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Nichole’s Picks 6/17 + 6/18

Pick #1: Sail Boston!

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For information about our local boats that are available for ticket purchase at Sail Boston, read Joey’s post from earlier this week below

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/charters-for-sail-boston-tall-ships-event/

READ ALL ABOUT SAIL BOSTON HERE

 

Boston is an official port of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. The trans-Atlantic regatta will start in Royal Greenwich, UK. From there the fleet will race to Sines, Portugal, followed by Bermuda. The fleet will then race to Boston, for Sail Boston 2017®. From Boston, the fleet will cruise in company north to Quebec City, Canada.

Sail Boston® will entertain its younger audience with educational programs focusing on US and international maritime history. Cadets and crewmembers will be available to educate children of all ages of their personal experiences at sea, home countries and more.

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Pick #2: Hampton Sand Sculpture Event

June 15th – 17th

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17th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic
June 15-17, 2017

The fun starts Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 when 200 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach and the “Grady Bunch” starts pounding up the sponsor site. The entire area is illuminated for night viewing through June 28th.

Watch Greg Grady and “The Grady Bunch” build a mammoth Sand Demo Site. View all entries on line at this website.  The competition is by invitation only.  The event is funded by the Hampton Beach Village District and Sponsors, in cooperation with The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and The NH Division of Parks.

Schedule for 2017 Master Sand Sculpting Competition:

Mon. – Wed. – June 12 – 14 Massive 100 Ton Sponsor Site Created
Wed., June 14 – Sponsors Grand Finale with a Master Group Carve.
Thurs., Fri., & Sat., June 15-16-17 – Solo Competition $15,000 purse and entry awards.
Sat., June 17 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM Voting for People’s Choice Award.
Sat., June 17 at 8:00 PM Awards Ceremony on Sea Shell Stage. Special Fireworks Display at 9:30.
The event is lighted for nightly viewing thru June 28th.

Last Year’s Winner

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Pick #3: 

Strawberry Festival at Marini Farm

June 17th 10:00-5:00

Find Marini Farm information HERE

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As always for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid. 

Nichole’s Picks 6/10 + 6/11

Pick #1:  Dragon Boat Race and Festival, Boston

June 10th and 11th along the Charles River

http://www.bostondragonboat.org/

The 38th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be held the weekend of June 10-11, 2017.  Be sure to save the date!  Races and cultural performances. Admission is free.

69 teams raced in the 2016 Boston Dragon Boat Festival, once again breaking a Festival record for the number of teams competing.  See the list of teams that participated.

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Pick #2: Millbrook Meadow and Pond Annual Rubber Duck Race

Saturday, June 10th at 11:00 am

Be sure to buy plenty of raffle tickets for the big Rubber Duck Race, 11 a.m. June 10, 2017. Event is sponsored by the Friends of the Council on Aging, and if your duck comes through among the first, you can be a winner! — in Millbrook Meadow and Pond.

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READ MORE HERE

Pick #3:  Cape Ann Museum’s Second Saturdays

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The second Saturday of every month is free from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in hands-on activities that delve into the art, history and culture of the region. Each Second Saturday focuses on a specific theme based on the Museum’s collection and/or special exhibitions.

READ MORE HERE

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 6/3 + 6/4

Pick #1: Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

Sunday, June 4th 10:00-4:00 Rain or Shine.  $20 per car applies to both members and nonmembers.

Join us on Sunday, June 4 for a day of nature and fun. Featuring Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls. An unforgettable natural history experience for the whole family!

Among the many activities:

  • Live owl presentations throughout the day
  • Insect Zoo
  • Native reptiles & amphibians exhibit
  • Face-painting & Henna
  • Children’s games and activities
  • Craft demonstrations & sales
  • Butterfly Plant Sale
  • Food! Bake Sale! Ice cream!
  • Raffle with lots of great items to choose from
  • Naturalist-guided walks & pond explorations
  • Guided tours of our butterfly & bird habitat gardens
  • Green Games Alley: games & activities about sustainability
  • Live music all day

Please Note:

The Audubon Nature Festival is a fundraising event for Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary will be closed to general visitation on June 4 until 4:00 pm. During this event, we provide special programming, activities, and entertainment.

Because of this unique experience, the sanctuary will only be open to event participants who pay the admission of $20 per car (Mass Audubon members and nonmembers). Your admission provides critical support for our education and conservation programs. Thank you!


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Pick #2:  Thursday Baseball in Rockport!  

