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

Paddle for Plummer is a fundraiser for the Plummer Home in Salem MA

Paddle for Plummer is a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) event that  includes Elite, Recreational and Youth Paddles. Elites will complete a 6 mile paddle, recreational paddlers will complete a 1.5 mile paddle and a short course will be available for any youth paddlers 13 years of age and under.

There will be food, beverages, music, a dunk tank, raffles, and more.  All proceeds to the Plummer Home.

Location: Plummer Home


Free family events all summer north of Boston, Northshore, Cape Ann

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!


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


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.


Come to downtown Beverly MA for live entertainment and community fun!

Join Beverly Main Streets on THE BLOCK, their downtown street parties series. One block of Cabot Street will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends, and listen to live music. Food, beer, and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street in the middle of the festival. Three local bands will perform at each block party! There is a suggested donation at the gate of $5 per adult. Cash only, no pets, IDs needed for drinks.


Ipswich Greek Festival & Clambake 2014

One of the longest running traditions in Greater Boston, MA and the North Shore area, the Greek Festival and Clambake has been a wonderful tradition for over 75 years. Enjoy Greek dancing, children’s activities in the “Kids Zone,” authentic Greek cuisine and specialties, stroll throughout the Agora “Marketplace” and experience a real Greek Taverna! Bring the entire family, friends, neighbors, and get ready to feast on some of the best seafood in New England!

Location: Hellenic Center


Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr

On Saturday, July 12, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Goddard School in Middleton is hosting a Summer Luau. Join in the fun and learn more about Goddard School while the children enjoy themed treats, music and games. It's a great opportunity to learn and see why Goddard School offers the best childhood preparation for social and academic success.

Location: Goddard School


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

Join Appleton Farms for a dinner on the farm! 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! chef Carolyn Grieco.

Location: Appleton Farms


Children will love the mystery behind the decor of the Crane Estate Great House

The Great House at Castle Hill isn't just a big mansion for adults to explore. It was once the summer home (and playground) of the Crane children, Florence and Cornelius. On this special, 45-minute guided treasure hunt created especially for families with children ages 4 to 8, you can sharpen your sleuthing skills as we search for treasures, both large and small, throughout the Crane family mansion.


Bubbleology enchants audiences of all ages with the art and science of bubbles.

Beverly Public Library invites families and children to learn more about the science, art and fun of bubbles with Keith Michael Johnson. Bubbleology enchants audiences of all ages with the art and science of soap bubbles. Keith builds beautiful sculptural creations (massive & miniature) with enthusiasm, humor and style.  One moment he will be encasing a dinosaur in a bubble and in the next moment he's encapsulating an audience volunteer.


Summer Adventure awaits aboard the Schooner Ardelle out of Gloucester on this Ma

Haul the sails and head out on an adventure of a life time!  Maritime Gloucester and the Schooner Ardelle join forces to offer the ever-popular Coastal Explorers summer program! During this week-long program kids will spend mornings on the water and afternoons at our harborfront campus.


Kids will build their own underwater robot at Maritime Gloucester duirng a week-

Maritime Gloucester hosts a week-long workshop for kids entering grades 6-9 where they'll make their own underwater robot! During this week long course students will build their own ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) to explore Gloucester Harbor. Through the building process, students will receive a solid introduction to the concepts and skills used in the field of robotics, as well as the design and construction of electrical and propulsion systems. After constructing their ROVs, students will test them and use them in challenges and explorations of Gloucester Harbor. Students will take home their ROVs at the close of the course!


Explore the Coolidge Point Reservation with the Trustees of Reservations!

Curiosity companions explore Bungalow Hill, Clarke's Pond, and Ocean Lawn discovering the wonders of nature-with all senses. This program is for young children accompanied by their favorite adult, who are guided around the Coolidge Estate by a trained 'Curiosity Companion'.


Explore the world of bugs through storytelling at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctua

Bring your young naturalist to the sanctuary this summer and experience the joy of books and the wonders of nature. Participate in hands-on nature-related activities inspired by the stories. Sign up for one or more of these adventurous programs.


Kids will use nature as a muse to express themselves through art at Joppa Flats!

Any season is a great time to notice nature's beauty and to make it come to life with amazing works of art! In the Spring series, we'll use collage and various materials to make wonderful 3-D landscapes of places we like to play in and faraway worlds we've always wondered about.


Bluets are a common wildflower in the late Spring in Massachusetts

Create a decoupage flower container for your summertime arrangements, and then explore the sanctuary to look for wildflowers and learn the important role butterflies and bees play in producing new flowers. We'll use hand lenses and nets to observe insects and share a butterfly story in the meadow.


Learn about water and the scientific principles behind it at Joppa Flats

Splish Splash Science is an active, fun, program where you and your child will learn all about water properties such as sinking, floating, surface tension, buoyancy, and waterproofing. Using fun props and lots of hands on science, we’ll look at everything from ducks to scuba divers and how water works!


Come enjoy a picnic concert with the kids under the stars on the Grande Alllée.

Pack a picnic and bring your dancing shoes to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich for a diverse series of concerts that are sure to entertain!  Every Thursday Night July 11 - August 29, 2013, come enjoy a picnic concert with the kids under the stars on the Grande Alllée at the Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. Enjoy a new style of music each week!


Kids are invited to come to Maritime Gloucester for a Catch of the Day Session

Each week Maritime Gloucester offers kids a different hands-on marine-themed program that integrates marine engineering, biology and maritime history. For kids ages 6-12 with an adult!


beans, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, at the LAwrence MA Farmers Market

The Lawrence Farmers Markets are held from July through October in two locations.

  • Every Wednesday: Campagnone North Common (near the corner of Jackson & Haverhill Streets)
  • Every Friday at Holy Family Hospital Campus
  • Every Saturday: Route 28 at the corner of Broadway & Park Streets.

The markets feature a wide variety of local produce, as well as crafts.

Location: Lawrence Common


Take a casual bike ride on the trails at Harold Parker State Forest!

Meets at Campground Nature Center - This is a casual paced bike ride through forest trails. Great for families and also those new to trail riding. Helmets are required and you should bring water and insect repellent and sun screen. Appropriate for children over 10 years old.


Go canoeing at Harold Parker State Forest with the park interpreter!

Join the park Interpreter for a guided paddle on the pond. Call ahead for pre-registration. Bring insect repellant, water and sunscreen, and a life jacket if you have one. Must have prior paddling experience. Meet at the beach on Frye Pond. Under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.


Halibut Point State Park hosts a program on Stratigraphy, the branch of geology concerned with the order and relative position of strata and their relationship to the geological time scale. In Stratigraphy at Halibut Point visitors explore some of Halibut’s soil/bedrock contact points and explore the story of time that they tell.


Kids will explore and learn about the dragonflies at Halibut Point State Park.

Explore the world of odonata, one of the oldest life forms on Earth. This is a great kids’ program and most appropriate for families. Meet at the Visitor Center.


Find out the story behind the granite at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport!

Halibut Point State Park is also a granite quarry with a history that goes back billions of years! A rock is not a thing but a drama, it can teach us about the great unifying science and the unique geology of Cape Ann. Rocks can tell us a lot about how the landscape was formed and the geology of Cape Ann tells us great stories, all visible at Halibut Point. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.