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

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

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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

Nichole’s Picks 7/23 + 7/24

My picks for this weekend are all of the great activities that make up the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails weekend.

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Explore Essex County’s historic, cultural and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events during Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 15-17 & 22-24, 2017!

Enjoy a variety of guided walks, paddles, historical tours and other adventures for all ages, skill levels and interests, that will connect you to the spectacular places, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area—the 34 cities and towns of Boston’s legendary North Shore. It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County including the communities of Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Lawrence, Saugus and more.

Head here to read more and register to build your own itinerary 

Here are just some examples of the types of activities that can be enjoyed in our area

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Nichole’s Picks 9/16 + 9/17

Pick #1: Harvest Musical Festival

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The GLOUCESTER HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL blends art and music in one of the country’s most unique and rich artist communities. We invite you to experience the beauty and friendliness of Gloucester through a day long festival showcasing music, arts and culture while supporting our local community hospital (Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund) and community based outreach programs. Our hope is to make this a destination festival with a mission that all proceeds from the GLOUCESTER HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL go directly to the Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund, which is to guarantee the continued existence of a full service hospital. By supporting this, it will ensure the safety and well-being of the community and beyond.

  • Festival Schedule

    NADIA ROBERTSON ( National Anthem – shortset): 10:30 – 10:45
     
    OL BROWN SHOE: 11:00 – 12:00
     
    FENNARIO: 12:15 -1:15
     
    RED TAIL HAWK: 1:30 – 2:30
     
    COLD ENGINES: 2:45 – 3:45
     
    BIM SKALA BIM:  4:00 – 5:30
     
    FOUR LEGGED FAITHFUL: 5:45 – 6:45
     
    GANG OF THIEVES: 7:00 – 8:30
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Read all about it HERE

Pick #2: Fish Box Derby

Sunday, Rogers Street by Gorton’s

Every year since 1994, the Fish Box Derby has offered the kids of Cape Ann the opportunity to test their design, building and driving skills in a safe and exciting race down Rogers Street. We have purposely stayed independent from the All – American Soapbox Derby so that parents and kids could work together on the cars and the everything from buggy wheels to high tech bearings are allowed. There is no entry fee for the race, we are fully supported by charitable donations from individuals, businesses and local organizations, whose names are emblazoned on the hay bales that line the course. Through the generosity of our supporters, the Fish Box Derby now offers two $1000.00 college scholarships each year, for which all racers are eligible. It has been truly rewarding to see our former participants take lessons learned in the race with them into adulthood. To help support the Fish Box Derby please contact us at Fish Box Derby, Inc. PO Box 162 Gloucester, Ma. 01931-0162 or call 978-283-1932 or 978-281-6057

READ all about it HERE

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

Nichole’s Picks September 9th + 10th

Pick #1:  The Donkey Derby at Myopia, Hamilton

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THE DONKEY DERBY: run your a** off for the Equine Rescue Network. A sporting event for elite athletes and their human companions To help bring awareness to the plight of unwanted horses and donkeys.

SPECTATORS WELCOME You may purchase General Admission or VIP Tickets at www.EquineRescueNetwork.com *VIP tickets include seating under the Myopia Polo tent, lunch, and spirits (beer/wine/mint julep). Derby Attire encouraged for VIP seating. Be advised – VIP Seating is limited.

The mission of the event is to ENJOY the day, raise awareness of donkeys: They make great pets! They are affectionate, agile & athletic – AND are highly sought after by the Chinese 😦 If we raise money to save more donkeys – even better!

Don’t have a donkey but still want to “Run your ass off for the Equine Rescue Network” – no problem. We have a ‘Human Only Race” for runners. However, if you want to race a donkey – we have them….actually – there are over 40+ rescue donkeys on the North Shore that you may be partnered with. The donkey races are 2 person-team (one to lead and one to follow).

If you want to race with a donkey, send email to info@equinerescuenetwork.com – space is limited. You will need met your donkey, and perhaps even train your donkey before the race. We will match teams with donkeys based on the location of donkey and team. The leader of the donkey may carry treats. The follower of the donkey may only use a sanction plastic fly swatter to encourage their donkey team member. There is no riding or beating donkeys!

The races will be as follows:
– Minature Donkey Race
– Minature Horse and Minature Mule
– Standard Donkey Race
– Corporate teams
– Steeplechase race
– Riding Mule Race
– Pin the Tail on the Donkey Race for Humans-only

CHECK OUT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

Pick #2: Essex Police Dept. Annual Classic Car Show

Sunday, September 10th 1:00-4:00 in the lot behind the Police Station.

