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

Come see how baseball used to be played (circa 1860s) at Spencer Pierce Little F

Join the Essex Base Ball Organization at Spencer Peirce Little Farm to see how baseball used to be played! Watch the teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, Lowell Nine, Newburyport Clamdiggers, Portsmouth Rockinghams, and Lynn Live Oaks, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, a player pitches underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Weather permitting, please call. Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers.


The Salem Willows Seafood Festival Fireworks on Saturday July 11, 2015

The Salem Willows Seafood Festival wrap up Saturday's festivities with a Fireworks show over Salem! 


The Salem Willows Seafood Festival is a weekend of fun in Salem MA!

Indulge Yourself at the Salem Willows Seafood Festival! Dozens of restaurants and food vendors serve up their seafood specialties including lobster, chowder, shrimp, clams & all the New England Favorites! Nonstop entertainment with the best regional bands, sample culinary masterpieces at the Wicked Bites Culinary Demonstrations tent, Kiddie Land, Local Arts, Crafts & Merchants. Beverage Courtyard serving beer & wine. Fireworks Saturday night at 9:30pm!


Learn about 17th century life on the North Shore & Essex County north of Boston

Essex county is home to an extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America's First Period (1625-1725) of European settlement. Explore these architectural treasures and discover what is was like to live in Essex County during America's first century.

Various properties are open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, June - October, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Cape Ann Museum invites families to a free drop-in program. Includes free admission for family members, gallery guides and related art projects in the CAM Activity Center.

Location: Cape Ann Museum


Drop off your 6-12 year old at Cape Ann Museum to learn about art and history

Morning at the Museum is a drop off program for children ages 6 to 12. Visit the Museum for art and history activities from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on select Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer. This program is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

Location: Cape Ann Museum


Come to Maudslay State Park everyt htird saturday of the month for a FREE perfor

Theater in the Open invites you to bring the kids, the dog, and the picnic blanket out to beautiful Maudslay State Park! The third Saturday of every warm month, we will be joined by many of our friends in the community to present storytelling, song, dance, fairytale-theater and a fun group activity, all right here in the park and all entirely free!


Come to the Crane Estate in Ipswich for a fun night-time firefly hunt!

An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to the Pine Grove. We'll look for the flash of fireflies in the fields that stretch to the marsh, along the fringes of the woods that line the trail to the Pine Grove, and in the dark of the Pine Grove itself. Did you know that different species of fireflies have different flash patterns? We'll try to differentiate between our bioluminescent buddies and count how many different species of fireflies live around the Crane Estate. We'll finish our evening observations with s'mores around a campfire in the Pine Grove!


Kids ages 6-10 will make a field guide at Crane Beach in Ipswich MA

Join the The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Beach on the Crane Estate for an afternoon of beach exploration for kids ages 6-10! What better way to get to know the plants and animals that inhabit Crane Beach than to create our very own Field Guides? Join us as we investigate the tidepools and the wrackline to discover and record the many creatures that make their homes along the shore. We'll assemble one-of-a-kind booklets that you can write in -- draw, glue sand, make pencil rubbings (of the dead stuff!) – and then take your Field Guide home with you to remember all the amazing things you found during your day at the beach!


Learn about song birds with a story and a wal at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuar

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.


Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night

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 and your tent, and we'll provide the s'mores.


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. Register individually for these classes, when we'll be enjoying the best of Nature Art. Cool projects each week will help you beat the heat!


Learn about frogs turtles and water bugs at Joppa Flats Education Center!

This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag!


Have an adventure at Ipswich River Wildlife Sancatuary!

Come venture along the sanctuary trails on a sensory tour. We will explore the magic of the outdoors by using our many senses. Let's see what we can discover using our eyes, ears, nose, hands, and even taste. Using found materials from nature, we will create a nature collage.


Explore the rocks and tide pools of Chandler Hovey Park in Marblehead

Life on the rocky shore presents unique challenges and opportunities for marine species. Explore the rocks and tide pools of Chandler Hovey Park and take a closer look at crabs, sea stars, and other seashore creatures that have adapted to survive their continually changing environment.


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