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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
HELP! brings Beatles music to the Crane Estate in this Thursday evening concert
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."
Location: Castle Hill
Explore the beaches of the Crane Estate in IPswich with thte Trustees of Reservations!
Join us as we investigate the tidepools and the wrackline on Steep Hill Beach to discover and record the many creatures that live along the shore. We’ll (carefully and gently!) use nets to capture specimens and magnifying glasses to take an up-close-and-personal look, before releasing our new friends back to where we found them. We’ll talk about our observations and discoveries – and surprise ourselves with how much we can learn by looking. An educational adventure for the whole family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Castle Hill
Come watch a FREE showing of Jaws on the waterfront in Gloucester MA
Come enjoy a movie projected on a giant screen on the waterfront, under the stars in downtown Gloucester Massachusetts! Bring a lawn chair, blanket and your family for a night of Hollywood blockbuster fun! Food and refreshments will be available starting at 6pm, and movies will begin at dark!
Location: Gloucester Harbor Walk
Essex County Greenbelt will host their 3rd annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore!
Essex County Greenbelt Association will host the third annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore! Seasoned road cyclists, beginner bike enthusiasts, spectators, and volunteers are all invited to participate in the Tour de Greenbelt.  Two routes,  a half century (50 mile) and a shorter loop, show off some of Greenbelt’s finest conserved properties.
Location: Cox Reservation
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
Runs Swim and bike a triathlon at The Trustees of Reservations' Crane Beach in Ipswich MA!
Run, swim and bike a YMCA sponsored triathlon at Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts!  The course is a ½ mile ocean swim followed by a 2 mile beach run consisting of varied terrrain (sand, rocks, grass, pavement, and trails) and a 9 mile bike ride finishing back at Crane Beach.
Location: Crane Beach
Tour the murals of Salem Massachusetts with the Salem YMCA!
Come join the Salem YMCA for a fun run around Salem. This running tour will stop at each mural in the great City of Salem. At each stop we'll learn a little about the mural and the  North Shore CDC & Punto Urban Art Museum project. The North Shore CDC invests in neighborhoods to create thriving communities. They "envision a North Shore where every neighborhood is one of choice and opportunity."
Location: Downtown Salem, Salem YMCA
Join the team at Maritime Gloucester for a Fish Print Workshop!
Come to Maritime Gloucester for a unique art workshop! Come pick your favorite fish and leave with new art for the fridge at home. Meet in the classroom or under the tent Wednesday from 3pm-4pm.
Location: Maritime Gloucester
Join the fun at Waterfront Park in Newburyport as you watch Disney's live action remake of Beauty and the Beast
What could be better than a free movie viewed outside at Waterfront Park on a warm summer night?  Singing with the Oompa Loompas of the classic 'Willy Wonka an the Choclate Factory' satrring Gene Wilder! Based on Roal Dahls book, join the adventures of the golden ticket winners to see who ends up with the greatest prize of all!
Location: Waterfront Park

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