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

Join the Trustees of Reservations on an exploration of Mount Ann in Gloucester!

Mt. Ann Park is usually closed to the public, but once a year, we have the chance to lead a walk through this unique reservation. We’ll explore the various habitats that make up this special place, and spot rare species along the way. Our ultimate reward: splendid coastal views from Mt. Ann’s summit. Take advantage of this once a year opportunity and join us! Space is limited and pre-registration is required!

Location: Mount Ann Park


Holt Hill at Ward Reservation is marked with Solstice Stones and has panoramic

Join the The Trustees of Reservations on the top of Holt Hill at noon for a BBQ, guided hikes, and a day of family fun. Come take in the gorgeous colors of autumn at Ward Reservation. Enjoy an afternoon of guided hikes to unexplored areas of the Ward Reservation, including a beaver wetland, gorge, blue heron rookery, and incredible vistas.


Race the trails at Ravenswood Park during the height of Cape Ann foliage season

Run the trails of Ravenswood Park during the height of foliage season this year at the Ravenswood Trails Race! This 4.1-mile trail race provides a beautiful overview of Ravenswood Park at the height of fall color, from rugged trails and boardwalks to carriage roads and stunning vistas.

Location: Ravenswood Park


Spiders are kind of spooky, but they are also very interesting and mysterious.

All spiders spin silk, but not all make webs to catch their prey. How does a spider spin a web and not get caught in it? Come and find out the other ways these fascinating little animals use their magic threads at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.


Celebrate Community Creativity with LEGOs at Wenham Museum's LEGO Exhibit!

Wenham Museum celebrates community creativity with their new LEGO art exhibit! A display of over 60 unique sculptures by amateur and semi-professional LEGO artists showcases the creative talents of the community using a unique artistic medium. Carefully-configured towers, creatures and imaginary places built by children and adults will move and amaze you! Think out-of-the-box and build your own miniature masterpieces at our creative stations in this colorful exhibit.

Location: Wenham Museum


Come learn about the haunted happenings of Salem Sound on this 1½ hour cruise.

Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to come learn about the haunted happenings of Salem Sound on this 1½ hour cruise through Salem, Marblehead, Beverly and the remote Misery Islands.  Passengers will enjoy this fun-filled and informative trip filled with face painting, fortune telling, spooky photo opportunities, and a professional story teller spinning tails of local pirates, haunted islands, and living monsters who wreak havoc on local ships to this very day! Full Bar and grill on every cruise-hot beverages (and cider!) available! Too Scary for you?  Try our Lighthouse & Foliage Cruise!


The Newburyport Harvest Festival is a tradition filled with family fun!

A Newburyport tradition for over 35 years, Fall Harvest Festival features talented artisans offering handmade crafts & artwork, great local food vendors, live music by the Squeezebox Stompers, the annual Scarecrow Contest and kids entertainment in Market Square Sunday with Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals Puppetry and Storytelling, and on Monday sing-along with the the Whirlygigs!


Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.


Project Wild Thing encourages families and children to reconnect with nature!

The Cape Ann Community Cinema hosts a fundraiser featuring the documentary 'Project Wild Thing'! David Bond is a filmmaker and a father. Things have really changed since he was a kid. His children are hooked on screens and don't want to go outdoors. They want iPads, TV and plastic toys. The marketing departments of Apple, Disney and Mattel control his children better than he can. Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature. With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside.


Taste Of MarketStreet Lynnfield MA, Boloco, Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse,

Join us on October 12th from 5-7:30 PM as we host a Taste Of MarketStreet! Sample delicacies from your favorite MarketStreet restaurants, enjoy live music, fireworks, giveaways and much more!


The Salem Zombie Walk is a fun time for all, and kinda scary!

The Salem Zombiewalk has been an annual event for a number of years. This is a great family-friendly event of a genre that incorporates all aspects of life, or rather, undead that takes place in Halloweentown, USA during Halloween Season. Prior to the Zombiewalk, participants gather at Collins Cove Park for some field day activities, last minute costume tweaks and alterations, and of course to admire other lovers of the Zombie theme. Pets are welcome, so long as they are crowd friendly and well-behaved (and don't mind Zombies). Details are on the official flyer, please look for it on Facebook, and share the event. Any inquiries can be sent to


Does a Witch deserve a second chance on Halloween? Find out in Salem!

Grab a blanket and the kids and head over to Salem Common at dusk for an outdoor showing of some favorite family-friendly movies that will get you in the mood for a spooktacular Halloween!  Each weekend Radio 92.9 will sponsor a different movie through October, so come to one or all!

Location: Salem Common


See North Shore Fall Foliage from the water on this lighthouse tour!

Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to take in the changing colors of fall by boat on a cruise out of Salem Massachusetts Harbor. Passengers will visit out five historic lighthouses during this 14-mile harbor loop through Beverly, Manchester, Salem & Marblehead. This 2 hour tour gets you up close to view the lighthouses from the water, and gives you a brand new perspective on the splendor of the North Shore's changing fall foliage.


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


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