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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
Essex County Community Foundation's Community Leadership Breakfast
Join ECCF and community leaders, legislators, donors, nonprofits, and friends as we celebrate local philanthropy and our collective impact in addressing social change in Essex County. Be part of the region’s premier event that recognizes philanthropists and nonprofit organizations having wide-reaching impact. You will learn about ECCF’s work that is “Inspiring Philanthropy for Generations.”
Location: North Shore Music Theatre
SummerQuest at the Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Studies show that children who spend time in nature and develop a rapport with the great outdoors are healthier, happier kids. At SummerQuest, we strive to connect children with the natural world, and to exercise their imaginations as well as their muscles.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Summer programs and Camps at The Trustees Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Appleton Farms is one of the most significant cultural and natural landscapes in American agrarian history. Our working landscape offers a diversity of learning opportunities for all ages, from soil science and habitat management to cheese making and community supported agriculture. The rich stories, rare resources, and sustainable operations, make Appleton Farms one of the finest stages in the country to showcase and teach excellence in small-scale agriculture.
Location: Appleton Farms
Join a Family Owl Prowl Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Scott Santino
People of all ages love owls, and many species of owls can be found right here in Massachusetts year-round. Experience the excitement of an owl prowl as we take a night hike to look and listen for Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, and Eastern Screech-owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we'll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn using real owl mounts, feathers, talons, and a brief slide show. We'll end our evening with an owl-hooting lesson.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Join a family owl prowl the Rough Meadows in Rowley with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Educators
Owls are just beginning to nest at this time of year, and we're going out to Rough Meadows to find them! On our walk, we'll learn about the superpowers that owls use to survive the winter and raise their young. With some luck, we might stumble upon tracks, scat, or burrows -- evidence of other nocturnal animals.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Kids will learn about eagles, their migrations and varied habitat at Joppa Flats. Photo ©2018 Bill O'Connor
This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag! This week we'll be focusing on eagles and their annual migration to the Merrimack River estuary!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Seals live all over the coast of the North Shore. Kids will learn more at Joppa flats Education Center in Newburyport!
These 90-minute sessions are for both you and your active preschooler! Each week, our structured activities will include original songs, movement, dramatic play, hand-on science, and a thematic snack. We'll give you coloring pages to take home and lots of fun materials via an electronic goody bag after each class. This session is all about seals which are found along the coast of the north shore.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Families will learn the art of truffle making at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. Celebrate your love of chocolate with the whole family! Satisfy all your wildest cravings and share a sweet moment with friends, family or a significant other making chocolate side-by-side.
Location: Appleton Farms

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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,...

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

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

PJ Library Mommy and Me - online

Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation
Chabad of Peabody and Lappin Foundation invite parents/caregivers and children ages 3 and younger to enjoy a morning of socializing and meeting new friends, creative music and movement and Jewish themes, free play and a snack.
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Kids Minecraft Club at SFL

Kids Minecraft Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester MA
Play Minecraft with other children grades 1-5 (ages 6 and up)  Learn new tricks from each other and explore and build in a world together. This group is for children in grades 1 and up.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, August 26

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

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

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 Obse
7:00 pm

Thursday, August 27

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,...

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

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

Cape Ann Farmers' Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market will be drive thru and pre-order only for the 2020 season
For the 2020 Season, Cape Ann Farmers Market will hold a Drive Thru/Pre-Order market. As things develop the Market organizer will do their best to work through the hurdles please visit the website and facebook page frequently for updated information!
3:00 pm to 6:30 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 Derby Square on Front Street Bentley Academy Charter School! Due to COVID-19, the market has needed to make some adjustments please read their...
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday, August 28

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,...

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