Come Support the Rockport High School Baseball Team in the State Tournament at Evan’s Field.

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Pick #3: Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour

June 3 & 4 10:00-5:00

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

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Cape Ann Artisans are part of a vibrant arts community, located along the scenic North Shore of Massachusetts that includes three important cultural districts. For the past two years Gloucester has been named one of the country’s top ten Art Destinations by American Style Magazine. Come visit us, explore our exquisite natural surroundings and see the fine art and craft that they inspire. Many Artisans are open year round; during non-tour times please call for an appointment to view our work.

The tour is free and self-guided. Professionally printed brochures containing the studio descriptions and the tour map are available at all studios, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte 127, and many other public venues; meanwhile, at home you can download and print the PDF to plan your trip. Print it out, mark it up, or just keep it on your portable device (smartphone, tablet,…) for travel.  As you approach each artisan studio on the road a bright, magenta Studio Tour banner will mark the studio location.

 

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid 

Nichole’s Picks 5/27 + 5/28

Pick #1:  Wolf Hollow Free Family Fun Fest

Sunday, May 28th from 11-3

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE HERE

Make your Memorial Day weekend truly memorable! Bring the whole family to howl with the wolves for FREE! Wolf Hollow offers a unique opportunity to view gray wolves in as natural a setting as possible. Come see how they interact with their pack members and live in a social unit very similar to human families.

This fun, family event will begin at 11am and end at 3pm.

Mark your calendars – FREE TICKETS will be available via Eventbrite, starting on May 8th.

Please be aware this event is by RESERVATION ONLY.

Guests will enjoy:

  • One of a kind, educational presentations every hour.
  • Fun games & activities for children of all ages.
  • Delicious pizza from the Ipswich House of Pizza and other vendors TBD
  • Free samples of Ipswich Soda Pops.
  • AND Free samples, for Mom & Dad, from the Ipswich Ale Brewery and 1634 Meadery.

Overflow parking will be directed to one side of Route 133 West

  Wolf Hollow (114 Essex Road, Ipswich, MA)

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Pick #2: Appleton Farms Hay Bale Hangout

Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00-2:00

CHECK OUT ALL OF THE DETAILS HERE

Member Child: $5; Nonmember Child: $10

Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast sheep will run for their morning helping of grain? Join us for our NEW weekend Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every ½ hour. Greet our goats, make a wool bracelet, cuddle a calf, farm story time, collect chicken eggs and more! In between activities hang out in the Carriage Barn and explore our all-day learning stations or picnic outside in the Stone Paddock!

Activities may change depending on what’s happening at the farm, but a typical schedule will include:

10:00: Feed the sheep & brush the goats

10:30: Spin wool bracelets

11:00: Collect chicken eggs

11:30: Farm story time (feel free to bring a snack from home!)

12:00: Explore the milking barn & Dairy tools

12:30: Meet a bunny

1:00: Collect chicken eggs

1:30: Brush the goats

Please check in at the entrance of the Carriage Barn to pay and receive your hand stamp. Become a Trustees member at the farm on the day of and come for free! Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. We will do our very best to accommodate everyone, but some activities are first come, first serve.

We have picnic tables, bathrooms, water, and plenty of stroller friendly walking paths for you to enjoy. Parking available the Visitor Center for a shorter walk or at the Farm Store for a longer stroll through our vegetable fields.

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Pick #3: Do Something to Honor our Servicemen and Servicewoman 

Most towns have a Memorial Day Parade. Please check each town’s listings and attend at least one.  We always attend the Rockport Memorial Day to show our respect.

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 5/20 + 5/21

Pick #1: Motif No. 1 

Saturday May 20th 9:00-5:00

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As written on rockportexchange.org

About the festival

The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates Rockport across the arts.

M1D honors the fishing shack, artist’s studio, and tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport’s historic wharves, a building painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1.

Featuring film, poetry, dance, music, art-making activities, historical presentations and more, along with the Motif No.1 Day 5k and Fun Run, with proceeds to benefit Rockport Public Schools’ wellness initiatives, M1D is a festival with something for everyone.

Pick #2: Touch-A-Truck Day 

To Benefit the Fishtown Horribles Parade  | Gloucester High School | Sunday, May 21st from 9:00-2:00

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 5/13 + 5/14

Pick #1:  Gloucester Public School Arts Festival

GMG’s own James Eve did a wonderful post about this earlier this week….with all of the information you could need.  Please read his full post here! 

