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

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!

 

Annual Celebration of the Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence MA

The 91st Annual Celebration of the Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence offers music, food and community spirit. The feast is a traditional festival honoring the Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino and has become a celebration of Italian-American heritage. For three days, Common Street from Union Street to Jackson Street is alive with music, food, people and their laughter.

Location: Lawrence Common

 

The Cape Ann Farmers Market is one of many North Shore Farmers' Markets

At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market you'll find plenty of farm-fresh produce, meat & local seafood, as well as lots of fun stuff for the entire family. There are activities like finger painting for the kids and cooking demonstrations for “Top Chef” wanna-bes, and melt-in-your-mouth local gelato. 

Location: Stage Fort Park

 

The Salem Farmer's Market bring the goodness of local farm to downtown Salem!

The Salem Farmers' Market brings fresh local produce and other foods from North Shore farms and other local resources to downtown Salem every Thursday! It's a great place to come find healthy choices for your family's dietary needs, as well as meet local crafts people and artisans! This is a great community resource that strengthens social bonds and interactions, and helps local food producers by creating a direct to consumer channel for their produce and other goods! Come join the fun and experience one of the best farmer's markets on the North Shore!

 

Picking vegetables is just one of the activities kids will enjoy at Long Hill Ga

Bring the gang for work and play in the Children's Garden at Long Hill. We'll discover friendly insects, harvest veggies, read stories and do an activity. Every meeting we will start with a story while sitting on the hay bales then off to discover!  We will discover things in the Children’s Garden, Flower Field, and Demonstration Garden and in a huge compost pile!  You can visit and feed the chickens and guinea hens and..new this year..the peacocks!  Program meets in the Children’s Garden at 3:30.  This is a drop in program but please sign in when you arrive.

 

Marini Farm hosts Doggie Maze Days as a fundraiser for the Ipswich Humane Societ

The Ipswich Humane Group is teaming up with Marini Farm in Ipswich to host a Doggy Maze Daze Fundraiser to support the Ipswich animal shelter. One weekend only Marini Farm will open the corn maze for pet owners and their four legged friends! Guests can bring their canine companions and get lost in the maze!

Location: Marini Farm

 

YMCA health club membership voted best fitness club for families northshore Bost

Unplug, Reconnect, Family Membership at the Y!

The YMCA builds healthy families! Become a YMCA family member and receive one free program for the Fall I Session. (UP TO A $99 VALUE)!*

 

Middleton Farmers Market has the North Shore Covered with fresh fruit and vegeta

The Market features 20-25 vendors. All the vendors are local and include organic farms that sell fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, meat, eggs, fish and a variety of prepared foods. You'll also find handmade crafts from local artists. Meet the farmers, take in the  fun community atmosphere.  Events include music, face painting, balloons, and a magician. Follow on Facebook to find the latest happenings.

 

The Gloucester Schooner Festival will light up Gloucester Harbor with Fireworks!

Following the Gloucester Schooner Festival's Parade of lights in Gloucester Harbor, A fireworks display will light up the sky over Gloucester Harbor to celebrate a great day of maritime history and tradition.  Good vantage points for viewing fireworks include Gloucester's Boulevard, Stage Fort Park, Pavilion Beach and the Park at Fort Point.

 

Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club in a Star party at Maudslay Park

Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club for an evening of stargazing at Maudslay State Park. The night sky is spectacular when you can view it from the middle of a state park, where our street lights don’t spoil the view! Maudslay State Park teams up with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club to highlight the spectacular night sky.

 

Gloucester's US Coast Gaurd Station has an open house during the Schooner Festiv

United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester is having an open house during the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2014!  Stop by and learn all about the Coast Guard and its important role in Gloucester!  Tour the operations center at the station, climb aboard one of the station's motor life boats and get up close and personal with the super fast response boat!

 

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Enjoy outdoor movies on The Green each Tuesday in August. Family fun activities will begin at 6:00 PM. The feature will start at dusk, around 8:30 PM.

This weeks feature will be "Despicable Me".

Family fun activities will include a Princess fashion show and sing along with special guests!

 

Ghostlight Chorus will perfrom FREE at Rockport's Shalin Liu Performance Center!