Raindate is Sunday, September 17th 1:00-4:00.

Essex Police Department – 4th Annual Car Show – ANTIQUES, CLASSICS, MUSCLE, SPECIAL INTEREST, TRUCKS & MOTORCYCLES!

– People’s Choice Awards for Best Car and Best Motorcycle

– Live Music

– Food and beverages served by the Essex Lions Club

FREE ADMISSION! No cost to enter your vehicle.

Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.

Please contact Chief Peter Silva or Officer James Romeos for more information at 978-768-6628Click here to see photos of last year’s show on Facebook >

SEE LOWELL PEABODY’S POST ABOUT THE 2nd ANNUAL CAR SHOW HERE (Great photos as well!)

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Pick #3: Connors Farm Corn Maize

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30 Valley Road(Rte. 35)

Danvers, MA. 01923

Opening Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Closing Date: Monday, October 31, 2017

1. Visit Connors Farm after September 9th

2.  Have a GREAT time

3.  On  your way out stop by farm stand and purchase your Bounce Back pass for $6.00.

4.  Use your Bounce Back pass for general admission day time activities one time while we are open during the 2017 season.

Passes may only be used by the person who purchases them.  They are not subject to transfer, refund, or exchange.  Bounce back passes must be purchased prior to leaving the grounds.  They are not valid with other special offers or birthday parties.  So easy and so affordable!

We are excited with this years maze theme.  It is a tribute to our good friend Bentley Warren a local race car legend. OPENING SEPTEMBER 9th!

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

Nichole’s Picks 7/22 + 7/23

Pick #1: Connors Farm Blueberry and Raspberry Festival

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Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 9am to 6pm (Rain date Sunday, July 23, 2017)

$9.95 Admission per Person, 2 and under are free.

Note: Everyone must pay the $9.95 fee for entrance to pick your own and all festivities.

The admission price includes the following activities: Hayrides, Barnyard Animals, Black Mamba, Cow Train, Duck Races, Giant Rocking Chair, Giant Tires, Grain Train, Horse Swings, Jumping Pillows,  Music, Mechanical Bull, Pedal Carts, Sandbox, Trikes, and MORE!

Additional charge for: Food, Blueberry desserts, BBQ Food, Pick Your Own Blueberries and Raspberries, Gemstone Mining, Pony Rides (10am to 4pm).

Note: Everyone must pay the admission price for entrance into the farm and festival.

READ MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

Pick #2: 10th Annual Car Show at Faneuil Hall

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The BAMG is once again pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Faneuil Hall Car Show Series for the 10th year this summer. For 2017 we will be holding three British Car shows. Space is now available for these limited registration, high energy shows at New England’s premier tourist and family-friendly destination.

READ ALL ABOUT THE CAR SHOW HERE

Pick #3: The Z – Boston Zipline

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READ MORE HERE

Ride the Z over The Greenway!

Spanning 220-feet, the zipline carries one or two riders along The Greenway’s Parcel 12, starting from Clinton Street and landing near North Street, across from The Greenway’s North End Parks. With two parallel cords, riders soar alongside each other (or race!). From the top of the 30-foot tower riders have a unique view of downtown Boston, the waterfront, and The Greenway!

Rider Requirements

All riders must weigh between 45 lbs and 250 lbs, must be at least 40 inches tall, and must be in good physical health. All persons must weigh in and check their height at the zipline ticket booth before riding.

Prices

Tickets are $8 for one rider and $15 for a pair. Group tickets (10+ tickets) can be purchased at the zipline for $7/a piece and groups of 50 or more can reserve an hour to ‘Ride the Z’ together. For information on group tickets, please email info@rosekennedygreenway.org.

Hours

‘The Z’ is open for rides everyday at 11am until October. Closing times vary and occasionally we will have to close early due to inclement weather. To see specific closing times, please review the calendar below and click your preferred day. For the latest information on weather-related closings, please visit us on Twitter.

Location

‘The Z’ is the centerpiece of a temporarily revitalized ramp parcel (known as “Parcel 12”), whose development remains in a joint State/City planning phase. This summer, Parcel 12 will be a place for families, friends, and independent explorers to ride a zipline, observe public art and hang out in our iconic Adirondack furniture!

The zipline itself is located near the corner of Clinton Street and Surface Road, directly across from Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Dock Square Parking Garage.

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

Nichole’s Picks 7/15 + 7/16

Pick #1: Rockport’s Navy Weekend!

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READ ALL ABOUT THE WEEKEND’S SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES HERE

The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS), aboard six NA-44 foot sailboats, will drop anchor on Friday July 14th in Rockport Harbor to take part in the Rockport Navy Weekend 2017. Sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine and the USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts have been invited to participate in the weekend events.
 
The Rockport Navy Weekend is hosted by the Rockport Navy Committee. Activities are planned to encourage the entire community to interact with and learn about the US Navy. The enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport helps make the Rockport Navy Weekend a success. 

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Pick #2:  Gloucester Block Party! 

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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 7/8 + 7/9

Pick #1:  Thursday Night Concert Picnic Series at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

READ MORE HERE

We’re celebrating 21 years of Picnic Concerts and we want you to be a part of the fun! Bring a picnic supper, explore the grounds, dance on the lawn, and experience some of the region’s best bands.

Tickets available at the gate only. Gates open at 5PM for picnicking. Concerts start at 7PM and end at 9PM. A weather decision, if necessary, will be announced on this page, by 3PM on the day of the concert.

Concerts start at 7PM and end at 9PM. Gates open at 5PM for picnicking.
Members: $20/car.
Nonmembers: $30/car.

Walk-in, bicycle, & motorcycle: $10.

Tickets available at the gate only.

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Pick #2:  2nd Saturdays Free at Cape Ann Museum

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READ MORE HERE

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.

This Saturday is CAM Kids Favorite Flowers, Saturday 10:00-12:00.  Register ahead of time.

Paint along with watercolor artist Marion Hall in the Museum Courtyard (weather permitting; in case of rain the program will be moved inside to the Museum’s Activity Center) to learn the basics of watercolor painting. Using good quality artist materials, participants will create a small painting of a fresh flower or plant of their choice. Hall will give painting demonstrations and will teach participants ways to experiment with color combinations and painting techniques. This is a drop-in program and parents are invited to participate as well! This free family program is generously sponsored by David and Lisa Rich. To make a reservation please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email courtneyrichardson@capeannmuseum.org.

Marion Hall is an award-winning watercolorist whose paintings feature seascapes, landscapes, and wildlife from Cape Ann, Florida, England and France. She has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the north shore of Massachusetts and beyond. Marion is a Cape Ann Museum docent and an Artist Member of the Rockport Art Association and the North Shore Arts Association.

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Pick #3:  Boston’s PIZZA Festival

Jul 8, 2017 at 11:00 am to Jul 9, 2017 at 10:00 pm

City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA

Boston Pizza Festival is a 2-day outdoor festival featuring live music, food and giveaways. Local and international vendors in the food industry will be there. Each pizza vendor will be selling their own product. Giving attendee’s the unique opportunity to try pizza from all over. Vendors will have a chance to enter and win “Boston Pizza Festival Pizza Champion” contest.

BUY TICKETS AND LEARN 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 7/1 and 7/2

Pick #1:  CATA Trolley Shuttle from Stage Fort Park

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Such an easy, fun, and inexpensive ride to get around town AND, total bonus, to Good Harbor Beach, without having to pay to park!  Get dropped off at the foot bridge as early as 10:17 and then the trolley comes back every hour up until 5:17 pm.  Many other fun stops along the way.  See below.  Ummm….and an all day pass costs $3 with children under 5 Free.  And, unless things have changed, if you are riding the trolley from Stage Fort Park, they allow you to park there for FREE.  Total score.

SEASONAL DAYS OF OPERATION
10:00 a.m. to 5:39 p.m.

June 17 through September 4
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
including July 4th and Labor Day

One Way Fare: $1.00
All Day Pass: $3.00

Persons with Disabilities, Seniors
& Persons on Medicare $0.50

Children under 5 years FREE

HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE

SEE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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Pick #2:  Newburyport Americana Rhythm and Roots Festival

Free live music Saturday, July 1st at Waterfront Park in Newburyport

Saturday, July 1st
​3:30 to 8 p.m.

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Don’t miss Newburyport’s annual music celebration of America’s roots on July Fourth weekend. Bring the family to Newburyport’s central waterfront for a free concert featuring roots music including Marcia Ball, Nikki Hill, and the Lonely Heartstring Band, with opening act local, teen, guitar sensation Quentin Callewaert.

Event sponsorship gets you VIP seating with free snacks, beer and wine overlooking the event from the balcony of the Firehouse Center for the Arts.  Click the button below to donate and reserve your VIP seating now.

READ ALL ABOUT THE FESTIVAL HERE

Pick #3:  Boston Harborfest 2017

Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th

READ ALL ABOUT THE FOUR DAYS OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS HERE

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With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country’s largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail® walks, boat tours, live entertainment and much more!

 

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

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

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