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Learn about the animals that live in your back yard with Mass Audubon at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Do you know all the animals that you share your neighborhood with? You may be surprised to learn that many of the animals you see on a visit to the sanctuary might be living in your backyard, too. We'll hike the trails to learn how to identify the signs of aniamls that might be living in your backyard habitat and then give you the tools to make your yard more inviting to beneficial species.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Seed starting for kids workshop at the Trustees of Reservations' Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens Coolidge Place for a a fun afternoon early spring gardening! Spend your early release day planting and playing at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. This drop-off program will introduce plant lifecycles, get your hands dirty planting pollinator friendly flowers to take home and finish outside with games in the gardens.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Join the Trustees of Reservations to Explore their historic houses during their FREE open house Home Sweet Home tours!
This year at Home Sweet Home we are celebrating the architects and craftspeople who designed and built our historic properties. From grand mansions to humble colonials to mid-century modern masterpieces, the historic houses of the Trustees all have a story to tell. Come experience all the unique history and rich architecture contained within each home at this FREE event.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Stevens-Coolidge Place
Fueled by Fitness North Beverly Fitness Festival 5k and Kids Fun Run
Come be a part of the Fueled By Fitness 5k & Kids Fun Run! Race and Kids Fun Run registration begins at 7:30 am at the North Beverly Elementary School.  The 5k is a wheel-measured course and travels through many North Beverly neighborhoods and will include water stations.There will be a race warm up that begins at 8:15 am. Kids Fun Run will begin at 8:30 am and the 5K begins at 9:00 am. T-shirts for all 5K runners. T-shirts for Kids Fun Run will be available for purchase on race day.
Location: North Beverly Elementary School
The Fall Frolic 5k and kids fun run is a rain or shine race held at Beverly's Lynch Park!
Join in the fun for the 10th Annual 5k & Fun Run event – an awesome team effort that brings together all five Beverly elementary schools for a day of running fun!! Each year we are thrilled with our community’s commitment and participation and we’re hoping for another repeat at Lynch Park!
Location: Lynch Park
Backyard Growers host the Gloucester Grow Fest at Burnham's Field in Magnolia Massachusetts
Backyard Growers Presents: The second annual Gloucester Grow Fest! Join us at Burnham's field on Saturday, June 9th to celebrate healthy eating, green living, and warm weather! There will be garden tours, art projects, yummy food, games, live music, community yoga, and more! This event is free and has something for people of all ages. See you there!
Location: Burnham's Field
Camps and Summer Programs for North Shore Children
Spirit Camp is a five-day summer program that offers a myriad of ways to explore, express and honor a child's spirit. Ancient healing practices and modern holistic techniques are combined to introduce the curriculum using an array of methods such as storytelling, crafts, activities, games and spending time in nature. 
Tower School Marblehead MA hosts an open house for families on the North Shore.
Tower School in Marblehead invites you to its May 8, 2019 Open House and Curriculum Showcase Event for grades Pre-K through Grade 8. Highlighting grades 4-8 curriculum: math, science, coding, and language arts. Come see Tower School in action. Towers Open House events are an excellent time to see student work in-progress, step into a curriculum presentation by academic leaders, and speak with our students. RSVPs are not required, although they do help us prepare for your visit. To let us know of your plans to attend, please email reagan.kenwell@towerschool.org. We host events throughout the school year and encourage families to visit often. Please see our other events at www.towerschool.org and follow us on Facebook.
Location: Tower School
Join Cape Ann YMCA on a hike through the wild of Ravenswood Park in Gloucester Massachusetts!
Families are welcome to join Cape Ann YMCA on a hike through the wild of Ravenswood Park in Gloucester Massachusetts! Lace up your hiking shoes and come for a stress relieving hike in Ravenswood Park with your Y Friends! Dogs are encouraged, so bring along your four legged friends. *This group will be meeting at the park gate at 10:00am.*
Location: Ravenswood Park
Horse Riding Lessons for Children in Topsfield Massachusetts
Jane Fraher, owner of Riverview Farms in Topsfield, is accepting students for the 2019 Equestrian Summer Program for boys and girls ages 7 - 15. Jane makes the program fun with a variety of activities offered in addition to daily riding lessons. The kids will learn horse care and handling; parts of the horse and tack and kids will gain the self-discipline required to understand and control the horse which instills a sense of responsibility and enhances task concentration in the rider. Jane hosts fabulous and fun pizza parties on Fridays. Equestrian program for girls and boys ages 7-15 Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm June 24th - June 30th July 8th - July 12th​ July 22nd - July 26th August 5th - August 9th August 19th - August 23th
Location: Riverview Farms

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Your Pup Could Be MarketStreets First Official Mascot!