Rockport Music honors the memory of late board member John Sparks with a free community concert at the Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center.  The Ghostlight Chorus is an exceptional 16-member chamber choir who performs a varied repertoire of sacred and secular a cappella compositions from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Their performances range from cathedrals to concert halls to the PS1 Benefit at MoMA New York to a live performance with the Rolling Stones.  The Press Herald hailed that “it is simply one of the best vocal ensembles I have heard in a long time.”

 

Get fresh local produce at the Beverly Farmers Market in downtown Beverly Massac

This is a great farmers' market connected to a large grassy park in downtown Beverly.  There is always music and a lot of shade.  The market offers fresh local produce as well as cheese, meat, eggs, bread, muffins, dog treats, massage, jewelry, and books.  The kids have a blast playing tag, meeting new friends, and listening to music.  The park is dog friendly, has plenty of parking and access to the commuter rail. This is a wonderful spot for an impromptu picnic!

Location: Odell Park

 

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions come to Cogswell's Grant in Essex

Historic New England welcomes family favorite Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions for a special engagement at Cogswell's Grant .

 

Kids will learn to make the perfect pizza dough at Williams-Sonoma Lynnfield!

Do you have a mini iron chef in your house?  Here's a perfect opportunity to nurture their interest in the culinary arts at Williams-Sonoma's Market Street Lynnfield location! Skip the carry-out pizza and have a pizza party for the whole family. Learn how to make delicious pizza dough – the start of a great pizza.

 

Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs and Cameron Schutza perform a free concert at Shalin Liu

Rockport Music invites you to a FREE concert at their Shalin Liu Performance Center! Now in its third year, Shalin Liu’s annual Free Live Opera Concerts continues this summer with Maestro Michael Recchiuti leading us on a journey through the operas of the greatest German composer of the twentieth century, Richard Strauss.

 

Kids are encouraged to ride their bikes to raise money for the Pan Mass Challeng

The Pan-Mass Challenge Cape Ann Kids' Ride will be one of many PMC Kids Rides held in neighborhoods throughout New England and beyond. Through the PMC Kids Rides program, nearly 6,000 cyclists between the ages of two and 15 will ride between one and 26 miles in mini-bike-a-thons to raise money for cancer research.

 

Cape Ann Museum celebrates their newly renovated space with FREE Admission!

Come celebrate the newly renovated galleries at the Cape Ann Museum with FREE admission! Explore the exhibits and take a museum at 2pm.  Open to the public. Families welcome!

Location: Cape Ann Museum

 

Come to MIT Museum and see what may be in your future!

Get a jump start on your weekend with the Second Friday Program at the MIT Museum! Second Friday Programs are oriented for open exploration with opportunities to attend performances, demonstrations, and lectures through out the museum galleries. November's 2013's Second Friday will focus on food science. Featuring Kenji López-Alt, Chief Creative Officer of Seriouseats.com and members of Clover Food Lab.

Location: MIT Museum

 

Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, mea, dairy Newburyport

The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and delicious food. Live music every week!

 

Methuen Ballet performs The Mermaid at the Firehouse in Newburyport

Join the Methuen Ballet Ensemble as they tell the tale of a beautiful Mermaid who discovers a shipwrecked Prince on her enchanted island. The journey begins when a massive storm hits the sea, wrecking the Prince’s boat onto an abandoned shore. Be dazzled as the Prince discovers the beautiful Mermaid and her magical sea creature friends.

 

Meet the Cows at The Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich Mass

Got Milk? Appleton Farms does! Come tour the dairy operation and meet the cows that make up the grass-fed dairy herd. Visit with calves, explore the pastures and meet the milkers in the dairy barn (ordinarily closed to the public). Lastly get a behind the scenes peek into cheese-making at our Dairy Processing plant.

Location: Appleton Farms

 

Julie Cleveland Piano Lessons for North Shore Children and Families. Northshore

Piano is the most popular instrument in the world and the foundation for music learning. Numerous studies available show children who play an instrument score higher on both standard and spatial cognitive development tests alike. There are also findings that show kids who play piano in particular scored higher in math, especially on problems dealing with ratios and fractions.

 

Kids will learn about pond fishing at Harold Parker State Forest

Meet at Campground Nature Center - Great family fun for everyone interested in learning the basics of pond fishing in New England. All fishing tackle and bait is provided. Recommend bringing insect repellent, water, sun screen and a camera. Appropriate for children over 6 years old.