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Essex County Trail Association Jamboree at Groton House Farm in Hamilton Massachusetts!
Come Walk, Run, Bike and Ride on guided trail adventures (for all levels) followed by a party featuring live music, live animals, games, great food trucks and local beer from the Tapmobiles of Ipswich Ale Brewery. Trail activities from 1-3pm and party from 3-6pm. Get outdoors and have fun while supporting ECTA and the 450 miles of trails that we maintain for your access to walk, run, cycle and ride!
Location: Groton House Farm
Summer Art and Photography Program for Kids on Cape Ann, Annisquam Arts, Glouces
Welcome to Annisquam Arts! We're gearing up for our 24th season of art-making in the heart of Cape Ann. From bookmaking to woodworking, we're offering seven inspiring workshops this summer––sign up for one week or all seven! Young artists ages 6–14 are welcome.
Location: Annisquam Arts
The Strawberry Festival at Russel Orchards features lots of fun and live music!
Join Russell Orchards for their annual strawberry fest as they celebrate the "first fruit". Favorite outdoor activities include: strawberry picking, hayrides, glitter tattoos, fresh strawberry shortcakes and loads of other farm fresh goodies!
Location: Russell Orchards
Poison Ivy has three leaves on each branch node. "Leaves of Three, Let it Be."
Anybody who has ever had a case of poison ivy will tell you that they wish they could go back in time and avoid ever having contact with the plant - and that's precisely the best way to deal with it.  If you and your children can identify the plant and avoid coming into contact with the oily residue on its leaves, everyone is bound to have much more fun this summer!
Gran Prix Beverly is a fun family-friendly sporting event that includes a kids bike race and parade in downtown Beverly Massachusetts
Come to this fun family-friendly sporting event that includes a kids bike race and parade in downtown Beverly Massachusetts!  This professional road race runs a short circuit through the streets of Beverly, with categories for amateur, master and elite riders! Its an evening of fun for the whole whether you're a spectator or a participant!
Location: Downtown Beverly
Families will find art, entertainment, food and fun at Arts Fest Beverly, Mass
Arts Fest Beverly is a free outdoor festival that's fun for the whole family - including over 150 juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids' activities, art-on-the-spot creations and local fresh food. This year is the 15th anniversary of Arts Fest! Join us on Cabot Street for 150+ juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids' activities, art-on-the-spot creations and outdoor food court! The event is free and open to the public. Cabot Street will be closed again this year from Judson St to Bow St.
Location: Beverly Main Streets
The Salem Farmer's Market bring the goodness of local farm to downtown Salem!
The Salem Farmers' Market brings fresh local produce and other foods from North Shore farms and other local resources to downtown Salem every Thursday at Derby Square on Front Street ! It's a great place to come find healthy choices for your family's dietary needs, as well as meet local crafts people and artisans! This is a great community resource that strengthens social bonds and interactions, and helps local food producers by creating a direct to consumer channel for their produce and other goods! Come join the fun and experience one of the best farmer's markets on the North Shore!
Location: Downtown Salem
Come to Mendel Observatory for stargazing sessions every Wednesday night.
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Observatory often holds special viewing times.  Check the Observatory Status Page before coming as it will state whether observatory is open for the evening. 
Location: Mendel Observatory at Merrimack College
Gloucester Karate Academy is offering a Summer special for new students looking to try the martial arts.
Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy is running a great Summer special for adults and children! For just $99, you can join the academy classes for 2 months of group classes starting in June or July.  This special offer includes two introductory private lessons and a karate uniform. A full schedule of classes is designed to cater to busy families.
Location: Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy
Cooking classes for children and adultsin Beverly and North Andover
Join us at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly for a Summer Camp Open House. Parents and students are encouraged to drop-in to meet our Chef Instructors and to check out our special Kids Kitchen and sample a yummy culinary creation. This is a free event. Register to RSVP.
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen

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Danvers Family Festival

Danvers Homecoming means 10 days to celebrate community. Things to do in Danvers MA
Danvers Family Festival, now in its 39th year, was created in 1979 to promote Family Fun in Danvers, MA.

