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Yoga for Children during February Vacation at North Shore Children's Museum in Peabody Massachusetts
In Miss Shelleys yoga class for kids, the focus is on making the practice fun, interactive, and age-appropriate. The class includes warm-up activities, teaching yoga poses through storytelling and games, and incorporating music, props, and visuals. There are partner poses and group activities to encourage cooperation and teamwork. The class ends with a cool-down segment that includes gentle stretches and relaxation exercises. The overall goal is to promote physical fitness, mindfulness, and emotional well-being in a playful and joyful environment.
Location: North Shore Children's Museum
Low-Sensory Play at NorthShore Children's Museum in Peabody Massachusetts
Join us for a low-sensory play session. For some children, visiting places like NSCM can be over-stimulating. This special play session will have reduced noise, crowds, and stimulation. While medical diagnosis is not required, we encourage that these limited tickets be used for families with a child on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders. Our capacity will be reduced to 80 people, versus our typical 150. Ticket prices remain the same at $12/person over age 12 months.
Location: North Shore Children's Museum
Celebrate your child’s birthday with a party at Salisbury Beach Carousel.
Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday in Style at Salisbury Beach Carousel! At the Salisbury Beach Carousel, every day is a reason to celebrate, but when it comes to birthdays, that is simply the icing on the cake! The Carousel offers a unique and memorable setting for a birthday party, with its classic and whimsical setting.
Location: Salisbury Beach Carousel
Come explore the Cape Ann Museum with your family during February Vacation in Gloucester, Massachusetts!
Put on your winter coat and visit the Cape Ann Museum during February School Vacation Week! The Museum will be free for school-age children, 18 and under, and their guardians from Tuesday, February 20 – Thursday, February 22. On Friday, February 23 the Museum will have free admission for all visitors thanks to generous support from the Highland Street Foundation’s Winter Camp Initiative.
Location: Cape Ann Museum
Summer Art and Photography Program for Kids on Cape Ann, Annisquam Arts, Gloucester MA
Ignite your imagination this summer at Annisquam Arts!  Seven-week-long workshops reveal the diverse traditions of art around the world. This Cape Ann summer studio is the perfect setting for your child to express and explore their creativity. Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts tips off its 30th season by offering a variety of workshops for young artists. Conducted at Dawn’s open and professional home studio on Goose Cove, we have easy access to Gloucester’s cultural center and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. The entire program runs for seven weeks, June 24 - August 8, 2024, with new courses each week. Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops run Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm for ages 6-14. We’ll have a blast engaging with a wide range of materials and artistic techniques in a multi-sensory studio environment. Small class sizes and individual instruction allow for all levels of ability to be nurtured. All classes are led by Dawn.
Location: Annisquam Arts
The Trustees of Reservations' Long Hill Estate in Beverly Massachusetts is a great spot for kids and families during February vacation
The Trustees of Reservations invites kids and families to Long Hill and Sedgwick Gardens during February Vacation! During school vacation week, warm up with friends and family around a fire pit at Long Hill! Your ticket, valid for 6 people, will give you access to your own personal fire pit for 2 hours. We will provide fire wood, chairs, and a complimentary s’mores kit for your whole group. All the materials needed for a special wintery craft will also be included. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Location: Long Hill and Sedgwick Gardens
Register for Summer Camp at Camp Moraine at Moraine Farm, Beverly MA
Camp Moraine at Moraine Farm - it's about being a kid, learning, developing skills, personal expressions, social development, connecting with nature, and friendships. The heart of summer at Camp Moraine is entrenched in developing a lifelong love of learning, gaining confidence in one's abilities, and fostering the skills to develop strong relationships and community. The programs utilize the natural surroundings and require a can-do attitude, cooperation, and age-appropriate independence. Camp Moraine at Moraine Farm is excited to offer programs from June to August.
Location: Camp Moraine at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
A Landmark Summer Experience at Landmark School in Beverly Massachusetts prepare students for success in the fall and beyond.
Boost Skills • Gain Confidence • Get Back On Track Landmark School empowers students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities to thrive. Join us for a Landmark Summer Experience!    Daily one-to-one tutorials, guidance from highly trained teachers, and customized programs help students thrive. Small classes provide opportunities to test out new skills and be truly engaged in learning without pressure or judgment. All of our students have a similar learning profile so your student will never get lost or overlooked.
Location: Landmark School Summer Program
Carousel at Salisbury Beach MA. Parties, Family Reunions, Weddings, Showers, Birthday Parties
Salisbury Beach Carousel Hours: February Vacation Hours (MA and NH) February 16 – March 3 Open Daily Noon – 5:00pm Non Vacation Hours Friday: 4 pm to 8 pm Saturday: 12 pm to 8 pm Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm Hours of operation are to change.
Location: Salisbury Beach Carousel
The Amesbury Winter Market happens every Sunday indoors at Barewolf Brewing in Amesbury, Massachusetts.
Welcome to Amesbury Market Daze at BareWolf Brewing, a weekly vendor market where local surrounding Amesbury talent and community spirit converge. We take pride in curating a consistent marketplace that showcases local art and food from talented local artisans, chefs, farmers, creators and curators of surrounding Amesbury, Massachusetts. Join us on Sundays throughout the Winter to curate and foster a community atmosphere, where vendors and customers alike connect on a personal level, creating lasting relationships.e.
Location: Barewolf Brewing

