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

The Salem Open Market runs on weekendsduring the last 3 weeks of October!

Love Halloween? Witches, goblins and ghouls? Well, there’s no better place to spend a spooky weekend in October than in Salem, MA! And what could possibly make Salem’s October Haunted Happenings even better? How about the Salem Open Market flying in with a hauntingly cool open-air arts market!

Location: Downtown Salem


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

Rescued Road, Revolution & Renaissance - Walk through history at Ravenswood Park! Ravenswood, over the centuries, has changed from once a main thoroughfare, to a backwoods, and now to our favorite local refuge. On this guided walk, we'll see the evidence from the past and learn the stories of a colorful cast of characters who help make Ravenswood the unique and special place we all treasure today. Pre-Registration requested

Location: Ravenswood Park


Learn all about duck migration at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!

During the autumn months, thousands of migratory waterfowl fly directly over the sanctuary as they travel from their summer breeding grounds in the north to their winter homes in the south. Each night, hundreds of ducks drop into Bunker Meadows to rest and refuel for their journey. We will hike down to Bunker Meadows and climb the observation tower to observe the magnificent spectacle of ducks coming in to roost. Learn to identify different species, use counters to keep track of numbers, hear the sounds of ducks settling in for the night, and perhaps even a great horned owl in the distance. This is an evening not to be missed.


Teens will learnb wilderness survival skills in this session at Mass Audubon's I

In this fall session of the program based on the hit book series The Hunger Games, we will leave land behind and canoe up the Ipswich River to Perkins Island. There, we will study our surroundings and use face paint and natural materials in order to mimic them and fade into the background. We will have the run of the whole island to play Camouflage and other stealth games. Knowledge of the book is not needed, just a strong survival instinct!


Well Rested Baby

Well Rested Sleep Tip:  All Children Can Be Great Sleepers!

In my sleep consulting practice, I often receive emails from potential clients who have concluded that their children are just awful sleepers.  These parents are convinced that they are forever doomed with a poor sleeper and label them as though this is a personality trait that they are stuck with for life.  “My child is inventive and curious,”   “Mine is friendly and compassionate,” “Well, mine is outgoing and a poor sleeper.”  This simply doesn’t have to be the case. 


Shore Country Day School, Beverly MA. Private School North of Boston Massachuset

This past spring, the long-awaited Omniglobe® arrived in the Center for Creativity at Shore Country Day School. This 48” interactive globe projects incredible imagery of the earth, such as:


North Shore Kids' list of farms that offer 'Pick Your Own' pumpkins on the North
Celebrate Fall and take the kids to a pumpkin patch!  Picking your own pumpkin is just part of the fun!  Some places listed may have closed pick your own in the field, but should have a great selection available at the farm! Here is a short list of some local pumpkin patches north of Boston:


Programs for kids and teens at North Shore Community College, Danvers, Beverly,

North Shore Community College is offering a variety of creative, fun classes for kids in grade K-8 beginning October 18th. Find a variety of fun courses for curious kids at NSCC Kids to College program.


Glen Urquhart School Beverly MA

“All parents should be leaders and leaders should be parents,” states author and expert on child advocacy, leadership and support, Kim Woods.

Woods will speak at Glen Urquhart School on October 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the first of a new series of forums and workshop’s sponsored by the school’s Parent’s Association, entitled “Creating Calm in Family Life.” Woods is the author of Men in the Head®, a common sense approach to child advocacy and family life. She has over 20 years of experience in business strategy, leadership coaching and management consulting and she is the mother of two children, one with sensory and learning issues.


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

Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the October's Hunter's Moon!  Native American tribes, including the local Algonquin-speaking tribes, named this full moon the Hunter’s Moon. Traditionally, fields were reaped in late September or early October, making it easy for hunters to spot animals gleaning the fallen grains by the light of the moon. Deer and other game animals have fattened in anticipation of dwindling food supplies, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead.


Bright Horizons, Bright HorizonsChild Care, Preschool, for Toddlers and p

This fall we are opening our doors for families to join us for an evening of learning and exploration. Our annual Curriculum Night event is an opportunity for you to explore the people and programs that make Bright Horizons a wonderful place for your child to learn and grow.

Parents in all age groups should join us for an orientation into this year for your child and family at Bright Horizons.


Glen Urquhart for Preschoolers

Glen Urquhart School welcomes Preschoolers this season. Children will enjoy the free Story Hour with Sharon Carter Grimes on Tuesdays for ages 2 1/2 - 5 years in the Glen Urquhart School Lower School Library. Free and open to the public. Drop-ins are welcome.


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.


Tour the Choate House on this guided exploration of Choate Island

Enjoy one stunning view after the next as we explore Choate Island, a drumlin that is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, an island-studded patchwork of salt marsh and tidal creeks located in Essex Bay. During this guided tour, participants will walk a spectacular network of carriageways and footpaths that link cobbled beaches and grassy fields with forested hillsides and historic buildings.


The Fall Frolic 5k is a rain or shine race held at Beverly's Lynch Park!

 Join in the fun for the 5th Annual 5k & Fun Run event! It's the Fall Frolic 5k set for Sunday, October 5th right here in Beverly. The 5k begins at 9:30 and will travel the traditional homecoming route beginning and ending at Lynch Park, 55 Ober Street. Kids Fun Run begins at 9 am and is open to all kids grade 5 & younger.

Location: Lynch Park


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