Nichole’s Picks 1/21 + 1/22
Pick #1: VANESSA TRIEN & THE JUMPING MONKEYS
Part of the Family Series at The Cabot in Beverly, this show is at 10:30 on Saturday. Doors open at 9:30. Tickets cost $8.50 for children and $13.50 for grown-ups.
Vanessa Trien has been performing music for kids and families since 2005, many of those years in collaboration with her lively folk/roots/pop band, the Jumping Monkeys. She has three Parents’ Choice award-winning CDs for kids and families and is currently working on her fourth album, due out this winter. Vanessa packs concert halls, preschool fundraisers and outdoor venues with dancing kids and families.
She is known for her highly interactive shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement. One of her most requested songs, “Tickle Monster” has families sneaking around on tip toe and then on queue, all start tickling each other!
In addition to performing, Vanessa teaches as an early childhood music specialist in preschool and pre-K classrooms in Brookline and has also taught parent and child group Music Together classes for ten years. Originally from New York City.
Vanessa moved to Boston in the nineties to attend Harvard’s Graduate School for Education and has stayed ever since, first diving into the Cambridge folk music scene and festival production and then eventually jumping with her whole heart into the wild and wonderful world of children’s music!
Pick #2: Snow Tubing at New England Sports Park in Amesbury.
Tickets are available for different tubing sessions. You can choose either from 10:00-2:00 or 2:00- 5:00, or 5:00-8:00 (Saturday only).
Pick #3: The Cape Ann Museum
We are so fortunate that the Cape Ann Museum is free to all Cape Ann residents for the month of January! This is the time to go! What a wonderful escape from the winter blues.
Be sure to enjoy one of the Winter Shorts during your visit.
Join the docents of the Cape Ann Museum on a variety of themed mini tours. Several twenty minute tours will be offered, beginning on the hour and on the half hour. Each tour will touch on a particular area within the Museum’s collections. Docents have created tours around their favorite topics, including Gloucester Fishermen, Women Artists of Cape Ann and 19th Century Selfies, among others. Participants are encouraged to spend the entire day at the Museum, enjoying one, two or all of the mini tours.
Tours are free for CAM members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Tours are “first come, first served” (space is limited – no reservations).
As always, for a comprehensive list of family activity please visit our friends at North Shore Kid