Outdoor Activity

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

Ryal Side Earth Day Cleanup

Come share your pride in Ryal Side and help remove the trash that has been left and collected in our parks and on our streets over the winter. Ryal Side is the best neighborhood in this city, let’s do our part to make it the most beautiful! Please bring your work gloves, rakes, brooms, shovels, etc.

When: 
Saturday, April 20, 2019 9am-1pm

Family Nature Series - Birds, Bees, Butterflies

Families will learn about garden friendly insects and birds with ECGA at Cox Reservation! Photo: Bill O'Connor

Greenbelt and North Shore Nature Programs present Birds - Bees - Butterflies! Celebrate and learn about honey bees, butterflies and the other pollinators so important to our flowers and food supply on May 18, Family Pollinator Day. There is much to learn about these hard-working pollinators. With kid-friendly activities, attendees with learn about the many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, including chocolate and coffee they help bring us.

When: 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 10am-1pm
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Seed Starting for Kids at Coolidge Stevens Estate

Seed starting for kids workshop at the Trustees of Reservations' Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover

Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens Coolidge Place for a a fun afternoon early spring gardening! Spend your early release day planting and playing at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. This drop-off program will introduce plant lifecycles, get your hands dirty planting pollinator friendly flowers to take home and finish outside with games in the gardens.

When: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2-4PM

Neighbor Property Hike: Coolidge Reservation (with picnic)

Enjoy a hike and a picnic with your family and the Trustees at Coolidge-Point Reservation in Manchester Massachusetts!

The Trustees of Reservations invites families to come to Halibut Point State Park for a hike and a picnic! Did you know there is more to the Trustees in the Northeast than just Crane Estate and Appleton Farms? Let us show you around properties you might not have heard of to expand your hiking repertoire and learn more about the natural history of the area.

When: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 3-6pm

Mother's Day at the Bird Banding Station

Mother's Day at the Banding Station will teach you about bird identification, and

Come for an exciting visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. The station operates only during the height of migration in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October).

When: 
Sunday, May 12, 2019 9:30-11:30 am

Salamander Meander

What kind of Salamanders will we find at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary?

Spring is the season when frogs, toads, and salamanders return to the wetlands to lay their eggs. After a short introduction in the Nature Center, where we will learn about the life cycles of these amazing creatures, we will search the sanctuary's wetlands and woodlands for salamanders and other amphibians on the move. If we're lucky, we might be able to catch a few to observe up close and then release. We'll also swing by our vernal pool, where we often find wood frog and spotted salamander eggs.

When: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 1:30-3pm

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: Amazing Mammals

Kids will learn about plant-eating mammals that make their home at the IRWS sanctuary.

Kids explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary during April Vacation Week! Spring is a time when many baby animals are born. Join IRWS to learn about the plant-eating mammals that make their home at the sanctuary. We hope to catch glimpses of them, and certainly we'll see signs that they are living here. Participate in a mammal obstacle course. Build a beaver and muskrat lodge as a group, and track deer and other mammals in the fields and forests of the sanctuary.

When: 
Tuesday April 16, 2019 8:30am-3pm

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Easter Specials at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Easter Specials at MarketStreet
Grab your peeps and find your Easter fun at the MarketStreet spots below! Please note, some promotions occur in preparation of the Holiday. Please see “Promotion Date” for details on timing and call your favorite store with specific questions. Happy Easter!

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...
12:00 am

Big Apple Circus 2019 - at North Shore Mall in Peabody MA

Big Apple Circus at NorthShore Mall in Peabody MA
The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed circus acts from all over the world. See horizontal juggling for the first time in America, our award-winning aerial duo Desire of Flight, the astonishing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, and so...

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...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Farmer for a Day | April Vacation Week

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen program is geared to children aged 6-9
The farm is coming alive in April and there is so much to do! Dig into vacation at Appleton Farms and become a farmer for a day (or 5)! You’ll get to help care for our animals, learn to grow and eat farm fresh food, create natural crafts, and explore the farm as it wakes up to spring!  Your little...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA. 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 11:30 am

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.
9:30 am to 11:30 am

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

Young Naturalists

Young Naturalists at the Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover Massachusetts
There’s a lot to observe when the weather warms up. Spring is a time when migrating birds return from their wintering grounds and baby animals like deer and squirrels are born. During this April Vacation program, participants will put on their explorer hats and head out into nature to see what’s...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Vacation Week: Farm Felting

Learn about the process of making felt from wool at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts during February Vacation!
Warmer spring weather means its sheep shearing time on the farm. But what to do with all that wool? Learn about the time honored tradition of wool felting. We’ll start by learning how to “card” the raw wool into soft fiber for spinning or felting. Afterwards, we’ll try our hand making twisted wool...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 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

