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Nichole’s Picks 3/31 + 4/1

Pick #1:  Egg-cellent Adventure at Appleton Farms

Saturday, 10:00-2:00

Members, $24 per family   Nonmembers, $30 per family

READ ALL ABOUT IT AND REGISTER HERE

Say goodbye to the cold and celebrate the arrival of warmer weather here on the Farm! While we often associate eggs with the Easter Bunny, in many cultures eggs symbolize new life and are tied with the coming of spring. At this event, we celebrate spring, new life on the farm, and the bounty of fresh eggs produced by our hens. Go on the “Egg-cellent” Quest around the farm and learn about the journey from egg to chicken, collecting Easter eggs at each station to complete the Quest!

Enjoy homemade refreshments and face painting in our Carriage Barn, visit with our, bunnies, sheep and goats and try your hand at “candling eggs” and play games in the stone paddock! Quest begins at 10am.  Please plan to arrive between 10AM and 11:15AM and bring a basket of your own to collect the Quest eggs. Recommended for ages 2-6, but all are welome! If you have 6 or more in your family please register for 2 family tickets so we have enought snacks and eggs for all!

Please let us know if your child has any allergies as this is not a nut free event.

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Pick #2:  Rockport Community Easter Egg Hunt

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The Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will hold the 28th annual Rockport Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 2 PM.  The event is for the children of the town – preschoolers through grade one – and will take place on the field adjacent to the Rockport Elementary School playground, 36 Jerden’s Lane, Rockport.

Preschoolers will be grouped in one section and kindergarteners and first graders in another.  In addition to assorted candies, chocolates and small prizes, the hunt will feature a number of special eggs to be redeemed for larger prizes. The Easter Bunny is also expected to make an appearance.  Bring a basket and arrive early – the hunt will begin promptly at 2.

This year’s event is being organized by the Chamber’s Rockport Division with key support from the Cape Ann Y’s Beyea Teen Center in Rockport, local innkeepers, Rockport Rotarians, Rockport Inn & Suites and the Institution for Savings.

Please contact the Chamber Office (978-283-1601) to volunteer and to donate wrapped, nut-free candy and small prizes. Financial gifts are also welcomed and may be mailed to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester.  Wrapped candy and small prizes may be dropped off at Rockport Inn & Suites or at the Chamber office.

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Pick #3:  Madagascar at the North Shore Music Theater

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All seats $12
We have added a special character MEET & GREET opportunity after the show on Friday, March 30 at 9:45am only. Meet the characters and have photos taken with them in a private post-show reception. The $10/per person MEET & GREET tickets can be selected when buying tickets for the show. Those that already have tickets for the Friday show can call the Box Office (978) 232-7200 to buy tickets to the MEET & GREET. *Everyone attending the MEET & GREET must have a ticket

A wild and wacky adventure awaits Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe and those pesky, plotting Penguins when they stage a jailbreak from New York’s Central Park Zoo. After busting out of their home and landing on the faraway island of Madagascar, these furry friends encounter the madcap antics of the outrageous King Julien and his fellow island inhabitants in a musical celebration of friendship. The nonstop escapades and rollicking pop score will have audiences of all ages wanting to “Move It, Move It!” with their favorite characters. Share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this spring with this family-friendly 70-minute adaptation.

Madagascar is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. http://www.MTIShows.com

BUY TICKETS HERE

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

 

Nichole’s Picks 3/24 + 3/25

Pick #1: Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt @ Faneuil Hall

Make a little day of it in the city.

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Pick #2: Too Cute to Toss

Saturday, 10:00-4:00 and Sunday, 9:00-2:00 (most items 50%off on Sunday)

The DoubleTree by Hilton
50 Ferncroft Rd Danvers, MA 01923

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SEE THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

We are two North Shore moms who were looking for an easier way to consign our gently used children’s items and make a little extra spending money . We also love a good deal on pre-loved items for our kids.We want to help other families save money, earn money, recycle and donate to the community. So out of our playdate conversations, Too Cute to Toss was born.  We make it easy, we make it fun and we make it profitable. Our events are fun, and easy on the wallet. You can get great deals on baby gear, clothes and toys while also checking out some great local vendors. So you not only get great hassle-free consigning, but great events with gently used items at outstanding prices for your little ones!

Pick #3: K1 Speed in Wilmington

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If you’re looking for the best karting in New England, look no further! At K1 Speed Boston, our indoor go-kart racing is wheel-to-wheel and head-to-head! Whether racing against the clock, competing with friends and family, or battling complete strangers, you’re in for adventure! Our high-performance go-karts will quickly recalibrate your expectations of what a go-kart can and should be, and our indoor karting center – which is open year-round – will surely impress you from the moment you walk in the door.

To experience indoor go-kart racing for yourself, visit K1 Speed Boston Today! Located in nearby Wilmington, MA, our track is a short drive for anyone living in the greater Boston metropolitan area.

READ MORE HERE

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

Nichole’s Picks 3/17 + 3/18

Pick #1: Power of Play Festival

Sunday, March 18th

Please join the Gloucester Education Foundation at the Power of Play Festival at Gloucester High School

The Gloucester Education Foundation is proud to host the Power of Play Festival, a day of play for Gloucester families and kids of all ages. Play is an important learning tool that promotes creative and innovative thinking. Play also helps kids develop skills that are a foundation for life-long success, including critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and collaboration.  The Power of Play Festival will feature fun family activities like: an obstacle course, art projects, lego building, games, music, dance, fort-building, goop-making, sand and water play and LOTS more.

Hosted by Gloucester Education Foundation and Sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank and Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services Department

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Pick #2:  Boston Flower and Garden Show

March 14th to 18th:  Seaport World Trade Center, Boston

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READ MUCH MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

The Boston Flower & Garden Show is about inspiring, educating and motivating the region’s gardeners. Whether for curb appeal, backyard, kitchen, indoor, rooftop or community gardens, this is where New England’s green lovers go to discover new ideas while having fun with family and friends.

This March, as winter wanes, the Boston Flower & Garden Show’s designers, exhibitors and marketplace vendors will whet your appetite for the sumptuous joys of the season ahead. Colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and exciting special events will incorporate elements of the popular food gardening trend. Learn about organics, small-space gardens, homesteading hobbies, edibles as ornamentals and family-friendly spaces for outdoor dining and entertaining. Enjoy the first taste of Spring while gathering the recipes and ingredients you’ll need for this year’s successful garden.

Pick #3:  South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday, March 18th.  Parade start, 1:00

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

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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 3/3 + 3/4

Pick #1:  Sugaring Off Tours at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

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. No matter your age, we offer many ways to take advantage of the age-old tradition of maple sugaring here at Ipswich River!

Saturdays & Sundays, March 3–18

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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 dogs cooked in maple sap (aka sap dogs) 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.

$10/$8 Members • $11/$9 Nonmembers

Tours last about an hour and run in all weather. Advanced registration is required.

REGISTER ONLINE

READ MORE HERE 

Pick #2: Awesome Cultural Festival at Harborlight

Free Event on Saturday, March 3rd 9:00-12:30

We welcome you to Harborlight to experience our second annual Cultural Festival.  Journey through our halls on a trip through Spain, Peru, Hungary, England, Mexico, China, Nigeria, Japan, Ireland, Morocco, Portugal, and America. Also make a stop along the way to learn Sign Language. Begin in our library where guests will enjoy music and stories from around the world.  Grab your passport and begin your adventure! Have your passport stamped while enjoying art, crafts, recipes,and activities from a variety of cultures.

The morning will end with live entertainment.  A group of youth performers from the Chinese Folk Art Workshop will perform a traditional dragon dance, a Diablo yo-yo performance, and leave time for hands-on demonstrations.   Some of Harborlight’s own faculty and parents will perform the Flamenco, and Harborlight students will sing international songs.

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Pick #3: Treasure Island at the Larcom Theater

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Performances:

  • Saturday, March 3rd | 11:00 AM

  • Saturday, March 3rd | 2:00 PM

  • Sunday, March 4th | 11:00 AM

  • Sunday, March 4th | 2:00 PM

Tickets:   $15 | $17 | $21

The company that brought you The Little Mermaid last year is back by popular demand with Treasure Island.

Experience the thrilling tale of adventure on the high seas in this fun-filled yarn of piracy and buried treasure. Jim Hawkins, the cabin boy on the sailing ship “Hispaniola,” is drawn into this action-packed story full of unsavory characters, including the infamous Long John Silver, who leads a scramble for buried treasure on an exotic isle. The greedy mutineers fight each other for treasure as friendships come unraveled, and new alliances are formed. Good ultimately triumphs, but not without lots of twists and turns! Enjoy this amazing family musical that springs to life with all the great action and talent that The Panto Company USA is known for!

The performance duration is approximately 60 minutes with one intermission. The story is written for children 4 to 13 years old, but it is a true family show that everyone will enjoy!

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

Nichole’s Picks 2/24 + 2/25

Pick #1:  Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms

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Morning Session: 10:00-11:30

Afternoon Session: 1:30-3:00

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.

Register now:

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Afternoon session >>

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Pick #2: Winter Wander on Peddocks Island

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February 24, 2018 – 11:30AM to 2:45 PM

Adults:  $20

Children: Over 3 years old: $15

Seniors: $15

READ MORE ABOUT THE TRIP HERE

READ MORE ABOUT PEDDOCKS ISLAND HERE

Experience an unforgettable winter day as you wander the trails in search of winter tracks and traces. Look, listen and learn as you discover hidden treasures of the island. Play in the snow (if the weather cooperates), join us for cocoa and gorp in our “winter lodge” or by the fire for s’mores on the beach. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own snowshoes, lunches, binoculars and cameras to enhance their day.

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Pick #3: Lego Maritime Festival at the USS Constitution

Let your imagination set sail this February School Vacation Week!

Inspired by the different ship designs on display in Masters of Miniature, head to the USS Constitution Museums to build your own ship with LEGO® and DUPLO® Bricks! In the hands of a creative kid – or kid at heart – a pile of colorful bricks can become an aircraft carrier – or USS Constitution! The nautical fun continues with a “Float Your Boat” LEGO Challenge, “Picture Yourself” LEGO Selfie Masks, a scavenger hunt through our Masters of Miniature exhibit, and much more!

Is your family no longer playing with your LEGO® and DUPLO® Bricks? Donate them to the Museum!

READ MORE 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 2/17 + 2/18

Pick #1:  New England Boat Show (still)

February 10th to 18th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

Read about Donna’s fun day at the boat show last weekend in her post HERE

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Pick #2:  Merrimack River Eagle Festival

READ MORE HERE

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Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on Saturday, February 17, for a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles! Learn more about these magnificent birds—as well as other amazing raptors such as Snowy Owls—and why our local habitat is so important to them.

 

Visit Eagle Hot Spots
9:00 am–4:00 pm

Drive yourself! Naturalist guides will be onsite all day along the Merrimack River. Parking available. Maps will be available on this webpage and onsite at Eagle Festival. All ages welcome. FREE.

  • Lowell’s Boat Shop: 459 Main Street, Amesbury
  • Andrews Boat Shop: 489 Main Street, Amesbury
  • Deer Island: midway between Chain Bridge, and First Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge, Spofford Street, between Newburyport and Amesbury
  • Mersen: 374 Merrimac Street, Newburyport
  • Cashman Park: Sally Snyder Way (off Merrimack Street), Newburyport
  • Joppa Flats Education Center: 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport
  • Plum Island (10:00 – 3:00): Not on map. Look for the Eagle Festival signs! In parking lot at north end of Northern Boulevard; also, driving south on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (free entry for Eagle Festival guests).

Eagle Festival Photo Tour with Hunt’s
2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Register in advance for this exciting opportunity for in-the-field wildlife photo tips from Hunt’s Photo & Video. Departs from Newburyport Chamber of Commerce.
Adults only | $50 per person

See A Raptor Show
10:00–11:00 am & 12:45–1:45 pm

Mary-Beth Kaeser of Horizon Wings presents two educational programs at Newburyport City Hall featuring raptors great and small. First come, first served. Recommended for adults and children age 6 and over. FREE.

Pose For A Photo With A Raptor
11:00–11:30 am & Noon–12:30 pm

Hunt’s Photo & Video will take your photo with a raptor for a $10 donation. Newburyport City Hall. Limited availability. First come, first served—advance registration recommended.

Have Fun With Your Family
10:00 am–3:00 pm

At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special Feature: Live owls from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 am–3:00 pm). FREE.

At Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center: Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special Feature: Live hawks from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 am–3:00 pm). FREE.

Pick #3:  Snow Tubing at Nashoba

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

 

Nichole’s Picks 2/10 + 2/11

Pick #1:  New England Boat Show

February 10th – 18th, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Tickets are $16 ($14 for a limited time) for ages 13+

READ MORE HERE

Pick #2:  CAM Kids: Valentine Printmaking Workshop with Coco Berkman

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10

10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.     Youth and Family Programs

LEARN MORE HERE

Hand print your own animal themed Valentine’s Day cards in printmaker Coco Berkman’s family workshop! Participants will leave with a set of cards. Ages 6+ / Free for families. To register call Education Coordinator Kirsten Vega at (978) 283-0455 x16 or email kirstenvega@capeannmuseum.org.

Learn more about Coco Berkman here.

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Image from http://www.capeannmuseum.org/events/valentine-printmaking-workshop-cam-kids/

Pick #3:  Salem’s So Sweet Festival

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Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival – Feb. 9 through Feb. 11, 2018

Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of CommerceDestination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses invite you to attend the 16th 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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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 2/3 and 2/4

Pick #1:  Ice Cream for Breakfast at Cherry Farm Creamery

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Who doesn’t want ice cream for breakfast? Eat ice cream for breakfast with zero guilt, because it’s for a great cause! (Please invite your friends!)

Saturday, February 3rd is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. We’ll be celebrating at Cherry Farm with a special “breakfast” menu featuring…

Waffle Sundaes
Donut Sundaes
Muffin Sundaes
Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches
“Coffee & Donuts” Ice Cream
Maple bacon ice cream
Warm maple syrup sauce
Warm blueberry topping
Bacon bit topping
Sorbet/Sherbet fruit cup
& More!

Be sure to stop by early because from 8am – 12pm we will be donating half of the proceeds to support The NHL Alumni Corey C. Griffin ProAm Fund for Boston Children’s Hospital Concussion Prevention Research Center.

We hope to see you there! Please help spread the word by inviting your friends.

Pick #2: Ipswich Chinese New Year Celebration

All information is found in this flyer but you can also look here for more

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Pick #3:  Dana-Farber Rink Rats vs. Bruins Alumni

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
​Puck Drop is at 2:00PM

Warriors Ice Arena
90 Guest St
Boston, MA 02135

Head to the Warriors Ice Arena to watch Dana-Farber Cancer Institute doctors, nurses, researchers, and staff play a charity hockey game against Boston Bruins alumni to benefit the Jimmy Fund.

The Jimmy Fund supports pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 children.  They can be purchased online at the link above or at the door!

 

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

Nichole’s Picks 1/27 +1/28

Pick #1: Superbowl of Birding 2018

At Joppa Flats in Newburyport, Saturday, January 27th

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Courtesy of Joppa Flats Website

Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, the Joppa Flats is hosting the Superbowl of Birding XV on January 27, 2018.

Superbowls I-XIV were great successes with teams of all abilities participating. The challenge is renewed this year, with prizes awarded in ten categories!

This is a unique competition to find the greatest number of species and to earn the greatest number of points based on the rarity of the birds recorded. The Zeiss Joppa Cup is awarded to the team that collects the most points by the end of the specified 12-hour birding day. Strategy and planning are essential in order to win this competition.

Registration

  • $30 per participant if registered before January 1
  • $35 per participant if registered after January 1
  • $20 for participants 12 and under

Registration fees support refreshments and prizes for the winning teams.

To Register

Please mail the completed registration form with appropriate fee(s) to:

Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

You may also register by calling 978-462-9998.

Pick #2:  Family Tours at Cape Ann Museum

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Family Tours

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

1:00 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.Walking Tours, Gallery Tours Youth and Family Programs

A tour for history detectives of all ages! Discover the story of Cape Ann by taking a closer look at 10 objects from paintings to film. End your tour in the Activity Center with hands-on fun and art-making. Recommended for families with children under 12. Free for CAM members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call or e-mail Kirsten Vega  at (978) 283-0455 x16 or kirstenvega@capeannmuseum.org.

Pick #3: Alastair Moock & Friends Winter Doldrums

Head to the Cabot and enjoy Alastair Moock and Friends.

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Twenty years into his performing career, Alastair Moock has managed to carve out a unique niche for himself. He is a songwriter committed to celebrating the roots of American music while knocking down the walls between different audiences, genres and musical traditions. Today, his audiences range from adults to preschoolers, and he plays everything from theaters to nightclubs to schoolrooms. Like his boyhood hero, Woody Guthrie, Moock believes in the power of music to reach all people — young and old, far and wide.

Moock started performing in 1995, moving from his home outside New York City to the folk haven of Boston. After working his way up through the local coffeehouse and club circuit, he began touring the U.S. and Europe, eventually graduating to renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival and Norway’s Bergen Music Fest. In 2007 Moock was nominated for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year. The Boston Globe called him “one of the town’s best and most adventurous songwriters” and The Washington Post declared “every song a gem.” …..   visit this site to read more

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

Nichole’s Picks 1/20 + 1/21

Pick #1: New England Sports Park Tubing

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We will be open the following days/times:

Friday:  3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Saturday:  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Sunday:  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Rates: $25 per ticket, per block. (all ages)

Friday:

*NEW! One ticket gets you on the hill from open until close!  (not valid on holiday and school vacation days)

Saturday and Sunday:

Each guest must purchase a new ticket for each time block they wish to tube.

Minimum age to tube is 4 years old.

(must be able to sit in your own tube)

First Block:  10AM-12PM

Second Block: 12PM-2PM

Third Block:  2PM-4PM

Fourth Block:  4PM-6PM

Fifth Block:  6PM-8PM

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Pick #2:  Wingmasters Presents: North American Birds of Prey

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Sun, Jan 21, 2018 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Instructor:
Jim Parks and Julie Anne Collier – Wingmasters
All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)
Members:
Adult $12.00, Child $10.00
 Nonmembers:
Adult $14.00, Child $12.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Our first presentation from 11:00 am-12:15 pm has filled, so we have added a second presentation from 1:15-2:30 pm.

Come see live birds of prey up close in this indoor presentation that will introduce you to the different types of raptors including eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. We’ll discuss the special features these birds have that enable them to be successful predators at the top of the food chain. We’ll talk about how they hunt, what they eat, and their amazing vision, hearing, and feathers. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see birds such as the peregrine falcon, kestrel, red-tailed hawk, saw-whet owl, barn owl, barred owl, great horned owl, and eastern screech-owl (birds subject to change).

Instructions and Directions:
Meets in our warm, cozy Barn. This program is entirely indoors.
Registration is required.
Waitlist email or call 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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Pick #3: Ice is Nice! Winter Experiments at Joppa Flats Education Center

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

Nichole’s Picks 1/13 + 1/14

Pick #1:  New England Auto Show

It’s that time of year again!

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #2:  MLK Day Free Admission to Zoos

Monday, January 15th

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo will offer free admission on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. At Franklin Park Zoo, guests are invited to write messages of hope and peace on the mural that will be located within the Tropical Forest Pavilion.

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world.

Please note: Last admission will be at 3:30 p.m.

READ MORE ABOUT STONE ZOO HERE

READ MORE ABOUT FRANKLIN PARK ZOO 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 12/16 + 12/17

Pick #1: Appleton Farm Gingerbread Farmer Decorating

The morning session is sold out but there is some availability in the afternoon session from 1:30-2:30!
Saturday, December 16
Afternoon Session: 1:30-2:30PM
Member Child: $15 Nonmember Child: $25

Contact Information
978.356.5728 x4118
crouillard@thetrustees.org

READ MORE HERE

Join us for some holiday fun on the farm and learn about the origin of this favorite Scandinavian tradition. We’ll start by decorating some delicious gingerbread farmers and cows with a variety of candy and homemade icing. After our creations are complete we’ll snuggle in for gingerbread man story. Finish the experience with a traditional German holiday craft to decorate your own home with. Hot chocolate will be served. Please register one ticket per child.

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Pick #2    Winter Solstice Lantern Walk at Ipswich River

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk – Sunday

Sun, Dec 17, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Sanctuary Staff and Volunteers
All (suitable for children 4 – 18 years)

Members: Adult $9.00, Child $8.00

Nonmembers:  Adult $11.00, Child $10.00

Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore. With lanterns in hand, we will stroll the trails to light up the night. We will enjoy hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire on our return.

Meets in the Barn. Please dress for the weather.
Registration is required.
Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.

 

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #3  Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke

CANDLELIGHT STROLL  – Anchoring “Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth”
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2017

Saturdays, 5-9 pm. Sundays, 4-8 pm.

For tickets, click here. $5 off per ticket purchased before December 1, 2017.

READ ALL ABOUT THIS EVENT HERE

Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire. Its authenticity is the foundation for the claim that the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, echoed by Travel + Leisure magazine, makes Portsmouth ‘the Christmas capital of North America.’

Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes; and the Abbotts await news of their soldier fighting in Europe in the Second World War. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments for family ‘stopfulness’ to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.  Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.

Add-on features:

Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, provides seasonal outdoor ice skating at the heart of the 10-acre living history museum. The rink operates seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm throughout December and on New Year’s Day, and the months of January and February.

Figtree Kitchen at Strawbery Banke café offers seasonal food and beverages during Candlelight Stroll in the TYCO Visitors Center.

Pickwick’s at the Banke, complements the museum with a shopping experience reflecting Portsmouth’s colonial maritime heritage. Pickwick’s also presents a ticketed, costumed holiday dining experience in Pitt Tavern — visited by George Washington, John Hancock, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

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

Nichole’s Picks 12/9 + 12/10

Pick #1:  Middle Street Walk

See website HERE

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Pick #2: Cape Ann Veterans’ Army vs. Navy Flag Football

Come cheer on some Cape Ann Veterans as they play in Cape Ann’s 1st Annual Army vs Navy Flag Football game!  Should be a fun afternoon!  12:00 pm @ Newell Stadium

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Pick #3:  Stevens-Coolidge Estate’s Illumination Nights

Read more HERE

Come one, come all and see the splendor of our illuminated winter gardens. Many holidays and festivals are based on lights, some even being called a Festival of Lights, like Diwali for Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and Hanukah for Judaism. Christianity also celebrates using lights, seen on a Christmas tree or in a snowcapped windowsill. Tonight, visitors are invited to explore the grounds of the Stevens-Coolidge Place as they twinkle and shine with holiday lights that brighten the landscape during this holiday season. Pick up a song book and sing holiday songs or simply listen to others as you warm up with hot cocoa and make s’mores around our outdoor fire pit.

This is a three-weekend event. Full event schedule includes:

Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10, 5-7pm
Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17, 5-7pm
Friday, December 22 through Saturday, December 23 5-7pm

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

Nichole’s Picks 12/2 +12/3

Pick #1: Santa’s Arrival in Rockport!

It doesn’t get any more quintessential New England small town than Santa arriving by lobster boat in Rockport, Massachusetts.  Santa is due at T Wharf at 1:00.  He’ll then hop in “his sleigh” (umm…firetruck) for a trip downtown. The stores are open for holiday shopping and then the town comes back together in Dock Square for caroling and the annual tree lighting beginning at 4:00 pm.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #2: Christmas at Castle Hill: The Season of Carols

READ MORE HERE

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Trustees of the Reservation

Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition for many New England families. Don’t miss this year’s spectacular “The Season of Carols”. Each room in our 1920s mansion is festively decorated for a beloved Christmas carol. You’ll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, a treasure hunt, family activities, and a visit with Santa.

Make Friday, date night with evening tour hours, a cash bar, light appetizers, and festive music.

Come with friends on Saturday for great decorating ideas, shopping in the Castle Hill gift shop and Harbor Sweets pop up cafe, and more.

Bring the children on Sunday to visit with Santa, take photos, and hunt for carol-themed items in our holiday treasure hunt.

Persons named Carol get in free! Please bring i.d.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, December 1, 5-8pm

Piano music by Robert Allison

Cash bar with beer, wine, and our own holiday punch

Saturday, December 2, 10am-4pm

Season of Carols treasure hunt

11am   Ipswich High School Chamber Singers and Bel Canto directed by Abigail Frost

12:00  String Quartet: Michael Hamill, Carlos Heymann, Alice Newell, & Ann Ward

Ipswich High School Chamber Players

12:30pm  Ipswich High School Chamber Orchestra directed by Michael Coelho

1pm          Ipswich High School Jazz Ensemble

2pm          Ipswich Moving Company’s Youth Dance Ensemble

2:30pm     Venti Players and Bright Phoebe

Sunday, December 3, 12noon-4pm

Season of Carols treasure hunt

12Noon-2pm      Visit with Santa in the second floor bay

12Noon              Ipswich High School Honors Brass

1pm                  Ipswich Middle School Clarinet Ensemble

2pm                  Brass Bells

3pm                  North Shore Ringers

Date & Time
Friday, December 1
Friday, 5-8PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM, Sunday, 12Noon-4PM

Cost
Member: Adult $10, Child/Senior $5; Nonmember: Adult $20, Child/Senior $10; Ipswich resident with i.d. $10. Tickets are available at the door only.

Contact Information
978.356.4351 x4015
tschell@thetrustees.org

Pick #3: Polar Express 4D at the Museum of Science

READ MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D Experience® is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Featured in digital 3-D and brought to life with 4-D multisensory effects, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy!

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)

LENGTH

15 minutes

LOCATION

4-D Theater, Blue Wing. Find on map

AUDIENCE

Recommended for: Grades toddlers – 12 and adults

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

Nichole’s Picks 11/18 + 11/19

Pick #1:  Arts Boston, Mayor’s Holiday Special 

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ArtsBoston, in partnership with Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston, and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, announce the 14th Annual Mayor’s Holiday.  See the link below to enjoy an eight-week celebration of the area’s performing arts featuring thousands of discounted tickets to more than 100 holiday shows.

READ MUCH MORE HERE

Pick #2:  Ski, Board, and Skate Sale

Friends of Cutler School will once again be hosting their annual Ski, Board, and Skate Sale at the Cutler School in Hamilton

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READ MORE HERE

Saturday and Sunday, Nov, 18th and 19th

Saturday 11/18 – 9am-2pm
Our vendors will be here ALL day on Saturday

Sunday 11/19 – 11am-1pm
Clearance – 50% of most items (Vendors not included)

Cutler Elementary School
237 Asbury Street, Hamilton

Pick #3:  Rockport PTO Holiday Fair

Saturday 9:30-2:00 at Rockport High School at 24 Jerden’s Lane, Rockport

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

Nichole’s Picks 10/28 + 10/29

Pick #1:  Halloween Haunted Happenings in Rockport

The town of Rockport has all sorts of fun things planned for Sunday.  Pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating through town, a showing of Hocus Pocus and more.  Check out their facebook page HERE

Pumpkin carving begins in Harvey Park at 11:30

Trick or Treating takes place between 3:30-5:30 throughout the shops downtown

From 6:00-8:30 a screening of Hocus Pocus takes place in Harvey Park and the concession stand will be open.

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Pick #2:  Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium the Musical

Brooke and Zeke have been cast as the leads in the school’s new production of an old play about a…Phantom. Strange things start disrupting rehearsals and they have to wonder: is this someone’s idea of a joke? Or is the Phantom real? A silly and spooky adventure ensues that will keep the whole family in suspense until the final curtain! Suggested for families with young people ages 7-16+. The show is 70 minutes long with no intermission.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #3:  Ipswich Ale Halloween Extravaganza

Saturday at 2 PM – 5 PM

The Ipswich Ale Brewery will be one stop that you won’t want to miss on your trick-or-treating route this year!

Swing by the brewery for free beer samples and take in the spooky sights and sounds of the brewery.

Don’t forget to bring the kids and let them sip on an Ipswich Soda Pop or snack on some candy while they show off their costumes!

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Nichole’s Picks 10/21 + 10/22

Pick #1:  Essex ClamFest

The annual Essex Clamfest has everything the small town is known for including arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations and, of course, the ever popular clam chowder competition. Nearly 1,000 people taste the best of the best, each voting for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award, while nine esteemed judges helped to select the winner of the Judge’s Award.

Read more at the Essex Chamber of Commerce HERE

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Pick #2:  Boston Children’s Theatre Presents: Goosebumps, The Musical Phantom of the Auditorium at the Larcom Theatre

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Brooke and Zeke have been cast as the leads in the school’s new production of an old play about a…Phantom. Strange things start disrupting rehearsals and they have to wonder: is this someone’s idea of a joke? Or is the Phantom real? A silly and spooky adventure ensues that will keep the whole family in suspense until the final curtain! Suggested for families with young people ages 7-16+. The show is 70 minutes long with no intermission.

READ MORE HERE

Dates from now through to November 5th available.

Pick #3:  The Addams Family at Stage 284 at the Hamilton Community House

READ MORE HERE

The Addams Family

The Addams Family features an original story, and its every fathers nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family  a man her parents have never met. And if that werent upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something hes never done before  keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesdays normal boyfriend and his parents.

Please note: Addams Family Musical may have some “spooky undertones” therefore, Parental Discretion is advised for this production.

Seating Description:
Green Seating is Premium Interactive Seating and handicapped accessible
Yellow Seating is General Seating and handicapped accessible
Red Seating is Riser Seating not handicapped accessible

RUN TIME: Approximately two hours.

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Performances on these dates:

Saturday, October 14 – 7:30pm
Sunday, October 15 – 2pm
Saturday, October 21 – 3pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, October 22 – 2pm & 6:30pm
Thursday, October 26 – 7:30pm
Saturday, October 28 – 3pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, October 29 – 2pm & 6:30pm

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

Nichole’s Picks 10/14 + 10/15

Pick #1: Rockport Harvestfest

Saturday, October 14th.

Always a great time!  READ HERE FOR MORE!

The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting.

New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, chowder, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more.

Local craft beers and wine produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the day, the highlight of which is the Seafood Throwdown, a competition-style showcase between two chefs, demonstrating the versatility of fish, coastal New England’s most significant harvest.

Harvestfest features plenty of live bluegrass, jazz, folk, indie rock, cooking demos, a farm expo, and plenty of activities for families.

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Pick #2: Grand Prix of Gloucester

READ MUCH MORE HERE

CRAFT SPORTSWEAR Gran Prix of Gloucester | 14 & 15 Oct 2017
Rounds 1 and 2 of the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle-Smart

“Gloucester is a special race for me. It’s a true New England classic: the big, rowdy crowds always show up, the course is dynamic and challenging, and all the top riders line up.  Historic, classic, and epic” – Jeremy Powers US National Cyclocross Champion

“There is something about that place. It’s got a soul. I’ve been everywhere in the world that cyclocross races, and little comes close to the aesthetic drama of Gloucester.”
– Christopher Zigmont, cycling industry representative (Boston Globe)

“The incredibly well-organized event and huge, energetic crowds of racers and fans make Gloucester an amazing weekend of racing. It’s no surprise that it’s called ‘The New England World Championships.'” – Maureen Bruno Roy, Bob’s Red Mill-Seven Cycles

Read Posts from year’s past by GMG contributors at these links

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/grand-prix-gloucester/

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/video-2016-gloucester-grand-prix/

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

Nichole’s Picks 9/30 + 10/1

Pick #1: Salem Food Truck Festival

The Salem Food Truck Festival is a two-day event being hosted in the Salem Common in historic downtown Salem, MA. The event will feature 40 food trucks, live music, and family fun. Save the date and save your appetites for one of the area’s biggest food truck events!

Check out their website HERE to learn more

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Pick #2: Topsfield Fair

Amusement rides, food and beverages galore, agriculture, livestock, vendors, educational experiences, live music, and much..much more.  While the Topsfield Fair may not be everyone’s cup of tea I’ve gone nearly every year of my life and always enjoy it!  Except that one time a few years back when it poured the whole time, the rides were closed, and the boys convinced us to bring home a new pet rabbit.

READ ALL ABOUT THE TOPSFIELD FAIR, PURCHASE TICKETS, FIND MAP + SCHEDULE HERE

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Pick #3: Chinatown Lantern Festival

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

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