Kayaking

Fall Colors Paddle for Families

Come see fall foliage from a different perspective on the Fall Foliage Paddle.

Mid-October is an excellent time to take in the spectacular and stunning colors provided by the Ipswich River. The riverside silver maples will be showing off their yellow-gold, while the cattails and other marsh grasses will provide beautiful greens and browns, all set against the winding blues and blacks of the river. Have your family join us for a few hours as we explore this pristine habitat via a gentle paddle in canoes. With a little luck we might encounter a beaver, otter, or muskrat as well!

When: 
Saturday, October 12, 2019 1-3pm

Morning River Paddle

Ipswich River Watershed Association invites you to a free session of paddling along the Ipswich River!

The Ipswich River Watershed Association’s headquarters at Riverbend is a great place to paddle and explore the river! Start your weekend with a morning paddle on the Ipswich River. Paddlers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Before casting off, we’ll go over the basics of canoeing and kayaking. Our route will be determined by flow. Don’t have a boat? Reserve one from our fleet of boats when you RSVP. Spaces are limited.

When: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7-10AM

Beginner Paddle Session

Learn paddling skills with the Ipswich Watershed Association as part of Trails and Sails!

This annual paddle series is great for paddlers of all ages and skill levels. We’ll go over the basics of canoeing and kayaking before taking a leisurely paddle from our Riverbend dock. Don’t have a boat? Reserve one from our fleet of boats when you RSVP. Spaces are limited.

When: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 5:30-8pm

Family Fun Day at Maudslay State Park

Maudslay State Park's Family Fun Day has a lot to offer in events and activities

Come to Maudslay State Park to start off Yankee Homecoming Super Saturday with good family fun!  Many local businesses, organizations and non-profits take part in our Family Day fun offering free crafts, games, activities and handouts.  Sit down for some lunch and listen to the band playing on the main stage or watch one of the performances taking part throughout the park.

When: 
Saturday August 3, 2019 10am-2pm

Family Paddle the Ipswich River

North Shore Nature Programs invites you to a free session of paddling along the Ipswich River!

Join us for a relaxing evening paddle on the Ipswich River. The Ipswich River Watershed Association will lend us canoes for the evening as we explore the lower reaches of the river. We can expect to see a wide variety of birds as well as turtles, fish, and perhaps otters! No prior canoeing experience required.
 

When: 
Friday, June 21, 2019 4-6pm

Let's Go Outside!

Head to Parker River Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's focused on outdoor activity!

Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's focused on outdoor activity! Try a range of fun, healthy outdoor activities including surf fishing on the refuge beach, kayaking in a refuge pond, archery target shooting, and photographing live birds of prey, Complete a birding scavenger hunt. Learn about monarch butterflies! See tide pool critters up close and personal! Lots of nature-based craft activities for younger (and older!) kids.

When: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019 10am – 3pm

Annual Endangered Species Day Celebration

Piping Plover isjust one of the endangered species you'll learn about at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites people of all ages to celebrate Endangered Species Day on Sunday May 19th from 12pm-3pm at the Refuge Visitor Center. Endangered Species Day was designated to educate the American public on the importance of protecting endangered species and highlight the everyday actions that individuals can take to help protect our nation’s wildlife, fish, and plants.

When: 
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Noon – 3pm

Tide Pool Discoveries at Parker River

Kids will explore the tidal pools of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with a park ranger in Newburport

For generations children have enjoyed exploring tide pools and discovering the fascinating plants and animals that live in this realm between the tides. A refuge ranger will guide this hands-on program.

When: 
Friday, July 6, 2018 Noon
Monday, July 16, 2018 9am
Friday, July 20, 2018 12:30pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9am

Art & the Landscape: Alicja Kwade: TunnelTeller

Art & the Landscape: Alicja Kwade: TunnelTeller at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachsuetts

Berlin-based contemporary artist Alicja Kwade (b.1979, Poland) has long been engaged with value systems, philosophical questions about the essence of reality, and with attempting to examine, if not resolve, issues of inherently subjective concepts such as space and time. In her sculptures, as well as installations, photographs, and films, Kwade occupies herself with the structural properties of everyday objects and questioning the veracity of matter, revealing possibilities for alternate realities, while examining social agreements and supposed truths.

When: 
Daily through July 9, 2018

Kayak Fox Creek

Kayak the twists and turns of Fox Creek in Ipswich with the Trustees of Reservations

Have you ever wanted to kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay? Join The Trustees of Reservations at Steep Hill Beach for this early-in-the-day adventure as we paddle Fox Creek, the oldest man-made tidewater canal in the United States! As we wend our way through the marsh, we’ll be on the lookout for herons, egrets, and other shore birds -- with luck we’ll spot an osprey hunting for its supper! We’ll supply the kayaks (sit on top) and lifejackets.

When: 
Sunday, June 10, 2018 8-10am

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February Vacation Week at the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

February Vacation activities at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Massachusetts
From friendly faces to shy glances, you can find people in all kinds of art from around the world and across time. Bring the kids to the Museum during Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures for free activities exploring the many portraits on view throughout the galleries. They can even...

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Come for a fun filled week of science, hands-on activities, museum tours and focused workshops!
Where: MIT Museum

February Vacation Workshops at Art Haven

February Vacation Workshops for kids at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts
Cape ann Art Haven has a great selection of art focused morning workshops during February Vacation in addition to their regular classes and open studio in the afternoons.  Kids can take part in morning sessions, afternoon sessions or stay for a full day!

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.

IRWS School Vacation: Winter Homes

Build igloos and learn how to find winter homes for animals at IRWS's workshop
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter? We'll explore the woodlands, wetlands, and field edges for nests, cavities, burrows, dens, and lodges to discover how birds, mammals, and insects find homes in this challenging season. We'll build an igloo or shelter and see how warm it can...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Vacation Day Camp at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm - Beverly

February Vacation Winter Camp at Moraine Farm
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly is offering a February Vacation Camp experience. This camp is designed for children ages 4 through 7. Camp will be offered Tuesday, 2/18 through Friday, 2/21, 8:30 am through 3pm, with the option to pick up at 1 pm. Sign up for one day or all four. Children...
8:30 am to 3:00 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

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

WinterQuest at the Crane Estate

Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts offers a morning program for kids 7-14 during February Vacation!
The Crane Estate isn’t just the home of the ultimate summer adventure (SummerQuest), it’s also home to exciting spring and winter adventures! Join us during school break for a special half-day drop-off program for children ages 7-14, full of outdoor adventure, hands-on STEM activities, games, and...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Kids in the Kitchen | February Vacation Week

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen program is geared to children aged 6-9
In the winter most people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! These programs are for kids ages 6-10 who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

LEGO Bakers Light Make & Take

Get a LEGO replica of the Bakers Island Light at the Salem Visitor Center
Calling all LEGO lovers! Join us on Wednesday, Februrary 19th during school vacation for an exciting LEGO Friendship "Make & Take" event co-hosted by Essex Heritage and the National Park Service! Participants will have the chance to make and take home their very own lighthouse keeper minifigure...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Aleph Academy and Lappin Foundation Babyccino - Swampscott

Chabad of North Shore and Lappin Foundation
Aleph Academy and Lappin Foundation invites you to Babyccino, a chic meet for mod moms and their tots ages 0-24 months (siblings are welcome).
10:00 am to 11:00 am

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...
10:00 am to 4:00 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

Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a blast exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Mrs. Crane’s cat has gone missing and there’s a party tonight! Only you can help the household staff find the cat AND get ready for the party at the same time! This interactive tour program takes families through the house looking for where the cat might be hiding, while also learning about the...
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Winter Fun at Castle Hill

Beat those winter blues and make the most of February vacation by getting outside at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
Beat those winter blues and make the most of February vacation by getting outside! Every afternoon February 16-22, join us for winter fun for all ages at the Crane Estate from noon-4pm (we recommend you arrive by 3pm). Check in at the front desk in the main gallery of the house then plan your...
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LEGO Club at HW Library

Wednesdays are LEGO Club Days at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Come to HW Library to create a masterpiece, share your ideas, work individually or as a team. This is a non-robotics program designed for children in grades K - 5, created to share the joy of Legos. No experience or registration necessary.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

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 Obse
7:00 pm

Thursday, February 20

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Come for a fun filled week of science, hands-on activities, museum tours and focused workshops!
Where: MIT Museum

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.

February Vacation Workshops at Art Haven

February Vacation Workshops for kids at Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Massachusetts
Cape ann Art Haven has a great selection of art focused morning workshops during February Vacation in addition to their regular classes and open studio in the afternoons.  Kids can take part in morning sessions, afternoon sessions or stay for a full day!

February Vacation Week at the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

February Vacation activities at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Massachusetts
From friendly faces to shy glances, you can find people in all kinds of art from around the world and across time. Bring the kids to the Museum during Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures for free activities exploring the many portraits on view throughout the galleries. They can even...

IRWS School Vacation: Carnivores Dining Out

Kids ages 5-11 are invited to Ipswich river Wildlife Sanctuary during February Vacation to learn about carnivores
Winter is a great time to look for predators and the evidence they leave behind. Today, we'll look at animal bones, fur, scat, tracks, and chews. Then we'll hike the sanctuary in search of hawks, foxes, fishers, river otters, and more. We'll investigate how these animals are able to hunt prey in...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Vacation Day Camp at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm - Beverly

February Vacation Winter Camp at Moraine Farm
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly is offering a February Vacation Camp experience. This camp is designed for children ages 4 through 7. Camp will be offered Tuesday, 2/18 through Friday, 2/21, 8:30 am through 3pm, with the option to pick up at 1 pm. Sign up for one day or all four. Children...
8:30 am to 3:00 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

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

Kids in the Kitchen | February Vacation Week

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen program is geared to children aged 6-9
In the winter most people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! These programs are for kids ages 6-10 who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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!
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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