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Bruins Pajama Drive

Drop off new pajama donations at libraries across the North Shore as part of the Boston Bruins PJ Drive
From February 1 through March 15, Cradles to Crayons®, the Boston Bruins, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and Wonderfund are coming together with organizations in your community to collect new pajamas for local children living in low-income and homeless situations. This years' goal is...
7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Story Walk |This Is the Nest Robin Built

Kids will enjoy this self-guided story based tour of the Halibut Point State Park in Rockport Massachusetts! Photo by Bill O'Connor
Enjoy a story, fresh air and exercise at Halibut Point State Park ! Join us on the grounds of the for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring the children’s picture book This is the Nest Robin Built, by Denise Fleming. Follow the path to book pages posted along the route. A wonderful story awaits! For...
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Teen Tinker Time at APL

Teen Tinker Time at the Public Library in Amesbury Massachusetts weekly on Mondays through the Winter
Amesbury Public Library invites teens to join Cassandra for a fun drop-in activity each week. Come by to create a craft or play board games or just to chat if you don't want to do a project. This is an hour for teens!
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Friday, March 15

Read to Keeva at HW Library

Read to Keeva a certified therapy dog at the Hamilton Wenham Public Library in Massachusetts
Read to Keeva the Therapy Dog! Keeva and her trainer, Ms. Fleming, visit the library to help children practice reading! Therapy dogs provide a calm and non-judgemental environment that's perfect for practicing read-aloud skills. Open to children in Grades K - 3. Registration is required. Reading...
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Salisbury Beach Carousel - Free Friday Hours

Carousel at Salisbury Beach MA. Parties, Family Reunions, Weddings, Showers, Birthday Parties
Salisbury Beach Carousel Hours: Friday: 4 pm to 8 pm Saturday: 12 pm to 8 pm Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm Hours of operation are to change.
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Cow Connection at Appleton Farms

Join The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for Cow Connection in Ipswich Massachusetts
Come and meet, cuddle, brush, scratch, talk, and sit with our hand-raised cows at Appleton Farms! The mild heart rate and warm body temperature of the cows induces a slowing of our own heart rate, as well as the release of Oxytocin, our social bonding hormone. Visit our scenic and historic dairy...
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Middle School Night Out | Danvers YMCA

Middle School Night Out at the Danvers YMCA in Massachusetts
Did you know there's a TEEN & Tween NIGHT at the Y coming up? Open to anyone in 5th-8th grade featuring Dodgeball and Hoops! Call the Y to sign-up or drop in Friday before 6:30 to ensure pizza. Access to the event closes at 7pm.
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Saturday, March 16

Maple Sugaring Saturday at IRWS

Sugaring Off tours are a fun and tasty way to learn about maple sugaring at IRWS
Experience the age-old tradition of maple sugaring at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary! The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples resulting in sweet-smelling, billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse. On a naturalist-guided walk, learn how to identify a sugar...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

All Family Field Trip: Signs of Spring on the Coast

Explore the explosion of awakening Spring life at the shore with Naturalists from Mass Audubon.
Come explore what nature has in store at some of our most amazing wild places on the north shore. Our engaging and experienced staff will introduce families to local beaches, forests, and wetlands to make observations in nature, identify wildlife, and enjoy hands on science activities outdoors....
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Read to a Dog at SPL

kids are invited to read to a therapy dog at the Salem Public Library in Massachusetts
Have a new or struggling reader who needs to build confidence and practice reading aloud?  Come read to Hendrix, the trained therapy dog, a sweet a non-judgmental listener!  Bring your own book to read, or choose one of ours.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

CraneOutdoors: Family Snowy Owl Prowl

Join the Trustees of Reservations at the Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts in search of the Snowy Owl!
Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, these owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Children's Drop and Shop Consignment Event

Massive Spring Children's Consignment Event. at Pingree School in South Hamilton Massachusetts Children's Drop and Shop
Don't miss the Children's Drop and Shop Spring consignment sales event at Danvers Indoor Sports, for name brand children’s clothing, toys, gear and furniture. Shop for the best bargains on new & gently used Fall and Winter children's clothing, brand name toys and gear, furniture, maternity and...
10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Maple Stroll at Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms has their own sugar maple syrup production facilities to service their abundant suplly from their many sugar maples
Visit the historic maple stand and sugar shack at Appleton Farms and learn all about maple sugaring, its history at the farm and in New England, and how you can try your hand at it at home!
11:00 am to 4:00 pm