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Things To Do at Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, Boston's North Shore
The vegetable your child tolerates today may be old news tomorrow. Their eating habits are unpredictable and that’s normal. Your eating habits and the way you speak about food, however, are major influences in forming their life-long habits. It’s important to teach children that you eat to fuel your body and your brain. Marit Pywell, RDN, CDE, a nutritionist at Anna Jaques Hospital, shared 7 habits that will have you feeling great while leaving a lasting impression on the kids. Prepare your meal schedule and the meals for your family with these tips in mind.
Location: Anna Jaques Hospital
Music Classes for North Shore children and families
Music Together® of the North Shore is a research based music & movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grown-ups who love them. Music Together® classes make it easy for parents/primary caregivers to play a crucial role in activating thier child's music development. Classes are 45-minute long and include rhythmic games, dance, instrument play and are age & developmentally appropriate for the children while easy and fun for the caregivers, regardless of their own musical ability. Schedule your class today!
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
Learn about the process of making felt from wool at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
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
The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be
An outdoor adventure for the whole family!  An easy rambling walk that will take us along the Cedar Point Trail to Steep Hill Beach with naturalists from The Trustees of Reservations. We’ll take note of how winter has changed the landscape, and how plants and animals adapt to survive this “dormant” season. Our wander will end in the Pine Grove, where we’ll warm up with hot chocolate around a campfire.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
There's plenty to do at the Northshore, Cape Ann YMCA during February break!
The North Shore YMCA has a ton of fun packed into this February Vacation week. Find lots of open time in the gym, pool and gymnasium for you to be together as a family, full day field trips for kids, intensive swim and gymnastics lessons, sports and gymnastics camps and family fitness fun.
Location: Cape Ann YMCA, Sterling YMCA
 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.
The Open Door invites you to bowl painting session at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum! Bring the kids to come paint bowls for the annual The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner 2016 in May where painted bowls will be auctioned off to the highest bidder!
Location: Essex Shipbuilding Museum
 Cape Ann Museum hosts a family friendly session where attendees can try their hand at making their own musical instruments
With February vacation coming to a close, families looking for an enriching activity to get them out of the house are invited to the Cape Ann Museum’s Activity Center to try their hand at instrument making using recycled items, followed by an intimate musical experience with Kathleen and Jeremy Adams. The midday mini-concert & instrument demonstration portion of the program will be performed on the Adams harpsichord and chamber organ in the special exhibition, Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker, on view at the Cape Ann Museum from October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017. Families are invited to join in with their newly fashioned musical creations.
Location: Cape Ann Museum
Events and things to do in Lynnfield MA
Unplug and Move at Marketstreet with BINGO fun for the whole family. Stop by the MarketStreet Ice Skating Rink and pick up your BINGO card. Collect stamps by completing different BINGO tasks on the card. Once you have recived BINGO return your card to the MarketStreet Ice Skating Rink by January 27th to be entered to win one of four prize packages.
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Most North Shore bowling centers still feature candlepin style bowling.
Bowling is a fun and active way to spend an evening, rainy afternoon, snow day or vacation day 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. Bowling centers also have special packages available for bowling parties, and are happy to accommodate large parties of bowlers given a little notice. 

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