The festival is Saturday from 11:00-4:00

In his post, amongst other information, James included this schedule….

2017 Gloucester Public Schools Arts Festival Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 13, 2016

11 am to 12 pm            GHS Culinary Arts Reception – Sawyer Free Library
11 am to 11:30              Mad Hot Ball Demonstration – City Hall
11:30 to 12 pm            Recorder Performance – Elementary School Students – City Hall
12 to 12:340 pm            Ukulele Performance – Elementary School Students – City Hall
1 to 1:30 pm                        GHS Interactive Engineering Demonstration – City Hall
1 to 1:30 pm                        Dancing Through the Decades Workshop – City Hall
1 to 3 pm                        Collaborative Art Project – Sculpture Park – Museum
1:30 to 2:00 pm            GHS Theater Performance – City Hall
2 to 2:30 pm                        GHS Chorus Performance – City Hall
2:30 to 3:00 pm            O’Maley Chorus Performance – City Hall
3 to 3:30 pm                        O’Maley Jazz Band Performance – City Hall
3:30 to 4 pm                        GHS Docksiders Performance – City Hall

All Day Visual Art Displays

Elementary Schools – City Hall
O’Maley Innovation- Sawyer Free Library
High School – Sawyer Free Library
Industrial Arts, Engineering, Woodworking – Cape Ann Museum and City Hall

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Courtesy of the Gloucester Education Foundation

Pick #2:  Bunny Tales: Mother’s Day at Appleton Farms

Sunday, May 14
10-12PM

Member Adults: $24 (Moms are FREE). Member Children: $12. Nonmember Adults:$30. (Moms are FREE). Nonmember Children: $15

READ ALL ABOUT THIS EVENT AND PRE-REGISTER HERE

Join us this Mother’s Day for an adventure with the classic characters from Beatrix Potter! Bring the whole family to enjoy a morning with the mischievous Peter Rabbit and his friends!

Attendees will explore the farm and meet some of the classic characters such as; Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Johnny Town Mouse, Tom Kitten and more!  Visit Mr. McGregor’s garden, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s kitchen, Jemima Puddle Duck’s nest and Hunca Munca’s doll house.  After your adventure, join us in the Carriage Barn for light refreshments and meet our farm animals in the barnyard.  Kids will also make a beautiful potted lettuce garden inspired by Peter Rabbit as a gift for mom!
FREE for moms! Please register all other adults and children. (Example: If Dad is registering for the family of five -Mom, Dad, and three kids- add 1 adult and three child tickets to your cart.)

This event runs rain or shine. Please pre-register so we have enough refreshments for all. Children under 1 are free.

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Pick #3:  Lilac Sunday (now Saturday!) at Arnold Arboretum

PLEASE NOTE: 

“Events on Sunday, May 14 have been cancelled due to severe weather. We regret any inconvenience. A modified slate of tours and activities will be offered on Saturday, May 13. See details below.”

READ MORE HERE

Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one, the lilac, is singled out each year for a daylong celebration. Mainly located on the edge of Bussey Hill Road in the heart of the landscape, the lilac collection at the Arnold Arboretum is among the premier collections of these plants in North America.

Tours of the lilacs and family activities are available from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, May 13

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family friendly activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 5/6 + 5/7

Pick #1: Boston Children’s Chorus at the Shalin Liu

Saturday, May 6 at 3:00.  Tickets $15, general admission

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Learn more or purchase tickets HERE .

The Boston Children’s Chorus unites children ages 7-18 from diverse backgrounds to discover the power of singing and transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. The Chorus bridges Greater Boston’s many diverse groups and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion among its members. Through intensive choral training and once-in-a-lifetime performing experiences locally, nationally and around the world, BCC enhances the education and social development of youth as future leaders and global citizens in the 21st century. Since the BCC’s inception, its programs have grown rapidly. Twenty children were accepted into an initial pilot program, and in the current season, the BCC have almost 500 singers representing over 50 of Boston’s urban and suburban neighborhoods participating in twelve different choirs in five Boston locations: the South End, Allston-Brighton, South Boston and Dorchester.

Pick #2: Vintage Baseball Home Opener at Spencer-Peirce Little Farm

I did this a few years ago with the boys and it was so much fun.  I keep meaning to go back!

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

READ ALL ABOUT IT AND PURCHASE YOUR $5 TICKETS HERE

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Take a step back in time and enjoy a springtime day on the farm. Enjoy traditional New England music, sheep-shearing, and wagon rides and cheer on your favorite teams of the Essex Base Ball Association as they play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase.

Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs. No reserved seating. In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale Brewery.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

 

As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks

Pick #1: Town Green Sustainability Fair

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READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

ENERGY CONSERVATION. GREEN ENERGY SOLUTIONS, SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS. RECYCLING AND WASTE REDUCTION. THE CAPE ANN FARMERS’ MARKET.
AND…MUSIC, FOOD, FUN, EDUCATION, AND MORE!

TownGreen2025 presents the 2017 Cape Ann Sustainability Fair, Gloucester’s third sustainability fair with added focus on other elements of sustainable living on Cape Ann. This day of teaching, learning, and collaborating will include:

INFORMATIVE TALKS

Speakers addressing clean energy technology, carbon neutrality, locally relevant impacts of climate change, and personal carbon footprint reduction.

OVER 20 EXHIBITS

Exhibits from local and regional leaders from both the nonprofit and the for profit sectors.

DEMONSTRATIONS

Demonstrations on clean energy, home energy efficiency, and personal carbon footprint reduction.

FOOTPRINT ANALYSIS

Stations for personal carbon footprint calculation

A FREE EVENT

Free admission and parking.

DOOR PRIZES

Raffles and items from local businesses.

RECYCLING

Opportunities to recycle scrap metal, batteries, used clothing, and books.

FUN FOR EVERYONE

Food, drink, activities, music, and more!

 

Pick #2: Crane Beach Color Blast

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Crane Beach Color Blast will become part of “Local Color” a Weekend full of Festivities in Celebration of Local Flavor, Color & Culture!

Saturday April 29th Downtown Ipswich & Riverwalk
Sunday, April 30th on Crane Beach, 1-3pm Om Drum & Beach BonFire, ColorBlast 2pm precisely!

Part of our Celestial Happenings Series the Ipswich Spring Equinox Extravaganza is inspired by “Holi Festivals” celebrations of Spring, from India. (Inspiration images here)
If you love our Winter & Summer Solstice Labyrinths and Ipswich Illumination then you will want to be a part of making this event an Ipswich tradition, our Celebration of Spring
Om Drum & Beach Bonfire 1-3pm
ColorBlast 2pm (sharp!)
Event is free ~ Parking fees apply
Photo-Op
Pigments will be tossed. (dress accordingly)
Color will be celebrated!
Kites, flags, ribbons, pompoms all welcome!
Event of Free. Parking rates apply.
TTOR Crane Beach Fees: http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/north-shore/crane-beach-admission-prices.html

Pick #3: Swan Boats

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READ ALL ABOUT THE SWAN BOATS HERE

2017 Season
Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, September 17, 2017

Spring (April to June 20)
10am to 4 pm

Summer (June 21 to Labor Day)
10am to 5 pm

After Labor Day

Weekdays 12 noon to 4pm  Weekends 10am to 4pm

 

The Swan Boats are open every day, weather permitting. We cannot operate in rain, high winds or extreme heat.

Tickets

The Swan Boat ride lasts about 12-15 minutes while the driver pedals you around the Public Garden lagoon. Tickets are purchased at the Swan Boat dock prior to boarding the boat. The wait for a ride is typically no more than 5-10 minutes.

Adults $3.50

Children $2.00 (age 2 to 15 years)
Under 2 yrs. Free
Seniors $3.00

 

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 4/8 + 4/9

Pick #1: Enchanted Easter Tea Party at MarketStreet

Dress in your Easter best and let us enchant you at our Easter Tea Party on The Green!

As your party attendee enters the affair, they will be greeted with a special Easter Package containing everything they will need to delight in the fun!

Guests will sip “tea” and enjoy a light breakfast while being mystified by our entertainers. That’s not all! Hop on over to the craft table, cookie decorating stations, and photobooth for more fun!

-There will only be 150 tickets sold for this event, reserve yours while you still can!

-Each ticket is good for one Child and 2 Adults. *Each child is allowed to bring up to 2 parents/guardians with them. More than 2 adults will not be permitted into the Tea Party Area.

-(Rain Date for this event is Sunday, April 9, 2017)

-*100% of your $5.00 donation will be given to the Lynnfield Recreation Department.

-*Ticket required for entry. Participants without tickets will not be granted access to the party.

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READ MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Pick #2: Beverly Comic Con

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Join us on Saturday, April 8th for the fourth annual Beverly Comic Con hosted at Porter Mill Studios!

