For the Birds at Maritime Gloucester

Kids will learn about gulls at this Maritime Gloucester April Vacation Program!

Maritime Gloucester invites kids in pre-k through first grade to a vacation week session about gulls - part of a week full of educational sessions during April vacation! How many types of gulls are commonly found in Gloucester Harbor?  Learn all about the seabirds from Cape Ann and beyond!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10 - 11:30am
Maritime Gloucester

Vacation Week Flyby at Joppa Flats: Appreciate the Ocean!

The vacation week fly by will celebrate the Ocean!

Joppa Flats Education Center school vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities while we keep minds active and hands busy during school break with free-flow learning for the whole family. Each session offers a different theme, with scheduled family presentations and something to engage hearts and minds for all ages and interests.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10am-3pm

Adventure Day: Marvelous Mammals

Kids will learn about plant eating animals that live at the IRWS

During this vacation week program, kids will learn about the plant-eating mammals that make their home at the sanctuary. We hope to catch glimpses of them, and certainly we'll see signs that they are living here. Participate in a mammal obstacle course. Build a beaver and muskrat lodge as a group, and track deer and other mammals in the fields and forests of the sanctuary.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9am-3pm

Amazing Amphibians

Search for frogs, salamanders and their eggs at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Spring is the season when frogs, toads, and salamanders return to the wetlands to lay their eggs. After a short introduction in our Nature Center where we will learn about the life cycles of these amazing creatures, we will search the sanctuary's wetlands and woodlands for amphibians on the move. If we're lucky, we might be able to catch a few of them! We'll also be sure to swing by our vernal pool where we should be able to find large masses of wood frog and spotted salamander eggs.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:30-3pm

Junior Chef Class at Williams-Sonoma

Kids will learn about making homemade drinks at Willaims-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! Making fresh fruit and vegetable drinks is a fun and healthful way to entice your kids into the kitchen. Join us and learn how to whip up smoothies, juices, fruit slushies and more. Suitable for ages 5-13.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 10am

Messy Art Day

Messy Art Day at Lanesville Community Center

A group of former and current preschool teachers and enthusiastic artists have joined forces to bring 'Messy Art Day' to the Lanesville Communtiy Center! Kids in preschool and grade school are invited to come paint, draw and create using charcoal, pastels and paint! Come join the fun, make a mess and discover the masterpiece hidden within!

Saturday, April 18, 2015 10am-Noon

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related

Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of our Observatory, and participate in astronomy-related activities run by our knowledgeable staff. Astronomy After Hours is the perfect place to kick off your weekend with your family.

Fridays, 8:30 -10pm (Weather Permitting)
Museum of Science

Earth Day Coastal Clean Up

Earthday for shoreline cleanups at Halibut Point and Coolidge Point Reservation!

The Trustees of Reservations invites you and your kids to come out to one of their most spectacular coastal reservations to celebrate Earth Day 2015. Take this opportunity to teach your children the benefits of stewardship and to have a great time as a family.  At the Coolidge Point Reservation, your help is needed cleaning up the shoreline or simply drinking in the beauty of our special places. Call for details. Please register in advance!

Saturday, April 25, 2015 10-11:30am

Follow Footsteps of a Hermit & His Wild Friends

From 1884 – 1917, Mason A. Walton lived a hermit's life in Ravenswood Park

From 1884 – 1917, Mason A. Walton lived a hermit's life in Ravenswood Park. He closely observed, wrote, and drew about wildlife behaviors and published a book in 1903. As we walk in his footsteps to the site of his cabin, we'll track signs of wildlife just as Walton did. Along the way we'll share tales from his book A Hermit's Wild Friends, only available used from Amazon: A Hermit's Wild Friends and on loan from the Sawyer Free Library.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 1-3pm
Ravenswood Park

Children's Chess Club

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.

Beginners: Mondays 6-7pm
Advanced: Mondays 7-8pm
No Sessions on Monday Holidays
Abbot Public Library
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