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Mendel Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Observatory often holds special viewing times.  Check the Observatory Status Page before coming as it will state whether observatory is open for the evening. 
Location: Mendel Observatory at Merrimack College
Join the Trustees at the Coolidge Estate in North Andover for a hike on the first day of Spring.
The Vernal Equinox marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. On this family friendly hike, join a Trustees staff member on the Stevens-to-Stevens Trail at The Stevens-Coolidge Place to watch the sun set and search for signs of Spring! We’ll share stories about the seasons and imagine what spring has in store for us.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Come enjoy the fantastic tulip display in the gardens at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place. Photo: John O'Neill
Get ready for tulips, tours and tinkering because it’s time for the Stevens-Coolidge Place’s annual Tulip Festival! Begin your day with a tour of this historic estate, followed by some friendly competition at corn hole, tip toe through the tulips with a guided tour and end the afternoon with a picnic on the lawn or make a flower sun catcher to bring home. Welcome spring!
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Eat ice cream for breakfast at Cherry Farm Creamery in Danvers and raise funds for the Griffin's Gift!
Who doesn't want ice cream for breakfast? Eat ice cream for breakfast with zero guilt, because it's for a great cause! Saturday, February 1st is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. We'll be celebrating at Cherry Farm with a special "breakfast" fundraiser menu featuring...
Location: Cherry Farm Creamery
Newburyport's Winter Farmers Market happens under the Tent at the Tannery Market Place rain or shine!
The Newburyport Farmers Market brings the market indoors for the Winter months and encourages people to come see what Newburyport has to offer! Fresh soups will warm you as you find great to local meat, fish & produce, listen to live music, and meet a community of people dedicated to bringing you fresh food year round!
Location: Tannery Marketplace
Summer Art and Photography Program for Kids on Cape Ann, Annisquam Arts, Glouces
Welcome to Annisquam Arts! We're gearing up for our 26th season of art-making in the heart of Cape Ann. From sewing to nature art, we're offering seven inspiring workshops this summer––sign up for one week or all seven! Young artists ages 6–14 are welcome. Welcome to Annisquam Arts! We're gearing up for our 26th season of art-making in the heart of Cape Ann. From textiles to woodworking, we're offering seven inspiring workshops this summer––sign up for one week or all seven! Young artists ages 6–14 are welcome. About: Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts has been a summer haven for creativity and fun for over 20 years! All workshops are taught in Dawn's professional home studio on Goose Cove, with access to Gloucester’s many cultural offerings and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. Excursions, beach days, and group activities give students plenty of time to socialize and be outdoors. Projects are designed to encourage imagination and to support individual creative expression––students have a blast learning a range of artistic techniques with the highest quality materials. Small class sizes and individual instruction serve and nurture all levels of ability. At the end of each week, students go home with an impressive portfolio and a memory bank full of fun experiences to share with their families! Ages: 6–14 Tuition: $250/week Location: 63 Bennett Street South, Gloucester, MA Register: Due to limited class sizes, early registration is encouraged! Sign up online at www.annisquamarts.com or contact Dawn to request a mail-in brochure at dawn_southworth@hotmail.com | 978-290-2107. A nonrefundable deposit of $75 due upon registration.
Location: Annisquam Arts
Enjoy all that is Newburyport at the we=nbpt Winter Festival at the Tannery Marketplace
WE = NBPT hosts their 3rd annual Winter Festival inside the heated tent at the The Tannery Marketplace in downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts! As always, this event will be showcasing all things that are created by the good people of Newburyport, MA! From the musical performers, to the visual artists, to the beer, to the food, to the raffle prizes, and to everything else involved, Newburyport is home.
Location: Tannery Marketplace, Downtown Newburyport
Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts!
Join PEM as they celebrate the Lunar New Year! The Chinese Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration marking the start of the new year. Enjoy this annual celebration as we mark the Year of the Pig. PEM will host a day of family fun including traditional lion dances, ribbon dances, traditional crafts and more! Join the festive mood in the Atrium — create your own Chinese Folk Art, hear traditional stories, experience traditional dance and performances, and take a family tour!
Location: PEM
The maple sugaring jamboree is a chance for scouts to earn a maple sugaring badge at the Ipwich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Bring your troop and the whole family to meet our maple trees, tour the sugarhouse, try a taste of our sweet syrup, and participate in winter games and activities. Try your hand at using real sugaring tools at the tree-tapping station, warm up and toast marshmallows by the campfire, and participate in a snow creature building contest where the winner gets a free bottle of syrup! Our dress-like-a-lumberjack photo booth can capture your sweet memories and each scout will go home with a special maple sugaring jamboree badge.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
If it ever snows, this will be a great exploration of IRWS on snowshoes!
Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing but didn't know where to start? Join us for a leisurely snowshoe hike through the sanctuary. Along the way, we will search for animal tracks and keep our eyes open for wildlife. If you don't own snowshoes, we'll provide them for you. Snow or not, we will enjoy a wonderful winter hike and end with some hot chocolate to warm up!
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

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Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Come for a fun filled week of science, hands-on activities, museum tours and focused workshops!
Where: MIT Museum

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent

Outdoor Ice Skating and Warming Tent at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield will once again welcome guests to celebrate the magic of the winter season with the return of The MarketStreet Rink sponsored by Capital One.

