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Photo: NASA image of moon’s shadow over the South Pacific
Come be a part of the “Great American Eclipse.” A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Massachusetts on August 21, and we’ll celebrate by building solar-eclipse viewers to safely watch the event. We’ll also learn a little about astronomy and discover why eclipses happen. Our next solar eclipse won’t be visible until 2024, so don’t miss this chance! 
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Join the team at Maritime Gloucester for a Plankton Safari every Saturday and Sunday
Come to Maritime Gloucester and discover what lives near the bottom of the oceanic food chain using digital microscopes! Does the term plankton define a certain species? No! It is a term used to describe the enormous biomass of microscopic sea creatures ranging from nascent shrimp, fish and jelly fish to the tiny frye of lobster and squid.
Location: Maritime Gloucester
Come see how baseball used to be played at Spencer Pierce Little Farm. Photo: Matthew Muise Photography
It’s Base Ball, 1861 style at Spencer Peirce Little Farm! These fun, historically accurate games feature underhand pitching and no gloves are allowed. A ball bounced once and caught is an out! Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Come and see for yourself how this game was played in the 1860's.
Location: Spencer Peirce Little Farm
Come to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester for the 36th Annual Waterfront Festival.
Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will once again blossom into the colorful 33rd Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival. A collection of over 175 Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations, live music, plus delicious ethnic foods. A pancake breakfast and traditional New England Lobster Bake complement this picture perfect seaport event!
Location: Stage Fort Park
Kids will learn about pond fishing on the ipswich River at Harold Parker State Forest
Come and join us for this family fishing experience! Go to the Accessible Trail parking lot at 40 Asbury Street (left turn just inside the park gates past the old gray farm house) for a FREE drop-in program for ages 6+.  Follow the trail fishing signs for a short walk to the fishing spot.  Learn how to fish, what fish live in the Ipswich River, and how to catch and release responsibly. No experience or license required.
Location: Bradley Palmer State Park
Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions come to Cogswell's Grant in Essex
Historic New England welcomes family favorite Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions for a special engagement at Cogswell's Grant . The famous Lipizzan stallions are returning to perform three shows at Cogswell's Grant. The horses of the Herrmann line are among the last capable of executing the "Airs Above the Ground" maneuvers, the dramatic leaps and plunges developed as aggressive battle maneuvers in the sixteenth century, and now a beautiful display of equine grace and strength.
Location: Cogswell's Grant
Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions come to Cogswell's Grant in Essex
Historic New England welcomes family favorite Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions for a special engagement at Cogswell's Grant . The famous Lipizzan stallions are returning to perform three shows at Cogswell's Grant. The horses of the Herrmann line are among the last capable of executing the "Airs Above the Ground" maneuvers, the dramatic leaps and plunges developed as aggressive battle maneuvers in the sixteenth century, and now a beautiful display of equine grace and strength.
Location: Cogswell's Grant
Harbor Sweets in Salem Massachusetts offers tours of their candy factory twice a week!
Harbor Sweets offers complimentary tours of the chocolate production area and shop. Tours are held at 11:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. See how these candies are made and take some home to enjoy with your family! Calling ahead to confirm tours is recommended as weekday chocolate production is subject to change without notice. 
Location: Harbor Sweets
Come to Salem Common to watch the Classic 'Sound of Music' under the stars!
Grab a blanket and the kids and head over to Salem Common at dusk for an outdoor showing of some favorite family-friendly movies under the Stars! Come to Salem Common to watch the Disney Classic Mary Poppins under the stars!
Location: Salem Common
Come to Salem Common to watch the Disney Classic Mary Poppins under the stars!
Grab a blanket and the kids and head over to Salem Common at dusk for an outdoor showing of some favorite family-friendly movies under the Stars! Come to Salem Common to watch the Disney Classic Mary Poppins under the stars!
Location: Salem Common

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