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

Get some exercise on this five-mile long woodland rocky loop through Ravenswood

Join the The Trustees of Reservations for this circumnavigational hike around the outlaying trails of Ravenswood Park. Enjoy off-the-beaten paths, beautiful habitats, including a lovely pond, a swamp and rocky woodland. Trade in your treadmill for the trails, and get some exercise on this five-mile long hike of Ravenswood's rocky outer loop. Please note, there are some steep hills. Meet at Stage Fort Park (parking lot, rear, left)

Location: Ravenswood Park


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.


Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary is part island, part forest and part marsh!

In every kind of weather, our favorite thing is to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats! Each nature exploration will focus on the importance of a sense of place as we explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our natural landscape. Wildlife, local and migrating birds, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy.  This week we will walk the trails of the Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley.


Cape Ann Farmers' Market will offer a great opportunity to pack your cupboard wi

At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market Thanksgiving Market, you'll find over 20 vendors, including, Alprilla, Mehaffy, Seaview, Arrowhead, and Herrick farms, Farmer Dave, Cape Ann Fresh Catch, Back Yard Gardeners, Classic Cooks, Markouk Bread, The Swiss Baker, Patty’s Guacamole, The Soup Guy, Tatiana's Treats, Valencenti Pasta, along with vendors selling jellies, soaps, and textiles.


Beantown Swing will performa a Holiday Concert live at the Cabot Theater in Beve

The best way to get in the mood for the holidays is under the bebop spell of the Beantown Swing Orchestra, Boston's premiere Big Band Swing ensemble. The 18-piece jiving BSO represents the future of big band swing music. Specializing in the performance of vintage Swing Era and Sinatra classics as well as popular and original songs custom arranged for big band, its mission is to bring this awesome music back into the mainstream for future generations to enjoy.


Debbie & Friends tell stories that children know and love with music and song!

One of our favorite musical acts Debbie & Friends will is coming back to the North Shore! Debbie and Friends' performances include a variety of styles, from straight-ahead pop, to country, to rock, to reggae. The group's songs are engaging, interactive, fun, and educational! Come catch this free performance and stick around for the other acts including Steve Songs, and the Gizmo Guys!


Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6-8pm.


Fall Explorers Toddler Program at Brookwood School in Manchester MA. North Shor

Explore and enjoy natural outdoor wonders in Brookwood School's Little Herons Fall Explorers program. Through age-appropriate activities, led by Brookwood science teacher CJ Bell and music teacher Andrew Luman, children will use their senses, venturing to Brookwood's campus pond, stream, fields, forest, and its extraordinary science gymnasium.


Tom Ellis and Collin Keegean at the helm of Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

Take a moment and explore this unique kickstarter campaign featuring a young boy named Collin Keegan, his love of science and an extraordinary drive to share what he learns with other kids. "Science All Around Us" is a concept for an educational series that explores how things work and why from the perspective of a kid who wants to reach other kids on a global scale.  Twenty minute episodes will start start with Collin focusing on an every-day problem that can be solved using scientific methods and ideas. The founding idea for the entire project is that kids can and should teach other kids.


Brookwood School in Manchester MA for children grades PreK - Grade 8.

On Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:45 a.m., parents of students entering grades Pre-K through Eight are invited to Brookwood School's Open House to learn about the exceptional education the school offers.

The program will feature:

School tours and classroom visits including hard hat tours of the New Lower School Building and remarks by Head of School John Peterman; Q&A session with students; Opportunities for conversations with Faculty and Division Heads.

"At Brookwood, we know that what matters most is a child who is happily engaged in his or her learning and a student who is intellectually challenged, supported, and encouraged by teachers and peers alike," says Brookwood Head of School John Peterman. "Over the course of Brookwood's 55-plus year history we've learned that a confident child is a successful learner and successful learners are successful in life. And we know this is a question of balance -- balancing rigor with compassion, excellence with exuberance, and self-discovery with sensitivity to others."


Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M

Community Giving Tree is proud to announce the Twice Loved Toy Sale Merrimack College, Sakowich Gym, on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. This massive toy sale is a good time to pick up top quality toys at bargain prices as contributions will go to benefit Essex County children and families in need.


Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning

This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to attend.


Birthday party at Laser Quest Danvers MA

Perfect for kids, teenagers and adults; celebrate at Laser Quest in Danvers where all your friends and family can join in the excitement!

Planning a birthday party is easy at Laser Quest. Call to learn more. 978-762-8778

Location: Laser Quest


Storytime, story time for children at Newbury Town Library

Enjoy the for the final story times of the year with songs and craft just for the little ones, ages 2-5. Siblings welcome.

The next 6-week session of story times begins January 9, 2015. Please register online at


Holiday crafts for youth at Newbury Town Library

Newbury Town Library invites you to one or all three of the festive holiday Laughs & Crafts sessions in December, and enjoy treats and hot chocolate while you craft.
Make pomanders (clove oranges) to hang with ribbons on Dec. 2, living terrariums on Dec. 9, and glittery ornaments (all of which make great gifts for parents, teachers and friends) on Dec. 16.  


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