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Winter Dune hike at the Crane Wildlife refuge with the Trustees of Reservations.
Winter on Crane Beach offers us a unique opportunity to go where we've never gone before - on the sand! Join us on a fun and educational oversand adventure as we explore the winter landscape of Castle Neck and Crane Beach. You will learn all about the natural history of the barrier beach as we keep a look out for winter wildlife including snowy owls!
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
After School STEM in Nature is a weekly after school drop-off program on early release Thursdays for elementary-aged children (grades 1-5).
After School STEM in Nature is a weekly after school drop-off program on early release Thursdays for elementary-aged children (grades 1-5). Drop-off for the program is between 2:15-2:30 and pick-up between 4:15-4:30 at Castle Hill (290 Argilla Road). 
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
NYS hosts a meeting for grandparents who find themselves in the role of parenting their grandchildren.
Join Newburyport Youth Services in a "Judgment Free Zone" to discuss the how grandparents are handling the stress of parenting again. These sessions are meant to provide a time and a place to share feelings, experiences and resources to support each other together.  This program is hosted by NYS and facilitated by Kathleen Shaw, LicSW.  Free childcare and activities for kids are provided during this meeting - and a FREE light dinner is served!
Location: Newburyport Youth Services
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
Cape Ann residents of all ages are invited to join Museum Educator Kendall Reynolds and artist Mary Rhinelander for a self portrait workshop
The Museum is free all day for Cape Ann residents on the second Saturday of every month in 2020! The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. From 10am to 12pm, families are invited to tour the galleries or take a free workshop in the Activity Center. Each month has a different theme or special guest related to the art, history and culture of Cape Ann. Reservations required for workshops and events.
Location: Cape Ann Museum
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 they learn balance, turns, and the skills they acquire to raise themselves up after a fall. Coaches are there to support, care, and teach your children to skate. The rink is divided into three sections and as children progress, they begin playing mini games, and are introduced to basic hockey skills.
Location: The Dorothy Talbot Rink
Join the Trustees of Reservations at  the Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts in search of the Snowy Owl!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate 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, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us for a family snowy owl prowl as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. As a family hike, this hike will be shorter and slower than our standard snowy owl prowl, focusing on engaging children in the natural world. If you are an adult with no or older children who would prefer a more serene hiking experience, please check out or standard Snowy Owl Prowl events.  Family pricing includes 2 adults and up to 2 children. If your family is larger, please purchase 2 family tickets.  Please note: We will be hiking up and down dunes, through soft sand, for approximately 2 miles. Sturdy shoes are necessary and trekking poles are recommended for anyone with balance concerns. Because we will be looking for Snowy Owls on distant dunes, please bring binoculars if you have them. We will have a few pairs available for use to share between us.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Kids will read stories to Benny the Reading Dog in Essex Massachusetts!
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites children to come read stories with to Benny the Reading Dog. Sign up for a 15 minute slot. Bring books from home, or choose from our collection. Please contact the library to reserve your spot.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Hiking the Dunes at the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustees of Reservations.
Begin the New Year with a brisk hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge! The starkly beautiful landscape of the dunes, the smell of the sea in the air – what a perfect way to welcome 2020! At hike's end we’ll let go of the old by burning our regrets around a small beach fire at sunset – and warm up with hot cider!
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Join this fun New Year's Resolution Scavenger Hunt at the Stevens-Coolidge place in North Andover
Stop by The Stevens-Coolidge Place from Monday, December 30 to Sunday, January 12 to get a jump start on those 2020 resolutions! Just inside the white gate at the front door of the the house, you’ll find a scavenger hunt list on the brick patio to get you started exploring all that 2020 has to offer. On the sheet, you’ll find a list of 15 common resolutions, turned into a call to action that will take you through the property. Borrow one and find what’s in store for you in the new year! This activity is suitable for all ages and is best completed in groups of 2 or more. Get outside and explore this winter!
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place

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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.

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

Dads and Donuts at NYS

Newburyport Youth Services host a dads and donuts session where kids can play and dads can socialize
Join Newburyport Youth Services for Dads and Donuts, a free community meetup, co-hosted by the Greater Newburyport Families Club! Kids play, Dads drink coffee and everyone eats donuts!! Greater for kids under 5! Eat, Play, Be Merry. No Pushing, Shoving, Biting or Potty Talk
9:00 am to 11:00 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

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

Campfire & Winter Woods Walk

Winter Campfire and Hike at Endicott Park in Danvers Massachusetts
Come to Endicott Park in Danvers for a morning hike through the woods on Whipple Hillthat wraps up with a story & s'mores by the fire!
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Morning Crane Beach Safari

Winter Dune hike at the Crane Wildlife refuge with the Trustees of Reservations.
Winter on Crane Beach offers us a unique opportunity to go where we've never gone before - on the sand! Join us on a fun and educational oversand adventure as we explore the winter landscape of Castle Neck and Crane Beach. You will learn all about the natural history of the barrier beach as we keep...
10:00 am to 12:00 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

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

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

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

Old Newbury Day Open House & Bonfire

Come to Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm for an open house and winter bonfire! Photo ©Sara Willman
Come to  Spencer Peirce Little Farm for a mid-winter open house and bonfire to celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on January 13, 1701. As part of this community-wide event, tour the Spencer-Pierce-Little House, enjoy hot cider and donuts for sale in the visitor center, and then...
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday, January 24

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 25

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.

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