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Family Friendly Folk Dance

Come join the community tradition of the folk dance at Ipswich Town Hall in Massachusetts!

Dance is a New England folk tradition, and Ipswich Recreation invites you to the fun! Join old and new friends in folk dances, including squares, contras, and circle dances. Egrets-Only, a band and caller of local Ipswich parents, will provide the fiddle tunes and instruction. All are welcome and the dance is gender neutral. Circle, Line, & Square Dances. No partner or previous skill is required. Dancers are encouraged to bring a water bottle to fill as needed and an open heart.

When: 
Friday, May 3, 2024 7-9pm

YWCA Celebration of Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. quote about nonviolence as a weapon that heals. YWCA Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration in Newburyport Massachusetts

His Dream Our Mission:    In commemoration of MLK, Jr.’s birthday, YWCA Greater Newburyport presents a screening of “King in the Wilderness.”  This film tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final years through the personal stories of those who surround him.

When: 
Monday, January 15, 2024 12:30pm

Old Newbury Day Open House & Bonfire

Come to Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm for an open house and winter bonfire! Photo ©Sara Willman

Come to  Spencer Peirce Little Farm for a mid-winter open house and bonfire to celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on January 13, 1701. Come visit the 1690 farm house from 3-4pm. Then walk down to the town-sponsored bonfire and enjoy food, beer, wine, hot chocolate and other beverages that will be available for purchase from local vendors. The bonfire is lit around dusk (~4:30pm) Pre-purchase your parking pass for a guaranteed spot in the parking field. Parking pass ticket $20.

When: 
Saturday, January 13, 2024 3-8pm

G400+ New Year's Eve Celebration

Cape Ann YMCA hosts the G400+ New Year's Eve Celebration in Gloucester Massachusetts

Please join us as we bid farewell to a year packed full of gatherings for one final hurrah on December 31st at the Cape Ann YMCA, 6:30-8:30pm. Expect dazzling lights, warm beverages, delicious sweets, exciting music, and a community countdown to 2024! This event is family friendly and FREE - we invite all to come out and toast a great year!

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Sunday, December 31, 2023 6:30-8:30pm
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A Winter Solstice Celebration at Harold Parker

Come celebrate the longest night - Winter Solstice - at Harold Parker State Forest

Come celebrate the longest night and shortest day of the year at Harold Parker State Forest! What causes the winter solstice, and what does it mean for us? Come to Harold Parker State Forest and discover this most important day of the year to ancient peoples and also to ourselves. Join us for a cup of hot chocolate! We will celebrate the solstice at sunset at exactly 4:14 pm and usher out the shortest day of the year. Dress warmly and wear hiking footwear, bring water with you. We will be taking a short hike prior to the solstice sunset ritual.  

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Thursday, December 21, 2023 3-5pm

Amesbury Winter Celebration

Amesbury Winter Celebration at Camp Kent in Amesbury Massachusetts

Join us for a winter solstice celebration, welcoming the returning light and all the beauty that this season offers. We will kick off the event with a walk into Camp from Battis Farm. Enjoy a tour of the meadows and listen to the sounds of our resident winter birds. We will have a fire and drink warm beverages, while roasting marshmallows. If there is a snow cover, there will be opportunities to learn a bit about tracking, and overwintering animal behaviors. For those of us wanting to get crafty, there will be materials to create ornaments for your holiday tree or a favorite window.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023 1-3pm

Tree Jubilee at Marini Farm

The Tree Jubilee hosted by Marini Farm in Ipswich  MA is a fun and unique charity event!!

Come to Marini Farm for the Tree Jubilee fundraiser to benefit The Ipswich Humane Group.  Tour the gallery of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by local organizations, families, and businesses then choose the ones you want a chance to win! More than 50 spectacularly decorated trees and wreaths will be raffled off (decorations and all!) at the end of the Jubilee. You never know what our participants will decorate their trees with!

When: 
Fridays, November 24 & December 1, 2023 10am-8pm
Saturdays, November 25 & December 2, 2023 10am-8pm
Sunday, November 26, 2023 10am-7pm
Sunday, December 3, 2023 10am-3pm
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Noon Year's Eve Flint Library

Celebrate New Year's Eve with your kids at the Flint Public Library in Middleton Massachusetts

Come to Flint Library for refreshments, crafts, and a countdown to noon! This celebration is perfect for little ones who want to celebrate the New Year, but may be too young to stay awake until midnight. Make your own party hat, create a festive collage, and help us to welcome 2020! This party is for kids of all ages.

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Friday, December 29, 2023 11:30am-12:15pm

G400+ A Celebration of Place Heritage Festival

Gloucester Massachusetts' Celebration of Place, community, diversity, heritage and culture at Stage Fort Park

Free to the public and hosted at Stage Fort Park, the G400+ A Celebration of Place 2-day extravaganza will showcase the rich and diverse cultural history of Gloucester. Festivities will include performances from local singer-songwriters, cultural dance performances, including those by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers, a collaborative community art project, and booths representative of our cultural communities.

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Saturday, October 7, 2023 10am-5pm
Sunday, October 8, 2023 10am-5pm
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A Landmark Summer Experience at Landmark School in Beverly Massachusetts prepare students for success in the fall and beyond.

Beverly Scavenger Hunt at Independence Park

Historic Beverly hosts scavenger hunt at Independence Park in Beverly Massachusetts
Drop-in at Independence Park on the hour for a scavenger hunt in the park! We will provide the scavenger hunt, clipboards, pencils, and prizes, you bring the smiles and your keen attention to detail and let’s have some fun! Prizes for everyone who completes the hunt; and bring your completed hunt...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

We Walk the Woods!

Walk the trails in a group at Harold Parker State Forest Every Wednesday at 10am
Walk the trails with a group at Harold Parker State Forest every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. – Meeting location varies weekly. Email trek.reef@mass.gov for location.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

April Vacation Week at Ipswich Library

sapring Vacation Activities at Ipswich Public Library in Massachusetts
Come to Ipswich Public Library during April Vacation week for family fun. We'll have 4 days of family activities from Tuesday - Friday! Schedule as follows:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

LEGO-Palooza at North Shore Children's Museum

Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session
Come and build Legos with us at NSCM! With TONS of Legos available, come and build your creations. This will be a casual club where all participants can follow whatever direction their engineering intuition takes them, we will not be teaching how to make specific models.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

April Vacation at CAM | Celebrate Spring

Cape Ann Museum has some great April Vacation programs for school aged kids! Photo: Still life by Harold Rotneberg
Celebrate the return of spring with a visit to the Cape Ann Museum during April School Vacation Week! The Museum will be free for school-age children, 18 and under, and their guardians from Tuesday, April 16 – Friday, April 19. Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt and family-friendly...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 3:59 pm

Curious Creatures at Joe's Playland

Joe's Playland in Salisbury Massachusetts hosts a free Curious Creatures presentation during April Vacation!
Joe's Playland hosts Curious Creatures, New England's original ​interactive and educational ​live animal program during April vacation week!
12:30 pm

Migration at IPL

Come to the Ipswich Public Library in Massachusetts for a free showing of Migration during April Vacation
Ipswich Public Library host a movie during April Vacation! Movie Screening of Migration by Illumination Stuidios in the Collins Room with a great projection and sound system. Popcorn and bottled water provided. One per guest. Rated PG.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Chess Club for Teens at Danvers Library

Teens are invited to play chess at the Peabody Institute Public Library in Danvers Massachusetts
Teen chess club! Bring your brain and your sportspersonship, we have the games and the friends! For ages 11-18 only. Registration required. 
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Lego Club at MPL

Children in grades 2 and up are invited to come to the Manchester Massachusetts Library's Lego Club
Drop in from 3:45-4:45 to make your own Lego creation! This program is for kids in grades 2 and up.
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Teen Candy BINGO: "The Cover Was Green"

Teen Candy BINGO session at the Ipswich Public Library in Massachusetts. Image is AI generated.
Grab a board and your candy markers and get ready to BINGO! If you've never played BINGO, now is the time to learn, with treats and prizes in the mix. The winner each session will have their name entered into a very stylish hat. Once we have hit the end of our program time, Teen Librarian Katy will...
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

$1 Movie | Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

Come to the Cabot Theater in Beverly Massachusetts for a $1 showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Come to the Cabot theater for a $1 showing of the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder sponsored by Harbor Sweets Handmade Chocolates.  A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers which will admit him...
Where: The Cabot
5:30 pm

Thursday, April 18

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 3:59 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10am for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician,...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

April Vacation at CAM | Celebrate Spring

Cape Ann Museum has some great April Vacation programs for school aged kids! Photo: Still life by Harold Rotneberg
Celebrate the return of spring with a visit to the Cape Ann Museum during April School Vacation Week! The Museum will be free for school-age children, 18 and under, and their guardians from Tuesday, April 16 – Friday, April 19. Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt and family-friendly...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

All Family Field Trip | Early Spring Woods & Wetlands Walk

Come explore the woods with Joppa Flats and see if you can find the signs of Spring in Newburyport Massachusetts
Come explore what nature has in store at some of our most amazing wild places on the north shore. Our engaging and experienced staff will introduce families to local beaches, forests, and wetlands to make observations in nature, identify wildlife, and enjoy hands on science activities outdoors....
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

April Vacation at PEM 2024

PEM has a great lineup for kids and families during April Vacation 2024
Looking for things to do during your April Vacation on the North Shore? Peabody Essex Museum has a fabulous line-up of fun activities, performances, and tours for kids and families. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the cultural exchange project that brought Yin Yu Tang to Peabody Essex Museum !...
10:00 am to 3:59 pm

Weather at Sea at Maritime Gloucester

Kids will learn about Weather at Sea during April Vacation at Maritime Gloucester in Massachusetts. Image is AI Generated
Join Maritime Gloucester's educators for fun hands-on activities exploring different marine life found in Gloucester while discussing the importance of the ocean. Some of the most extreme weather on Earth can be credited to the ocean. From underwater earthquakes and tsunamis to hurricanes and water...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Aleppo Shriners Circus

Aleppo Shriners Circus in Wilmington Massachusetts is a great time for the whole family!
Fun for the whole family! Let us help you make memories this April Vacation with a show they won't forget!The all-new Aleppo Shriners Circus thrills during April school vacation week. Enjoy elephant rides, clown photos, and all sorts of exciting acts - right up close.
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

DIY Birdfeeders at NPL

Kids are invited to come to NPL to make their own custom birdfeeders at the Newburyport Library in Massachusetts
Kids are invited to come to NPL to make their own custom birdfeeders. Make your neighborhood birds happy! We’ll create super-simple feeders with pipe cleaners & cereal.
10:00 am to 11:30 am

April Vacation Week at Ipswich Library

sapring Vacation Activities at Ipswich Public Library in Massachusetts
Come to Ipswich Public Library during April Vacation week for family fun. We'll have 4 days of family activities from Tuesday - Friday! Schedule as follows:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Padro the Lucky Racing Pigeon Storytime at NSCM

Padro the Lucky Racing Pigeon Storytime at North Shore Children's Museum
North Shore Children's Museum hosts the local author of Pedro the Lucky Racing Pigeon as she reads her
10:00 am to 10:45 am
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