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Appleton Farms Grass Rides Reindeer Quest

Head outdoors at Appleton Farms Grass Rides in Ipswich Massachusetts

Santa's Reindeer have done their job and now their relaxing in the Appleton Grass Rides! Grab your snow shoes, hiking boots or cross country skiis and get the family outside between Christmas and New Years to seek out our elusive herd of wooden reindeer on our reindeer quest.

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Daily, December 24, 2019 - January 3, 2020
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Solstice in the Shipyard

Solstice in the Shipyard celbration at the Essex Shipbuilding Musuem

Come join us for a day of activities and crafts for adults and kids to get you through the long winter, including star carving, log splitting, ditty bag kits, knitting, and a holiday shop! We will be celebrating the solstice in the Waterline Center with warm drinks and baked goods. Activities range from $2 to $20 each and come with a kit for you to do by the fire this winter!

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Monday, December 21, 2019 11am-4pm

Appleton Farms' Winter Solstice Walk

Celebrate the solstice with the Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farm in Ipswich Massachusetts

Join us to celebrate the winter solstice by slowing down during this busy season and enjoying the silence of night as we walk quietly together. We will meet in the Old House (Farm Offices) to first create our own lantern. Then experience a traditional spiral walk, light up the darkest night of the year with your lantern, and send off a wish as we welcome the returning of the light. Best for adults & older children. Cookies and cocoa will be available while we decorate our lanterns. Please dress to be outside. 

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Friday, December 20, 2019 6-7pm
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Winter Wonderland Family Swim at Lynch/Van Otterloo YMCA

Van Otterloo YMCA in Marblehead hosts a Winter Wonderland Family Swim!

The Lynch/Van Otterloo hosts a Winter Wonderland Family Swim! Meet Santa! Enjoy Holiday music & family swim activities. Complimentary hot cocoa & cookies. Win prizes! Takes place in the small pool and cafe area. This is a complimentary family member benefit event.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019 12:30-2pm

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches

Shop three of the best church fairs in New England, in the same neighborhood on the same day!

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a cold, winter’s day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fair. All three churches are within walking distance with free on street parking. Gift bargains are served up along with homemade food and hot beverages. A dollar goes a long way at this event.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019 9am-2pm
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Trunk or Treat at Van Otterloo YMCA

Van Otterloo YMCA in Marblehead Ma wiil host the a trunk or treat in their lower parking lot.

Candy, games, costumes and fun! Come join us for our second annual Trunk or Treat Halloween. The festival is free and open to the entire community! Decorate your trunk in your favorite Fall/Halloween theme. Dress up in costume, hand out treats to Children who trick or treat to each vehicle. Contact Ashley Snell Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA to register a vehicle display. YMCA will provide the candy.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:30pm

Essex Clam Fest 2019

Enjoy food, live music and all kinds of family fun at the Essex Clam Fest! Photo: An order of steamed clams from Woodman's of Essex

The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm. Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019 11am - 4pm
Chowder Tasting Noon-2pm

Trunk or Treat at Ipswich YMCA

Ipswich Massachusetts YMCA wiil host a Halloween trunk or treat in their parking lot.

Bring the whole family to this event! Decorate your trunk/car in a scary, silly, funny manner or pick a theme and bring lots of candy or prizes to hand out to our Trunk or Treaters. Dress in costume and be creative. Please keep it family friendly. There will be a prize for the best trunk. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER AS A TRUNKER

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5-6:30pm
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Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!

U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon availability, this tour may include the operation of waterwheels, the 500-pound hammer, the rolling mill, and blacksmithing demonstrations. Tour lasts about one hour and is outdoors.

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Wednesday-Sunday through October 31, 2019

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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

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

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

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

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

Imagine, Sing & Learn: Bald Eagles on the River

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...
10:00 am to 11:30 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

Berwick Academy STEAM Challenge for Kids

Berwick Academy for grades PreK to 12 in Berwick Maine
Berwick Academy Kids STEAM Challenge Attention parents of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders: Would your child love to dive into a STEAM project during school vacation? Sign your Middle School 'scientist' up for a Design Challenge at Berwick Academy! Students in grades 5, 6, and 7 can join our Engineering...
10:30 am to 12:00 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

PJ Library Shabbat Shalom Circle - Peabody MA

Temple Ner Tamid of the North Shore Lappin Foundation - Peabody MA
Temple Ner Tamid of the North Shore and Lappin Foundation invite families with children ages 8 and including babies, parents, grandparents and friends, are invited to welcome in Shabbat with Shabbat stories, songs, friendship, and a free dinner! This is a free program. Walk-ins welcome.
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Saturday, February 29

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

NMYO’s Chamber Music Concert

Northeast Massachusetts NMYO’s Chamber Music Concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Massachusetts
Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (NMYO) present a free community concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport! Featuring NMYO’s string, woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles, this special concert will include music from some of the great masters of the chamber music genre in...
7:30 pm

Sunday, March 1

Tower School Welcome Wednesdays

Tower School in Marblehead MA Pre-K to Grade 8
Tower achieves academic excellence by stressing critical and creative thinking, good character, and lasting confidence. It’s an approach that develops well-rounded children who thrive on exploration, self-expression, and thoughtful leadership early on.
8:00 am to 9:00 am

Tower School Tower Tots

Tower School Tower Tots: PARENT & TODDLER WORKSHOPS
Tower Tots, small group, Parent and Toddler Workshops are teacher-led, interactive, and fun! Each workshop has its own unique theme−incorporating music, art, stories or movement, selected to delight children aged 2−4.
9:00 am to 10:00 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

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

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

The Newburyport Farmers' Winter Market

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...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Meet Backyard Birds

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,...
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
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