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Come learn about birds like Quetzals, Snowy Owls, Hawks and Hummingbirds at Joppa Flats Center!
Joppa Flats Education Center vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities while we keep minds active and hands busy during school break. Each session offers a different theme, with art activities, experiments, group games, and scheduled family presentations for everyone. It's free-flow learning for the whole family. Come once or make it a multiple-day adventure; drop in for an hour or stay all day for a vacation activity that suits your family schedule. Families are encouraged to dress in their 'birdy best' clothes and children can bring their favorite stuffed bird toy for the presentations!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.
The Open Door invites you to bowl painting session! 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! This free session is an opportunity to express yourself artistically while helping The Open Door raise funds to aid North Shore families and individuals in need.
Location: The Open Door
Events and things to do in Winchester MA
Don't miss and exciting February Vacation week at Acera. Learn STEAM programming, explore, discover, design and build: From STEAM Challenges in the SEEDS Studiolab to building Flying Machines in the wood shop — join us for our first Vacation Camp, February 20-24. Register Now at
Newburyport's Winter Farmers Market happens under the Tent at the Tannery Market Place rain or shine!
The Newburyport Farmers Market brings the market indoors for the Winter months and encourages people to come see what Newburyport has to offer! Fresh soups will warm you as you find great to local meat, fish & produce, listen to live music, and meet a community of people dedicated to bringing you fresh food year round!
Location: Tannery Marketplace
Sugaring Off tours are a fun and tasty way to learn about maple sugaring at IRWS
Spring celebrations begin early at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
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
Walk through the Rough Meadows in Rowley with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Educators lit only by the full moon
Join us on a nocturnal hike through Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley underneath the Hunger Moon, traditionally the snowiest time of the winter. We'll peek at the stars, learn about nocturnal animal adaptations, go on stealth walks, and investigate the behaviors that animals use to survive cold New England winter. We'll return to Joppa Flats for hot cocoa and s'mores over the fire pit.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center, Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Learn about Wolves at this documentary showing at Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.
The wolf is an amazing survivor in its wild habitat, but human distrust of this predator once pushed it to near extinction. In the documentary, Wolves, we'll meet a pack up-close and learn how environmentalists in the American West worked to protect the wolves and bring them back from the edge of extinction. After the movie, we'll open up the floor to exchange opinions about the wolves. We'll discuss the protection and reintroduction of endangered species, and how the protection of wolves elsewhere can impact protection of rare species in our backyard. Popcorn will be served!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Caregivers, parents and grandparents can learn infant CPR at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport!
For parents, grandparents, family members and anyone who wants to learn lifesaving infant CPR and choking skills but does not need a course completion card. This class includes everything needed to learn basic infant CPR and relief of choking.
Location: Anna Jaques Hospital
February Vacation Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Unplug, lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this February Vacation! The MarketStreet Lynnfield, Outdoor Skating Rink hosts extended hours during February Vacation Week. Enjoy public skating 7 days a week. A perfect activity for February vacation, MarketStreet Lynnfield, the North Shore’s largest open-air shopping destination, celebrates the final week of its public ice skating for the season with extended hours from Sunday, February 19th through Sunday February 26th.   The MarketStreet Rink is presented by Lahey Health and is one of the most sought after skating destinations in New England. With views of Reedy Meadow and neighbors such as J.Crew, Vineyard Vines, J.P. Licks, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, lululemon athletica and FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine. The rink is a classic 50 x 100 foot skating rink situated on The Green, the centerpiece of MarketStreet Lynnfield’s community events, performances and gatherings. It is illuminated by snowflake lights and features festive music. A 200-ton refrigeration unit ensures optimal ice temperature, even in warmer temperatures.   February vacation hours and rates for the rink’s final week of the season are as follows; guests can rent skates or bring their own. Pending availability, the rink can also be rented for private parties and events. Sunday, February 19th: 11am-8pm Monday, February 20th: 10am-10pm Tuesday, February 21st: 10am-10pm Wednesday, February 22nd: 10am-10pm Thursday, February 23rd: 10am-10pm Friday, February 24th: 10am-10pm Saturday, February 25th: 11am-10pm Sunday, February 26th: 11am-8pm * The MarketStreet Rink closes for the season after skating on Sunday, February 26, 2017 Skating Rates: Ages 13 and up: $8.00 Children 12 and under: $6.00 Children 3 and under: Free Skate Rentals: $4.00
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield