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.

October 3, 2014, 1 - 11pm
October 4-13, 2014, 10am - 11pm
Topsfield Fairgrounds

African Adventure Tales at the Firehouse

Crabgrass Puppet Theater returns to the Firehouse Center for the Arts in NBPT.

From Crabgrass Puppets comes two funny folktales from Africa with stunning puppetry, spectacular scenery, and wonderful music! Koi and the Kola Nuts is a humorous tale from Liberia. The youngest son of a chief is cheated out of his inheritance; instead of his father’s riches he receives just one small kola nut tree. He sets off to make his fortune.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3pm

Discover Sparhawk School

Sparhawk School Amesbury MA PreK to Grade 12

Finding the right educational fit is a defining moment in each family’s life. Join us for a campus wide Open House and learn more.

No letter, conversation or brochure can say as much as the feeling of peering into a classroom that feels like home. Our campus wide open house will include tours of the Lower Campus (PreK- 7) at 259 Elm St. in Amesbury and the Upper Campus (8-12th grade) at 196 Main St. in Amesbury. Families interested in boarding can visit the Residential Campus via shuttles from our Upper Campus.  Interested families can register for the open house by visiting or by calling 978-388-5343.

Sparhawk School is an independent, PreK -12 college preparatory day school with a focus on academic excellence in a culture of kindness.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sparhawk School

The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner 2015

 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.

The Open Door will hold its annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 4-8 pm at Cruiseport Gloucester.  Share in a simple meal of soup, bread and a cookie and take the dinner bowl home as a reminder of someone in need of a meal. Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 4-8pm.
Cruiseport Gloucester

Bowl Painting at Essex Shipbuilding Museum

 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.

The Open Door invites you to bowl painting session at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum! Bring the kids to come paint bowls for the annual The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner 2015 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. Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP by March 25.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 10am-Noon

Parker River NWR Family Cinema: Spirit

Come see a free showing of Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron at PRWS in Newbury!

Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on an Early Spring  afternoon to watch a great FREE film on the big screen in the comfort of the visitor center auditorium!  Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (Widescreen) () is the story of a great stallion that grew up during the 19th Century in the American West.  Through the tale, viewers will learn about the lives of feral mustangs in the wilderness, how they communicate and the hardships that animals and humans faced in the 'Wild West'.  The Friends of Parker NWR will even provide popcorn and bottled water (for a suggested donation).

Sunday, March 29, 2015 1:30pm

Cedar Point Trail - Stop, Look & Listen

The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be

An outdoor adventure for the whole family! Walk the Cedar Point loop with naturalists from The Trustees of Reservations, investigating the trail for tracks and telltales, piecing together evidence that will help us see the story in the landscape. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! We’ll end the hike in the Pine Grove with a bonfire and hot chocolate.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 1-3PM

Family Night: Games and Goodies

Abbot Public Library invites families for a night of fun activities! Come to the Meeting Room on Tuesday night, March 31 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm for a night of board games, cards, snacks and hot cocoa! We will provide some games, but please feel free to bring some of your own. All ages are invited!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:30-8:30PM
Abbot Public Library

Eco Games Free-for-All: Sustaining the Sea

Is your Tuna farmed or wild and what's the difference? Find out at Joppa Flats!

We know how important it is to be "green," but how do we apply that to the way we live on the New England coast? Come to Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats for a full day of activities all about ocean creatures like whales, sea turtles & fish! We’ll learn about ocean sustainability and seashore conservation with fun, informative games like mini sporting events, quiz competitions, model building, and art projects for all ages!

Sunday, March 22, 2015 10am - 3pm

CAFM Spring Market

Come to the Spring Market at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Gloucester!

What does the Cape Ann Farmers' Market have to offer in Early Spring?  Plenty!  Come find out for yourself as the CAFM celebrates  a new year growing season and the arrival of Spring at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church in Gloucester. There will be lots of fun and friends and great food!

Saturday, March 21, 2015 10am-1pm
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