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Preschoolers will learn all about owls at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary during this owl prowl designed just for them!
The folks at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary have created an owling expedition just for kids aged 3-6! Winter is the perfect time of year to go out in search of owls. We'll learn about these fascinating birds through a story and hands-on activities before we head out on our adventure to look for them. Afterwards, we'll warm up by the woodstove with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!
Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and then release them. The unique band that Deb places carefully on each bird’s leg connects other bird researchers with the data she’s collected. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Come celebrate the return of the Eagles to the Merrimack Estuary! Photo: Eagle on Ice by Bill O'Connor
Come to Newburyport to celebrate the return of migrating eagles back to the Merrimack River Estuary! The Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge have teamed up to bring an entire day of free events centered around the wonders of the Bald Eagles that have come to take seasonal advantage of the Merrimack River habitat. 
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Newburyport City Hall Auditorium
Mass Audubon's Superbowl of Birding is a great way to spend the day outdoors with family.
Come to northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire for great winter birding and a chance to compete with other birders. The Superbowl of Birding is a unique, 12-hour team competition, where teams of birders of all ages and abilities seek out the greatest number of species and amass the most points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. Compete for prizes in 10 categories, from the Newbies Award to the esteemed Zeiss Joppa Cup. Enjoy spectacular winter birding and find out just how good you and your team really are! Sponsored by Joppa Flats Education Center, and Zeiss.
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
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
Kids ages 3-6 will learn about tracks in the snow and the animals that make them
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, outdoor exploration, and a thematic snack. When it's time to go home, you'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list via e-mail. At this ISL, we'll learn to identify tracks in the snow and the creatures that leave them behind!
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Come learn about the animals of the polar habitats at the Joppa Flats Center! Photo: Kathy Crane, NOAA Arctic Research Program
Joppa Flats Education Center invites families with kids 3-6 for a fun-filled morning program that is perfect for you and your active preschooler! Our structured activities include hands-on science, music and movement, a thematic snack, and an outdoor adventure if the weather complies. Keep learning with coloring pages and follow-up activities to continue the fun at home.  This particular program will focus on the polar bears of Arctic North.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Family STEAM at GAR Library. Dwarf Galaxy Image by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory
G.A.R. Memorial Library offers a S.T.E.A.M. experience for families! Come to the library for a fun morning Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics activity with Melanie from Family Community Connection and see what you can create. All Families Welcome.
Location: The G.A.R. Memorial Library
The G.A.R. Memorial Library Massachusetts Library's LEGO club is a drop-in family event
The G.A.R. Memorial Library invites families and kids of all ages to participate in creating a wonderful LEGO scene.  Bring the whole family and build  something incredible. We provide the legos - you bring your ideas. Your creation will be on display for the next month. Drop in and have fun!
Location: The G.A.R. Memorial Library

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Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Grade 1-8 Open House

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.

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

Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions Registration Open

Waldorf at Moraine FArm Homeschool Winter and Spring Sessions
Waldorf Homeschool Program - Academic and Artistic Enrichment Classes for Homeschooled Students – First through Eighth Grade Level Classes Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is pleased to announce registration is open for the Homeschool Program on our beautiful Beverly, Massachusetts campus.
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

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

Reading to Thor the Library

The G.A.R. Memorial Library Massachusetts Library's reading therapy dog is looking for kids to read to him!
The G.A.R. Memorial Library invites kids of all ages to come read to Thor, the library's reading therapy pet! Thor's a great listener and would love to hear your story, so come sign up in poerson at the library!
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

YWCA Celebration of Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. quote about nonviolence as a weapon that heals
Join the Newburyport YWCA for a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. The celebration is planned and organized by the YWCA’s teen-led Racial Justice committee. Each year student leaders create innovative and engaging programs about the impact of racism that provoke thought and encourage...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

River Valley Charter School Parent Information Sessions and School Tours

River Valley Charter School - Newburyport
River Valley Charter School invites parents to attend one of its Parent Information Sessions and School Tour to learn how RVCS is a good fit for your family. Learn about how to apply for the 2020-2021 school year enrollment lottery. RVCS provides a rigorous academic program based on the Montessori...
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

River Valley Charter School Parent Information Sessions and School Tours

River Valley Charter School - Newburyport
River Valley Charter School invites parents to attend one of its Parent Information Sessions and School Tour to learn how RVCS is a good fit for your family. Learn about how to apply for the 2020-2021 school year enrollment lottery. RVCS provides a rigorous academic program based on the Montessori...
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, January 25

North Shore Nursery School Enrollment Applications For Fall 2020

Best childcare, preschool, nursery school in Beverly MA
Recognized as one of the best preschools North of Boston, North Shore Nursery School is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Now Enrolling for Fall 2020. Toddler through Pre-K, plus optional enrichment programs. Our unique, child-centered programs start at age 2! Low...
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

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

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

Lunar New Year at PEM

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...
Where: PEM
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, 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

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

Family Pasta Making Workshop

Kids and familes will make homemade pasta together at this Appleton Cooks workshop in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Skip the pasta machine and get ready to use your hands to create orecchiette (little ears), cavatelli (dimpled pasta) and more with Chef Emily! This simple pasta dough has just three ingredients, and is easily shaped by both big and little hands. Parents and kids will work together to mix and knead...
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Free Family STEM Program

CFCE of the North Shore and Salem Sound Coastwatch host STEM programs for local families.
CFCE of the North Shore and Salem Sound Coastwatch host STEM programs for local families. Join CFCE for a series of STEM programs for kids ages 4 and up! CFCE of the North Shore is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education...
11:00 am to 12:00 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