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Debbie & Friends at the Cabot Theater

Debbie & Friends tell stories that children know and love with music and song!

From the moment that Debbie and Friends launch into the original song, “I’m Glad You’re Here,” the children in the crowd understand their role: to jump up and down participate. As the lyrics suggest, “You’re part of the show.” From that high-energy opener to the ecstatic ending, the pacing of a Debbie and Friends show perfectly aligns with the attention spans of their audience. They’ll rock out and get the kids dancing in a theatre-sized conga line, and then they’ll bring them down gently to relax and engage in more attentive ways. Drawing heavily from fairytales that kids will already be familiar with, Debbie presents enough lyrical updates to keep these stories fresh, and to keep everybody tuned in and laughing, including the parents!  

When: 
Saturday, February 18, 2023 10:30am
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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. Come visit the 1690 farm house from 3-4pm. Then walk down to the town-sponsored bonfire and enjoy food, beer, wine and hot chocolate that will be available for purchase from local vendors. The bonfire is lit around dusk (~4:30pm) Pre-purchase your parking pass for a guaranteed spot in the parking field. Parking pass ticket $20.

When: 
Saturday, January 14, 2023 3-9pm

Saturday Art Adventures at Essex Library

TOHP Library hosts a fun art & music program for the whole family in Essex Massachusetts

The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids to join Ms. Julie for a fun art & music program for the whole family! Designed for children ages 0-8 and their adult. Registration is requested but not required. Register through Early Childhood Partners at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com

When: 
Saturdays, January 21 & 28, 2023 10-11am
Saturdays, February 4 & 18, 2023 10-11am

Knitting Club at Essex Library

Come try your hand at knitting at the Essex Library! Ages 6 and up

The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex hosts a knitting club for anybody aged 6 and up! Children ages 6 years and older with an adult-Learn the basics of knitting AND sewing with Ms. Christine. No experience necessary! Build hand strength and dexterity which will support fine motor skills. Participants will receive knitting needles and yarn to keep. This program is free and hosted in conjunction with Early Childhood Partner's CFCE. Space is limited and registration is required at: https://www.earlychildhoodpartners.com/

When: 
Fridays January 13 - March 24, 2023 3:30-4:30pm

Rockport New Year's Eve 2022

Come to Rockport Massachusetts for a wonderful night a family New Year's Activities!

Rockport New Years Eve is an annual family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration of the arts in picturesque downtown Rockport, Massachusetts. Events will take place at 14 venues this year, all within easy walking distance of one another. Most of the venues are handicap accessible. Admission to most events requires the purchase of an inexpensive button, and a few events are free. Performances include music, dance, puppet shows, magic, and much more. Activities conclude with a midnight ball drop. Children's entertainment wraps up with an early New Year celebration.

When: 
Saturday, December 31, 2022 6pm-Midnight

The Nutcracker at the Cabot

North Atlantic Ballet's Nutcracker comes to the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts.

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, North Atlantic Ballet welcomes back their annual telling of The Nutcracker. Artistic Director Lucy Warren-Whitman consistently brings the stage to life with her contemporary twist on Clara’s journey to The Land Of Sweets. Audiences delight each year in new choreography, guest appearances, creative costumes, and of course our local children’s cast dancing alongside NAB’s seasoned company dancers.

When: 
Friday, December 16, 2022 7pm
Saturday, December 17, 2022 Noon & 7pm
Sunday, December 18, 2022 Noon
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Christmas at Castle Hill

The Trustees' Castle Hill Christmas by the Sea is a weekend of festivities hosted by the Trustees of Reservations at Castle Hill in Ipswich Massachusetts

Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition. Don’t miss this year’s elegant Roaring-Twenties-themed decorations–pearls, feathers, ocean liner memorabilia, and more. Each room in our 1920s mansion is uniquely decorated for the holidays. Timed entry will limit the number of guests for the comfort and safety of guests and staff. Masks are required. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

When: 
Fridays, December 2, 9 & 16, 2022 5-8pm
Saturdays, December 2, 10, 17 & 31, 2022 10am-4pm
Sundays, December 4, 11 &18, 2022 10am-4pm
Tuesday-Friday, December 27-30, 2022 10am-4pm

The Nutcracker at the Cabot - Matinee

North Atlantic Ballet's Nutcracker comes to the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts.

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, North Atlantic Ballet welcomes back their annual telling of The Nutcracker. Artistic Director Lucy Warren-Whitman consistently brings the stage to life with her contemporary twist on Clara’s journey to The Land Of Sweets. Audiences delight each year in new choreography, guest appearances, creative costumes, and of course our local children’s cast dancing alongside NAB’s seasoned company dancers.

When: 
Friday, December 16, 2022 7pm
Saturday, December 17, 2022 Noon & 7pm
Sunday, December 18, 2022 Noon
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Glen Urquhart School Pre-K through 8th grade in Beverly MA

Winter DROP IN Preschool Farm Explorers

Farm Explorers is a great way for preschoolers to explore Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Winter is in the air and the animals of the farm and woods have prepared themselves for winter. Can we find their signs, like homes, tracks, and caches of food? What happens in winter around the farm? We invite little farmers to experience life at the farm in winter. Through farm “chores,” age-...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Duckie Soap Making for Teens

Teens and Tweens will make duckie soaps in at TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts.
Teens! Grades 6-12, don't miss this unique opportunity to make your very own  soap creation encasing an adorable rubber duckie-perfect to celebrate the January birthday of the original Rubber Duckie!
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Young Gloucester Scientists Club

Ocean Alliance of Gloucester Massachusetts deveveloped the Snot Bot drone
Join the Young Gloucester Scientists Club at OCEAN ALLIANCE  to learn all about Whales, Drones, and all you can learn by collecting Whale Snot - Stay tuned for more details!! This program is intended for Students in 4th through 8th grade and Registration is required for each student attending. 
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Friday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join Thbe Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays and Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Comic Workshop with Author/Illustrator Jonathan Todd

Join Boston-based author/illustrator Jonathan Todd for a four-week comic making workshop in Manchsester Massachusetts
Ages 11-16: Be the star of your own comic!
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Ipswich Folk Dance

Come join the community tradition of the folk dance at Ipswich Town Hall!
Dance is a New England folk tradition, and Ipswich Recreation invites you to join the fun!Join old and new friends in folk dances, including squares, contras, and circle dances. Egrets-Only, a band and caller of local Ipswich parents, will provide the fiddle tunes and instruction.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 28

Superbowl of Birding 2023

The Superbowl of Birding 2023 is a unique competition conducted in Rockingham County, NH, and Essex County, MA. During a 12-hour period, teams of birders of all ages and abilities seek out the greatest number of avian species and amass the most points based on the rarity of the birds recorded....
5:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lunar New Year Festival at PEM

Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts!
Join PEM as they celebrate the Lunar New Year | The Year of the Rabbit!  Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. While some traditions are shared across countries, others are unique to one region, community or national...
Where: PEM
10:00 am to 4:00 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 10am 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

Signs of Winter Wildlife at Rough Meadows

Kids will learn about winter animals of the North Shore by studying their tracks and other signs they leave behind in Rowley Massachusetts
The Essex County Greenbelt Association invites families to join North Shore Nature Programs is for outdoor fun for children of all ages.
10:00 am to 11:30 pm

All About Owls

Kids are invited to come learn about owls at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury Massachusetts
Kids are invited to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge to learn about owls found on the refuge over winter & dissect an owl pellet! For kids ages 12 and up. Registration required, limited spots available.
10:00 am

Befriend the Barnyard

Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our Appleton Farms stars in a relaxed and educational setting.
Come discover our special barnyard animals! Our Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgana, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens will take center stage as we learn about what makes them so unique. Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
During your day of exploring the farm & hiking and skiing the trails, join us at the farmhouse for Appleton signature baked goods, farm vegetable soup, gourmet hot chocolate, tea and snacks. Our menu will change seasonally, and all items will be available to purchase a la carte.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday Art Adventures at Essex Library

TOHP Library hosts a fun art & music program for the whole family in Essex Massachusetts
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids to join Ms. Julie for a fun art & music program for the whole family! Designed for children ages 0-8 and their adult. Registration is requested but not required. Register through Early Childhood Partners at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com. 
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Saturday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays & Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wingmasters Presents "The World of Owls"

Come learn all about owls from Wingmasters at Wenham Museum in Massachusetts
Wenham Museum hosts a fun presentation by Wingmasters in Wenham Massachusetts. Come see live owls up close in this indoor presentation that will introduce you to different owls and other birds of prey in our region. The presentations start at 10:30am or 2pm and includes admission to the museum....
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
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