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

Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA Saturday Showtimes for families

As part of a new series of Saturday performances, Keith Wasserman, aka Mr. Whirly, will perform at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly on Saturday,December 13 at 10:30 a.m. The show, geared to audiences ages 3 to 6 and their parents, is free and open to the public.


Come celebrate the Winter solstice at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuarywith a nig

Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore. With lanterns in hand, we will stroll the trails to light up the night. We will serve hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire on our return.


Image: 'Seeds That Soar' ©2013 Bill O’Connor Kids will learn about seeds

Ever notice wavy lines on tree bark? That peppers and potatoes come in a crazy quilt of colors? That clouds can look like whispers in the sky? If yes, you won’t want to miss these classes. Sign up for all four, or choose individually. All participants (adults and children) will be expected to let loose their inner artist!


Kids can explore the wonders of Ice at this Imagine, Sing & Learn at Joppa Flats

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag! In these sessions we'll explore the wonders of snow and ice!


Kids can explore the wonders of snow & ice at this Imagine, Sing & Learn

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list via email.  In these sessions we'll explore the wonders of ice!


Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Featured in digital 3-D and brought to life with 4-D multisensory effects, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy!


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.


Come with friends and neighbors to sing holiday songs to start your holiday seas

Gather your family and friends and come over to the Firehouse for a little old-fashioned Holiday Sing-Along to kick off your Holidays with music!  The Youth Choir from the Immaculate Conception Church (Newburyport), directed by Donna Postle, will be there to lead everyone in singing some well-loved carols, with music provided by John Metrano on piano.  Our favorite elf, Terry Blanchard, will once again read “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” while wearing his famous stocking cap knit exclusively for this annual presentation by the North Pole’s very talented Mrs. Elf. 


You may run into the Farm Nisse at Appleton Farm this time of year!

Appleton Farms has its own "Nisse" – an elf-like creature of folklore who lives in the barns and protects the farmers, animals and crops. Each holiday season, the Farm Nisse appears looking for his holiday porridge. Join us as we thank our Nisse for all our good fortune, offer him porridge, and listen to his tales of mischief. While we wait, enjoy holiday crafts, caroling and socializing. Please RSVP.

Location: Appleton Farms


Paint a buoy ornament for the Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree at Art Haven!

All ages are welcome for two days of public buoy painting at Cape Ann Art Haven ! Bring your inner artist and paint a buoy for use as decoration on the Gloucester Lobster Trap Buoy Tree.  Buoys will be on display throughout the Holiday season, and then they'll be auctioned off in January at Art Haven's Annual Buoy Auction Fundraiser!


Lexington Lights in Magnolia. Tree Lighting, Santa, Crafts for Kids and great ho

Come to the Lexington Lights in Magnolia Village! Get into the holiday cheer in a quintessential New England Village setting. Enjoy great holiday shopping, open houses and fun activities for the kids. Holiday crafts, a tree lighting and a visit Santa himself will top off the evening! Hosted in part by the Magnolia Library & Community Center and local Magnolia Village businesses.


Take a cruise with Santa aboard the Beauport Princess out of Gloucester Harbor M

Beauport Princess Cruiseline is creating a new Holiday Tradition, and you're invited! Take a cruise aboard the Beauport Princess around Gloucester Harbor, sing holiday carols with elves, listen to a reading of 'The Night Before Christmas', and enjoy a visit from Santa himself!  Due to popular demand Beauport Princess has added this evening cruise to meet the busy holiday schedules of North Shore families!


Experience the beginning of the holiday season at Marblehead's Christmas Walk!

The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy four days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all four days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat, the town tree lighting ceremony, Holiday shopping preview parties, the Christmas Walk Parade, 'Holidays are Grand' live performances, a great raffle with great prizes, and all kinds of family events and activities sponsored by local merchants and organizations! And, for the first time in the history of the Christmas Walk, the Chamber in partnership with National Grand Bank will be using a locally grown tree.


Santa Arrives in Rockport Harbor by Lobster Boat to kick off the Holiday Season!

Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s Bradley Wharf (the location of Motif No. One) on Bearskin Neck, following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along Bearskin Neck to Dock Square, led by Rockport cub scouts and the strolling Cape Ann Jazz Band.


Funds raised at the Tree Jubilee hosted by Marini Farm will go directly to the I

Come to Marini Farm for the Tree Jubilee fundraiser to benefit The Ipswich Humane Group.  Tour the gallery of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by local organizations, families, and businesses then choose the ones you want a chance to win! More than 60 spectacularly decorated trees and wreaths will be raffled off (decorations and all!) at the end of the Jubilee. You never know what our participants will decorate their trees with!

Location: Marini Farm


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