Your pup could be MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! Enter to win.
Your pup could be the MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! This is the contest you’ve been waiting for! The winner will be celebrated with a topiary-twin of their adorable pooch, to be displayed for a year at MarketStreet Lynnfield! Here’s how to enter. It's SUPER EASY!

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...

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA. Parent and Child classes offer parents, grandparents, and caregivers the opportunity to learn about child development, Waldorf education and parenting the young child all within a home-like environment at our beautiful location on...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

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

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cuvilly Farm Fridays

Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center invites kids to Farm Fridays every Friday afternoon in Ipswich Massachusetts! Photo: Bill O'Connor
Cuvilly is excited to announce FARM FRIDAYS!  Every Friday afternoon, children will get a hands-on experience of farm life. We will be training our pony Koty, working with our newest Cuvilly Critter, Hamilton the pig, managing the chicken coop and overseeing egg production. We will be growing food...
10:00 am to 3:00 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

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

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
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

Cuvilly Art and Earth Center in Ipswich MA is excited to announce FARM FRIDAYS

Cuvilly Arts and Earth Center for Children in Ipswich MA
Cuvilly Art and Earth Center in Ipswich MA is excited to announce FARM FRIDAYS
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Creature Catch!

Discover what creatures live in New England Ponds at Harold Parker State Forest!
Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Fish, frogs, snakes, and salamanders, let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds!  Nets and buckets are provided.  This activity can be wet and muddy.
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Dungeons and Dragons Club at NPL

Grades 6-12: Grab your twenty-sided die and join in on the action and adventure as we campaign our way through the world of Dungeons and Dragons. No experience is necessary. Materials will be provided.
3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Open Studio at Art Haven

Art Haven hosts an open studio every Friday night in downtown Gloucester
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

Twilight Tours at Maudslay

Take a twilight walk at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Maudslay State Park invites you to a twilight hike! Join the park interpreter for an evening adventure walking through different areas of the park and exploring nature at dusk. A different route and topic each week, so make it a weekly event!
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Lion King Jr. at HW Community House

The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Performances May 17, 7:30pm May 18, 3pm & 7:30pm May 19, 3pm May 23, 7:30pm May 25, 3pm & 7:30pm May 26, 3pm Production Co-Sponsors Cole Landscaping, Inc. and Hugo and Elena Foster
The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.
7:30 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...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Thursday, May 30

Spring Explorers in Marblehead

Marblehead MA Marblehead Recreation & Parks Department
Who lays eggs? What lurks in the log? What grows in the garden? Grab your rubber boots and get ready to explore the answers to these questions in our Spring Explorers program. Each class offers a new nature adventure — blending games, stories, and hands-on activities to engage your child in...
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

LEGO Club at Danvers Library

LEGO club at Danvers Library
Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites kids to an afternoon of building and fun! Activities will include free build, themes and instructional design. All structures will remain on display in the Children’s Room till the following weeks's session
3:30 pm

The Garden Project in Marblehead

The Garden Project welcomes families (with children ages 5 & up, younger siblings welcome) for boots-on fun as we plant, water, weed, harvest, eat and celebrate our way through the vegetable growing season. Together we’ll grow and discover a variety of vegetables to be donated to the Marblehead...
3:30 pm to 4:30 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

Friday, May 31

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...

Your Pup Could Be MarketStreets First Official Mascot!

Your pup could be MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! Enter to win.
Your pup could be the MarketStreet Lynnfield first official mascot! This is the contest you’ve been waiting for! The winner will be celebrated with a topiary-twin of their adorable pooch, to be displayed for a year at MarketStreet Lynnfield! Here’s how to enter. It's SUPER EASY!

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA. Parent and Child classes offer parents, grandparents, and caregivers the opportunity to learn about child development, Waldorf education and parenting the young child all within a home-like environment at our beautiful location on...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 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

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