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

Tour Misery Island with the Trustees of Reservations

Venture by shuttle boat to Misery Island from Manchester Harbor. Enjoy panoramic Atlantic views, cultural ruins Quest, or relax on the beach in the Island atmosphere! Walks available along beaches, footpaths, and stairways of historic buildings. Boat shuttle leaves mainland at 10AM, leaves Misery Island at 2:30PM returns to mainland 2:50. 


Learn about sea birds while whale watching aboard the Prince of Whales!

This is a whale watch with a birding twist! Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center has teamed up with Newburyport Whale Watch, to create this birding whale watch. This program focuses on seabirds, but we plan on seeing and learning about marine mammals as well. Onboard the Captains Lady III, we will look for concentrations of birds such as storm-petrels, shearwaters, gannets, jaegers, terns, and phalaropes. Dave Larson from the Joppa Flats Education Center will join the Captains Lady III marine mammal naturalists onboard to help spot and narrate bird sightings.


Come watch a FREE showing of E.T. on the waterfront 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!


Festival for Our Future: Envisioning a Clean Energy Future for the North Shore a

Concerned MA residents will gather for the "Festival for Our Future: Envisioning a Clean Energy Future for the North Shore and Beyond" on Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts! The first hour will include a rally highlighting the harms that the proposed natural gas plant in Salem would impose on both the local community and the climate.


Ben Rudnick and Friends will perform live at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!

Ben Rudnick & Friends play the hippest family music around! With countless awards to their credit, including SEVEN Parent’s Choice awards, their adventurous, high-energy blend of happy, upbeat acoustic music is guaranteed to entertain the entire family.


Things for kids to do north of Boston in Gloucester MA

Sawyer Free Library celebrates the end of Summer Reading with the annual Tea Party!  All are welcome!


Come build using LEGOs at the Sawyer Free Library

Attend an afternoon of LEGOs in the Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library! Snacks and LEGOs are provided. Register online!


Magician Jay Fraser willperform at the Mill Pond in Danvers!

Come see Magician Jay Fraser perform A Creative Magic Experience down at the Mill Pond courtesy of the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers! A Creative Magic Experience is what Jay Fraser is all about. Based out of the North Shore of Massachusetts, Jay has many years of experience, and is sure to put on a great family oriented fun-filled show. This is an outdoor show.


Come to a classic car show at the Cummings Center in Bevelry MA!

Come to a Classic Car Show in Beverly! There will be giveaways, 50/50 and lots of other raffles, lots of special interest vehicles, a DJ and bands including "The Sugar Tones"! Come learn some histroy and check out some of the coolest cars ont he North Shore!

Location: Cummings Center


Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustes under the full moon.

Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the July's Buck Moon!  August's full moon was called the Sturgeon Moon by North American fishing tribes, who knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full moon. Colonial Americans dubbed this moon the Dog Days Moon; it is also known as the Green Corn Moon, the Grain Moon, and the Red Moon, for the reddish hue it often takes on in the sultry summer haze.


Visit Newburyport MA

Maudslay State Park invites you to take a snapshot look at the three stone bridges erected by the Moseleys – and their history. The bridges are architectural wonders, still functional after many years of use. The three stone bridges of Maudslay make a visit to the park a unique experience and tell us stories about the family and the property. When were the bridges built? What did they replace? Where did materials originate from?  Meet at the park headquarters on 74 Curzon Mill Road.


Talk a walk through history at Ravenswood, and explore this wonderful park in Gl

Walk through history at Ravenswood Park! Ravenswood has changed from a main thoroughfare to a forgotten backwoods, and now to our favorite local refuge over time. See the evidence in cellar holes, stonewalls, and carriage paths. Learn the stories of a colorful cast of characters who transformed it into a such special place. Pre-registration requested.

Location: Ravenswood Park


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.


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.


Rockport lights up the night with a mid-Summer fireworks show!

Following the Rockport Rotary Club Lobsterfest, a fireworks display will light up the sky over Rockport Massachusetts! The Show begins at 9:30pm, and will be lit off from Granite Pier.  The show will last for 20-25 Minutes, and the show may just include a couple of surprises according to the fireworks committee.


The Annisquam Village Players present Peter Pan, August 2014!

This August, the Annisquam Village Players bring the magic of Neverland to Annisquam! Come see the classic tale of a flying boy will never grow up and his adventures in a world full of lost children, pirates, fairies, native americans and magical wonder!


Proceeds from the Sho' Nuf Southern BBQ go to North Shroe Veterans in need.

Come support our veterans in need and see bluegrass band E.C. and the Moonshiners, led by renowned fiddler Ellen Carlson, perform at a Southern style barbeque! This family fun afternoon offers ribs or chicken plus all the Southern barbecue fixings for adults and hot dogs for children. 


Enjoy Lobster at the Beach in Rockportat the 16th annual lobsterfest!

What could be better than enjoying a lobster dinner at the beach with your family while helping a worthy cause? Rockport Rotary's Lobsterfest is a unique outdoor dining event held each summer at the American Legion Hall and bandstand in Rockport (on Beach Street, opposite Back Beach). Proceeds benefit local community service projects and the club's scholarship fund.

Location: Back Beach


Downtown Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar - Family Fun in Massachusetts

The Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar brings together more than 5000 visitors to celebrate downtown Gloucester. This annual summer tradition, now in its 56th year, is a great time to shop from more than 40 artists and crafts-people, 40 merchants and restaurants, and learn the missions of many local nonprofits.


Part comedy, part adventure, part love story... The Princess Bride has the somet

Part comedy, part adventure, part love story... The Princess Bride has the something for everybody! Enjoy a beautiful Summer night on at the ocean's edge at Lynch Park. Bring a blanket, a picnic dinner and enjoy the beauty of a Summer night under the stars!  The Snack Bar will be open for the movie.

Location: Lynch Park


Camp Ann Family Chariy Events and Fundraisers for NorthShoreFamilies & Children

Bring your bottles and cans to Stone Zoo to support their annual fundraiser to benefit conservation efforts supported by Zoo New England - the non-profit organization that protects and sustains the Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo .

If you are interested in not only helping the environment but contributing to a worthy cause, bring your empty bottles and cans to Stone Zoo during the Bottle and Can Drive – held the second Saturday of each month, April through October.
The 2014 dates are:

  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11

Each Bottle and Can Drive is held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Stone Zoo parking lot, located at 149 Pond St, Stoneham, MA.

Location: Stone Zoo


Come learn some mountain biking tips and tricks at Maudslay State Park w/ NEMBA

Maudslay State Park hosts the North Shore New England MTB Association's kids ride.  Come on out and explore the trails alongside the Merrimack River and learn the mountain biking skills!  For ages 6-16.  Certified Ride Leaders and the MTB Patrol will guide kids by their skill levels.  Registration recommended.


Find fresh produce grown locally on the North Shore at the Topsfield Farmers Mkt

Originally founded by Nancy Begin in 1971, the Topsfield Farmers' Market features locally grown products and hand-crafted goods. Come see us on Saturday mornings 8am to 12 noon through the end of September.


Watch Back to the Future under the stars at Waterfront Park in Newburyport

What could be better than a free movie viewed outside at Waterfront Park on a warm summer night? Bring a blanket andd enjoy a Summer Blockbuster under the stars with your family!


Join a Summer Owl Prowl Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home and then come with your family, your tent, and a dessert to share. Join us as we explore the habitats of the elusive owls.