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Kids Bowl Free Pass North Shore bowling centers still feature candlepin bowling.
Registered kids participating in the Kids Bowl Free summer program receive 2 FREE games of bowling daily all summer long. Check with your local center for program days. Bowling is a fun and active way to spend an evening or rainy afternoon, with friends and/or family. No matter what your skill level, bowling will get you together with a group of people who all have the common goal of enjoying the time they are spending together.
This Mother's Day, follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, and eerie figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. It’s a great way to discover—or rediscover—the museum. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, but all-adult teams will be allowed to compete separately. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Location: Museum of Fine Arts
Educational Program for Families North of Boston Arnold Arboretum Harvard
Events on Sunday, May 14 have been cancelled due to severe weather. We regret any inconvenience. A modified slate of tours and activities will be offered on Saturday, May 13. See details below. Because of this schedule change, the food trucks will not be on site. Take part in a beloved Boston tradition! Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one, the lilac, is singled out each year for a day long celebration. Tours of the lilacs, dance performances, picnicking (allowed on this special day only), and family activities make for a memorable, family day.
Location: The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Introduce your family to the basics of digital nature photography at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a family nature photography workshop! Photography is a wonderful way to take your memories of the wildlife and landscapes of our sanctuary home. Introduce your family to the basics of digital nature photography and practice those skills while exploring some trails. At the end of the program each child will take home a print of their favorite photo!
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Mother's Day fun for NorthShore Families
Join us this Mother’s Day for an adventure with the classic characters from Beatrix Potter! Bring the whole family to enjoy a morning with the mischievous Peter Rabbit and his friends! Attendees will explore the farm and meet some of the classic characters such as; Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Johnny Town Mouse, Tom Kitten and more! Visit Mr. McGregor’s garden, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s kitchen, Jemima Puddle Duck’s nest and Hunca Munca’s doll house.  After your adventure, join us in the Carriage Barn for light refreshments and meet our farm animals in the barnyard.  Kids will also make a beautiful potted lettuce garden inspired by Peter Rabbit as a gift for mom!
Location: Appleton Farms
Hiding in plain sight is beneficial to animals in their attemps at avoiding predators.
Did you know that nature plays its own game of hide-and-seek? In order to survive, animals and insects use many disguises. They can stay very still, blend in with their surroundings, and even change color. We'll take a hike to look for these secretive creatures that hide themselves from prying eyes. Then we'll design a camouflaged moth.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Kids will love Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog experience at the Lynn Auditorium in Lynn Massachusetts
Kids will love Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog experience at the Lynn Auditorium! Chris and his performers train their dogs to do the most innovative tricks and stunts in the world. Stund Dog Productions is a family owned and operated company that strives to produce family-friendly shows that appeal to animal lovers all over North America! They are paws down the most entertaining in the industry. Since the creation of the show in 1999, Chris has produced over 8000 live shows nationwide and in Canada.
Location: Lynn Auditorium
Pre-school, Kindergarten and Summer Programs
CUVILLY ARTS & EARTH CENTER will host its Annual Dinner Dance, A NIGHT ON THE FARM, on Friday, MAY 12th, 2017 at Buttonwoods Farm, Ipswich, MA. Buttonwoods Farm is a privately owned property that is generously being offered by the owners as the venue for this special event. The party will benefit the nonprofit Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center. Funds will go towards maintaining the school and property that provides children a sustainable learning environment.
The Power of the Purse fundaraiser at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield promises to be the best ladies night out of the Spring in Essex County!
Come to Willowdale Estate for the 'Power of the Purse' - a delightful ladies’ evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine, purses and friends! Designer Purses and Specialty Bags will be raffled the night of the event. The Power of the Purse party celebrates the power of women-led philanthropy by raffling beautiful bags, generously donated by individuals and businesses, to raise funds to support nonprofit programs helping to change the lives of women and girls at risk in our communities.Proceeds will go to benefit the The Women’s Fund of Essex County! Casual attire please! Buy a ticket and join us for a night of fashion and fun, all for a good cause.
Location: Willowdale Estate
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

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