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

Play golf, have fun and raise money for the Newburyport Education Fund!

The NEF Open has raised more than $75,000 to date for the Newburyport Public Schools, and you are invited to join the fun! Golf at one of the best courses around and help raise fund for the Newburyport Public Schools! The 6th Annual NEF Open will be at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill. Ticket price includes box lunch and dinner. You will receive a $25 Oregano Pizzaria & Ristorante gift card if signed up by June 30.


Come to Maritime Gloucester for a Creature of the Week Session!

Each week Maritime Gloucester will highlight one of the fascinating creatures living in the aquarium. Kids will learn about the creature through an exploration in the Aquarium, a story and a creature craft. For kids pre-k through age 6.


Come watch Raiders of the Lost Ark on the Water in Gloucester MA

Come enjoy a movie projected on a giant screen on the waterfront, under the stars in downtown Gloucester Massachusetts! Bring a lawn chair, blanket and your family for a night of Hollywood blockbuster fun! Food and refreshments will be available starting at 6pm, and movies will begin at dark!


MIT Museum proudly presents InventionS: 2014 Student Showcase features a range of inventions created by MIT graduate and undergraduate students for courses, in labs or just for fun! Inventions on display  exemplify MIT's legendary values of creativity, ingenuity and practical problem solving.  Inventions on display include phone-controlled appliance that grows food, a user interface that converts everyday objects into musical instruments, and other projects that may well be the next big thing in technology! Come see what the future holds, and get a first-hand look at the inventing process!

Location: MIT Museum


Take a guided kayak paddle to Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!

A paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer day? Join us as we paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island. We’ll beach our boats for a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House, then continuing to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried.


The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival brings MORE fun to the beach w

The 11th Annual Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival will be held Friday–Sunday, July 18-20, 2014. The festival is a greatly anticipated annual summer event in the Greater Boston area with approximately 350,000 attendees. Master sand sculptors from around the world compete in this national contest that attracts international, national and regional media coverage.

Location: Revere Beach


Reid's Ride is a annual fundraiser to help young adults with cancer!

Reid's Ride is a true North Shore event where participants travel at their own pace along the town and country roads of Essex County to travel from Lynnfield to Gloucester, Massachusetts.  This annual fundraiser ride is 28 miles and is perfect for all ages and abilities because it's not a race, its a ride, and participants are encouraged to ride according to their ability. At the end of the ride, participants are greeted with food, refreshements, music and prizes!


Food, music, live entertainment, dance, craft and fun come together for a great

Food, music, live entertainment, dance, craft and fun come together for a great family time at the Downtown Gloucester Block every Third Saturday through September! Five music stages, shopping 'til 11pm, outside sidewalk dining, live dance performances and all kinds of other fun things to do make the streets come alive. Kids will love the singers and roaming magician, and they'll find games, facepainting, kids snacks, balloons, giant chess and more in 'Kids Town'!


The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday in Harvey Park in Downtown Rock

The Rockport Farmers' Market is a small market that runs each Saturday through the Summer (June - early October). Sponsored by Rockport Festivals, the market is limited in size due to the size of the Harvey Park - a quaint setting in the heart of downtown found on the corner of Mount Pleasant Street and Broadway, across from the entrance to T-Wharf.


Discover, explore and learn through art at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Salamanders are often found in dark, wet places such as under a rock or log in the soil, while their eggs can be found in vernal pools. We will go for a walk, looking under rocks and logs for salamanders, and visit a vernal pool to discover where they lay their eggs each spring. Each participant will create a clay salamander to take home.


Join us as we look for elusive river mammals at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore the Ipswich River at dusk. Bring your family and join us for an evening paddle in a canoe as we learn more about the river and some of its inhabitants. Have you ever seen a muskrat swimming or a beaver slapping its tail in alarm? Join us as we look for these elusive mammals and discover some of the clues they leave behind as we make our way along the Ipswich River.


Gloucester Education Foundation Cruise for Schools

Cruise for Schools on the Beauport Princess – supporting innovation in education in Gloucester Public Schools

The Gloucester Education Foundation’s 2014 summer fundraiser, “Cruise for Schools” is coming Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 5-8pm. The event will be a sunset cruise aboard the Beauport Princess, docked at Cruiseport in downtown Gloucester, and will feature live music, including performances by local musicians and musically talented teachers and administrators.


Join a living historian presentation in Rockport Massachsuetts

Join living historian Maeve, an Irish immigrant who fled Ireland during the potato famine and settled in America for an afternoon of tales, history and myth! At the 1:00 p.m. performance Maeve will be entertaining the children with stories of life in Ireland and her immigration experience. She will be reading an Immigrants Tale- a storybook- for the younger members of her audience.


Kids and adults alike will learn a lot about military history at Wenham Museum

Salute the United States Armed Forces at the Wenham Museum’s Military History Day. Uniformed members of the Living History Association will be on the museum’s lawn available to answer questions, show memorabilia from the Civil War through WWII, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI and help you explore inside antique military vehicles. Meet author Richard Rubin as he presents a conversational history of America’s experience in World War I as recalled by its last surviving veterans.

Location: Wenham Museum


Discovery Adventures offers kayak shoreline adventure programs on Cape Ann.

Discovery Adventures' Summer Children's Program encourages children ages 8-15 to explore Cape Ann's incredible surroundings by kayak and dive into learning about the local marine life through snorkeling. They will learn and practice all of the safety skills involved with these sports while they enjoy being on the water with friends. This is an incredible way for them to experience the ocean.


This jumbo blueberry was picked at Russell Orchards in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Blueberry picking is a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors. It's fun, educational and has the added payoff of an abundance of delicious, sweet blueberries to enjoy in all kinds of baked goods and treats.


Theater in the Open presents story telling, dance, and fairy tale theater in a p

Theater in the Open invites you to bring the family to Maudslay State Park! Bring the kids, the dog, and the picnic blanket out to beautiful Maudslay State Park! The third Saturday of every month, we will be joined by many of our good friends in the community to present storytelling, song, dance, fairytale-theater and a fun group activity, all right here in the park and all entirely free! Come make a friend, sing a song, take in some sun and get to know your park better.


Schooner Ardelle turns into the love boat for date night!

Maritime Gloucester and  Schooner Ardelle have teamed up to create Date Night! Schooner Ardelle becomes the 'Love Boat' for moms and dads, while kids (ages 4-12) enjoy the care of the staff at Maritime Gloucester, the aquarium and lots of fun activities. You'll have a nice romantic sail around Gloucester, and can rest easy knowing that your child is happy and engaged with a trusted team of professionals!


Teens are invited to Ipswich River Walk for a concert featuring The Cranks!

Teens are invited to a free Gnarly Charlie concert on the Ipswich River Walk! The Ipswich Recreation and Culture Department continues the IT’S (Ipswich Teen Saturdays) concert series featuring the Cranks! Come join the fun at the Riverwalk Patio on Saturday night at 8! The series will end with an outdoor movie at the Town Hall Athletic Fields on August 16. All ages invited, but parents should know this is an unsupervised event!


Teens are invited to the Ipswich River Walk for a FREE Gnarly Charlie Concert!

Teens are invited to a free Gnarly Charlie concert on the Ipswich River Walk! The Ipswich Recreation and Culture Department will kick off IT’S (Ipswich Teen Saturdays) July 19 with a concert featuring Gnarly Charlie with special guest appearance by Truancy. Come join the fun at the Riverwalk on Saturday night at 8! The Cranks will follow with an August 2 show on the Riverwalk Patio. The series will end with an outdoor movie at the Town Hall Athletic Fields on August 16. All ages invited, but parent should know this is an unsupervised event!


Digney Fignus performs at a Thursday night picnic concert at Castle Hill

Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."


The Abbadia Mare Festival is a fundraiser Renaissance Faire for Hammond Castle

The Abbadia Mare Festival is a fund raiser for the Hammond Castle Museum. At this Rennaisance Faire there will be live performances, musicians, great food, demonstrations, comedy, Knights, storytelling, and artisans/vendors from around New England!  Castle Tours will also be available. Perhaps you can be a part of our Human chess Match, or cheer on our knights as they do live steel combat!

Location: Hammond Castle


Celebrate the diversity of the North Shore on Salem Common!

The Salem CultureFest 2014  will feature live bands who showcase many cultures and styles, as well as other performers (TBA) who will entertain you while you enjoy exploring the unique arts, crafts, and wares of our areas finest artists and crafters. Over 2000 visitors are expected to attend this fun family-friendly event.

Location: Salem Common


Celebrate 400 Years of Maritime History at Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts! V

Presented by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the annual Salem Maritime Festival on August 2, 2014, hosts an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including live music, traditional craft demonstrations and seaport trade exhibits, story-telling, and FREE 90 harbor tours aboard local schooners including Schooner Fame , Schooner Ardelle and Sea Shuttle's Endeavour! Celebrate four centuries of Salem maritime history on Derby Wharf in Salem!


Come see a performance by the PuppeTree Theater at Sawyer Free Library!

PuppeTree brings to the stage a stunning new production of Leo Leonni'e classic children's book Swimmy to Sawyer Free Library. This fully authorized mulimedia production blends shadow puppets, animation and projections performed by PuppeTree founder Ann Legunn.