Things To Do & Events Calendar for North Shore Kids and Families

Tidepools and Wracklines Exploration

Explore the beaches of the Crane Estate in IPswich with thte Trustees of Reservations!
Join us as we investigate the tidepools and the wrackline on Steep Hill Beach to discover and record the many creatures that live along the shore.
9:00 am

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 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 and Thursday 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, Brian...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Wiggles and Giggles with a Jewish Twist

Cohen Hillel Yoga for Toddlers in Marblehead MA
Toddlers and parents/caregivers are invited to have fun with music and movement at Cohen Hillel Academy. RSVP to Phyllis Osher at posher@lappinfoundation.org or 978.740.4404 Walk-ins welcome!
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: Lunar Attraction

Peabody Essex Museum Lunar Attraction
As Earth's closest celestial body and only natural satellite, the moon has engaged our curiosity and imagination over millennia and across cultures. Contemporary artists use the moon as both a source of inspiration and investigation. Lunar Attraction features artworks and interactives that explore...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

ARt Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
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

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

Harbor Sweets Factory Tours

Harbor Sweets in Salem Massachusetts offers tours of their candy factory twice a week!
Harbor Sweets offers complimentary tours of the chocolate production area and shop. Tours are held at 11:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. See how these candies are made and take some home to enjoy with your family!
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Melrose Farmers’ Market

Melrose Farmers Market
Sally Frank’s Farmers’Market is entering its 23-year, connecting farmers, handmade food producers, artisans, non­profits and local businesses, entertainers, and educational groups to the Melrose community. The market runs every Thursday from June 8-October 26, 2-7pm. This year market goers will...
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Salem Farmers' Market

The Salem Farmer's Market bring the goodness of local farm to downtown Salem!
The Salem Farmers' Market brings fresh local produce and other foods from North Shore farms and other local resources to downtown Salem every Thursday at Derby Square on Front Street ! It's a great place to come find healthy choices for your family's dietary needs, as well as meet local crafts...
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Cape Ann Farmers' Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market is one of many North Shore Farmers' Markets
At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market you'll find plenty of farm-fresh produce, meat & local seafood, as well as lots of fun stuff for the entire family. There are activities like finger painting for the kids and cooking demonstrations for “Top Chef” wanna-bes, and melt-in-your-mouth local gelato. 
3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Salem Mural Fun Run Tour

Tour the murals of Salem Massachusetts with the Salem YMCA!
Come join the Salem YMCA for a fun run around Salem. This running tour will stop at each mural in the great City of Salem. At each stop we'll learn a little about the mural and the  North Shore CDC & Punto Urban Art Museum project.
Where: Downtown Salem, Where: Salem YMCA
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Crane Estate Picnic Concert - Help!

HELP! brings Beatles music to the Crane Estate in this Thursday evening concert
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand...
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Twilight Sensory Walk

Take a twilight walk at Maudslay State Park!
Maudslay State Park invites you to a twilight hike! The setting sun brings twilight and twilight is a magic time of the day. Join the park interpreter for this interesting look at how our world goes from day to night and all the things happening at that time. Test your senses with fun night...
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday, August 25

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays

Free family events all summer north of Boston, Northshore, Cape Ann
The Highland Street Foundation invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer with free admission. 10 weeks; 80+ destinations with free admission. You don't need to register or obtain a ticket. Just show up and enjoy!
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
How do you like to spend your summer vacation?  On this interactive tour for younger visitors and their families, join a member of the Crane’s household staff to explore what made this a relaxing summer home.  Peak into some of their private rooms and discover the family cat’s favorite hiding pla
10:00 am to 11:00 am

PEM: Lunar Attraction

Peabody Essex Museum Lunar Attraction
As Earth's closest celestial body and only natural satellite, the moon has engaged our curiosity and imagination over millennia and across cultures. Contemporary artists use the moon as both a source of inspiration and investigation. Lunar Attraction features artworks and interactives that explore...
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

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

ARt Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
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! Here’s the perfect opportunity for your children to become acquainted with Maudslay and its resources. Each week introduces a new topic about nature with an engaging story, craft and a short walk that involves outdoor...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Oysters on the Pier

Join the team at Maritime Gloucester to learn all about oysters on the pier every Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Come to Maritime Gloucester and visit the Oyster Upweller on our pier and learn all about these incredible mollusks. Meets on the pier.
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Creature of the Week at Maritime Gloucester

Come to Maritime Gloucester for a Creature of the Week Session! Photo ©Bill O'Connor
Each week we will highlight one of the fascinating creatures living in the Sea Pocket Touch Tank Aquarium. Students will participate in hands-on explorations, craft activities, and stories that introduce all the fun features that make the creature unique.
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Creature Catch!

Discover what creatures live in New England Ponds at Harold Parker State Forest!
Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Fish, frogs, snakes, and salamanders, let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds!  Nets and buckets are provided.  This activity can be wet and muddy.Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera.Appropriate for al
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm