Indoor Activity

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Cabot

Come see Ferris Bueller's Day Off at the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts for just $1/child!

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris’ trail is high school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch him in the act.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021 7:30pm
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PEM February School Vacation Week

February School Vacation Week programs at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts

Peabody Essex Museum invites kids and families for days of fun and engaging events and activities during February vacation week!  Come to the Museum Come join us for a week of exploration into our relationship with nature and discover new ways to become a steward of the earth.  There will be drop in art activities, collaborative art projects, multisensory tours, artist demonstrations and more! The museum hosts a weeklong celebration (10am - 4pm daily) of Black History Month and the exhibition 'Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle' through family-friendly art making, music and storytelling. All programs are included with admission.

When: 
Daily, February 17-21, 2020 10am - 4pm

Family Fun with Archaeology

Peabody Institute on Archaeology hosts a FREE family-friendly event features interactive, hands-on activities geared toward all ages

Come dig up some fun at the Peabody Institute on Archaeology during February Vacation week! This FREE family-friendly event features interactive, hands-on activities geared toward all ages. Explore activity stations where you can test your color knowhow, make your own Grecian vessel, learn to writeunderwater, construct amazing structures out of LEGO, and more!

When: 
Thursday, February 20, 2020 9am-Noon

New England Boat Show

The New England Boat Show in Boston Massachusetts at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Now in its 65th year, the region’s most iconic, highly-anticipated marine expo, the 2020 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show cruises into port at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center bringing summer back for nine days in February. The nautical extravaganza commands an impressive roster of boating’s best known names and brands, showcasing more than 700 new boats and watercraft. Along with a stunning array of the industry’s must-have marine accessories, boat lovers of all ages enjoy insider tips and access to industry experts—everything needed to get shipshape for summer.

When: 
Saturday, February 8, 2020 10am–8pm
Sunday, February 9, 2020 10am–6pm
Monday - Friday, February 10-14, 2020 12pm–8pm
Saturday, February 15, 2020 10am–8pm
Sunday, February 16, 2020 10am–6pm

International Food Fair

First Church in Swampscott’s annual INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR raises fund for Habitat for Humanity

Come to the First Church in Swampscott’s annual INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Come sample foods from around the world and, at the same time, support a great cause: building homes for deserving families. The food fair has become a highly anticipated and exciting event in the community. There are a number of local churches and organizations that partner with The First Church to make this a continued success.

When: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020 11am-2pm

Marblehead Winter Carnival

Break up the monotony of Winter at the Marblehead Winter Carnival hosted by Marblehead Rec

Come join the Recreation Department the Marblehead Family Fund for the annual indoor winter carnival. There will be carnival games, a bounce house, giant slidecrafts and more!. This is a wonderful way to break up the monotomy of a cold New England winter and spend a day in town with the family, so bring the family for an afternoon of fun! Funds raised will go towards the Rebuild of the Hobbs Playground!

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Saturday, February 1, 2020 3-5PM

New Year's Eve at NH Children's Museum

New Year's Eve at Children's Museum of New Hampshire.

There is no better way to ring in the New Year with family and friends of all ages than at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. Ring in the New Year before bedtime! Our annual daytime New Year's Eve Celebration is a long-time family favorite.

When: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10am - 3pm

A Winter Solstice Celebration at Joppa Flats

Come celebrate the longest night - Winter Solstice - at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport

Come celebrate the longest night and shortest day of the year with Joppa Flats! Miss Mary and Miss Susan offer stories, songs, crafts made of evergreens, and thematic snacks for everyone to enjoy. Learn why we have seasons, and why different cultures around the world created legends and rituals to mark the longest night of the year. Join us for a festival of light to beckon the sun to return!

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Friday, December 20, 2019 3:30-5pm

Vacation Week: Farm Felting

Learn about the process of making felt from wool at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts during February Vacation!

Warmer spring weather means its sheep shearing time on the farm. But what to do with all that wool? Learn about the time honored tradition of wool felting. We’ll start by learning how to “card” the raw wool into soft fiber for spinning or felting. Afterwards, we’ll try our hand making twisted wool bracelets and felt balls to be used for farm-fun necklaces. Wool, wood beads and decorative string will be provided, but feel free to bring anything special of your own to add to your necklace. Afterwards meet our three woolly sheep and feed them a snack! Recommended for ages 6-9 but all are welcome.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019 10-11am
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Adirondack Leadership Program at Gordon College’s La Vida Center

