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

The Kite Festival at Devereaux Beach is just one event of many in the Marblehead

Come paint the sky with the gang from Kites Over New England ( They will be building the classic Eddy Kite, a diamond shaped kite with a six foot tail.  This event is part of Marblehead Festival of Arts

Location: Devereux Beach


Kids can build a model boat and race it in a regatta on Redd's Pond in Marblehea

Kids are invited to come to Abbot Hall to build and paint their own model boat to be raced in a regatta in the afternoon!  Kits are provided to make the boat, and kids are encouraged to use their artistic abilities to customize their boat's appearance. Family team participation is encouraged. An adult must accompany all children.

Location: Abbot Hall


Things to do in Massachusetts, Boston, North of Boston

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!


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 up to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Mine Crane are buried. After the hike, we'll kayak around the island to enjoy the views from the water (tides permitting). You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience.


Come to Appleton Farms for a meal grown and cooked on site! This Appleton

Bring your family and some friends for a relaxing evening watching the sunset over the Great Pasture and munching on fresh-from-the-farm food. Dinner will feature a seasonal menu grown or raised at Appleton and other local farms and prepared by Appleton Cooks!

Location: Appleton Farms


The Trustees of Reservations host a kids hike on the Cedar Point Trail.

An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to Steep Hill Beach, and experience the hush of dusk as the sun fades and the creatures of the marsh prepare for nightfall. We'll stop for awhile to stargaze, then we'll finish our hike with s'mores around a campfire in the Pine Grove!


Learn how to make strawberry preserves at this Appleton Cooks program!

After this long winter, let’s make sure not one juicy red strawberry goes to waste at Appleton Farms this season! Join us for a field walk through our strawberry patch, learning how to grow, harvest, and tend strawberry plants. We will then stroll over to the farm kitchen where our chef instructor, Carolyn Grieco will demonstrate how to make strawberry preserves.

Location: Appleton Farms


Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night

Join us for a night of camping under the stars with your family! Have an early dinner at home, and then come with  your family and your tent. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary protects many different habitats, and we will explore all of them this Father's Day weekend. We will explore nature through games and hands-on activities, set up our tents near the Barn before sundown, and tell stories after the sun sets.


The River to the Sea Shorebirds Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper will focus on t

Join Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center for an exciting exploration of the lower Merrimack River ecosystem aboard Newburyport Harbor Tours Inc.'s Yankee Clipper! Teacher Naturalist, Lisa Hutchings will provide her expert pair of eyes to help your family find all the exciting sights and sounds of the marshes and varied habitats of  the Merrimack estuary as you cruise along the Merrimack River.


Wednesday night is the unofficial 1st night of Saint Peter's Fiesta in Glouceste

The St. Peter's Fiesta, Gloucester's annual salute to its fishermen, religious celebration, and five-day carnival and family fun fest — swings into gear Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The festival is sponsored by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester. It's a fun, safe tradition for families to enjoy.


Glen Urquhart School Summer Program in Beverly MA

Join us for a special summer program at GUS! Our long-standing tradition of combining educational, hands-on workshops with easygoing summertime fun for children ages 4 to 14 continues. Our camp atmosphere is noncompetitive, creative, inquisitive, playful, and relaxed. We welcome children from schools all over the North Shore and beyond.


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.


Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, mea, dairy Newburyport

The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and delicious food. Live music every week!


Head to Parker River Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's fo

Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's focused on outdoor activity! Spend all or part of a day outside at the refuge while trying out a whole bunch of fun, healthy activities including archery target shooting, kayaking, surf fishing, nature photography, and bird watching.


Families will find art, entertainment, food and fun at Arts Fest Beverly, Mass

Come to the 13th annual Beverly Arts Fest in Downtown Beverly! With more than 4,000 people in attendance every year, the annual Arts Fest Beverly features many attractions, lots of family entertainment and 100 plus juried artists and crafters exhibiting everything from fine art, photography, jewelry, fiber, wood, sculpture, glass, ceramics and mixed media. Artists and crafts people will represent many communities of the North Shore, many of whom are from Beverly.  Most of the work will be priced between $10 and $700 with something for everyone!


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