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

Tour the Parker River Wildlife Refuge with a Ranger from USFWS

Join a ranger from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Tour will be conducted via refuge van, with several brief “drive by” stops along the way. The tour will present an “up close and personal” look at the refuge through the multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources. Participants may be driven along areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public.


Stars are born, live for eons, and explode in a colorful display of gas & light.

Celebrate the first full day of spring under the stars. The winter constellations are slowly making their way off the celestial stage, with Orion dipping toward the western horizon ever so gently, framed above by Gemini and Taurus. To the east, Leo and Virgo, home to the Realm of Galaxies, are leading the way for the springtime constellations, climbing higher into the night sky. Looking north, characteristically at this time of year, the Big Dipper stands on its handle.


The folks at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary have created an owling expedition

The folks at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary have created an owling expedition just for kids aged 3-6! In the barn, kids will learn about owls and how they live through hands on activities and a puppet show.  Then we'll head outside into the fading light of the sanctuary and practice our owl calls - hopefully prompting a response.  After the adventure is over, we'll meet back in the barn for a cup of hot chocolate!


Cape ann Waldorf School Summer Programs for NorthShore Children

Outdoor explorers and budding artists alike will enjoy exciting adventures throughout our Moraine Farm campus.

Hands-on activities help to inspire a personal connection to the earth and foster a sense of stewardship. We will enjoy a balance of activities including outdoor exploration, art, songs, stories, water play and of course, we will get our hands dirty exploring the farm.


Best Horse Riding Lessons for Children in Topsfield Massachusetts, Northshore

Jane Fraher, owner of Riverview Farms in Topsfield, is accepting students for the 2014 Equestrian Summer Program for boys and girls ages 7 - 15.

Jane makes the program fun with a variety of activities offered in addition to daily riding lessons. The kids will learn horse care and handling; parts of the horse and tack and kids will gain the self-discipline required to understand and control the horse which instills a sense of responsibility and enhances task concentration in the rider. Jane hosts pizza parties on Fridays.

Location: Riverview Farms


Visit Appleton Farms' sugaring operation and experience a New England tradition

Appleton Farms invites families to come visit the sugar shack at Appleton Farms and experience the sights and smells of this historic New England tradition! Spring is coming and the sap is running! Experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning or afternoon with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House. Then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack! Learn how we tap our trees every spring, see the evaporator in action, and even taste some of our syrup! We will end back inside with some delicious snacks, including Appleton Farms cheese and a maple treat, while we read a sugaring story!

Location: Appleton Farms


Art Classes for kids. Northshore of MA. Newburyport, Newbury

Artist and educator Nancy Forristall is accepting registration for Summer Art Studio for Kids. The 2015 season offers a variety workshops for young artists at the Pine Island studio in Newbury.


Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Raptors &  Photo: Coopers Hawk ©2011 Bill O’Connor

Walks on the Wild side are an opportunity for adults and children to spend quality family time in the great outdoors finding, observing, and admiring local wildlife. Each program begins at Joppa Flats Education Center with a brief introduction to our theme via slide shows, group activities, or an in-class demonstration.  This session's theme will be raptors and tracking! 


The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in art, history, and cultural activities, and explore the museum using a Seek and Find. Each month has a different theme, from exhibitions to special celebrations. The theme for March 2015 is women artists of Cape Ann.

Location: Cape Ann Museum


MIT Museum's Idea Hub is a focuses on hands-on design and engineering!  In this

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission.

Location: MIT Museum


Sugaring Off tours are a fun and tasty way to learn about maple suagring at IRWS

Spring celebrations begin early at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.


The Family Owl Prowl at Ipswich River Sanctuary is designed for families who wan

People of all ages enjoy learning about owls, and many species of owls can be found in Massachusetts year-round. Come experience the excitement of an owl prowl as we take a night hike to look and listen for barred, great horned, and eastern screech-owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we'll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn through hands-on activities and a slide show. We'll end our evening with an owl-hooting lesson!


The Amesbury Public Library invites teens to a steam punk workshop!

APL invites teens to a steampunk adventure! The Baroness is on the loose and it’s your job to catch her! It will take some clever minds & nimble hands to track her down and deliver her to the proper authorities. If you think you’ve got what it takes, come join this STEAMpunk adventure, run by FutureFixers (


Glen Urquhart for Preschoolers

Glen Urquhart School welcomes Preschoolers this season. Children will enjoy the free Story Hour with Sharon Carter Grimes on Tuesdays for ages 2 1/2 - 5 years in the Glen Urquhart School Lower School Library. Free and open to the public. Drop-ins are welcome.


St. John the Evangelist School, Beverly MA K1-Grade 8

St. John the Evangelist School is hosting an Admissions Open House on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 9:00 am for the 2015-2016 school year. SJS students and parents will give tours. Come see St. John School in action.

Private Tours are always available by contacting the school at 978-922-0048.


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