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Kids will learn how to make holiday wreaths at Marini Farm in Ipswich MA!
Join us for a fun filled event of creativity and laughter. This event will cater towards our crafty kids. Parents are welcome to join in on the fun. The Wreath Making Parties take place in our heated green house. Included in the ticket price is a 12″ wreath, fresh greens, berries, ribbon, wire and other decorative options. Sizes of wreath may be upgraded upon ticket purchase for an additional cost.
Location: Marini Farm
Come Race the Festivus 5k in downtown Salem Massachusetts and raise funds for kids with autism.
Come race the Festivus 5k in downtown Salem Massachusetts and raise funds for the Northshore Education Consortium of Beverly to help them purchase technology to assist and educate children with autism! Festivus 5K (F5K) for Autism is a yearly Festivus-themed holiday race through historic Salem, MA. The event is sponsored by Friends of North Shore Education Consortium. To date, F5K has raised over $80,000 to help children with autism and their families. The 2018 race will raise money to help the North Shore Education Consortium of Beverly, MA educate students with autism.
Location: Downtown Salem
Come to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about the Gemenid meteor shower
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most prolific of the annual meteor showers, rivaling in strength the better-known Perseid meteor shower of mid-August. This year, the Geminids reach maximum activity on the night of December 13, when as many as 120 shooting stars might be seen each hour under clear skies far removed from city lights and completely free of light pollution. We'll meet several days ahead of the peak activity to discuss the general nature of meteor showers, their origins, and the best ways to observe them. Weather permitting, we'll step outside afterward in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the Geminid shower in its early stages. There will also be viewing of the night sky through a large reflector telescope.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
The Newburyport Choral Society Holiday Concert is a true mix of traditional and Spiritual music to get into the Holiday Spirit.
The NCS Winter Concert features the 140-voice chorus, professional soloists, orchestra, and the Greater Newburyport Children's Chorus, all performing classical, traditional and “sing-along” seasonal favorites!  our Winter 2018 Concert “Peace and Remembrance,” a joyful and reflective evening to ring in the holiday season, with music that will appeal to all ages and musical tastes! The concert will explore the concepts of peace and remembrance through music of the season, both secular and sacred.  The centerpiece of the concert is the Messe de Minuit de Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. This masterpiece from the French Baroque era incorporates French carols within the framework of a traditional Christmas Oratorio/Midnight Mass. We will also premiere a very special piece by Utah composer Andrew Maxfield commemorating the centenary of the signing of the Armistice after WWI.  The Newburyport Choral Society will be the only chorus in Massachusetts to perform this piece in 2018 and will join choruses across the country in a special nationwide presentation of this work and this important commemoration! And of course, our concert will include favorite carols of the season, professional vocal soloists, the NCS Orchestra, accompanist Dr. Kirsten Helgeland and the delightful voices of the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus:  All under the baton of NCS Music Director Dr. George Case. THIS WILL BE A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED!
Location: Belleville Congregational Church
Stone Zoo for north shore families
ZooLights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season. Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx, and reindeer.
Location: Stone Zoo
A Bed for Every Child Holiday Build a Bed Lynn MA
This Christmas, be part of making it possible for 250 children growing up in poverty to be nestled all snug in a bed of their own. The first annual Holiday Build A Bed Event is on Saturday, December 8, 2018 in Lynn.
Location: A Bed for Every Child
SweetHouse Parties
The Jolliest event for kids is here. Treat your kids to a festive holiday event. Each child will decorate, and take home a 100% edible milk chocolate holiday house with popular candy favorites, while listening to kid friendly holiday music. Then, we will play "reindeer games", and watch holiday classics! Cookies and hot chocolate (with all the toppings) will be served
Brunch by the Sea at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA
Brunch by the Sea with Sugar Plum Fairies in the Land of Sweets to Brunch by the Sea and Sundae Bar Treats, Savor this Holiday Nutcracker Ballet Event.
Location: Blue Ocean Music Hall
You may run in to the Nisee at The Trsutees' Appleton Farms this time of year!
The Nisse – a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore – will visit Appleton Farms. While we wait for the Nisse to awake from his slumber in the hayloft, there will be children's holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and carolers. Upon his decent from the hayloft, the Nisse must be offered his porridge. If his porridge isn't just right, he will play tricks on the farmers and tie the cows tails in knots! If he likes his porridge, he will let us help spread the magic seeds bringing good fortune to the farm in the year ahead.
Location: Appleton Farms
Ben Rudnick and Friends will perform live at the Cabot in Beverly, Massachusetts!
With countless kudos to their credit, including SEVEN Parents’ Choice Awards, the Ben Rudnick & Friends band considers its main focus to be providing a common ground where all family members can enjoy a shared musical experience. Drawing on original songs and traditional material, the band seamlessly integrates classic Americana with their own unique sound. It’s kids, it’s families, it’s music . . . live music.
Location: The Cabot

