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Manchester Festival by the Sea celebrates art on Cape Ann and the local bounty of Artistry.
The Festival by the Sea is an annual event hosted by the Manchester Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, this all-day extravaganza taps into the long-line of local talent with musical and artistic performers alike. Visitors can take in the sights of Masconomo Park while surveying the art and handcrafted items from some of the finest talent assembled. Celebrating locally grown art, music and food in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, this all day event will highlight not only the idyllic beauty of Cape Ann but also the incredible talent for which the area has become synonymous.
Location: Masconomo Park, Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea
Reid's Ride is a true North Shore event where participants travel at their own pace along the town and country roads of Essex County
The Reid's Ride 28-Mile Bike Ride is held each year on the third Sunday in July. This year’s Ride is on July 19. Now in its 16th year, Reid’s Ride is a true North Shore event where participants cycle at their own pace on a quiet summer Sunday morning along the town and country roads of Essex County from Lynnfield High School to Gloucester’s seaside Stage Fort Park. This nationally recognized annual fundraiser is perfect for all ages and abilities. At the finish line participants are greeted by friends and family and to food, refreshments, music and prizes!
Location: Lynnfield High School, Stage Fort Park
Camp Christopher is a nonsectarian day camp for girls and boys on the campus of St. John’s Prep founded in 1948 to provide children with a fun, healthy, challenging summer camp experience anchored in a safe and nurturing environment.
Make it the best summer ever! Every day at Camp Christopher brings fun activities for all interests. We believe that camp fosters self-confidence and growth. With the guidance of our energetic counseling staff, campers make friends while playing a wide variety of sports and backyard games. No two days are the same! 
Location: Camp Christopher on the Campus of St. John's Prep
Family Cooking Nights  A North Shore Event for Grieving Kids and Teens
For children (ages 4-18) and their families grieving the death of someone important. Join us for a free night of cooking, nourish your body and soul as you meet other families who are also grieving. A Collaboration between Care Dimensions and Boston Medical Center’s Good Grief Program. Care Dimensions is the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, and provides care in 95 communities.
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen
Caring Bunny Photo Sessions at North Shore Shopping Center in Peabody. Visit Nor
Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Bunny in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children with all abilities. Many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary): Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event. Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called. Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit. The photo session will take place in the Lower Level of the Nordstrom wing.
Location: Northshore Mall
Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny at Northshore Mall, Peabody MA
Northshore Mall is in the spring spirit, celebrating the season with the Easter Bunny himself who is now at the mall and is gearing up for a very egg-citing event taking place. Pet Photo Night with Bunny is part of the festive Bunny Photo Experience, as many pet owners view their pets as important members of the family!  Pets will have their own turn to visit with Bunny, and take photos of the fun. Photo packages and pricing will vary, and guests can learn more at the Bunny set.
Location: Northshore Mall
Support group for moms at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Congratulations: you are pregnant!  Anna Jaques Hospital Birth Center class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures.
Location: Anna Jaques Hospital
Sawyer Free Library community events for north shore families
Sawyer Free Library hosts local children’s author Karin Gertsch who will be reading her new children’s book, Flora Has an Adventure,  a story about a hen who goes on a visit to a library, at the Sawyer Free children’s library on March 14th at 10:00am. The author will be bringing one of her famous hens for children to meet after the story. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.  Best for children ages 4-8.   For more information please visit: sawyerfreelibrary.org.
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Flapjack Fling isn't about pancakes, it's about the syrup!
The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary wraps up the maple sugaring season this year with our the annual Flapjack Fling. Bring your family and friends for this special breakfast at the sanctuary and enjoy the fruit (OK, sap!) of our labor and our maple trees on some delicious pancakes.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
learn how to make seed bombs at the Trustees of Reservations
Get ready for spring with seed bombs! Together we'll learn about flowers and seeds, then create handmade seed bombs full of native wildflower seeds or herb seeds to take home. Give them as gifts or use them in your own yard to create springtime plant explosions! 
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

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Adirondack Leadership Program at Gordon College’s La Vida Center

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Spring and Summer consignment sales event at Pingree School, Hamilton MA, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Spring and Summer children's clothing, brand name toys and gear,...
12:00 am

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:00am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:00am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:00 am to 12:00 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

AJH: Infant Massage

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups Anna Jaques Hospital
Come learn about the benefits of infant massage and practice hands-on demonstrations as taught by Anna Jaques Hospital Neonatal Care Center nurses. Cost: $50 per couple. To Register:  Please click to register for this class below. You will receive email confirmation once completed. For more...
12:15 pm to 1:15 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

Friday, June 12

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

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

Saturday, June 13

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event

Massive Spring and Summer Children's Consignment Event
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Spring and Summer consignment sales event at Pingree School, Hamilton MA, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Spring and Summer children's clothing, brand name toys and gear,...
12:00 am

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

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

Support Zoo New England's Bottle Drive

Camp Ann Family Chariy Events and Fundraisers for North Shore Families. Children
Bring your bottles and cans to Stone Zoo to support their annual fundraiser to benefit conservation efforts supported by Zoo New England - the non-profit organization that protec
Where: Stone Zoo
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Topsfield Strawberry Festival 2020

NorthShore Kids' and Parents' Events Calendar for Boston's North Shore families
The soil in the garden has barely been turned and already the first sign of Summer has appeared. Strawberries! With Strawberries comes the Topsfield Historical Society's 50th Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair in early June which offers a spectacle of strawberry fun for each and every one. The...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Second Saturday - Faces of the Community

Cape Ann residents of all ages are invited to join Museum Educator Kendall Reynolds for a collograph printmaking workshop!
The Museum is free all day for Cape Ann residents on the second Saturday of every month in 2020! The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. From 10am to 12pm, families are invited to tour the galleries or take a free workshop in the Activity Center. Each...
10:00 am to 12:00 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