North Shore Playgrounds

Sometimes when you're on the go, and things are getting hectic, it's great to be able to pull over and let the kids decompress at a playground.  We have compiled a list of alot (but not all) of the playgrounds on the North Shore.  We like to visit the different ones on our routes around Essex county, and compare them.  If we see one we haven't been to, we'll stop and give it a try. Have a look, explore and discover the North Shore through a playground tour!

 

Adirondack Leadership Program at Gordon College’s La Vida Center

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

D&D for Tweens/Teens

Dungeons and Dragons for teens and tweens at Rowley Massachusetts Public Library
If you’re between 11 and 18, you’re invited to join us for a fantasy-filled RPG afternoon! Sign-up to explore the world of tabletop RPGs guided by Marcus deLemos. We’ll provide you with everything you need (including refreshments for our long journey), and all you need to bring is your sense of...
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sunday, January 29

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:00am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Becoming a Wildlife Detective

What animals do you see in winter?  Kids will learn about how animals survive the winter months
Even in the middle of winter, nature is a very busy “place!” Though you may not see them, there are an amazing variety of critters going about their business, outdoors, all winter long. What you can see are the tracks and other sign that they leave behind. Participants in this program will be able...
10:00 am to 11:30 am

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

Monday, January 30

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

Tuesday, January 31

Tweens and Teens Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons at Manchester Massachusetts Public Library
Led by our spirited visionary dungeonmaster, Asa B., this game will challenge you to use every wit in your wizardly (or elfin. Or trollish) bag of tricks. See you there! Join any time, just please be sure to register before you come. 
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Tuesday Textiles: Basic Crochet

Kids learn the basics of crochet knitting each Tuesday at the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead Massachusetts
Children ages 7 plus are invited to this weekly workshop to learn how to create a foundation chain, make a single-crochet stitch, and finish a small square/rectangle. They will produce a piece of fabric that could be a coaster, potholder, etc.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, February 1

Arts & 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....
10:30 am to 11:30 am

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....
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Thursday, February 2

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