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Come to the Good in the Hood Block Party, a fun family outing in downtown Ipswich
The Ipswich Ale Good in the Hood block party, is a celebration of all things that are good in our hood! The day will kick off with a mini parade through Ipswich at noon, and then end back at the brewery where attendees can enjoy beer out of the Tapmobiles, food from Boston Burger Company, The Whoo(pie) Wagon, and Little Wolf Coffee Roasters plus live music from the Orville Giddings Band, The Whammy Bars, and DJ JimJamz Roots Reggae Riddims.
Location: Ipswich Ale Brewery, Downtown Ipswich
Come enjoy a picnic concert with the kids under the stars on the Grande Alllée.
Pack a picnic and bring your dancing shoes to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich for a diverse series of concerts that are sure to entertain!  Enjoy the long, lazy days of summer at Castle Hill's Picnic Concerts. Each week offers an exciting family-friendly and danceable band. Walk the grounds, visit the gardens, or relax on the lawn. Stop by the visitor information tent to check out our weekly raffles and membership promotions, borrow a frisbee or ball, or try our family Eye Spy based on Castle Hill's landscape features.
Location: Castle Hill
Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally conscious organizations and non-profits.
Location: Marblehead Farmers' Market
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 astronomy-related activities run by our knowledgeable staff. Astronomy After Hours is the perfect place to kick off your weekend with your family.
Location: Museum of Science
Spiran Lodge #98 hosts a pancake breakfast in Downtown Rockport!
Spiran Lodge #98 hosts a pancake breakfast in Downtown Rockport!  Come have a great breakfast, enjoy the friendship of you neighbors and pick up some delicious sweet treats at the Nordic bake table. Swedish pancakes, fruit cup, sausage, juice and coffee.
Location: Spiran Hall
The GAAC invites you to discover the the world of Astromony at the Lanesville Co
The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club invites you to their annual monthly meeting to discover the wonder of the night sky on Cape Ann!  There will still be a lot of astronomy going on! Stargazing will usually foolow the monthly meeting, which usually includes an astronomy presentation, and sometimes a special guest.  There is plenty of free parking, no dues or fees, and all are welcome. No special knowledge is required to have a great time.
Location: Lanesville Community Center
campout with the Trusteees at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts for Fathers Day!
The Trustees of Reservations hosts an adventure-filled weekend of camping at the Crane Estate this Father's Day weekend! Our special site in the Pine Grove is an ideal location for both experienced campers and first-timers. This overnight includes a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Great Marsh Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay, or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course you are also free to simply lounge on the beach, or explore the property on your own.
Location: Castle Hill
Kid's Night Out (KNO) is back at the YWCA Greater Newburyport.
It's time to Party!  Every second Friday through the month of June, the YWCA is giving parents a chance to relax and enjoy a well deserved night out or in, and the confidence of knowing our highly qualified youth services staff have their kids' entertainment covered!  This popular program, which includes an hour of swim plus wicked fun activities like raucous Wii competitions, dancing and karaoke jam sessions, also includes a tasty snack to add to the party vibe.
Location: Newburyport YWCA
Come to Appleton Farms in Ipswich for this strawberry culinary workshop!
These sweet, juicy red berries are back in season and what better way to celebrate this favorite than in the farm kitchen? We''ll create a fantastic menu of sweet & savory recipes featuring sun-kissed field strawberries as the star ingredient. Strawberry, Basil, & Goat Cheese Flatbread, Grilled Pork & Field Berry Salad with Hazelnuts, and delicious country-style Summer Strawberry Cake are just some of the dishes that will appear on this very special strawberry crop menu! This hands-on workshop includes instruction by professional chef Carolyn Grieco, printed recipe booklet and a full meal. BYOB beer and wine is allowed.
Location: Appleton Farms
This Father's Day Ecology Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper with naturalists from the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center Newburyport
Join Lisa Hutchings and the crew of the Yankee Clipper for an exciting exploration of the lower Merrimack River ecosystem. Each month will feature a specific theme with hands-on science, interactive props, and seasonal wildlife. We'll also look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl on every trip. Your family will have a wonderful time cruising and learning about this vital part of the area's natural history. The Yankee Clipper is US Coast Guard inspected and licensed and has life jackets and a marine toilet for your convenience. All children must be accompanied by adults. The deadline for preregistering for this program is 4:00 pm on the day before the program. We will run this program in all weather except thunderstorms or small craft advisories.
Location: Newburyport Harbor Tours