LEGO Builder Breakfast

Come to the Wenham Tea House for breakfast and LEGO fun.
Come to the The Wenham Tea House for a fun-filled morning as we build Legos together. Families will have a full breakfast buffet to enjoy as we exhibit a variety of Lego builds that are sure to impress your kids!
8:00 am to 9:30 am

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Learn to Skate and Play

Youth Hockey, Cape Ann Youth Hockey, Gloucester Rink Learn to Skate
Boys and girls from the ages 3-16 can learn to skate and develop hockey skills in Cape Ann Youth Hockey's various programs. Cape Ann Learn-to-Skate program is held at Gloucester's Talbot Rink and provides crates for the kids learning to skate for the first time. Kids will be amazed at how quickly...
9:00 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

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

Sugar Shack Saturdays

Visit Appleton Farms' sugaring operation and experience a New England tradition
As we welcome the sugaring season there is no better place to be than the sugar shack. The smell of maple syrup in the air, and the smiles of all your family and friends close by. We love this season and want to share it with you! Join us for our Sugar Shack Saturdays to see how we collect and turn...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Ice Castles - New Hampshire

Ice Castles - New Hampshire Family Fun
New Hampshire’s Ice Castles have been one of the top destinations to spend time in during the winter months. The castles are designed in a way that allows for people to play, explore, and have fun. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice...
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Winter Fun at Castle Hill

Beat those winter blues and make the most of February vacation by getting outside at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
Beat those winter blues and make the most of February vacation by getting outside! Every afternoon February 16-22, join us for winter fun for all ages at the Crane Estate from noon-4pm (we recommend you arrive by 3pm). Check in at the front desk in the main gallery of the house then plan your...
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Open Gym Hours At NYS

Open Gym each Saturday at the Newburyport Youth Services Rec Center
Join Newburyport Youth Services or open Gym hours every Saturday! The Rec Center gym is open on Saturdays for youth to come and hang in a free-play setting. Stop by to shoot hoops, play dodgeball, floor hockey, run free and use the gym.
12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Lowell WinterFest 2020

Annual Lowell WinterFest. Visit Lowell MA
The Lowell Winterfest is a two day festival held annually in February in downtown Lowell and is attended by thousands of people each year. Lowell's annual Winterfest weekend in downtown Lowell is a fun event featuring everything from a carousel and ice-skating to an all-you-can-eat chocolate...
1:00 pm to 8:00 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

PJ Library Shabbat Table - Beverly MA

Temple B'nai Abraham and Lappin Foundation - Beverly MA
Temple B'nai Abraham and Lappin Foundation invite families with children ages 8 and younger  to Shabbat and celebrate Tu B'Shevat with music with Marcy Yellin, blessings, stories and a free Shabbat meal!  Older siblings welcome! This is a free program. Walk-ins welcome.
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 3

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 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

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

Color Me Tuesdays at Growing Smile Pediatric Dentristry - Peabody

Growing Smile Pediatric Dentistry and Braces in Peabody MA
Need something fun to do this summer? We've got you covered! Stop by Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Braces every Tuesday for a different coloring activity. Every Tuesday at 3pm.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 4

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge

Museum of Science Dogs! A Science Tail Exhibition- Cambridge
Let curiosity be your guide, and discover life from a dog's point of view in Dogs! A Science Tail, the Museum's newest exhibition. Experience the extraordinary way dogs see, smell, and hear the world. Admission is included with an Exhibit Halls ticket.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton

Toys The Inside Story Discovery Museum, Acton
Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work at the Discovery Museum in Acton.
9:00 am to 4:30 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

Aleph Academy and Lappin Foundation Babyccino - Swampscott

Chabad of North Shore and Lappin Foundation
Aleph Academy and Lappin Foundation invites you to Babyccino, a chic meet for mod moms and their tots ages 0-24 months (siblings are welcome).
10:00 am to 11:00 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

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-6 Weeks

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques Hospital is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. This new group (for moms, grandmothers, and female caregivers only) is focused...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm