All Ages

Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.

When: 
October 4, 2013, 1 - 11pm
When: 
October 5-14, 2013, 10am - 11pm
Location: 
Topsfield Fairgrounds

Twilight Sensory Walk

Take a twilight walk at Maudslay State Park!

Maudslay State Park invites you to a twilight hike! The setting sun brings twilight, which is a magic time of the day. Join the park interpreter for a walk to observe the changes that occur from day to night, in the great outdoors.  Plus a powwow and fun activities that test your senses.  Consider bringing bug spray and a flashlight.

When: 
Wendesdays, August 6 & 20, 2014 7:30-9pm
When: 
Fridays, August 8 & 22, 2014 7:30-9pm

Waterfront Movie: Frozen

Watch Frozen under the stars at Waterfront Park in Newburyport

What could be better than a free movie viewed outside at Waterfront Park on a warm summer night? Bring a blanket andd enjoy a Summer Blockbuster under the stars with your family!

When: 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:00pm
Location: 
Waterfront Park

Explore the Pond

Discover what creatures live in New England Ponds at Harold Parker State Forest!

Meet at Campground Nature Center - Let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds by exploring Frye Pond! Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Appropriate for kids aged 6 and older.

When: 
Wednesdays through August 2014 2-3pm

Heritage Day at Maritime Gloucester

On Heritage Day, admission is free at Maritime Gloucester!

Maritime Gloucester is hosting its 11th annual Heritage Day in honor of the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2014.  Come see the schooners docked at the pier including the Ardelle, the Spirit of Massachusetts, and Summerwind.  Admission is FREE for the day. There will be live music, hand crafted maritime gifts, and art exhibit created by the community, touch tanks and exhibits and lots of fun activities for kids!  This year there is also a community lobster bake at 4pm with a great deal on a boiled lobster dinner!

When: 
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10am-4pm
Location: 
Maritime Gloucester

COASTSWEEP 2014

COASTSWEEP encourages families to volunteer and help preserve some of the nicest

Living on the North Shore has a lot of benefits, and one of the best is our proximity to the beach.  Wherever you might be living or visiting on the North Shore, you are never more than a half-hour car ride from the nearest spot to bury your toes in the sand.  We have miles and miles of beautiful beach available to us, and it's our obligation to help keep it clean.

Wenham Museum: Family Festival and Craft Fair

Join the Wenham Museum for their Annaul craft fair and family day!

Wenham Museum’s 42nd Annual Family Festival and Craft Fair will return to the museum’s lawn August 23, 2014. One of the North Shore’s finest craft fairs featuring the region’s best artisans—some new and many returning—offering unique hand crafted items, family activities, and the museum galleries. Treat yourself to lunch at the award-winning Fat Belly BBQ Truck.

When: 
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
When: 
Rain Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 
Wenham Museum

Schooner Ardelle Date Night

Schooner Ardelle turns into the love boat for date night!

Maritime Gloucester and  Schooner Ardelle have teamed up to create Date Night! Schooner Ardelle becomes the 'Love Boat' for moms and dads, while kids (ages 4-12) enjoy the care of the staff at Maritime Gloucester, the aquarium and lots of fun activities. You'll have a nice romantic sail around Gloucester, and can rest easy knowing that your child is happy and engaged with a trusted team of professionals!

When: 
Friday, August 22, 2014 6-8pm
Location: 
Maritime Gloucester

Inventions: 2014 Student Showcase

MIT Museum proudly presents InventionS: 2014 Student Showcase features a range of inventions created by MIT graduate and undergraduate students for courses, in labs or just for fun! Inventions on display  exemplify MIT's legendary values of creativity, ingenuity and practical problem solving.  Inventions on display include phone-controlled appliance that grows food, a user interface that converts everyday objects into musical instruments, and other projects that may well be the next big thing in technology! Come see what the future holds, and get a first-hand look at the inventing process!

When: 
May 30, 2014 - December 31, 2014
When: 
Closed on Major Holidays
Location: 
MIT Museum

Beverly Farmers' Market

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!

When: 
Mondays 3-7pm through October 6, 2014 excluding Labor Day
Location: 
Odell Park
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