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

Mabels Labels for School and Camp

The season for summer camp preparation has begun! By now you're already scrambling to sign your kids up, and soon you'll be sorting through the piles of sunscreen, swimsuits and sneakers. Make their lives a little more organized (and yours a little easier) by picking up some Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs from Mabel's Labels. These UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags are designed for kids camp equipment — clothing, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more — and ready to take a summer beating. To complete the outfit of adventure, receive 20% off of an insulated water bottle from Eco Vessel with your Limited Edition Camp Combo Pack purchase.

Let Mabel's Labels help you to get them sorted, tagged and prepped for a summer they won't soon forget. Plus, save $2 with early bird pricing now through April 30th! Happy Camping!


Newburyport Boston Strong 2.62 mile fun run invites kids to race!

In 2013, a group of local moms, in partnership with the Winner’s Circle Running Club organized this running/walking event to support the One Fund and the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Last year this event raised $15,000 for the One Fund … let’s do it again! If you are a runner/walker, sign up now to support the cause. There's a special Kids Run at 10am followed by the Charity Run at 10:30am. Event day registration starts at 8:30 AM at Cashman Park.

Location: Cashman Park


Scooper Bowl, Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl Fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institut

Calling all ice cream lovers! The 32nd annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® presented by Walgreens is on June 3, 4 and 5, at Boston City Hall Plaza. More than 30 flavors will be served for three consecutive days to support cancer care and research The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Location: City Hall Plaza


Marblehead teens are encourage to join the Rotary's Talent Show!

The Marblehead Rotary is offering local high school students an opportunity to show off their talents and a chance to win some great scholarship money! Open auditions will happen weekly at Marblehead High School Auditorium from March 11 - April 1, with semi-finals happening on April 8! 5 Finalists will be chosen to perform at the Marblehead's Got Talent Fundraiser at the Boston Yacht Club on May 2!


Four days of exploring and natural adventure await your child at IRWS!

Spring is an exciting time for outdoor discovery. This April Vacation week Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary has put together four days of hands-on, awesome activities to explore the natural world in spring. Kids will sharpen their  observation skills as they locate and learn about bugs, search for salamanders, watch birds gather nesting materials, and much more. Participants will be divided into smaller groups by age.


Search for frogs, salamanders and their eggs at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Spring is the season when frogs, toads, and salamanders return to the wetlands to lay their eggs. After a short introduction in our Nature Center where we will learn about the life cycles of these amazing creatures, we will search the sanctuary's wetlands and woodlands for amphibians on the move. If we're lucky, we might be able to catch a few of them! We'll also be sure to swing by our vernal pool where we should be able to find large masses of wood frog and spotted salamander eggs.


Kids will be able to meet Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat at the

Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat will be visiting the Children's Museum of New Hampshire to greet young fans and help promote the love of reading via the Books Alive program.  At this Books Alive event, museum staff will be reading Curious George stories by Margret and Hans “H.A.” Rey throughout the day. The friendly costumed monkey character, accompanied by the Man with the Yellow Hat, will be popping in and out to greet children, exchange a hug or high-five, and pose for photos.


Come to the First Annual Kid's Bike Safety Day hosted by Big Mike's Bikes!

All children are welcome at Big Mike's Bikes first annual Kids' Bicycle Safety Day at O'Maley Innovation School in Gloucester! We will have an obstacle course that teaches hand signals and rules of the road, a free bicycle safety check, and great prizes like new helmets and bike lights! We will be in the parking lot between the ice rink and skate park. Bring the whole family!


Peabody Library creativity lab is the perfect place for makers to collaborate!

Do you have a maker in your family?  Here is a wonderful resource right on the North Shore to facilitate their desire to create! The Peabody Institute Library has recently opened their new Creativity Lab that includes an array of tools that can be used to make and fabricate all kinds of projects.  From music to sewing to electronics, the Creativity Lab is a great place to come to collaborate with others, brainstorm, make and create!  Come visit the lab and nurture your desire to make something better with your own ideas, or to create something completely unique!


Cape Ann Waldorf School Grades Tour, Independent school, Beverly MA

Cape Ann Waldorf School welcomes parents to visit and to observe the Waldorf curriculum in action on Tuesday, April 8, from 8:15 to 10:15. CAWS is now enrolling first grade.

Founded in 1986, Cape Ann Waldorf School is enrolling children into our rising First Grade for fall, 2014. Come learn more about the advantages of a Waldorf educational approach at our upcoming “Walk through the Grade School” during Main Lesson. Meet our First Grade teacher.


Come to the Spring Market at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Gloucester!

What does the Cape Ann Farmers' Market have to offer in Early Spring?  Plenty!  Come find out for yourself as the CAFM celebrates  a new year growing season and the arrival of Spring at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church in Gloucester. There will be lots of fun and friends and great food!


Methuen Ballet Ensemble will interpret the classic story of Sleeping Beauty at t

Methuen Ballet Ensemble will present their interpretation of Sleeping Beauty, a tale of a young princess who cucceumbs to black magic, and the prince who saved her. As the ballet begins, the baby, Princess Aurora, is being christened. The Evil Carbosse storms in and curses the baby as her invitation to the event was overlooked.


Little hands are great for making fresh pasta.  Williams-Sonoma Jr. Chef Class

Do you have a mini iron chef in your house?  Here's a perfect opportunity to nurture their interest in the culinary arts at Williams-Sonoma! At this class, kids will learn to prepare simple and delicious recipes ranging from main courses to snacks!  The theme for April 26: Making Fresh Pasta. Little hands are great tools for making fresh pasta – from rolling to slicing – join us and learn how to prepare fresh pasta – and surprise mom on Mother’s Day.

