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The Cape Ann Farmers Market is one of many North Shore Farmers' Markets
At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market you'll find plenty of farm-fresh produce, meat & local seafood, as well as lots of fun stuff for the entire family. There are activities like finger painting for the kids and cooking demonstrations for “Top Chef” wanna-bes, and melt-in-your-mouth local gelato. 
Location: Stage Fort Park
Nancy Frates is the founder of the ice bucket challenge - a fundraising idea that spread around the globe.
This year, the Cape Ann Businesswomen's Luncheon is proud to host  Keynote speaker Nancy Frates. Nancy's son Pete Frates was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Since then they have worked together to bring public awareness to this terrible disease with the very successful Ice Bucket Challenge, where they have raised over $220 million for ALS research. Nancy is a very inspiring speaker and we warmly welcome her to Cape Ann.
Location: Beauport Hotel
After School Programs for North Shore Kids in Beverly MA
GUS+ After School classes promise hands-on learning and fun! Registration is OPEN! Join us for GUS+ After School! Held on our campus in Beverly Farms, classes are open to the greater community and begin each day at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Glen Urquhart School
The Annnual Shore Country Day School Rummage Sale in Beverly Massachusetts
It's time once again for the annual Shore Country Day School Rummage Sale. Saturday, October 20th, 2018 from 9am to 1pm, shoppers will discover a treasure trove of home décor, garden accessories, adult, teen and children's books, outerwear, and clothing for men and women and children age 12 and up. Regarded as one of the best rummage sales on the North Shore, shoppers will find the best deals on fashions, all types of sporting goods, furniture and much more. You'll have fun, and get things done.
Location: Shore Country Day School
PreSchool in Ipswich MA Childcare, Nursery School, environmnetal education and sustainability. Ipswich MA
Discover Cuvilly Arts and Earth Center for Children at the Open House on Monday, October 15, 2018. This is a fabulous opportunity for you and your child to meet the teachers, see the classroom and farm and enjoy connecting with the Cuvilly community. Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center has promoted environmental education and sustainability since 1983. Located in Ipswich, Mass., Cuvilly operates a farm-based pre-school and kindergarten and summer programs as well as an alternative energy site.
Location: Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center is Accepting Applications
Enjoy all that is Newburyport at the we=nbpt Fall Festival at the Newburyport Brewing Co.
WE = NBPT welcome you and your family to join us for this all ages, family friendly, festival that celebrates all of the creative people in the city of Newburyport, MA! The event features live music on 2 stages (1 outside and 1 inside), art exhibits, food vendors, delicious beer, and much more! Food provided by... Metzy's Taqueria - Food Truck Anchor Stone Deck Pizza
Location: Newburyport Brewing Co.
Come join the fun with the Trustees on a leaf hunt at the Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover! Photo: Bill O'Connor
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens Coolidge Place for a fall outdoor adventure. The garden is full of discoveries and changes with the changing season. Enjoy a scavenger hunt through the gardens, nature journaling or story time on the lawn and collect leaves for making celebratory fall crowns to take home.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Come celebrate Weir Hill's 50th anniversary as a Trustees property and the grand opening of the Weir Hill Stevens street parking lot.
Come celebrate Weir Hill's 50th anniversary as a Trustees property and the grand opening of the Weir Hill Stevens street parking lot. In partnership with Friends of North Andover Trails join us for a beautiful fall foliage hike to celebrate Weir Hill! The hike will be somewhat hilly and strenous but definitely family friendly and leashed dogs welcome. Enjoy cider and other fall harvest goodies to kick off the hike. The ribbon cutting will take place at 1:15 and the hike will leave shortly after. Come celebrate this special place! This is a free event.
Location: Weir Hill
Kids will learn about bats at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport. Image ©Serah Rose Roth
Start your weekend with others who are intereted in science and wildlife and get in touch with your "inner scientist!" Twice a month we'll offer a chance to meet live creatures, design something "green," or explore a new field in science.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
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, hundreds of ducks drop into Bunker Meadows to rest and refuel for their journey. We will hike down to Bunker Meadows and climb the observation tower to observe the magnificent spectacle of ducks coming in to roost. Learn to identify different species, use counters to keep track of numbers, hear the sounds of ducks settling in for the night, and listen for the call of a great horned owl across the marsh. This is an evening not to be missed.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

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Marini Farm Arabian Nights Corn Maze

The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts is Arabian Nights themed!
The 2018 Marini Farm Corn Maze is Arabian Nights themed this year! 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 given before entering.We don't give you...

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...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The ninth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists,  all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 1 to November 4, 2018. Other artists  from afar including New York,California and and New...

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...

