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Poison Ivy has three leaves on each branch node. "Leaves of Three, Let it Be."
Anybody who has ever had a case of poison ivy will tell you that they wish they could go back in time and avoid ever having contact with the plant - and that's precisely the best way to deal with it.  If you and your children can identify the plant and avoid coming into contact with the oily residue on its leaves, everyone is bound to have much more fun this summer!
Open Door Summer Eats meal program for kids on Cape Ann
SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS has begun! During the school year, local kids can get breakfast and lunch meal at school. That stops during summer break, which is where Summer Meals for Kids steps in!
NYS hosts a free movie each Wednesday at Newburyport City Hall!
Each Wednesday, Newburyport Youth Services host a free movie for kids and families at the Newburyport City Hall. The weekly schedule is as follows:
Location: Newburyport City Hall Auditorium
A Far Cry presents their present first ever family concert, "Rhythms of the Day" at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Massachusetts.
A Far Cry presents their present first ever family concert, "Rhythms of the Day" at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Massachusetts. Called a “world-wide phenomenon” by Boston’s WBUR, the Grammy-nominated A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. Bring the young people in your life to experience musical depictions of waking up, mealtime, wild adventures, slumber, and more. Designed for kids under 10 but enjoyable for all ages. One-hour, free concert - no tickets required.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center
Kids will learn to make their own slime at the TOHP Burnham Public Library!
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites anyone Grade 5 and older-teens and adults are encouraged to register! Spaces are limited. Join kite specialist Glenn Davison to create a one of a kind kite to take home and learn more about kites than you ever thought possible! 
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts kicks off Summer reading with a dance party and live concert
Sawyer Free Library invites kids to kick of the Summer reading season with a live music concert and dance party in Gloucester Massachusetts! "Read Beyond the Beaten Path!"  Let's kick off Summer Reading with some outdoor musical fun! Join us for a morning of family fun in our outside amphitheater with Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends as they bring their joy-filled interactive concert and musical storytelling!
Location: Sawyer Free Library
Kids are invited to Heritage Park in Amesbury Massachusetts for a night of fun activities!
Amesbury Days hosts a night of fun for kids of all ages! Games, animals, giveaways, juggling, magic & more! The Ultimate Mobile Gaming video game trailer is always a hit and will be back this year! There will be additional food and drinks to purchase as well as face painting and balloon twisting for a fee and more!
Location: Amesbury Heritage Park
Summer Concerts happen at Masconomo Park in Manchester by the Sea every Tuesday through the Summer!
Come to Manchester Tuesday nights all summer for the annual Music in Masconomo Summer Concert Series. Each week from 6:00 - 8:00 pm a variety of Oldies, Swing, Rhythm & Blues & Classic Rock music will fill the air! Bring your family and friends, blankets and chairs, and dinner to enjoy a wonderful evening of music in Masconomo Park! Great for all ages. Come join the fun!
Location: Masconomo Park
Annual Run for the Trails Essex County Trail Association ECTA
Sign up for the 18th Annual Run for the Trails! Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails! Divisions: 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Check the website frequently for more updated information.
Location: Myopia Hunt Club
Join Mass Audubon for a volunteer training opportunity for teens at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Are you a young person who loves being outdoors, cares about the environment, and wants to share your knowledge with others? Take your first step toward becoming a Teen Naturalist volunteer with these trainings. You'll work with our staff and other youth exploring local habitats, collecting organisms and data, and discussing environmental challenges like sea level rise. Share your passion for the natural world!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center

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Sports Camps, Speciality Camps, Day Camps in Danvers MA

Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Warbirds Over Plum Island

Warbirds Over Plum Island is hosted by Plum Island Airport RC Club in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Join CD Jim Caloggero and the Plum Island Airport RC Flyers for an "Any Warbird" fun laid back event at the Plum island Airport in Newburyport. Spectators always welcome! Great opportunity to see some cool models! Landing fee: $35 or $15/ day
10:00 am to 4:00 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

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

Outdoor Ecology for Families: The Salt Marsh

Kids and families are invited to come explore the marsh habitat naturalists from the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.
It is summer! Join us in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats to learn about wildlife in the salt marsh, pond, rocky shore, and backyard habitats! You'll identify wild creatures, design small habitats, participate in small group challenges, and more. Sign up for one or all and see nature through the...
1:00 pm to 3:00 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  Bentley Academy Charter School! Due to COVID-19, the market has needed to make some adjustments please read their new COVID-19 guidelines and...
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Music in the Millyard: Ryan Fitzsimmons Duo

Ryan Fitzsimmons brings Americana-rock originals and covers to the Al Capp Ampitheater in the Amesbury Millyard
Amesbury's own Ryan Fitzsimmons will play americana-rock originals and covers. He has toured all over New England and beyond, appearing at venues such as the Newport Folk Festival & Club Passim, winning the awards "Best Male Vocalist" and "Favorite Local Rock Band" along the way. His songs that...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Castle Hill Picnic Concert - Big Ol' Dirty Bucket

Big Ol' Dirty Bucket will perform at the Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts.
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. Castle Hill Picnic Concerts are back! Pack a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of live music on the magnificent...
7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 13

Bubbles & Books at the Castle

Kids will enjoy a story time and lots of bubble fun at the for Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachsuetts
Join us every Wednesday morning in July & August for Bubbles and Books! Fairytales do come true at Castles by the Sea!
10:15 am to 11:45 pm

Amesbury Farmers Market

The Amesbury Farmers Market happens every Wednesday at Barewolf Brewing in Amesbury, Massachusetts.
The Amesbury Farmers' Market is a local community farmers’ and artisans’ market located in the heart of the historic mills of Amesbury, Massachusetts at BareWolf Brewing. We are a regularly scheduled community market supporting our local food system, small businesses and neighborhood community...
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Feed the Beach Creatures - Rocky Shore Residents

You can look at, AND touch the creatures in Joppa Flats touch tank! Feeding time is a lot of fun!
It's time to feed our touch tank animals! You can help us with sea stars, sea urchins, and rock crabs from the rocky shore; moon snails, surf clams, and hermit crabs from the sandy beach; and minnows, mud whelks, and horseshoe crabs from the salt marsh. Assist our animal husbandry team in sorting,...
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Moonrise Markets in Emerson Inn

Moonrise Maker Markets at the Emerson Inn in Rockport Massachusetts
The market event will feature over a dozen Cape Ann Artisans, Crafters & Makers offering nature and coastal inspired handmade art and crafts, including jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, fiber arts, candles, hand harvested artisanal sea salts, natural body care and much more.
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Evening Stroll at Maudslay

Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, and bug spray is recommended.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Teen Advisory Board at Manchester Public Library

Teen Advisory Board in Manchester Public Library Massachusetts
THE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! Join TAB, the Manchester Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board, and let your voice be heard! ♦ Receive Community Service Hours ♦ Suggest YA titles and movies
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

NYS Summer Movie Madness

NYS hosts a free movie each Wednesday at Newburyport City Hall!
Each Wednesday, Newburyport Youth Services host a free movie for kids and families at the Newburyport City Hall. The weekly schedule is as follows:
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Thursday, July 14

Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 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

Kite Workshop at TOHP Burnahm Library

Kids will learn to make their own slime at the TOHP Burnham Public Library!
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites anyone Grade 5 and older-teens and adults are encouraged to register! Spaces are limited.
10:00 am to 11:15 pm