April Vacation

See, Think, & Wonder Walks: Leaf-peeping

See, Think, and Wonder Walks for Preschoolers: Leaf Peeping at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Let's head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things; think about colors, shapes, and patterns; and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. You and your preschooler will both enjoy this fun, energetic format for exploring nature.

When: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019 2-3:30pm

Adventure Day: Winged Wonders

Kids will explore and learn about the winged creatures of IRWS for Spring break

Kids will learn about the winged creatures that inhabit the sanctuary at this vacation week program. Spring is in full swing and all our flying friends are in a frenzy. If it has wings, we'll find it, and learn about the different ways creatures use their wings. Using binoculars, nets, and bug boxes, we'll take an up-close look at birds, dragonflies, butterflies, and other insects that make their homes at the sanctuary.

When: 
Tuesday, April 17, 2019 8:30am-3pm

Beverly Commons Hike

Learn about the area once called the "witches' woods" while enjoying the new greenery in Beverly Massachsuetts.

Learn about the area once called the "witches' woods" while enjoying the new greenery. Beverly Commons Conservation Area is 126 acres of trails of all kinds-- soft dirt, rock slabs, bog bridge, and old carriage road. Learn about the history of the conservation area while we get our arms and legs moving on this fun hike.

When: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:30-11:30am

Cambridge Science Festival 2019

The Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun during April Vacation Week!

The Cambridge Science Festival is the first of its kind in the United States. It is a fun and engaging celebration showcasing  the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, and math in our region. The Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun with hundreds of events taking place in and around Cambridge, MA each spring.  For ten days, Cambridge will come alive with science and offer exhibits, activities, fairs, demonstrations, lectures, debates, concerts, plays, workshops and all kinds of interactive events for kids, families and curious individuals!

When: 
Daily, April 12-21, 2019 All Day

Signs of Spring at Maudslay

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport to look for signs of spring!

Come to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport to look for signs of spring!  Spring is finally upon us! Learn about what happens in the spring and explore all the changes taking place in the park with the interpreter guiding this experience of discovery.

When: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11am-Noon
Sunday, April 21, 2019 11am-Noon

Spring Quest at the Crane Estate

The ultimate summer adventure meets spring break at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts

The ultimate summer adventure meets spring break! Join us during school break for a special half-day drop-off program for children ages 7-14, full of outdoor adventure, environmental science, team-building, and crafts! Campers should come with a water bottle, outdoor clothes, a packed lunch and a spirit of adventure!

When: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9am-1pm

LEGO "Friendship" Make & Take

Get a LEGO replica of the tall ship Friendship at the Salem Visitor Center

Calling all LEGO lovers! Join us on Wednesday, April 17th during April Vacation for an exciting LEGO "Friendship Make & Take" event co-hosted by Essex Heritage and the National Park Service! Gavin Gardner, our special NPS instructor and local LEGO expert, is leading this family friendly activity where guests will have the chance to make and take home their very own "mini" Friendship. Guests are invited to come by any time between 10AM-12PM to build their Friendship and only those who wish to "make & take" are required to register.

When: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10am-Noon

Adventure Day: Soil Scientist

Kids will explore the IRWS and find out what lives in the soil there!

Kids will get their hands dirty and dig into the science of soil at this April vacation session. Meet the critters of the sanctuary that call dirt home. Worms, millipedes, sow bugs, weasels, and voles are a few soil creatures that we will hope to see. Find out what it takes to make a garden grow, before preparing and planting your own take-home garden.

When: 
Friday, April 19, 2019 8:30am-3pm

Adventure Day: Water World

Kids will get a close-up look at creatures and bugs that live in IRWS wetlands.

Wetlands are wonderful places full of fascinating animals and plants. Together we will discover the wetland habitats of the sanctuary. We'll hike to Hassocky Meadow and search for ducks, turtles, snakes, and more. We will continue our explorations at a real vernal pool and look for breeding salamanders, wood frogs, and their egg masses.

When: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:30am-3pm

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Waldorf School at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Beverly Library Fall Book Sale

Beverly Library hosts hosts their annual Fall book sale and fundraiser
Friends of the Beverly Library hosts their annual Fall Book sale!  The sale will be open daily during regular library hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9AM-9PM; Fri. & Sat., 9AM-5PM; and Sun., 1PM-5PM. In addition to books, a selection of music and movies will also be available. Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers...

Ski, Skate & Board Consignment Event

Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cape Ann Youth Hockey

Youth Hockey, Cape Ann Youth Hockey, Gloucester Rink
Boys and girls from the ages 3-16 can learn to skate and develop hockey skills in Cape Ann Youth Hockey's various programs. Cape Ann Learn-to-Skate program is held at Gloucester's Talbot Rink and provides crates for the kids learning to skate for the first time. Kids will be amazed at how quickly...
9:00 am

North Shore Gamers Game Day

All are invited to Sawyer Free Public Library in Gloucester Massachusetts for a fun day of boards games!
Looking to get into the fun of modern board gaming? Come and learn from the best! North Shore Gamers will be hosting a game day open to all levels and types of board gamers. Bring your favorite game or play from our communal library.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Youth Outdoor Survival: Fire Challenge

Youth Survival Fire Challenge at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
In this outdoor survival skills program, we will venture out onto the Ipswich River. Learn the In this outdoor survival skills program, older children will learn the basics of the ancient outdoor skill of fire-building. Participants will learn important safety steps, collect their own firewood, try...
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Sunday, November 17

Ski, Skate & Board Consignment Event

Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Beverly Library Fall Book Sale

Beverly Library hosts hosts their annual Fall book sale and fundraiser
Friends of the Beverly Library hosts their annual Fall Book sale!  The sale will be open daily during regular library hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9AM-9PM; Fri. & Sat., 9AM-5PM; and Sun., 1PM-5PM. In addition to books, a selection of music and movies will also be available. Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers...

Parent & Child Sunday Free Trial Class at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Free Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Parent & Child Saturday Free Trial Class Sunday, November 17 Parent and Child classes offer parents, grandparents, and caregivers the opportunity to learn about child development, Waldorf education and parenting the young child all within a home-like environment at our beautiful location on...
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Newburyport Farmers' Market

Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, meat, dairy Newburyport
The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Family Open House: A Songbird Celebration

Kids will learn about local and migrating birds at Joppa Flats Education Center.
As backyard birds head south for the winter, let's give them a proper send-off with a fun, free family event that features bird banding demonstrations, interactive games about bird migration, and lots of table-top science. Younger children will enjoy our crafts and games, while older children can...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm
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