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MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

New England Auto Show

Come see the latest and greatest automobiles at the New England International Car Show in Boston!
It’s the Biggest Auto Show in New England… and the perfect place to browse hundreds of the newest vehicles!  Located at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport District, the New England International Auto Show is the premier showcase of the newest model year imported and domestic...

Open Classroom & Tours at GUS

Beverly MA, Family Friendly Open House and School Tours at Glen Urquhart School
Join Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Farms to learn more about Glen Urquhart School's innovative and challenging Pre-K to grade 8 program. Curious about place and theme-based curriculum and how we use the North Shore as our classroom? Looking for the right school fit for your child? Come to GUS for...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

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

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Classes: Haverhill

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 questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Parent Caregiver Little Yogis at TreeTop Yoga

Yoga for families at TreeTop Yoga in Gloucester MA
A fun-filled yoga class for preschoolers. Little yogis use their imaginations to enjoy an introduction to the sun salutations, games, stories, breath work, and movement! A great way to release some energy, improve strength, and gain flexibility....and return to your arms relaxed and restored.
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Teen Trivia at NPL

Teens and Tweens can test their trivia knowledge at this fun afternoon session at Newburyport Public Library!
For Kids in Grades 6-12: Test your smarts against other teens about books, movies, pop culture, and much more. Join us in the Program Room for this free event! Please contact Emely, Teen Services Librarian, with questions.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

YWCA Screening of Dawnland

YWCA Newburyport observes Martin Luther King Day with a screening of Dawnland.
Join the Newburyport YWCA for screening of Dawnland, as part of their Martin Luther King Day observances. At our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event we will be screening the film Dawnland, “a documentary about cultural survival and stolen children: the first truth and reconciliation commission for...
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tuesday, January 29

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

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

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

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

Tuesday Story Time on the Farm

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
It may be cold outside, but it's cozy in the Farm House! Join us for a regular Tuesday story time this winter. We will have an easy craft for your little one before we snuggle in for some stories! Come any time after 10 to enjoy the craft with stories being read at 10:30. All families are welcome...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Reading Club with Zyla the Therapy Dog

Kids can sign up to read to therapy dog Zyla at the Sawyer Free Library
Spend some time with your child reading with Reading Buddy, Zyla the Therapy Dog. Zyla is a beautiful and gentle collie who loves stories of all kinds, so come read to her. These sessions are great for building reading skills and helping readers of all levels gain confidence.
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

North Shore Nordic Ski & Smores

Join North Shore Nordic for a guided cross-country ski tour of Appleton Farms. Strap on your skis and spend the eafternoon enjoying the outdoors, before ending at the Old Farm House for some hot drinks, smores and a campfire. Kids and adults are both welcome, however this is designed for people...
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, January 30

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield is pleased to announce the return of one of the North Shore’s most beloved winter traditions, The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Lahey Health.  This special seasonal destination kicks off its sixth year. This year, the MarketStreet Rink will newly feature a Warming Tent,...

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

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