Kids

Twilight Sensory Walk

Take a twilight walk at Maudslay State Park!

Maudslay State Park invites you to a twilight hike! The setting sun brings twilight, which is a magic time of the day. Join the park interpreter for a walk to observe the changes that occur from day to night, in the great outdoors.  Plus a powwow and fun activities that test your senses.  Consider bringing bug spray and a flashlight.

When: 
Wendesdays, August 6 & 20, 2014 7:30-9pm
When: 
Fridays, August 8 & 22, 2014 7:30-9pm

Catch of the Day at Maritime Gloucester

Kids are invited to come to Maritime Gloucester for a Catch of the Day Session

Each week Maritime Gloucester offers kids a different hands-on marine-themed program that integrates marine engineering, biology and maritime history. For kids ages 6-12 with an adult!

When: 
Wednesdays & Fridays through August 23, 2014 1:30-2:30pm
Location: 
Maritime Gloucester

Creature of the Week at Maritime Gloucester

Come to Maritime Gloucester for a Creature of the Week Session!

Each week Maritime Gloucester will highlight one of the fascinating creatures living in the aquarium. Kids will learn about the creature through an exploration in the Aquarium, a story and a creature craft. For kids pre-k through age 6.

When: 
Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays through August 23, 2014 10:30am
Location: 
Maritime Gloucester

Seaside Stroll & Birding Basics

You and your child can learn the basics of birding at Halibut Point State Park

The Trustees of Reservations invites families to come learn birding basics while enjoying the woodlands and heathlands at the weather-beaten bluffs of Halibut Point State Park or the wide open spaces of Coolidge Point Reservation. Swarms of shorebirds can be viewed at this these prestigious coastal birding points! Meet at the parking area. Pre-registration is not required.

When: 
Third Sunday Monthly, April through August 8-10am

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.

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

Owl Prowl at Maudslay

Come to the owl Prowl at Ravenswood Park, hoot like an owl & learn to spot them

Owls are fascinating birds that are well adapted to their night existence. Come learn about these creatures of our surrounding woods and learn how to call for an owl!  There will be a short presentation about owls in our area, followed by an owl hooting experience; then a walk in search for them. 

When: 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7:30-9pm
When: 
Friday, August 15, 2014 7:30-9pm

Children's Treasure Hunt at the Great House

Children will love the mystery behind the decor of the Crane Estate Great House

The Great House at Castle Hill isn't just a big mansion for adults to explore. It was once the summer home (and playground) of the Crane children, Florence and Cornelius. On this special, 45-minute guided treasure hunt created especially for families with children ages 4 to 8, you can sharpen your sleuthing skills as we search for treasures, both large and small, throughout the Crane family mansion.

When: 
Fridays, June - August 2014 11-11:45am

Plankton Safari

Join the team at Maritime Gloucester for a Plankton Safari every Tuesday and Thu

Come to Maritime Gloucester and discover what lives near the bottom of the oceanic food chain using digital microscopes! Does the term plankton define a certain species? No! It is a term used to describe the enormous biomass of microscopic sea creatures ranging from nascent shrimp, fish and jelly fish to the tiny frye of lobster and squid. Explore the depths as we take samples directly from Gloucester Harbor to the lab where attendees will have hands-on experiences with the lifeforms that serve as a major source of food in the sea! For kids ages 5 and up.

When: 
Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays through August 23, 2014 1:30-3 pm
Location: 
Maritime Gloucester

Seabirds and Whales Monday Cruise

Learn about sea birds while whale watching aboard the Prince of Whales!

This is a whale watch with a birding twist! Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center has teamed up with Newburyport Whale Watch, to create this birding whale watch. This program focuses on seabirds, but we plan on seeing and learning about marine mammals as well. Onboard the Captains Lady III, we will look for concentrations of birds such as storm-petrels, shearwaters, gannets, jaegers, terns, and phalaropes. Dave Larson from the Joppa Flats Education Center will join the Captains Lady III marine mammal naturalists onboard to help spot and narrate bird sightings.

When: 
Monday, August 25, 2014 10 am - 3:30 pm

Sewing for Kids

Students will have the opportunity to learn the FUNdamentals of sewing, both by hand and with a basic sewing machine. Skills learned will include sewing straight and curved seams, adding decorative stitches and embellishments.The group will decide on their project.

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