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

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park for public viewing! Pictured: Safety Net by Zoyce Audy Zarins
Maudslay State Park has a strong connection to the arts, and one of the highlights of the year is Sculpture at Maudslay! The annual show will be themed 'TENSION'. This unique exhibition brings together artists from many walks of life to create site-specific sculptures in the park. 

Trails & Sails 2017

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.
Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events over the weekends of September 16-18 and September 23-25, 2016 for the 15th annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn.

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The seventh annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 3 to October 30, 2016.  Beverly artists/art educators J. David and Barbara Broudo are this...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Smolak Farms Fall Family Fun

There's all kinds of fun going on at Smolak Farm Weekend  Festival!
Take your first bite into a crisp and delicious New England apple this weekend at Smolak Farms located in North Andover, Massachusetts. Hay wagon rides, playground, animals, duck races, wee wagons, pick your own fruit….it all happens at Smolak Farms! Apple picking, pumpkins, hayrides, festival,...
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Hike to the Summit of Powow Hill

Take a Trails & Sails hike to the top of Powow Hill in Amesbury!
Come join the Lake Gardener Improvement Association for a guided, narrated hike of the Powow Hill Conservation Area -- the highest peak on the Essex County coast! During this hike from Lake Gardner beach to the Camp Kent Science Center, we'll explore the woodland alive with birdsong, the gentle...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Wakefield Farmers Market

Wakefield Farmers Market
Wakefield Farmers Market (WFM) provides locally grown produce and help local farms remain vibrant, as well as promote our town as a cultural arts, recreation, and dining destination so as to bring more business activity to our town, and bring neighbors together to commune and share resources. Now...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

CoastSweep: Plum Island

CoastSweep cleanup on Plum Island September 2017
As part of COASTSWEEP 2017, Joppa Flats Education Center and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge encourage volunteers to come to Plum Island and help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean. COASTSWEEP is the annual statewide cleanup of Massachusetts coastal and riverine environments...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday in Harvey Park in Downtown Rock
The Rockport Farmers' Market is a small market that runs each Saturday through the Summer (June - early October). Sponsored by the Rockport Exchange, the market is limited in size due to the size of the Harvey Park - a quaint setting in the heart of downtown found on the corner of Mount Pleasant...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Haverhill Farmers' Market

Haverhill Farmers Market, North Shore Farmers Market, Cape Ann Farmers Marke
The Haverhill Farmers Market mission is to provide access to farm-fresh products and promote local agriculture, as well as serve as a social gathering place to encourage a vibrant and connected community. This family-friendly market also includes food demonstrations, local music and children’s...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Little River Trail Nature Walk

The Little River Nature Trail is managed by the Parker River Clean Water Associa
Walk the Little River Nature Trail with naturalist with a nature guide. We will cover the historic Common Pasture and the verdant ecology of the upper Little River Watershed. The Little River Trail System is a rich wildlife habitat, and yet is surrounded by an urban setting. Easy terrain including...
9:00 am to 11:30 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

Andover Farmers' Market

Find Fresh Local Produce at the Andover Massachusetts Farmers Market
The Andover Farmers' Market, now in its eleventh year, offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit by providing fresh, local produce, baked and prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted goods.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

North Andover Farmers' Market

North Andover Farmers Market every Sunday Through October 8, 2017. Photo: Rows at Appleton Farms by Bill O'Connor
The North Andover Farmers' Market brings local produce and foods to the heart of North Andover every Sunday!  The market will take place in the center of town at the intersection of First Street and Main Street.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Halibut Point Quarry Tour

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Enjoy a guided tour of Halibut Point State Park around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration.  Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascades from rocky headlands to the...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Meet Beach Creatures in Autumn!

Discover and explore the facts of the creatures you find at the beach at Joppa
Summer may have ended, but our 110-gallon tide pool touch tank is still filled with marine life! Adults and children are invited to drop in on weekends, September 9 through October 8, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, to see up close the critters you might have wondered about on your own beach visits. This...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Spriit of '76 Abbot Hall Tour

The famous painting 'The Spirit of '76' by Archibald Willard
Did you know the famous painting The Spirit of '76 painting resides at Abbot Hall in Marblehead? Take this tour of Abbot Hall as part of Trails & Sails 2017 and explore Marblehead's history in the early American Revolution. WPA Murals showing highlights of the town's history from the 1600s to...
Where: Abbot Hall
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Marini Farm Conquer Everest Corn Maze

The 2016 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts is YETI themed!
The 2017 Marini Farm Corn Maze is yeti themed this year! This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering.We don't give you clues...you...
10:00 am to 6:00 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

Ipswich Farmers Market

The Ipswich Farmers Market is every Wednesday 3:30-6:30pm on the South Village Green
Farm fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, maple syrup, eggs, herbs, flowers, local artisans and featured community initiatives as well as lively entertainment weekly! The Ipswich Farmers Market vision is “To support a vibrant local food-based economy and help nurture a more sustainable community.” The...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Saturday Hay Bale Hangout at Appleton Farms

