North Shore Kid Stories, Events, Activities, Camps and Recipes

Learn about 17th century life on the North Shore & Essex County north of Boston

Essex county is home to an extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America's First Period (1625-1725) of European settlement. Explore these architectural treasures and discover what is was like to live in Essex County during America's first century.

Various properties are open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, June - October, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

 

Cape Ann Museum invites families to a free drop-in program. Includes free admission for family members, gallery guides and related art projects in the CAM Activity Center.

Location: Cape Ann Museum

 

Drop off your 6-12 year old at Cape Ann Museum to learn about art and history

Morning at the Museum is a drop off program for children ages 6 to 12. Visit the Museum for art and history activities from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on select Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer. This program is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

Location: Cape Ann Museum

 

Come to Maudslay State Park everyt htird saturday of the month for a FREE perfor

Theater in the Open invites you to bring the kids, the dog, and the picnic blanket out to beautiful Maudslay State Park! The third Saturday of every warm month, we will be joined by many of our friends in the community to present storytelling, song, dance, fairytale-theater and a fun group activity, all right here in the park and all entirely free!

 

Come to the Crane Estate in Ipswich for a fun night-time firefly hunt!

An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to the Pine Grove. We'll look for the flash of fireflies in the fields that stretch to the marsh, along the fringes of the woods that line the trail to the Pine Grove, and in the dark of the Pine Grove itself. Did you know that different species of fireflies have different flash patterns? We'll try to differentiate between our bioluminescent buddies and count how many different species of fireflies live around the Crane Estate. We'll finish our evening observations with s'mores around a campfire in the Pine Grove!

 

Kids ages 6-10 will make a field guide at Crane Beach in Ipswich MA

Join the The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Beach on the Crane Estate for an afternoon of beach exploration for kids ages 6-10! What better way to get to know the plants and animals that inhabit Crane Beach than to create our very own Field Guides? Join us as we investigate the tidepools and the wrackline to discover and record the many creatures that make their homes along the shore. We'll assemble one-of-a-kind booklets that you can write in -- draw, glue sand, make pencil rubbings (of the dead stuff!) – and then take your Field Guide home with you to remember all the amazing things you found during your day at the beach!

 

Learn about song birds with a story and a wal at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuar

Bring your young naturalist to the sanctuary this summer and experience the joy of books and the wonders of nature. Participate in hands-on nature-related activities inspired by the stories. Sign up for one or more of these adventurous programs.

 

Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night

Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home, and then come with your family and your tent, and we'll provide the s'mores.

 

Kids will use nature as a muse to express themselves through art at Joppa Flats!

Any season is a great time to notice nature's beauty and to make it come to life with amazing works of art! In the Spring series, we'll use collage and various materials to make wonderful 3-D landscapes of places we like to play in and faraway worlds we've always wondered about. Register individually for these classes, when we'll be enjoying the best of Nature Art. Cool projects each week will help you beat the heat!

 

Learn about frogs turtles and water bugs at Joppa Flats Education Center!

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag!

 

Have an adventure at Ipswich River Wildlife Sancatuary!

Come venture along the sanctuary trails on a sensory tour. We will explore the magic of the outdoors by using our many senses. Let's see what we can discover using our eyes, ears, nose, hands, and even taste. Using found materials from nature, we will create a nature collage.

 

Explore the rocks and tide pools of Chandler Hovey Park in Marblehead

Life on the rocky shore presents unique challenges and opportunities for marine species. Explore the rocks and tide pools of Chandler Hovey Park and take a closer look at crabs, sea stars, and other seashore creatures that have adapted to survive their continually changing environment.

 

Get fresh local produce at the Beverly Farmers Market in downtown Beverly Massac

This is a great farmers' market connected to a large grassy park in downtown Beverly.  There is always music and a lot of shade.  The market offers fresh local produce as well as cheese, meat, eggs, bread, muffins, dog treats, massage, jewelry, and books.  The kids have a blast playing tag, meeting new friends, and listening to music.  The park is dog friendly, has plenty of parking and access to the commuter rail. This is a wonderful spot for an impromptu picnic!

Location: Odell Park

 

The Georgetown Massachusetts Library's hosts a presentation of Medieval Swordsma

Georgetown Public Library invites families to an amazing sword presentation by Jeff Goodhind and Jeff Lord from the Association for Renaissance and Medieval Swordsmanship. They'll demonstrate the art of Western European swordsmanship over the centuries. Try your hand at sword (blunt) combat! For kids ages 8 and up!

 

Salem Massachsuetts Celebrates the Fourth of July Independence Day Fireworks

Join the City of Salem at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a 4th of July Celebration! The evening includes live music by the 42-piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra and Fireworks starting after dark from Derby Wharf.

 

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