Meet Beach Creatures All Summer Long!

Discover and explore the facts of the creatures you find at the beach at Joppa

Drop in at Joppa Flats BEFORE the beach, AFTER the beach, or INSTEAD of the beach! What is that spiky thing I almost stepped on? How do starfish – or is it sea stars – eat? Are those baby fish, or is that as big as they get? You have the questions, Joppa Flats Education Center has the answers – and the animals – and the touch tanks!  Themes will change weekly!

What will be offered? Supervised handling and interpretation of LIVE beach creatures from Plum Island in a 110 Gallon touch tank.  This is a great opprotunity for kids and families to touch, discover, learn and explore the habitat fot he beach and shoreline!

“Come visit us before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach,” says Lisa Hutchings, School and Youth Education Coordinator at Joppa Flats. “Our team of interns and young naturalists will explain all the critters in our touch tanks – what they are, why they live where the do, how they interact with each other.  And we’ll have crafts and games, too!"

Any other creatures? We could have live caterpillars, insects, and special temporary summer guests such as painted turtles, tadpoles, and more!

  • This is a drop-in program
  • All Ages
  • Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No preregistration required, but if you have a group of 10 or more, please call ahead.
When: 
Thursdays - Sundays, June 28 - August 26, 2018 10am-3pm
Prices: 
Suggested Donation: $2/child
Phone: 
978.462.9998

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!
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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