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

Gabe's Run Abridged

Gabes Run - The day after Thanksgiving race to benefit local high school students
Gabes Run is unabridged in 2015! The Pacione family is facing other challenges this year that will not allow them to produce a formal race for Gabe's Run the day after Thanksgiving.  Hoping to keep the event alive and well for future years, and on the suggestion of their youngest son, the Paciones...
7:30 am to 11:30 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. Each Farm Friends program includes a story time, outdoor experience (weather permitting), and a craft project...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Junior Great Books at IPL

Join this book club for second graders if you love to read and talk about stories! Based on the Great Books format, but geared explicitly for young readers, group members will read a story in advance of each month's meeting and participate in a group discussion of the story.
10:00 am to 10:30 am

Mother Goose on the Loose at IPL

Mother Goose on the Loiose at IPL
Mother Goose on the Loose is a program for infants through 2-year-olds that helps babies and toddlers to begin to develop pre-literacy skills through a specially formatted curriculum of stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and large-motor activities.
10:00 am to 10:30 am

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

Fun Friday Craft's at G.A.R. Memorial Library

Fun Friday Craft's at G.A.R. Memorial Library. Photo: Bill O'Connor
Free style crafting every Friday with Miss Kate at The G.A.R. Memorial Library. Lots of materials are provided. Best for ages 3-8.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

MIT's FAT Chain Reaction

MIT's chain reaction competition is the Friday following Thanksgiving!
Whether it's the reaction induced between one creative contraption and another equally crafty contrivance, or the joyful reactions sparked on the faces of the spectators, the MIT Museum Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction is a one-of-a-kind, must-be-seen-to-be-believed engineering...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Greet Santa at the Hawthorne Hotel

Salem Main Streets,, Visit Salem MA for the holidays
The holiday spirit is in the air in downtown Salem with holiday wreaths, a holiday tree, window decorating contest, fantastic shopping, dining and Santa’s arrival. The kids go wild with excitement as Santa Claus arrives in Salem as he traditionally does on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel.
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Salem Holiday Tree Lighting

Come to the Holiday Tree Lighting in Salem to kick off the holiday season!
Join Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as we combine two of our most beloved annual traditions – Greet Santa at the Hawthorne Hotel and the lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree – into one evening. Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square W) promptly at 6:00...
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in...
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, November 28

Saturday Story Hour at Emma Andrews

Kids programming at Emma Andrews Library Newburyport includes frequent Story Hours!
Wouldn't you like to introduce your little ones to reading and the joys of a library? Get them reading early and they will read for life. The Emma Andrews Library at 77 Purchase Street is offering story hours four times a week.
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Baby Boot Camp

At Baby Boot Camp, moms get exercise while kids have fun!
Baby Boot Camp stroller-based fitness classes are designed specifically to help moms get fit. It takes the place of a personal trainer at a time in your life when you need one more than ever. Classes combine strength-training exercises with cardiovascular drills. Pilates, yoga and abdominal...
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Wiggle & Grow Singing, Dancing, and Playing Instruments

This music-filled class celebrates the unique joys of your growing child. Each week your child will love singing, dancing, and playing instruments with you and her new friends and you’ll love helping her practice a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn-taking, social...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Gingerbread Workshop at the Ipswich Museum

Ipswich Museum invites kids and their families to a Gingerbread House Workshop!
Ipswich Museum invites kids and their families to a Gingerbread House Workshop!  The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a gingerbread house! Our hands-on, no-baking family class will supply each adult and child with all the materials needed to build your own candy decorated gingerbread house.  ...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Families in the Farm Kitchen: No-Bake Granola

Families will learn to make no-bake granola at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA
Roll up your sleeves and have some fun in the kitchen! Cooking together makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. Join us every month to make seasonal homemade treats in the farm kitchen. We'll talk about where our food comes from and learn every step of...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Fantastic Wood Sculptures

Kids are encoruaged to experiment with woodworking and sculpture at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum!
Wood, hammers and nails--add a little imagination and watch what happens!  The result is always fun! All ages welcome. Those 12 and  under must be accompanied by an adult. Perfect for kids, tweens and teens.  Please register via email by November 25 at 5pm.
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
11:54 am

The Nutcracker at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts just in time to kick off your holiday season. Come to a family friendly matinee geared towards families with young children who want to...
3:00 pm

Take a Trolley Ride with Scrooge!

Salem Trolley Christmas Carol, Fun Holiday Events north of Boston
Join Scrooge on the Salem Trolley as you ride through Salem Massachusetts in this rolling production performed by the Griffen Theater . Now entering into it's 26th Season, this humorous & whimsical interactive performance reanimates Dickens’ timeless seasonal holiday classic!
3:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Nutcracker & Gala Reception at the Firehouse Center

The Nutcracker performed by the Methuen Ballet is a perrenial favorite!
Long a traditional favorite, Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" to Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts just in time to kick off your holiday season! Join the cast for a gala reception which will be held in the main lobby of The Firehouse at...
6:00 pm