Location: Northshore Mall


Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6-8pm.


North Shore Community College Youth Programs and Kids to College Programs. Summe

Check out North Shore Community College Youth Programs this summer. NSCC is offering a lot of super cool classes and all we need is YOU!  Have fun while getting to know other kids who share the same passions and interests as you. 

With the whole summer ahead of you, take that blank slate and add some color, creativity, new skills, technology, and friendships to your palette!  Turn an ordinary summer into an extraordinary one that offers you time for fun in the sun as well as some time to take a class in one of your favorite subjects!

Attend classes at our Beverly Campus at the Cummings Center and our Danvers Campus. Parents, while you may have children at our Danvers Campus from 9 AM – 12 Noon, taking Vet Science, American Girl Doll, or Cooking, you can also drop a child off at our Beverly Campus in time for 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM classes including Legos Robotics, Art, Painting and Drawing, Cartooning, and Digital Photography, and be back in time for pick up in Danvers at Noon!

Afternoon classes at our Beverly Campus will be busy with the very popular Minecraft and Video Gaming classes.  We also offer specialty classes for kids including Acting, Storm Chasers for our weather enthusiasts, Art, and American Red Cross Babysitting. 

Plus, Baseball Clinics are at Frasier Field in Lynn, with the collegiate North Shore Navigators team.

Look over the options.  We promise you fun, interesting, and challenging classes taught by the best instructors ever!  

Classes may cancel if minimum enrollment requirements are not met. Please register early.  Your registration may be the enrollment that makes the class run or be cancelled! 

Thank you for choosing North Shore Community College!

Until this summer!

Nancy Tracy

Youth Programs, North Shore Community College


Easter Bunny Brunch, north of Boston. Families visit Massachusetts. Beverly MA

Hop over to Tupper Manor and celebrate Easter Sunday with a bountiful brunch. Savor the Chef’s Carving Station while enjoying the historic atmosphere of Tupper Manor and ocean views.
Entertainment for the kids including the Easter Bunny & Easter egg hunt at Noon & 2:30pm
Seatings at 11am & 1:30pm

Reservations Required. Call 978-867-1993 Monday-Friday 9-5.


Easter Bunny Brunch, north of Boston. Families visit Massachusetts. Danvers MA,

Enjoy Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 20, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore. It’s a family affair, including live entertainment, an Easter Egg Hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny! Easter Brunch Buffet will feature Chef’s Carving Stations, an Omelet Station and Waffle Station.

Reservations Required. 978-750-7990


Huge children's consignment sale for northshore parents. Visit Beverly MA.

With spring and summer just around the corner, take advantage of great shopping deals and get to the Too Cute To Toss children's consignment sale. Find and buy gently used, name brand clothing, books, gear, toys, and furniture. The sale includes maternity clothes.


Salem Public Library invites teens to a showing of 'The Dark Night Rises'

Come to the Salem Public Library for a showing of the latest in the Batman Saga, The Dark Night Rises! Teens are invited to meet with friends and see the latest tech available to Bruce Wayne as rises to defeat the evil Bane, a nefarious terrorist bent on seizing the City of Gotham and holding it hostage under a nuclear ultimatum!


Come learn about kayak fishing at Little Harbor Boathouse in Marblehead.

Come to the Little Harbor Boat House to learn about kayak fishing, check out the gear and discover the resources available to kayakers of all kind in Massachusetts. Contact Maryellen Auger for more information.


Join the Friends of the Salem Woods on a Saturday morning hike!

Take a hike through the wilods of Salem with the Friends of the Salem Woods! Be ready for mixed terrain and mud as this trail This 80-90 minute excursion is a great opportunity to get outside, have some healthy fun and experience the beauty of the Salem Woods!  Open to All! Walk leader Chris Burke can be reached at 978-210-9937 for more information.


MattyB Raps Live in Massachusetts at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford

The youngest artist to headline and sell out New York City's Gramercy Theatre, MattyB and Atlanta's Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, MattyB is performing live in Medford at The Chevalier Theatre, Saturday, April 5th, 2014.


Every Friday night, families can use visit the Children's Museum of New Hampshir

All families are invited to the Children's Museum of New Hampshire on the first Friday night of every month during the school year for Dollar Deal Night! For just $1/person, families are free to explore and experience the museum as a low cost night out together. The Children’s Museum is not normally open at night, so this is also a special treat to visit after-hours and enjoy creative play before bedtime.


Kid's Night Out (KNO) is back at the YWCA Greater Newburyport.

Kid's Night Out (KNO) is back at the YWCA Greater Newburyport.  Parents, relax and enjoy a well deserved night out (or in) while our highly qualified YWCA staff watch over your little munchkins (children in grades 1-3).  Their evewning at the YWCA Greater Newburyport starts with pizza, music, and activities.  Then it is on to the pool for an open swim and the evening ends with a short video.


Celebrate Spring's Vernal Migration at Ipswich River Sanctuary Topsfield!

Each year on the first warm rainy night of spring, wood frogs and mole salamanders begin a mass migration to vernal pools where they breed. If you happen to be out on one of these evenings, the experience can be spectacular. Tonight, a part of the sanctuary will be transformed into a Big Night scene. Participants will take a one-hour guided walk along the Vernal Pool Trail, where they will meet some interesting characters who will share some facts and stories about themselves, vernal pools, and this special time of year.