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play.
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope at Maudslay State Park is a chance for preschoolers to explore the park, enjoy a story and make a craft!
Maudslay State Park has created this program for their youngest crowd! For the young set that loves nature, the park interpreter will lead a three-part preschool aged program that includes a Story, Craft & Walk that involves outdoor exploration. A different nature topic each week so come every...
10:30 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Classes: Haverhill

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a blast exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Mrs. Crane’s cat has gone missing and there’s a party tonight! Only you can help the household staff find the cat AND get ready for the party at the same time!
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Peter Rabbit at NTL

Come to the Newbury Public Library for a free showing of Peter Rabbit!
The Newbury Town Library will be showing Peter Rabbit (Rated PG). Popcorn and water provided. No registration required.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

67th Annual Aleppo Shriners Circus

Shriners Circus in Wilmington MA
Fun for the whole family! Enjoy 5 days of animals, acrobats and much more. The all-new Aleppo Shriners Circus thrills, during April school vacation week. Enjoy elephant rides, clown photos, and all sorts of exciting acts - right up close.
2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wingmasters at Manchester Library

Wingmasters present live North American Birds of Prey at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library. Photo ©Bill O'Connor
Join Jim Parks with 5-6 of his amazing birds, including hawks, falcons, and owls. Parks has been licensed to rehabilitate injured raptors (birds of prey) for decades and brings excellent knowledge and respect of their role in the wild. Ages 6 through adult. Registration required.
2:00 pm

Beverly Library LEGO Club

Come build using LEGOs at the Beverly MA Public Library for kids k-5.
Beverly Library's LEGO Club meets monthly. The club is for children in grades PreK-5. Registration is required each month.  For more info call the Children’s Room at 978-921-6062.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World

Marcia Wilson and friend from 'Eyes on Owls'. Photo ©Mark Wilson
Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson of Eyes On Owls while they share their passion for owls! “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World” will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond.
3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

LEGO Club at Danvers Library

LEGO club at Danvers Library
Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites kids to an afternoon of building and fun! Activities will include free build, themes and instructional design. All structures will remain on display in the Children’s Room till the following weeks's session
3:30 pm

Afternoon of Exploration

Join Change is Simple Inc at Camp Paradise in Beverly Massachsuetts for an afternoon of epxloration and fun!
Join Change is Simple, Inc. during Earth Month for an Afternoon of Exploration at Camp Paradise in Beverly. Learn about ways to help the planet every day, how to build an electric bike, and experience hands-on workshops for kids. Kids must be accompanied by adults.
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Family STEAM

Sawyer Free Library STEAM for Families and Children ages 3-6. Dwarf Galaxy Image by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory
Sawyer Free Library offers a S.T.E.A.M. experience for families! Come to the library for a fun after school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics activity for ages 3 and up with parental participation. Children ages 8 and up may attend by themselves if preferred. Please register...
4:00 pm to 4:45 pm

A Little Night Music & Rhyme

Come sing, dance and get the wiggles out at Beverly Public Library
Beverly Public Library  invites families with kids under 5 (or so) to join the musical rhythmic fun! Come Dance, shake, move and sing and get the wiggles out.
6:30 pm

Friday, April 19

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...
12:00 am

Big Apple Circus 2019 - at North Shore Mall in Peabody MA

Big Apple Circus at NorthShore Mall in Peabody MA
The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed circus acts from all over the world. See horizontal juggling for the first time in America, our award-winning aerial duo Desire of Flight, the astonishing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, and so...

Easter Specials at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Easter Specials at MarketStreet
Grab your peeps and find your Easter fun at the MarketStreet spots below! Please note, some promotions occur in preparation of the Holiday. Please see “Promotion Date” for details on timing and call your favorite store with specific questions. Happy Easter!

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,...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Farmer for a Day | April Vacation Week

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen program is geared to children aged 6-9
The farm is coming alive in April and there is so much to do! Dig into vacation at Appleton Farms and become a farmer for a day (or 5)! You’ll get to help care for our animals, learn to grow and eat farm fresh food, create natural crafts, and explore the farm as it wakes up to spring!  Your little...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA. 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 11:30 am

Mary Poppins at Ipswich Library

Mary Poppins brings stories and songs to the Ipswich Library druing April vacation week!
Mary Poppins will visit in a family program of interactive stories and songs - a little bit of musical theater at the library.  Children may take photos with the famous caregiver and perhaps ask her advice around using spoonfuls of sugar to help the medicine go down.
9:30 am to 10:30 am

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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