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for public viewing!
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit September 12 through October 2 featuring 50 site specific sculptures by local artists addressing this year’s theme, ‘Reach’ within the magnificence of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Look for the large...
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Trails & Sails 2021

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.
Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events from September 17-26, 2021 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Discover special places in your backyard and be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 pm

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works as part of Trails and Sails
Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site for a tour of the industrial site which will include operating water wheels and discussions on the iron making process. Stay for a second presentation, a demonstration of blacksmithing techniques.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2020 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The Maze Park, corn maze, farm stand, bakery and other attractions provide a great destination for kids birthday parties, school trips, corporate team building, scout outings, and family activities. Marini Farm is located in beautiful...
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

Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope at Maudslay State Park is a chance for preschoolers to explore the park, enjoy a story and make a craft!
Maudslay State Park has created this program for their youngest crowd! For the young set that loves nature, the park interpreter will lead a three-part preschool aged program that includes a Story, Craft & Walk that involves outdoor exploration. A different nature topic each week so come every...
10:30 am

Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms

Join the Trustees at Farmhouse Wood-Fired every Thursday through Sunday, throughout the summer and fall. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a perfect wood-fired dining experience surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Appleton Farms. The menu will change weekly, featuring local and...
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Blacksmithing Demo at Saugus Iron Works

Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site for a blacksmithing demonstration during Sails and Trails
Join the staff at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site National Historic Site for a blacksmithing demonstration.
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Powow Hill Conservation Area Guided Hike

Take a Trails & Sails hike to the top of Powow Hill in Amesbury!
Come join the Lake Gardener Improvement Association for a guided “Sensory Hike” in the greenspace of the Powow Hill Conservation Area. A “sensory hike” means that we will essentially be taking the time to use your senses to soak in the nature around you as you explore. Guests should plan to arrive...
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Happy as a Clam 5k& Kid Fun Run

The Happy as a Clam Road Race invites children and families to race in Essex
The 13th Annual Happy as a Clam race is back in 2021!  This event is open to anyone who wants to support a community school and all the wonderful enrichment programs the students enjoy throughout the year.  The 5K route meanders through the beautiful back roads of Essex.  The Kids Fun Dashes are...
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

A Spiritual Quest Weekend at Hilldale Cemetery

Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!
Join Essex County Ghost Project on a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2021.  The gates open at 6:30 pm and at 7pm we will start exploring one of New Englands most haunted sites. There have been reports...
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Saturday, September 18

Sculpture at Maudslay

Artists will install their sculptures at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for public viewing!
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit September 12 through October 2 featuring 50 site specific sculptures by local artists addressing this year’s theme, ‘Reach’ within the magnificence of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Look for the large...
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tour de Greenbelt

Essex County Greenbelt will host their annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore!
Essex County Greenbelt Association will host the annual road cycle event to raise funds for conservation efforts on the North Shore!  Cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can ride through some of Essex County’s most beautiful landscapes in this annual road cycle event to benefit local land...
7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

The Flying Horse outdoor sculpture exhibit features works by Taylor Apostal annd many others at Pingree School in Hamilton Massachusetts
The 12th annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. Once again, Pingree will display more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as Hamilton and as far away as the...
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Plum Island by Boat

Learn how Plum Island and the Great Marsh were formed and how important they are on this boat tour of the estuary.
Pristine beauty, wide open space, gorgeous views, and the chance to float up and down the peaceful, winding creeks of the world's second most productive ecosystem.
8:30 am to 11:00 am

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Find fresh local produce and other foods at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 pm

Explore the Pond at Bradley Palmer

Join the park interpreter exploringt he ponds of Bradley Palmer State Park in Massachusetts!
What kinds of fascinating creatures live in or visit the ponds?  Come and visit with the Park Interpreter to see if any creatures are stirring, and if any plants are flowering.  For ages pre-K and up.  Come to the ponds next to the Main Parking Lot, 40 Asbury St., Topsfield.
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Trails & Sails 2021

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.
Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events from September 17-26, 2021 for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Discover special places in your backyard and be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in...
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

ECTA Run for the Trails

Annual Run for the Trails Essex County Trail Association ECTA
Sign up for the 17th Annual Run for the Trails! Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails! Divisions: 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails! 
9:00 am

CoastSweep: Gloucester

Some coastal trash is accidental like this lobster pot washed up by a storm.
As part of COASTSWEEP 2021, volunteers are encouraged to come to Gloucester to help in the statewide effort to keep our coastline clean along the Gloucester beaches and shoreline. Trash collected will be measured and analyzed, and the data will be sent to Washington DC to aid the government in...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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