-peeping

See, Think, and Wonder Walks for Preschoolers: Leaf Peeping at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Let's head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things; think about colors, shapes, and patterns; and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. You and your preschooler will both enjoy this fun, energetic format for exploring nature.
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Pumpkin Carving at Appleton Farms

Kids can carve pumpkins at the Trustees Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Kids and families are invited to Appleton Farm's for some fun pumpkin carving! Want to carve your very own pumpkin, or three? Join us to help us get our pumpkins ready for the Appleton Farms Kids Pumpkin Trail !
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Wendy's Story Art

Wendy's Story Art at the TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts.
Ages 0-5yo and a parent/caregiver. Children will develop literacy and social skills through story time and play-based art experiences.
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Marblehead Pumpkin Illumination

Come to the Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead for the annual pumpkin illuminati
The Annual Marblehead Museum Pumpkin Illumination in collaboration with the Marblehead Family Fund will take place in the Jeremiah Lee Mansion Gardens. All carved, painted and decorated pumpkins welcome. Judging by town “celebrity” judges for categories with prizes. All the town goblins and ghouls...
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Book or Treat at Peabody Institute Library

Book or Treat!! The Main Library is giving away one free book to each child/teen who trick-or-treats at the Library as part of Nightmare on Main Street. Join us between 4-7PM on October 24th.
Book or Treat!! The Main Library is giving away one free book to each child/teen who trick-or-treats at the Library as part of Nightmare on Main Street. Join us between 4-7PM on October 24th!
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Acera's Fall Innovator Symposium

Acera's Fall Innovator Symposium
Join us on Thursday, October 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm for Acer's Fall Innovator Symposium. Acera’s Innovator Symposium, a free community event open to all, is part of our efforts to break down the walls between science and the general public.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

A Little Night Music & Rhyme

Come sing, dance and get the wiggles out at Beverly Public Library
Beverly Public Library  invites families with kids under 5 (or so) to join the musical rhythmic fun! Come Dance, shake, move and sing and get the wiggles out.
6:30 pm

Free Fitness Classes on the Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield Thursdays and Sundays

Market Street Lynnfield Events, Dining, Shopping
Come sweat it out with MarketStreet Lynnfield on The Green every Thursday evening in Lynnfield. Bringing all forms of fitness to The Green this fall!  Join us now-October for complimentary fitness classes every Thursday from 6:30pm-7:30pm and Sundays from 10am-11am.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Friday, October 25

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be...

Haunted Harbor Cruise

Come learn about the haunted happenings of Salem Sound on this 1½ hour cruise.
Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to a unique cruise in Salem Massachusetts! The fabled coastlines of Salem sound come alive with tales of haunted lighthouses, eerie islands, ruthless pirates, and living monsters who wreak havoc on passing ships to this very day! This spook-tacular 75-minute...