Toddlers

Pick Your Own Strawberries on the North Shore

Picking Strawberries is a fun and delicious way to spend part of your day

Have you ever eaten a hot strawberry? There's nothing better than picking a sun-heated strawberry right off of the vine and popping it in your mouth!  We're lucky enough to have a couple of strawberry plants around to satisfy the immediate urge, but if we're looking to make preserves to have on hand through the winter, we head out to one of many places on the North Shore to pick away to our hearts content. June is the month to harvest strawberries in Massachusetts so don't wait too long or you'll miss out!

Wee Explorers at Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Stevens-Coolidge Place hosts a nature based outdoor programs for toddlers that encourages outdoor play and exploration!

To encourage outdoor play and exploration of the great outdoors, this nature-based toddler playgroup will incorporate themed guided sessions incorporating both guided activities and free time exploration for children and their caregivers to peek under rocks, inspect tree bark for hiding bugs, and jump in puddles. Held every Tuesday morning, families are encouraged to come to one or all of the sessions to explore the hidden world beneath our feet and above our heads.

When: 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:30-10:30am

Nature Walks for Tots at Joppa: What's in the Pond?

Explore the ponds of Woodsom Farm in Amesbury with Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Educators!

As spring arrives and settles in, Miss Lisa wants to take you through the woods, on the trails, and along the shore to look for creatures, explore, and play. We'll use our "science eyes" and "nature ears" for some outdoor family fun! The session will be spent exploring pond life at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury!

When: 
Saturday, May 8, 2021 10-11:30am
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Outdoor Adventures for Families: Return to the Tide Pools

Explore the tide pools of Sandy Point Reservation with Joppa Flats Educators

As spring takes over, it's a great time to explore green spaces with your family in the woods, on trails, and along the shore. "Miss Lisa" and her team will assist with the identification of creatures, provide small group challenges, and share our joy and knowledge about the natural world. Sign up for one or all of these educational outdoor excursions and see nature through the lens of a naturalist!

When: 
Saturday, May 22, 2021 1-3pm

Little Woods Walk: Forest Walk for Families

Join Mass Audubon naturalists on a hike at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield!

Join a Mass Audubon teacher on a child-friendly walk to learn about the people and wildlife who call these forests home. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy a hike with family and give thanks for the resources and beauty that nature provides for wild animals and people, too. The hike is set at a leisurely pace with stops to explore for birds, mammals, insects, and other interesting creature we'll see along the way.

When: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020 10am-11:30am
Saturday, October 31, 2020 1-2:30pm

Nature for Tots at Joppa: Backyard Birds

Meet some of the birds that you'll find in your yard at Joppa Flats Education Center!

The Joppa Flats riverside yard will be our outdoor classroom for families every week! Let's learn about different animals and their habitats, discover the mysteries of weather and where animals go in winter, and do lots of hands-on science with songs, role play, and imagination.  This session will focus on birds that you'll find in your own backyard!

When: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020 10-11am
Thursday, October 15, 2020 1-2pm

Tidepools for Tots

Tide pools for tots is a great opportunity for kids to discover tidal pool creatures and their habitat.

Hermit Crabs, Moon Snails, and Sea Urchins! Come meet these beach creatures in the riverside yard at Joppa Flats. Each family will create their own tide pool model with sand, rocks, seaweed, and salt water. Once each habitat is set up, we'll share our live marine critters with you for you to add to your model tide pool. Your curiosity and wonder will grow as you see how these animals move, hide, and react to each other. Questions and discussion are always welcome!

When: 
Thursday, September 24, 2020 10-11am or 2-3pm
Friday, September 25, 2020 10-11am or 2-3pm

See, Think, & Wonder Walks: Signs of Spring Forest Walk

Kids will explore Hellcat Swamp with Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

Let's head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats to see what's new! We love to find things; think about colors, shapes, and patterns; and wonder why this place is a special home to wildlife. Each nature exploration is presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children will all enjoy. Hosted by Joppa Flats Education Center.

When: 
Thursday, April 2, 2020 2-3:30 pm

Dads & Donuts At Sawyer Free

Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning

This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free Library with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to attend.

When: 
Saturday, March 14, 2020 10:00am

Imagine, Sing, & Learn: Whales on the Move

Kids can learn about whales at this Imagine Sing and Learn session at Joppa Flats in Newburyport!

Whales! Let's pretend to go on a whale watch and learn how to breach and belly roll like humpbacks and find out how whales feed and handle some real whale teeth and baleens and bones. We'll also listen to whale sounds underwater and learn how people are protecting whales in the ocean. Keep learning with take-home coloring pages and fun follow-up activities.

When: 
Friday, march 20, 2020 10-11:30 am

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Anna Jaques Hospital Beth Israel Lahey Health

Market Square Day

Market Square Day has been a Newburyport tradition for over 50 years!
Market Square Day features is a juried craft show with all handmade items from some of the most talented artisans in New England.
10:00 am to 7:00 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

Farmstead Story Hour

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Barnyard stories really come to life when you get to see the main characters in real life! Bring the kids down to Appleton Farms for our farm fresh version of story time. Explore the farmstead, visit our learning garden, see our cows and rabbits, and find a spot to play under a shady tree in our...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Yankee Homecoming Roadrace

The Yankee Homecoming Road Race has been a tradition Since 1960 and Running Strong through the heart of Newburyport
Since 1960, the Yankee Homecoming Road Race has been inviting runners and athletes of all ages to run through the heart of Newburyport. The tradition continues in 2021, this year we're offering only the 5K distance as we celebrate the return to racing. Join us for our 61st year of the Yankee...
6:00 pm

Waterfront Concert: Country Mile

Country Mile is New England's Red Hot Country Music, Dance, Party and Show Band
The Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series invites you to enjoy country mile by the sea with Country Mile! Few New England country acts have had such explosive success as the Country Mile Band (CMB). Their music has been called a "kicking" kind of country. From their foot stomping covers to...
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays includes great dining live music, dancing & extended shopping hours for shopping Downtown Ipswich Tuesday evenings!
Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays includes great dininglive music, dancing on the Riverwalk  & extended shopping hours for shopping Downtown Ipswich Tuesday evenings!  Each week will feature live entertainment on the Riverwalk, making for a fun evening out for the whole family!
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Wednesday, August 4

Tinkerhaus Kids' Art on the Rail Trail

Join Tinkerhaus on the Clipper City Rail Trail for artistic fun in Newburyport!
Join Tinkerhaus for free weekly sessions for Kids 3 and up on the Clipper City Rail Trail  between High and Low Street, right by the Toy Train. Wear clothes that can get wet and messy. We will explore a large variety of materials.
9:30 am to 10:30 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

Thursday, August 5

US Coast Guard Station Tours

Tour the Newburyport Coast Guard station as part of Yankee Homecoming
The Coast Guard Station in Newburyport stands as a testament to over 100 years of service to the opening of the Merrimack River and the coastal regions from the North Shore to Portsmouth, NH. All are invited for a special tour of the facility and get a close-up look at the inner workings of this...
10:00 am to 10:10 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

Cape Ann Farmers Market will be held at Harbor Loop in Gloucester Massachsuetts for the 2021 Season!
CAFM is an award winning not for profit market that has become part of the fabric of Cape Ann’s foodscape. CAFM supports small local farmers, fisherman, and food producers which in turn helps to strengthen the local economy. Buying local produce at CAFM helps support and conserve over 500 acres of...
3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5k

Come to Lynch Park for the Beverly Homecoming 5k starting from Lynch Park!
Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5k Road Race (Live if permitted and Virtual). Don't miss this historic Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5K Road Race! The neighbors line the streets to cheer you on along this flat course that stretches through ocean side suburbs and ends with a fast, picturesque finish. It’s...
Where: Lynch Park
6:30 pm to 10:10 pm

Castle Hill Picnic Concert - Entrain

Entrain brings rock funk jam music to the Crane Estate in this Thursday evening
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. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand...
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Waterfront Concert: BeatleJuice

Beatlejuice is the leading Beatles cover band in New England
The Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series invites you to enjoy Beatles music by the sea with Beatlejuice! Beatlejuice doesn’t mimic the Beatles, they honor them! Widely recognized as the finest interpreters of Lennon & McCartney, Beatlejuice combines wonderful vocals, great musicianship,...
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday, August 6

Annual National Sand Sculpting Festival

The Annual Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival is a fun family event that inspires the inner artist in all of us! The festival is a greatly anticipated annual summer event in the Greater Boston area with approximately 900,000 attendees. Master sand sculptors from around the world compete...
12:00 am to 11:59 pm
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