North Shore Kid Stories, Events, Activities, Camps and Recipes

Explore Choate Island with your family and experience the beauty of Essex Bay!

Bring the kids and enjoy a wonderful outing in the heart of Essex Bay with the Trustees! Explore Choate Island in Essex Bay with your family during this island open house. Choate Island, part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, is home to a variety of plant and animal life. It is also the site of the Choate family homestead, the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the final resting place of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Crane.

 

The Cape Ann Farmers Market is one of many North Shore Farmers' Markets

At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market you'll find plenty of farm-fresh produce, meat & local seafood, as well as lots of fun stuff for the entire family. There are activities like finger painting for the kids and cooking demonstrations for “Top Chef” wanna-bes, and melt-in-your-mouth local gelato. 

Location: Stage Fort Park

 

Families are invited to the Beverly Harbor Fest for an afternoon of family fun a

Families are invited to the Beverly Harbor Fest for an afternoon of family fun and community building! Come can enjoy a Beverly's Glover Wharf Marina - a community resource that's open to all!  Live Music, great food, raffles, kids activities, a perfect waterfront setting and fun family activities will make this event a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon on the waterfront!

Location: Glover Wharf

 

Learn about 17th century life on the North Shore & Essex County north of Boston

Essex county is home to an extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America's First Period (1625-1725) of European settlement. Explore these architectural treasures and discover what is was like to live in Essex County during America's first century.

Various properties are open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, June - October, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

 

Kids in grades k-12 are invited to play chess at Salem Public Library.

Kids in grades k-8 who have an interest in chess are invited to come to the Salem Public Library to play chess with other enthusiasts of the game! Novice players are welcome and there are no instructors present. This two hour session is designed to provide a friendly environment for kids to test their skills against other opponents! Come to the library and play!

 

The Swampscott Farmers Market happens every Sunday through October.

Rain or shine, the Swampscott Farmers’ Market features a wide variety of produce, meats, fish, breads, flowers and crafts from farmers, food producers, and artisans from around Massachusetts and nearby New England states. Anchoring the market, Swampscott will have Clark Farm providing a large variety of produce, as well as John Crow Farms bringing produce, meats and poultry. Other vendors include Maitland Mountain Farms (known for their pickles and flowers), Fille de Ferme (producer of homemade jams and jellies), Cherry Street Fish Market, Big Sky Breads, and more.

 

The Gloucester Schooner Festival will light up Gloucester Harbor with Fireworks!

Following the Gloucester Schooner Festival's Parade of lights in Gloucester Harbor, A fireworks display will light up the sky over Gloucester Harbor to celebrate a great day of maritime history and tradition.  Good vantage points for viewing fireworks include Gloucester's Boulevard, Stage Fort Park, Pavilion Beach and the Park at Fort Point.

 

The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates maritime, sailing and fishing herita

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is a  wonderful celebration of Gloucester's fishing and maritime history during labor day weekend. This year's festival, hosted by Maritime Gloucester,  is Gloucester’s major marine event, with participating vessels coming from ports along the Eastern seaboard and beyond. There will be both large and small vessels—ranging from 19 feet to over 100 feet in length. You will see new boats and old boats, from newly built (Ardelle - launched 2011) to over 100 years old!

 

Poison Ivy Eco Art at Maudslays Art in the Park!

Maudslay State Park has a strong connection to the arts. Join the interpreter for this art program incorporating natural materials gathered and assembled into a piece of art that will be reclaimed by nature. Photo cataloging will be used for the website. This program teaches cooperation, and creative thinking, as well as problem-solving, all in the great outdoors. Wear outdoor clothing and expect to get dirty.

 

Rock the River at the Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival Labor Day Weekend!

92.5 The River and the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce team up for the 13th Annual Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival! Spend the day on the waterfront in Newburyport! Come early and enjoy great food & shopping and head to Waterfront Park for a great FREE concert. A full afternoon of great music and fun entertainment bring Downtown Newburyport alive for the Labor Day weekend. Food vendors will be in Market Square all day.

 

Free family events all summer north of Boston, Northshore, Cape Ann

The Highland Street Foundation invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer with free admission. You do not need to register or obtain a ticket. Just show up and enjoy!

 

Annual Celebration of the Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence MA

The 91st Annual Celebration of the Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence offers music, food and community spirit. The feast is a traditional festival honoring the Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino and has become a celebration of Italian-American heritage. For three days, Common Street from Union Street to Jackson Street is alive with music, food, people and their laughter.

Location: Lawrence Common

 

Picking vegetables is just one of the activities kids will enjoy at Long Hill Ga

Bring the gang for work and play in the Children's Garden at Long Hill. We'll discover friendly insects, harvest veggies, read stories and do an activity. Every meeting we will start with a story while sitting on the hay bales then off to discover!  We will discover things in the Children’s Garden, Flower Field, and Demonstration Garden and in a huge compost pile!  You can visit and feed the chickens and guinea hens and..new this year..the peacocks!  Program meets in the Children’s Garden at 3:30.  This is a drop in program but please sign in when you arrive.

 

Marini Farm hosts Doggie Maze Days as a fundraiser for the Ipswich Humane Societ

The Ipswich Humane Group is teaming up with Marini Farm in Ipswich to host a Doggy Maze Daze Fundraiser to support the Ipswich animal shelter. One weekend only Marini Farm will open the corn maze for pet owners and their four legged friends! Guests can bring their canine companions and get lost in the maze!

Location: Marini Farm

 

Middleton Farmers Market has the North Shore Covered with fresh fruit and vegeta

The Market features 20-25 vendors. All the vendors are local and include organic farms that sell fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, meat, eggs, fish and a variety of prepared foods. You'll also find handmade crafts from local artists. Meet the farmers, take in the  fun community atmosphere.  Events include music, face painting, balloons, and a magician. Follow on Facebook to find the latest happenings.

 

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