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Learn about the process of making felt from wool at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts during February Vacation!
Warmer spring weather means its sheep shearing time on the farm.  But what to do with all that wool? Learn about the time honored tradition of wool felting. We’ll start by learning how to “card” the raw wool into soft fiber for spinning or felting. Afterwards, we’ll try our hand at making felt balls to be used for farm-fun necklaces. Wool, wood beads and decorative string will be provided, but feel free to bring anything special of your own to add to your necklace. Recommended for ages 5-9.
Location: Appleton Farms
Families will learn to make farm fresh cheeses at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA
Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. With the help of our cheesemaker we will make a batch of fresh farm cheese while we learn about how our cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk. Afterwords we'll enjoy the sweet fruits of our labor together. This program is designed for families with children ages 5-10.
Location: Appleton Farms
Come to Appleton Farms for a full morning of maple sugaring fun in Ipswich Massachusetts
Join The Trustees of Reservations or a maple sugaring morning of fun! Tour our sugar shack and see how we turn sap into syrup, sip hot cider and stay warm by the campfire, explore the farm with our self-guided winter scavenger hunt, visit the barnyard, and enjoy our very own syrup on fresh pancakes!
Location: Appleton Farms
Join the fun at the Trustees of Reservations' Stevens Coolidge Estate to explore their storywalk trail!
Looking for a way to get outside with the kiddos this February Vacation? Stop by The Stevens-Coolidge Place to follow our StoryWalk trail through the property! Our grounds are free and open to the public everyday. Simply enter the grounds, head left towards the beginning of the StoryWalk by the well behind the greenhouse and begin your adventure!
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Kids ages 5-11 are invited to Ipswich river Wildlife Sanctuary during February Vacation to learn about carnivores
Winter is a great time to look for predators and the evidence they leave behind. Today, we'll look at animal bones, fur, scat, tracks, and chews. Then we'll hike the sanctuary in search of hawks, foxes, fishers, river otters, and more. We'll investigate how these animals are able to hunt prey in the cold winter weather.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Build igloos and learn how to find winter homes for animals at IRWS's workshop
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter? We'll explore the woodlands, wetlands, and field edges for nests, cavities, burrows, dens, and lodges to discover how birds, mammals, and insects find homes in this challenging season. We'll build an igloo or shelter and see how warm it can be inside.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Learn how to harvest Maple Sap and convert it to Maple Syrup at IRWS!
Today we'll learn about one of nature's tastiest treats: maple syrup. We'll discover how to distinguish a sugar maple from all the other trees in the forest and tap one to collect the sap. After a visit to the sugarhouse, we'll know how sap is converted into syrup and try some on our very own pancakes. We'll see who can tell the difference between store-bought syrup and the real stuff!
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Learn about and help feed local birds that spend the winter in New England at Mass Audubon's Ipwich River Wildlife Sanctuary
What birds visit your house in winter? We'll walk the trails looking, listening, and calling for birds. After our hike, we'll return to the Nature Center to warm up and view birds from our observation window.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Live performances for the whole family at Larcom Theater in Beverly MA
Don’t miss this year’s spellbinding family show Beauty and the Beast starring Dame Dotty Potty, Loopy Louie, Gaston, Belle and of course The Beast! Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a spell-bound castle held captive by a hideous beast. Can she see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl that has melted his heart?
Location: Larcom Theater
Zoo New England
Celebrate six rings with $6 admission to Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo this week. The Patriots are champions once again! To celebrate six rings, guests can visit Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo for $6 per ticket when they come decked out in their favorite Patriots gear at the Zoos.
Location: Stone Zoo, Franklin Park Zoo

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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,...

Sunday Sugar Open House and Pancake Breakfast

Come to Appleton Farms for a full morning of maple sugaring fun in Ipswich Massachusetts
Join The Trustees of Reservations or a maple sugaring morning of fun! Tour our sugar shack and see how we turn sap into syrup, sip hot cider and stay warm by the campfire, explore the farm with our self-guided winter scavenger hunt, visit the barnyard, and enjoy our very own syrup on fresh pancakes...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Meet Backyard Birds

What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!
Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine,...
10:00 am to 12:30 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

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

Sunday Morning Science at Joppa: Papermaking & Nature Journals

Kids will use nature as a muse to express themselves through art at Mass Audubon
Spend some weekend time with others who are interested in science and wildlife, and get in touch with your "inner scientist!" You'll get a chance to meet live creatures, design something "green," or explore a new field in science.
10:00 am to 11:30 am

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Families can learn through hands-on science at MIT Museum's Idea Hub in Cambridge Massachusetts
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Winter Wildlife Cinema: Raptor Force

Nature Raptor Force in the theater at Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport
Enjoy some particularly wonderful wildlife-themed films on the big screen in the comfort of the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium...for FREE!Experience for yourself the “cinematic WOW!” created by our state-of-the-art laser projector, with surround sound! The following films will be shown...
1:30 pm

Phillips Academy Choral Concert

The Phillips Academy Chorus Concert is free and open to the public
The Phillips Academy Department of Music will present the Academy Chorus, Fidelio Society, and Chamber Orchestra in concert under the direction of Dr. Abbey H. Siegfried.  Entitled “The Road Less Traveled,” this concert offers an assortment of American and Portuguese songs. 
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Thursday, March 7

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

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

Minecraft Club at Newbury Library

Kids can learn Minecraft skill from others at the Newbury Town Library!
“Can you teleport me?” “How do I fly?” “I need a sword!” “What are you building?” These exclamations are the sounds of a room full of kids playing Minecraftedu. Welcome to Minecraft Club!
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Family STEAM

Sawyer Free Library STEAM for Families and Children ages 3-6. Dwarf Galaxy Image by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory
Sawyer Free Library offers a S.T.E.A.M. experience for families! Come to the library for a fun after school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics activity for ages 3 and up with parental participation. Children ages 8 and up may attend by themselves if preferred. Please register...
4:00 pm to 4:45 pm

Friday, March 8

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

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

Science Fridays at HW Library

Science Fridays with Melanie Ward at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Come to HW Library to join Melanie Ward for some STEAM-based fun! Caregivers and children together will listen to stories, sing songs, explore STEAM ideas and make art. This free program is designed for ages 0-5.
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm