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100th Day Celebration at IRWS

The Rockery at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary circa 1950.

This year Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries turn 100! Join us on Saturday, April 9 - the 100th day of the year - for a special "100th Day Celebration." Visitors of all ages are welcome - free of charge - to explore our trails in celebration of 100 years of wildlife sanctuaries with Mass Audubon.

When: 
Saturday, April 9, 2016 10am-2pm

Weekday Little Explorers: Groundhog Day Celebration

Celebrate Groundhog Day with Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield! Photo: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Groundhog Day is just a few days away, and we have planned a special walk. We will learn all about these true hibernators, and then we will head out to the fields in search of groundhog holes. Learn some songs and create a groundhog mask to take home.

When: 
Wednesday, January 27 , 2016 10-11:30 am

Weekday Little Explorers: The Mitten

Read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett and then take a hike to look for animal homes

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a wonderful program for preschoolers! These walks are offered as individual classes. Join us for one or more of these winter explorations. We'll read by Jan Brett and then take a hike to look for animal homes in the sanctuary. Using a very large mitten, we will recreate the story. As a group, we'll build a people shelter and see how warm we can make it.

When: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Vacation Week Flyby: Furry, Fat, and Feathered Friends

Learn about the birds that stay in New England for Winter, and what they do to survive at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary! Photo: ©Bill O'Connor

Our school vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities while we keep minds active and hands busy during school break with free-flow learning for the whole family. Each session offers a different theme, with scheduled family presentations and something to engage hearts and minds for all ages and interests.

When: 
Monday, December 29, 2015 10am - 3pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 11A: Do Animals Build?

Kids ages 3-6 will learn about animal homes, nests, burrows hideaways and the  animals that make them at Joppa Flats Education Center

Join Mass Audubon for this fun, hands-on science program about animals who build nests, burrows, webs, and dens and make their own homes comfy and safe. We will make make-believe bird nests, learn how animals use materials from nature and people to create their homes and we’ll burn off some energy with fun role plays as we dig, weave, spin and build! This program will include active group play, a take home craft and a very special homemade snack!

When: 
Thursday, November 19, 2015 1-2:30 pm

Imagine, Sing, & Learn 11B: Do Animals Build?

Kids ages 3-6 will learn about animal homes, nests, burrows hideaways and the  animals that make them at Joppa Flats Education Center

Join Mass Audubon for this fun, hands-on science program about animals who build nests, burrows, webs, and dens and make their own homes comfy and safe. We will make make-believe bird nests, learn how animals use materials from nature and people to create their homes and we’ll burn off some energy with fun role plays as we dig, weave, spin and build! This program will include active group play, a take home craft and a very special homemade snack!

When: 
Friday, November 20, 2015 10-11:30 am

Mass Audubon at Amesbury Library

Miss Lisa from Joppa Flats education center visits Amesbury Library monthly for a preschool geared presentation!

Miss Lisa of the Joppa Flats Education Center visits Amesbury Public Library each month for a 1 hour program focused on pre-schoolers! Participants will be engaged, excited, and learning about all kinds of things in nature. Each program is an hour long and includes hands-on activities, group role play, and fun take homes. Register for each program separately.

When: 
Friday, November 6, 2015 10:30am
Friday, December 4, 2015 2pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 10:30am

Butterflies in Massachusetts

Join Doug Savich, local butterfly expert to learn about the butterflies of Massa

Butterflies can be a fun hobby! Join Doug Savich, local butterfly expert. There are about 100 species of butterflies in MA and about 75 can be seen on Cape Ann. Come explore the park with Doug and look for butterflies. Bring a close focus binocular if you have one.

When: 
Saturday, June 14, 2014 10-11:30am

Winter Birds Free-for-All

Woodpeckers winter over in Massachusetts' North Shore.

Joppa Flats Education Center invites families to join them for a full day of free outdoor and indoor nature activities, art projects, and birding! While some songbirds have left for a warmer climate, our resident winter birds are happily preparing for the cold and the snow.

When: 
Sunday, December 16, 2012 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Grade 1-8 Open House

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 31

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

Saturday, February 1

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.

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

Learn to Skate and Play

Youth Hockey, Cape Ann Youth Hockey, Gloucester Rink Learn to Skate
Boys and girls from the ages 3-16 can learn to skate and develop hockey skills in Cape Ann Youth Hockey's various programs. Cape Ann Learn-to-Skate program is held at Gloucester's Talbot Rink and provides crates for the kids learning to skate for the first time. Kids will be amazed at how quickly...
9:00 am

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

River Valley Charter School Parent Information Sessions and School Tours

River Valley Charter School - Newburyport
River Valley Charter School invites parents to attend one of its Parent Information Sessions and School Tour to learn how RVCS is a good fit for your family. Learn about how to apply for the 2020-2021 school year enrollment lottery. RVCS provides a rigorous academic program based on the Montessori...
9:00 am to 10:00 am

River Valley Charter School Parent Information Sessions and School Tours

River Valley Charter School - Newburyport
River Valley Charter School invites parents to attend one of its Parent Information Sessions and School Tour to learn how RVCS is a good fit for your family. Learn about how to apply for the 2020-2021 school year enrollment lottery. RVCS provides a rigorous academic program based on the Montessori...
9:00 am to 10:00 am

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 10 a.m. 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

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...
10:00 am to 11:00 am
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