Free to the public, family friendly and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

Free admission with plenty of parking across the street at the garage.
Doors open to the public at 10am.

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Saturday, April 8th.
Studios at Porter Mill 10am-6pm
95 Rantoul Street
Beverly, MA. 01915

Special Guests-
Robert Gill – DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics
Braden Lamb – Boom Studios, First Second Books
Shelli Paroline – Boom Studios, First Second Books

Live music –
DJ Noel Snow
DJ Radio Scotvoid
Qwill

Live art –
Michael Crockett

Magic Show –
The Impossible Ivan Demarjian

TONS OF VENDORS ON SITE

 

READ ALL ABOUT COMIC COM AND REGISTER HERE

Pick #3: Visit Rockport

Now that the town is coming to life again for the season, you’d be crazy to not get a jump on the season by visiting now.  As we learned earlier this week, Top Dog and Roy Moore Lobster Company are open….as are many of the shops.  Visit T Wharf, stroll Bearskin Neck, stop for lunch, do some spring shopping, and enjoy the sunshine (hopefully).

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 4/1 + 4/2

April!!!  Happy Dance!

Pick #1: Little Mermaid at the Larcom Theatre

When:     Sat, Apr. 1st and Sun, Apr. 2nd

Tickets:   $13 to $21

Venue:     13 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA

The beloved tale of The Little Mermaid is brought to the stage in a brand new production following a sell-out tour of China and the UK. The Panto Company presents their adaptation of this classic Hans Christian Andersen’s story to the stage in a fantastic, funny and exciting interactive show full of singing and dancing.

 It follows the dreams of a young girl who believes there is something more for her out of the water. Of course there’s a handsome prince, an evil baddie and lots of laughs along the way.

 Together with stunning scenery, eye-catching costumes, original songs plus up to date chart songs and not forgetting loads of audience participation this show makes for a thoroughly entertaining family day out.

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Pick #2: Meet the Chicks at Green Meadow Farm

Meet the Chicks

April 1st, 2017 11:00am – 2:00pm

     Join your farm friends for this grand opening day at Green Meadows on April 1st, 2017 from 11 am until 2 pm. Learn about the life of a chicken on our farm and welcome our newest additions to the farm menagerie, the chicks! There will be free crafts and an out door scavenger hunt if the weather allows. This event is free and open to the public.

READ MORE HERE

Pick #3: Build a Bluebird House at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

READ MORE HERE

Parent/Child Build a Bluebird House

Sat, Apr 01, 2017 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Location:

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

Instructors:

Angela Walsh – Sanctuary Field Teacher; Cheri Corrado – Sanctuary Nature Guide

Audience:

All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)

Members:

Adult $19.00, Child free

Nonmembers:

Adult $23.00, Child free

Celebrate spring by building a bluebird house with your child. We’ll supply all the materials and instruction to build a nest box for bluebirds and tree swallows. These wonderful nest boxes also attract chickadees, tufted titmice, house wrens, and woodpeckers. A short slide presentation will introduce families to the natural history and behavior of birds in Massachusetts, and we’ll discuss where and how to place your nest box. Dress for the weather because we will take a short walk to look and listen for bluebirds.

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Barn. The fee is per family and includes one kit. Extra kits may be purchased for $12 each and must be ordered when you register. Please bring a hammer.
Registration is required.
Call to register 978-887-9264.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

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As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 3/25 + 3/26

Pick #1: The Boston Flower Show

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This year’s show theme is “Superheroes of the Garden”.  You’ve probably heard of Comic-Con, the huge celebration of comic books, video games and popular culture.  This year’s Flower Show will be a veritable Horti-Con, honoring the crusaders, innovative tools and legendary plants helping to make us all champions in the battle for garden supremacy!

Our gardens are created by landscape designers, garden centers and nurseries, farms, florists, schools, and non-profit organizations to delight attendees and introduce themselves and their services.  Gardens and displays feature dozens of examples of plants, methods and materials to increase the beauty, the bountiful harvest and the ecological friendliness of our gardens and outdoor spaces.  The gardens are judged just prior to the opening of the show by prestigious members of the New England horticultural community and awarded prizes based on creativity, use of plants and materials, color and fragrance, and ecological concepts among other criteria. Awards are posted at each garden. See if you agree!

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #2: HONK!

READ MORE AND GET TICKETS HERE

The North Shore Players Youth Theatre proudly presents the musical Honk!

The 18-member cast, ages 7 to 14, sing and dance through this retelling of the Ugly Duckling Story, as the Ugly Duckling struggles for acceptance, while avoiding two hungry Cats.  Honk! is presented at Hogan Regional Auditorium, 450 Maple Street, Danvers.  Performance dates are Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are:  $18/$15 (student/senior) and can be purchased at the door, through cast members, or below, online with PayPal: ($1 per ticket for service fee):

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Pick #3: Healthy Smoothie Class at Whole Foods MarketStreet

Local Fruit Smoothie Competition:

Sign up for a free class at a Whole Foods Market Wellesley! Students learn about healthy eating, and then compete in small group teams to create the best tasting fruit Smoothie, using local fruits, yogurt and 100% juices. Ready… set… buzz that blender.

Reserve your seat on EventBrite  as space is limited, ages 8+. (https://kidscookinggreenmarch.eventbrite.com)

About Kid’s Cooking Green:

Kids Cooking Green offers classes and activities introducing children to the importance of eating locally grown food. Through hands-on cooking, and lively classroom presentation students learn about nutrition and the positive impact eating locally can have on the environment, and their bodies.

Parents, we ask that you also stay at the store for the duration of the class.

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 3/18 + 3/19

Pick #1: Wonka, Junior

There’s quite a buzz about East Gloucester Elementary School’s upcoming performances of Wonka Jr.

Shows on Friday @ 6:30, Saturday @ 2:00, and Monday at 6:30.

I’ve been told that tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

 

Pick #2: Cape Ann Youth Hockey:  Girls Open House Practice on Friday, March 17th at 6:00 pm.

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Pick #3: Children’s Drop and Shop at the Pingree School in Hamilton

The Drop & Shop offers a unique, extensive shopping experience for families with kids 0-16.  You can shop for complete seasonal wardrobes for all your kids, or stock up on new [different] toys, games, books, DVDs, gear and furniture.  There are sizes, styles and price ranges for everyone.  Moms, Dads, Aunts and Grandmothers are all welcome to shop for the all the children in their life.  Best brands only.  All items are screened, hand-picked and approved from a team of experienced and savvy moms!
Plan for an extensive shopping experience by bringing an empty shopping bag, or three. The facilities offer plenty of room to roam.  We ask – no food or drink, cash and local check only.  Children are always welcome, but please consider others and make sure they stay within arms reach.  Roaming children will be asked to re-unite with their guardian.  It’s not okay to leave children unattended.

 

As always, for a comprehensive listing of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 3/11 + 3/12

Pick #1:  DownRiver Ice Cream!

One of the surest signs of Spring!  DownRiver Ice Cream in Essex opens at noon on Saturday!  Meet you there!

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Pick #2: Cape Ann Museum: STEAM Bird Day

Saturday, March 11th 10:00-12:00

Enjoy a family-friendly tour of the galleries on this bird-focused STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – Day at the Museum and create a bird-inspired artwork to take home.

This event is free for families. Space is limited; reservations required. Reservations can be made by calling 978-283-0455 x16 or emailing lizabrowning@capeannmuseum.org 

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #3: Ben Rudnick & Friends Concert

Saturday, March 11th 10:30

Tickets:  $8.50, $13.50

Ben Rudnick and Friends have been bringing families, music and fun together in their own unique style from their first release, Emily Songs, in 2000 to their January 2016 release, A Frog Named Sam, A Musical for Children.

READ MORE HERE

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For a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 3/4 + 3/5

Pick #1:  Cultural Festival at Harborlight in Beverly

I am pretty excited about this event.  First of all, it is free.  A suggested donation of $10 per family would be appreciated, but is not necessary.

Children will be given a “passport” to go on tour through several different countries (classrooms).  Along the way, they will make crafts and be introduced to a bit of the cultural that makes each country special.  At 11:15 all guests will be invited upstairs to watch the live entertainment.  There will be a Lion Dance troupe and a group named Ballet Folklorico Colombiano Bajucol who will perform three separate cultural dances.  Harborlight students will also sing some songs that they have learned in Mandarin and Spanish…along with American Sign Language.   Baked goods will also be available for purchase.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #2: Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms

Saturdays, March 4, 2017 10am-11:30am & 1:30-3pm

Spring is coming and the sap is running! Experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack! Learn how we tap our trees every spring, see the evaporator in action, and taste the freshly made syrup.  We will end back inside with a farm snack, including Appleton Farms cheese, apple slices, and homemade maple ice cream while we read a story about maple sugaring!

Recommended for ages 8 and under but everyone is welcome! Space is limited. Registration is by the family- if you have 5 or more in your family, please register 2 families.  Crafts and snacks included and we want to have enough for all.

PLEASE VISIT HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER!

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Pick #3: Lego Batman Movie Days at the LegoLand Discovery Center

READ MORE HERE

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Every weekend in March!

Super hero. Crime-fighter. Master Builder. LEGO® Batman is all of those and so much more. Come meet Gotham City’s Caped Crusader during this celebration of the Warner Bros. feature film, which will include photo ops with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and a LEGO® Batman-inspired LEGO build activity including:

  • LEGO® Batman Meet & Greets!
    Hi, kids. This is LEGO Batman, the star of his own brand new big adventure, The LEGO Batman Movie. Come meet the coolest, strongest, smartest and best-looking Super Hero of them all.
    Meet & Greets schedule TBD. Schedule of appearances subject to change.
  • Mystery Mosaic LEGO® Build
  • MINILAND Scavenger Hunt: The Villians have escaped

To avoid disappointment, please pre-book your tickets online to guarantee entry. BUY TICKETS NOW

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 2/25 + 2/26

Pick #1:  Maple Sugaring at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

FIND OUT MUCH MORE HERE

Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26

Tours at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Adults: $10 and children over 3: $8

Spring celebrations begin early at the sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling, billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.

On our naturalist-guided tours, learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Afterwards, warm up by the woodstove in the Barn, where hot beverages, hot dogs cooked in maple sap, and delicious soups and desserts made by our volunteers are available for purchase.

Visit our gift shop to browse a selection of maple products, and be sure to bring home a bottle of our own freshly-made maple syrup.

Tours last about an hour and run in all weather. Dress warmly and wear warm waterproof boots because the walk is entirely outdoors.

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Pick #2:  Before all the Rinks Close…

Do some outdoor iceskating.  Hit Boston City Plaza for BostonWinter’s skating on the plaza.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #3:  Snow Tubing at New England Sports Park

I wrote about this quickly last month, but it deserves to be written about again….especially before winter is over.  Dare I say?

READ MORE HERE

Friday:  3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Saturday:  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Sunday:  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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Rates: $25 per ticket, per block.

 

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 2/18 + 2/19

Pick #1:  Merrimack River Eagle Festival

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Presented by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

“Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on February 18, 2017, for a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles! Learn more about these magnificent birds and the habitat they share with us.”

Go on an eagle tour, see a raptor show, pose for photos, and much, much more.

 

Visit Eagle Hot Spots
9:00 am–4:00 pm

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES AND FIND ALL OF THE EAGLE HOT SPOTS

 

Pick #2:  Visit the Sawyer Free Library for Dads & Donuts

Saturday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy donuts with dad while also enjoying visiting author Jape Payette, author of the Jape the Grape Ape children’s series.

Ages preschool and up. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL MONTH’S CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Pick #3:  The New England Boat Show

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT IT

Friday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM,  Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM,  Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Adults $15, Children $15 and under are FREE

 

For a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 2/11 + 2/12

Pick #1:  Salem’s So Sweet Festival

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival – Feb. 10 through Feb. 12, 2017!

Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses invite you to attend the 15th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping…don’t miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year!

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VISIT THIS LINK TO READ MORE

Pick #2:  Karen K. and the Jitterbugs at The Cabot

HEAD HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR READ MORE

Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for children

KAREN K. & THE JITTERBUGS

9:30 Valentine Making
10:30 Show

Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day concert with Karen K and her imaginary friends, the Jitterbugs: Bumble (the bee who doesn’t like to sting), Stinky (loves playing outside, refuses baths), Hop (working on his patience and self control) and Slug Bug (he needs a LOT of naps).  Named “Best Kindie Band in Greater Boston 2016” by Mommy Poppins (41,000 votes), Karen and her band were also called “power pop that makes them fun for the whole family” by The Boston Globe!

Before the show, join your child in making a Valentine for a “Community Helper” from your town!  We’ll have all the makings for Valentines, plus mailboxes for the staff at PAWS New England, the local Fire and Police Departments, Public Works and more.

Pick #3:  CAM Kids: Be Mine, Valentine at the Cape Ann Museum

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11

11:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.Youth and Family Programs

Families are invited to take a look at Victorian Valentines from the Museum’s collection and create a variety of cut paper cards. This event is free for families.

Get inspired! Take a look at some valentines from the Museum’s collection here.

CAM Kids is generously sponsored by David and Lisa Rich.

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 2/4 + 2/5

Pick #1:  Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast at Cherry Hill Creamery in Danvers

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READ ALL ABOUT CHERRY HILL AND GET DIRECTIONS HERE

 

Pick #2:  Family Show Shoe and Winter World Hike at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

Family Snowshoe and Winter World Hike

Sat, Feb 04, 2017 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Location:

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

Instructor:

Cori Brauer – Education Coordinator

Audience:

All (suitable for children 6 – 16 years)

Members:

Adult $8.00, Child $7.00

Nonmembers:

Adult $10.00, Child $8.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing but didn’t know where to start? Are you looking for a way to spend some time with your family outside this winter? Join us for a leisurely snowshoe hike through our sanctuary. Along the way, we will search for animal tracks and keep our eyes open for wildlife. If you’d like to join us and don’t own snowshoes, we’ll provide them for you. Snow or no, we will enjoy a wonderful winter hike and end with some hot chocolate to warm up!

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Barn. Please dress for the weather.
Registration is required.
Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

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Pick #3:  Patriots Weekend at LegoLand Somerville

Show your New England Patriots pride this weekend and save! Visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston wearing your Pats gear this Saturday and Sunday and you can get $5.00 off your walk-up admission ticket!

READ MORE AND GET DIRECTIONS HERE

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid.

Nichole’s Picks 1/28 + 1/29

Pick #1: Visit Patriot Place at Gillette Stadium

Get Down and Get Your Patriots Fix While We Have a Week of Rest!

READ ALL ABOUT THE HALL AT PATRIOT PLACE HERE

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Pick #2: Young Company Winter Festival

READ ALL INFORMATION AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

WINTER FESTIVAL 2017
January 25 – February 5, 2017

 This year, the young company presents four fantastic Winter Festival shows! Family-friendly The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Junior takes us on an incredible adventure all across the globe, while The Emperor’s New Clothes teaches us to open our eyes to what’s right in front of us! Mary Poppins uses magic, common sense, and a spoonful of sugar to teach the entire Banks family to value one another. Lastly, the dark and edgy Sweeney Todd shows us just how far some will go for those they love.

This audition-based program for students in grades 1-12 culminates in performances on Stoneham Theatre’s stage. Anyone can audition, and free workshops prepare seasoned actors and newbies alike!

Student matinees available. Please contact Carol Dempsey, Director of Sales, carol@stonehamtheatre.org or
781-587-7905 for more information.

Click here to see the Calendar.
Click here to see the Audition & Workshop Calendar. 

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Pick #3: Harvard Square Chocolate Festival

Because, well…why not.

Friday, January 27, 2017 – Sunday, January 29, 2017

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

The Harvard Square Business Association is excited to announce the highly anticipated 9th Annual Chocolate Festival. For three days, Harvard Square establishments pull out all the stops to celebrate all things chocolate! Harvard Square restaurants will feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, cordials and nightcaps while Harvard Square retailers will dazzle you scrumptious chocolate specials and deals.

The highlight of this beloved weekend extravaganza is the free Chocolate Tasting Event on Saturday, January 28th from 1pm – 2pm. Please join us on Brattle Plaza (in front of Crema Café at 27 Brattle Street) for delicious, delectable and decadent chocolate treats from Harvard Square’s finest purveyors including Cabot’s Candy, Crema Cafe, DAVIDs TEAEl Jefe’s Taqueria, En BocaFlour Bakery, Henrietta’s Table, Hotel Tria, JP Licks, Shake Shack,  Starbucks,  Toscano , wagamama and  Zinnekens. Make sure to come early! This tantalizing event is very popular and attracts hundreds of sweet tooths!

When you’ve had your fill of chocolate, take a jaunt through Harvard Yard to the Museum of Natural History. Visit the famed Glass Flowers gallery where realistic hand-crafted glass models of Cacao, as well as cashew nuts, mango, pineapple, and other edible plants are on display.

Special thanks to Camp Cody, Seacoast Sweets and Rescom for their support of this tasting event.

Whether you are a serious chocolate aficionado or a fun-loving chocaholic, please join us for the sweetest weekend of the year in Harvard Square.

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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.

Buy Tickets HERE

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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.

Read all about it HERE

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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).

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Pick #3:  The Cape Ann Museum

Read all about the fabulous Cape Ann Museum HERE

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.

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Be sure to enjoy one of the Winter Shorts during your visit.

Walking Tours, Gallery Tours

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

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