Explore Appleton Farms with your family - or come and just hang out! Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor
Join Appleton Farms for oem fun on the farm! Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast sheep will run for their morning helping of grain? Join us for our NEW weekend Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by for fantastic farmyard meet and greets!...
10:00 am to 1:30 pm

The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden

Pick Your Own Bouquet at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place
The public is invited to cut your own flowers in the cutting garden (only). In addition to pick-your-own standards like zinnias, dahlias and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

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...
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Historic Ice House Tours - Saturdays

Tour Cape Pond Ice and chill wioth the coolest guys in town!
Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests.
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Climb Up City Hall Tower

Take a Free tour of Gloucester City Hall's renovated tower as part of Trails and Sails 2017!
Get your blood flowing as you climb up the clock and bell tower of Gloucester's magnificent City Hall to the belfry level! At the belfry level you will look down on Gloucester's civic center and, weather depending, beyond to Thacher Island's twin lighthouses, to Ipswich Bay and Magnolia.
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus

Come celebrate Haverhill's River Front at the River Ruckus!
Team Haverhill's River Ruckus is an annual city-wide festival celebrating the natural resources and beauty of the Merrimack River and the economic and cultural revitalization of the City of Haverhill, MA.
12:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Gloucester Sea Serpent Mash-Up

Free Gloucester Serpent fun at Maritime Gloucesteras part of Trails and Sails
Maritime Gloucester and Cape Ann Museum is collaborate for a fun Trails & Sails 2017 event!
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Kayak Tour at Parker River NWR

Paddle the waters of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on this ranger guided tour.
Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge to see and experience the refuge’s salt marsh than from the cockpit of your own kayak! Join a couple of refuge rangers for a 2.5 hour meander through the marsh and learn about some of its fascinating natural and cultural history.
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Annual Essex Festival in the Shipyard

The Essex Massachsuetts Festival in the Shipyard is fun for the whole family
Essex Shipbuilding Museum invites families to the the Essex Festival in the Shipyard. Spend the afternoon listening to great music, enjoying local art, and eating brick oven pizza and grilled hot dogs.
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Flower Crown Making

Come to the Stevens-Coolidge Estate to learn how to make flower crowns with flowers picked from the gardens!
Join the The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate, cut your own flowers at our Flower Fields Cutting Garden and then use them to create a beautiful flower crown.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

History Rises from Ruins

Kids will learn about the secret history of Maudslay State Park at this presenta
Maudslay State Park has a rich cultural history that is difficult to see unless you look closely.
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Haunted Hilldale Cemetery

Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!
Join Essex County Ghost Project on a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2017. Join us for a weekend of paranormal enlightenment! Join us for a weekend of paranormal enlightenment! On Friday night there...
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Pike School Hosts "Under the Stars" Movie Night

Pike School in Andover MA. Independent Pre-K through Grade 9
The Pike School in Andover is bringing the community together with a special family event on Saturday, September 23, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Gather your family and friends and bring your lawn chairs to enjoy Under the Stars Movie Night with a special showing of Disneys Moana. The movie will take...
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Sunday, September 24

Trails & Sails 2017

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.
Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events over the weekends of September 16-18 and September 23-25, 2016 for the 15th annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area...

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park for public viewing! Pictured: Safety Net by Zoyce Audy Zarins
Maudslay State Park has a strong connection to the arts, and one of the highlights of the year is Sculpture at Maudslay! The annual show will be themed 'TENSION'. This unique exhibition brings together artists from many walks of life to create site-specific sculptures in the park. 

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA
The seventh annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than 50 works by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School from September 3 to October 30, 2016.  Beverly artists/art educators J. David and Barbara Broudo are this...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn.

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Smolak Farms Fall Family Fun

There's all kinds of fun going on at Smolak Farm Weekend  Festival!
Take your first bite into a crisp and delicious New England apple this weekend at Smolak Farms located in North Andover, Massachusetts. Hay wagon rides, playground, animals, duck races, wee wagons, pick your own fruit….it all happens at Smolak Farms! Apple picking, pumpkins, hayrides, festival,...
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Newburyport Farmers' Market

Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, mea, dairy Newburyport
The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Marini Farm Conquer Everest Corn Maze

The 2016 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts is YETI themed!
The 2017 Marini Farm Corn Maze is yeti themed this year! This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering.We don't give you clues...you...
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Meet Beach Creatures in Autumn!

Discover and explore the facts of the creatures you find at the beach at Joppa
Summer may have ended, but our 110-gallon tide pool touch tank is still filled with marine life! Adults and children are invited to drop in on weekends, September 9 through October 8, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, to see up close the critters you might have wondered about on your own beach visits. This...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Swampscott Farmer's Market

The Swampscott Farmers Market happens every Sunday through October.
Rain or shine, the Swampscott Farmers’ Market features a wide variety of produce, meats, fish, breads, flowers and crafts from farmers, food producers, and artisans from around Massachusetts and nearby New England states. Anchoring the market, Swampscott will have Clark Farm providing a large...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm