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Lunar New Year at PEM

Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts!

Join PEM as they celebrate the Lunar New Year! The Chinese Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration marking the start of the new year. Enjoy this annual celebration as we mark the Year of the Pig. PEM will host a day of family fun including traditional lion dances, ribbon dances, traditional crafts and more! Join the festive mood in the Atrium — create your own Chinese Folk Art, hear traditional stories, experience traditional dance and performances, and take a family tour!

When: 
Saturday, February 16, 2019 10am-4pm
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Imagine, Sing & Learn: The World of Penguins

Come learn about penguins at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler who loves animals. 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!

When: 
Friday, January 25, 2019 10-11:30am

Music with Steve Blunt at Danvers Library

Come enjoy some interactive musical fun with Steve Blunt at Danvers Library!

Kids are invited to a fun, interactive music session with musician and story teller Steve Blunt at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers! This family program is for patrons of all ages… featuring mostly humorous original compositions and traditional American & multicultural selections.

When: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:30-11:30am

MFA Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Free Open House

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston celebrates Martin Luther King Day with free admission and an open house with great activities for families! Photo: John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985.

Free admission for all. 
All events are free. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy free admission all day long at the MFA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House. There’s an array of vibrant, engaging, and collaborative programming scheduled throughout the day for all ages and abilities, presented in the spirit of Dr. King.

When: 
Monday, January 21, 2019 10am-5pm

Rockport New Year's Eve 2018

Come to Rockport for a wonderful night a family New Year's Activities!

Rockport New Year's Eve will have plenty of fun and entertainment for families starting at 6 pm and running all the way through to the count down and ball drop in Dock Square at midnight! There will be magicians, puppet shows, and even a drum parade with a green dancing dragon.  This all happens with a backdrop live performances of dance & music ranging from classical music, jazz, reggae and rock & roll! So buy your buttons, come to Rockport, and get ready for a fun evening to ring in the New Year as a family!

When: 
Monday, December 31, 2018 6pm-Midnight

A Winter Solstice Celebration at Joppa Flats

Come celebrate the longest night - Winter Solstice - at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport

Come celebrate the longest night and shortest day of the year with Joppa Flats! Miss Mary and Miss Susan offer stories, songs, crafts made of evergreens, and thematic snacks for everyone to enjoy. Learn why we have seasons, and why different cultures around the world created legends and rituals to mark the longest night of the year. Join us for a festival of light to beckon the sun to return!

When: 
Friday, December 21, 2018 3:30-5pm

Holiday Sing Along

Come with friends and neighbors to sing holiday songs to start your holiday seas

Gather your family and friends and come over to the Firehouse for a little old-fashioned Holiday Sing-Along to kick off your Holidays with music!  The Youth Choir from the Immaculate Conception Church (Newburyport), directed by Donna Postle, will be there to lead everyone in singing some well-loved carols, with music provided by John Metrano on piano.  Our favorite elf, Terry Blanchard, will once again read “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” while wearing his famous stocking cap knit exclusively for this annual presentation by the North Pole’s very talented Mrs. Elf. 

When: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018 11am

Maudslay is Haunted

'Maudslay is Haunted' is an annual fundraiser for Theater in the Open at Maudsla

Maudslay is Haunted is a North Shore Kid favorite! We highly recommend this for Halloween fun for all ages because its spooky, and haunting, but not too scary! Theater in the Open host their notorious annual haunting of Maudslay! Join a cast of all ages for a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all in the autumn grandeur of Maudslay State Park. Discover parts of the park you never knew existed. Bring the whole family for a variety of tricks and treats.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018 2-4pm
Sunday, October 21, 2018 2-4pm
Raindate: October 27, 2018
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Salem Heritage Days at the Seven Gables

Salem Massachusetts Heritage Days at the House of Seven Gables

Salem Heritage Days offer a wonderful way for Salem residents and visitors to connect with Salem’s history, art, and cultural scene. House of Seven Gables invites families to learn about sailing the high seas with a variety of family-friendly and hands-on activities. The Family Navigation Game is offered daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Living History Labs hands-on history experience will take place daily from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

When: 
Daily, August 2-12, 2018 10am-6pm

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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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