Art & the Landscape: Alicja Kwade: TunnelTeller

Art & the Landscape: Alicja Kwade: TunnelTeller at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachsuetts
Berlin-based contemporary artist Alicja Kwade (b.1979, Poland) has long been engaged with value systems, philosophical questions about the essence of reality, and with attempting to examine, if not resolve, issues of inherently subjective concepts such as space and time. In her sculptures, as well...

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

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lil Kickers Soccer at Market Street - SOLD OUT

 Danvers Indoor Sporrts host a Lil Kickers soccer program for little ones at Market Street Lynnfield
Experts from Danvers Indoor Sports Clinic will teach budding soccer players, ages 18 months to 6 years old, all of the basics of the game. Eventbrite registration will become available for this complimentary clinic.  Registration required.  Spaces will be limited.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

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 answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

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

Geology Rocks!

Find out the story behind the geology at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport!
Be advised - this is not plate tectonics! Come along on this one hour park ramble and learn about the fascinating science of geology. Discover that a rock is not a thing but a drama. Program entails about one mile of walking and is for all ages. Rain cancels.
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lil Kickers Soccer Program at MarketStreet Lynnfield SOLD OUT

Lil' Kickers Soccer with Danvers Indoor Sports on The Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Whether your child is new to soccer or needs freshening up on their skills, these complimentary Lil' Kickers Soccer Sessions presented by Danvers Indoor Sports will not disappoint! 4 Week Program Separate Eventbrite links have been set up for each week. Please sign up for your child with the...
4:00 pm to 5:40 pm

Historic Tour of Willowdale Estate

Willowdale Estate Events in Topsfield MA
The historic tour of Willowdale Estate covers historic background, context and conversation about the Arts & Crafts style mansion. Discover the hidden details decorating each room and hear the fascinating stories of our wonderful and unique estate as lead by a member of our educated staff. Join...
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday, June 22

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

Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope at Maudslay State Park is a chance for preschoolers to explore the park, enjoy a story and make a craft!
Maudslay State Park has created this program for their youngest crowd! For the young set that loves nature, the park interpreter will lead a three-part preschool aged program that includes a Story, Craft & Walk that involves outdoor exploration. A different nature topic each week so come every...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Lighthouses and Local History Tour

Salem Harbor Heritage Harbor Tour
Join Essex Heritage for tours of Salem Harbor and beyond all summer long! Essex Heritage offers a variety of specialty tours for adventurers of all ages. NEW this summer are narrated harbor cruises on Friday afternoons departing from the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Come aboard Naumkeag...
11:24 am

Damsels and Dragonflies

Dragon Flys and Damsels flys eat a steady diet of mosquitos!
Come and learn about these flying friends who eat our most bothersome insects! Learn about the different kinds and their interesting life cycle. Wear appropriate walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen and bring water.
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Open Studio at Art Haven

Things to do north of Boston
Friday afternoons are a great time for families to drop-by fand enjoy Open Studio at Art Haven. Participate in a fun activity and access to the studio space to work on clay, painting, drawing or anything else you dream up. All ages are welcome with a parent.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Pizza and Play Night

Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club Pizza and Play Night
Come join the GNFC Kids Outing Team for some Friday night fun! A night filled with free play in an indoor playground. Enjoy musical activities such as instrument play, bubbles, and a dance party. There will be pizza and juice provided for each child. Children must be accompanied by a guardian and...
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Beginner Paddle Session

Learn paddling skills with the Ipswich Watershed Association as part of Trails and Sails!
Join us for a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly paddle from our headquarters at Riverbend, right on the river in Ipswich. It is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to...
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Family Dusk Paddles: Summer Solstice

Take a paddle on the Summer Solstice and explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!
Explore the Ipswich River on the Summer Soltice! The longest day of the year is almost upon us, and what a fun way to start the summer! Join us for a paddle to observe nature from the river as we look for plants and animals that are equally excited for summer. This special paddle ends with s'mores...
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

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...
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, June 23

The Big Dog Show A Dale Rogers Exhibit

Big Dog Show is a travelling large-scale public art exhibit
The Big Dog Show is a travelling large-scale public art exhibit created by award winning sculptor, Dale Rogers, and consists of twenty 8-foot-hi