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

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,...
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Viking Skating Club

Viking Skating Club announces its 2018-2019 skating season which begins with our first session on Saturday, October 13, 2018, with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m.   Group lessons are held at Salem State University’s Rockett Arena on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  
8:30 am to 10:30 am

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, at the MFA - Boston

Muesum of Fine Arts Boston
Get ready for an adventure with your favorite bear. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

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

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Andover Bear Company Now Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Andover Bear Company Now Open at MaketSteet Lynnfield
Experience quality teddy bears with a timeless aesthetic. Popping up next to Apple Store at MarketStreet Lynnfield for a limited time only.
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

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

Salem Open Market

The Salem Open Market runs on weekends during the last 3 weeks of October!
Love Halloween? Witches, goblins and ghouls? Well, there’s no better place to spend a spooky weekend in October than in Salem, MA! And what could possibly make Salem’s October Haunted Happenings even better? How about the Salem Open Market flying in with a hauntingly cool open-air arts market!
11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Teaching Growth Mindset at Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead

Parent Education at Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead MA
Learn how to teach using growth mindset language and perspectives to help children face challenges with confidence and determination. Hear from Nancy Harrison, Ed.D., School Psychologist at Epstein Hillel School, how to infuse your preschool classroom with a growth mindset. A growth mindset enables...
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

After School Programs at GUS in Beverly

After School Programs for North Shore Kids in Beverly MA
GUS+ After School classes promise hands-on learning and fun! Registration is OPEN! Join us for GUS+ After School! Held on our campus in Beverly Farms, classes are open to the greater community and begin each day at 3:00 p.m.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

LEGO Club at Newbury Library

Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library!
Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library! Drop in to the NTL Lego Club on Friday afternoons. We supply the Legos and a theme for each week for you to get inspired by. Let’s get building! No registration required. For kids ages 5 and up.
3:00 pm to 4:30 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

Spooky Skulls at Art Haven

A friday night spooky skulls art party at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts!
Drop the kids off for a fun night painting a ceramic skull for Halloween! Space is limited so register soon. Limited Scholarships spaces are available (Email traci@arthaven.org).
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Creatures of the IRWS tell stories and interact with kids on the haunted trail!
At sundown this Halloween weekend, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest with creatures that can talk! Take a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the...
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Witches' Night Out

Adults celebrate Halloween at Witches Night Out in Newburyport!
Hosted by Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants. On Friday night, October 19th, the streets of Newburyport and Tannery Marketplace will be filled with witches, ghosts, vampires, and other Halloween characters for Witches' Night Out!
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Halls of Darkness

Find out what nightmares await inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucestre Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents: Halls of Darkness! What nightmares await you on a tour of this darkened castle?  If you dare, come and see for yourself, but beware what lurks in the shadows and hidden corners! Visit the most unique and surreal haunted attraction in Massachusetts, just a few minutes north...
7:00 pm to 11:00 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...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Sunday, October 21

Salem Open Market

The Salem Open Market runs on weekends during the last 3 weeks of October!
Love Halloween? Witches, goblins and ghouls? Well, there’s no better place to spend a spooky weekend in October than in Salem, MA! And what could possibly make Salem’s October Haunted Happenings even better? How about the Salem Open Market flying in with a hauntingly cool open-air arts market!
11:00 am to 10:00 pm

SCNA Kids Carnival

Salem Common Neighborhood Association invites families to the Common for an afternoon of fun for the whole family!
There's nothing like October in Salem and the SCNA is thrilled to host two weekends of our annual Kids Carnival on the Common including rides, face painting, and family fun! There is no admission fee to enter the carnival. Tickets for rides are $3/ticket or $15 for an unlimited daily wristband.
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Royal Princess Halloween Party

Ice Queen Cosplay hosts a princess party at Salem Willows in Salem Massachusetts
Join our five princesses and a fairy friend for a Royal Halloween Party! Limited space, so don’t wait! This party will include story time, interactive songs and dances, games, costume contest, crafts and goody bags! Very light spooky snacks will be available. It’s sure to be an event to remember!...
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

MarketStreet Monster Mash Comes to Lynnfield

MarketStreet Lynnfield has things to do and events for families. Shopping, Dining, Entertainment
Grab your Goblins and Ghouls and join us on The Green for a Monster Mash Halloween Party! Enjoy a live DJ, dance party, pumpkin decorating, candy and more! MarketStreet Lynnfield brings back its popular Halloween themed, MarketStreet Monster Mash, on Sunday, October 21, 2018. This family-friendly...
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Fall Foliage Cider & Donut Cruises

Take a guided tour of the Essex Marshes with Essex River Cruises
Essex River Cruises hosts a narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

"Spooktakular" GNFC Halloween Party

The Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club Spooktacular - a fun family outing at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury
The Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club Halloween Spooktacular is fun for the whole family! Come dressed in your favorite costume for the most "spooktacular" GNFC Halloween Party yet!  Kids of all ages will enjoy live music by Travis Ford and dancing, tractor rides, pumpkin "picking,"...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Weir Hill 50th Anniversary

Come celebrate Weir Hill's 50th anniversary as a Trustees property and the grand opening of the Weir Hill Stevens street parking lot.
Come celebrate Weir Hill's 50th anniversary as a Trustees property and the grand opening of the Weir Hill Stevens street parking lot. In partnership with Friends of North Andover Trails join us for a beautiful fall foliage hike to celebrate Weir Hill!
Where: Weir Hill
1:00 pm to 3:00 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

Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms

Down on the Farm Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Join Appleton Farms for the Down on the Farm Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms! These family-friendly concerts will feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, and an opportunity to meet our dairy cows and farm animals. series continues with a performance by Rust Never Sleeps.  Bring your own...
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Trick or Treat on Pickering Wharf

Kids are invited to Pickering Wharf for trick or treating with the merchants of pickering wharf in Salem Massachusetts
Kids are invited to Pickering Wharf for the Trick or treating and Halloween fun with the merchants on the wharf! Bring the family along for a fun filled time. Put on your costume and come join the fun!
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm