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Nichole’s Picks 8/18 + 8/19

Pick #1:  Gloucester Waterfront Festival

38th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Location: Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue

Show Hours: Saturday 9-6 / Sunday 9-5

Free Admission – Outdoor Event



Photo Credit:  Donna Ardizzoni, Good Morning Gloucester


Pick #2:  Fishermen’s Feast, Boston

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Fisherman’s Feast is an annual event that began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). When the fishermen immigrated to America in the early 1900’s, they brought their traditions with them. Today’s Feast is much the same as it was over 100 years ago with lights adorning the street and the smell of sausage in the air. The current Feast is organized by the descendants of those original immigrants and still includes a procession of the Madonna through the streets of the North End.

Each August since 1910, the Feast has been held in Boston’s historic North End on North and Fleet Streets, making it the North End’s oldest continuously running Italian festival. The Feast traditionally starts on Thursday when the statue of the Madonna is moved from her home in the Fisherman’s Club to a chapel at the center of the feast. This will be her home throughout the weekend. Thursday is also when the fishermen that founded the Feast are remembered with a blessing of the fishing waters. Each night and during weekend days there is entertainment on the bandstand and vendors selling food (Italian sausages, calamari, pizza, pasta and much more) as well as crafts. The Feast culminates on Sunday night with the spectacular “Flight of the Angel”.




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Pick #3:  Ride the Trolley or Harbor Shuttle

One of our favorite summer activities is still to pack a little snack and tour the island by land or by sea.  Hop on the Cape Ann Harbor Tours Water Shuttle and get on and off all day long at your convenience….or do the very same thing on the CATA Stage Fort Park Trolley.

Water Shuttle Information can be found HERE:  

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Stage Fort Trolley information can be found 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 8/11 + 8/12

Three big things happening this weekend, never mind all of the other exciting things that you can take advantage of in this beautiful place we get to call home!  Click on the links to read more about Rockport Illuminations, the Block Party, and the Blues Festival.

Pick #1:  Rockport Illuminations

Saturday, August 11th




Pick #2: Gloucester’s Block Party

Saturday, August 11th


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Pick #3: Gloucester Blues Festival

Saturday, August 11th


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

Nichole’s Picks 8/3-8/5

Pick #1: 7th Annual Bluefin Blowout

I mean, I’m a little biased….but this tournament has something for everyone!  Beginning at Friday at 1:00 under the tent at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort you can enjoy Family Fun Day.    From there the action just keeps going and going!

Children’s Fishing Derby, shopping, live music, DJ Scottie Mac, rides in a Lyon-Waugh Auto Group Luxury Car, a BBQ Cook-off with local celebrity chefs (including GMG’s very own Joey C.),  watermelon eating contest, epic Corn Hole Tournament, tuna coring demonstrations, silent auction, live auction, food, drinks…..   All to raise money to #endalz and find a cure for Alzheimer’s

55 Boats with some of the best bluefin tuna captains and crews around will compete to land the biggest fish.  Watch the weigh-ins live and be in the center of the action!


Read all about the Bluefin Blowout HERE



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Pick #2:  Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar


August 2nd-4th

The 60th sidewalk Bazaar will take place on Main Street in downtown Gloucester. With more than 120 vendors, street food, live music and children’s activities it promises to be a great time!


Courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester and Joey Ciaramitaro


Pick #3:  Gloucester Country Fest

Saturday, August 4th


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


Nichole’s Picks 7/28 + 7/29

Pick #1:  Patriots Football Training Camp


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Pick #2: Snakes Show at the Sawyer Free Library

Snakes of New England and the world with Rick Roth

Saturday, July 28th at 10:00 a.m.  ALL WELCOME



Pick #3:  Essex Heritage Boat Tours to Bakers Island Lighthouse


*Not for children under the age of 4

Boat & Light Station Tour Schedule

Essex Heritage will be hosting guided boat tours aboard landing craft, Naumkeag, to Bakers Island Light Station again this June – September!

    • Tours offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    • Tours will also run on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day)
    • Departures are at 10:30 AM on Friday, 10:30 AM & 2:00 PM on Saturday/Sunday
  • Adults: $35
  • Children (4-12 yrs): $25
  • Essex Heritage Members receive a 20% discount!  Not a member?  Not a problem.  Click here to become a member.  (New members: A discount code will be provided on your membership confirmation)


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

Nichole’s Picks 7/21 + 7/22

Pick #1:  Blueberry Festival at Cider Hill Farm


45 Fern Ave, Amesbury

July 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Pick #2: Annual Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach

July 20-22nd



The 2018 International Sand Sculpting Festival will take place from July 20th -22nd. Come on down to America’s first public beach and enjoy the magnificent sand sculpting competition, delicious Food Trucks and Vendors, and amusements and fun for the whole family! Plus, don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night. This is an event that you won’t want to miss!

Pick #3: Abbadia Mare Rennaissance Fair at Hammond Castle 


July 21& 22, 201811am-5pm

ADULTS – $15.005-11years – $10.004 and under FREE

Come and Enjoy!Live Music, Magic, Comedy!Knights, Storytelling, Merchants!

Parking is at Stage Fort Park with free busing to and from the castle.



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



Nichole’s Picks 6/9 + 6/10

Pick #1:  Bluefin Blowout Family Fun 5K

Join us on Sunday, June 10th at Stage Fort Park, Gloucester for the

Inaugural Lyon-Waugh Bluefin Blowout Family Fun 5K, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association!

Join us as we run, walk, and stroll from Stage Fort Park to Hammond Castle and back to Stage Fort Park for a 5K loop. Enjoy the beautiful Cape Ann waterfront and fresh ocean air while raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association.


Registration Fees:

Adults – $30 ($40 day of race, cash or credit only!)

Kids- $10 ($15 day of race, cash or credit only!)

*Please fill out one registration for each participant


6:30am- Volunteers Check-In

7:00am – Registration & Participant Check-In

8:00am – Race Start


Meet us after the race at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort’s Riverview Bar & Sunset Deck for the after-party featuring cocktails from our sponsors!


Pick #2: Harborlight Community Yard Sale

SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH 9:00 am- Noon.

243 Essex Street, Beverly with questions

It isn’t too late to sign up to sell….or certainly to decide to stop by and shop, enjoy live music, participate in family yoga, or browse the bake sale!  $20 fee to set up an area to sell…otherwise, just come and have fun while shopping!


Pick #3: Dragon Boat Festival

This year marks the 39th annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

Saturday is races only while Sunday is races and cultural activities

75 boats participated last year!

Free admission to races and cultural activities.




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

Nichole’s Picks 6/2 + 6/3

With warmer weather comes all sorts of fun springtime activities.

Pick #1:  Gloucester Grow Fest

What’s free, green, and fun?  Gloucester Grow Fest.

Presented by Backyard Growers, the first annual Gloucester Grow Fest sounds like a great way to spend a day!

When: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 11:00AM – 2:00PM

Where: Burnham’s Field, 9 Sargent St Ext. Gloucester 01930

Join Backyard Growers as we present the first annual Gloucester Grow Fest, a free event for all ages to celebrate healthy eating, green living, and warm weather! We’ll have garden tours, art projects, yummy food, games, live music, community yoga, and more. Organizations from across Cape Ann will be there leading activities.

Activities for all Ages presented by the following organizations:

Action, Inc.
Alprilla Farm
Backyard Growers
Black Earth Compost
Cape Ann Art Haven
Cape Ann Farmer’s Market
Cape Ann YMCA
Change is Simple
Common Crow Natural Market
Crossfit Cape Ann
Essex County Greenbelt
Generous Gardeners
Harbor Health Group
Inner Harmony Music Therapy
Lahey Health
The Open Door
One Ocean/One Love
Sawyer Free Library
Seaside Sustainability
Treetop Yoga

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Pick #2:  Boston Cannons Lacrosse @ Endicott College

Exciting news!  The Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse is coming to Endicott College this weekend and again on Saturday, June 23rd as part of their newly launched “Cannons in Your Community” effort.

The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced that the club has created a new initiative to bring select regular season home games to two greater Boston communities in 2018. The Cannons will play one game at Hingham High School in Hingham, MA, and two games at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. The “Cannons In Your Community” effort is focused on strengthening the team’s community outreach and increasing direct engagement with greater Boston area lacrosse fans.

“We’re extremely excited to bring Cannons lacrosse to the communities of the South Shore and North Shore, both are very passionate about the sport,” said Cannons President Ian Frenette. “While our game continues to grow at a significant pace, we need to continue to do our part to drive the continued growth and engagement with current and prospective lacrosse fans in their towns. This initiative is going to give fans an even closer look at Cannons action in an intimate environment and provide us the opportunity to reach new fans by bringing the game to their neighborhood.”




Pick #3:  Strawberry Festival 

The Strawberry Festival at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is always a lot of fun!

Saturday, June 2nd 11:00-4:00

Hosted by The Bridge Cape Ann, this event is a kick-off for the summer at Mile Marker One with Marshall’s Farm Stand.

FREE Parking! FREE Admission!

Kid Zone with Bouncy House, Pony Rides, Live Animals, Face Painting, Vehicles to explore from Gloucester Police Department (Official), Gloucester Fire Department, & the Coast Guard Station Gloucester.

Great Food & Drink, Live Music & Performers, Beer Tastings, Farmer’s Market, and of course, over 40 local vendors.


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

Nichole’s Picks 5/26-5/28

Please take some time to Celebrate and Honor Memorial Day 




Monday, May 28th

Gloucester will not hold a parade this year, but will be holding special Memorial Day Ceremonies at Gloucester High School at 10:30 in the morning. Followed by lunch in the cafeteria around noon.


Monday, May 28th

In Rockport, the Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. from American Legion Hall on Beach Street,  proceeds down Beach Street to Main Street and then to School Street, Pleasant Street and into Beech Grove Cemetery.  Memorial services will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars lot in the cemetery.  It will then go back to White Wharf and on to the American Legion Hall.


As written on the town of Manchester’s Facebook page

Manchester American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade Program
Date: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9AM.

8:30 AM Report to Legion – Veterans, Auxiliary and all parade participants gather at Legion.

9:00 AM Waterside Service – Recognition with wreath and poppies cast into the water in memory of all servicemen and women lost at sea.

9: 15 AM Line up to March – Veterans and all parade participants form up and start marching by the Town Hall. Head up Pine St to Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Wreath laying, rifle salute, and Taps at flagpole.

Form up and march to Rosedale Cemetery. Wreath laying, salute and Taps with reading of Gettysburg address (by Manchester Essex Region High School 10th grader) Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) lot.

Walk down to the Legion Lot for Memorial Day Service. In Flanders Fields poem to be read by 10th grader.

Form up on Pleasant Street Extension and proceed down towards School St. to Hinckley Park for wreath laying, gun salute and Taps.

March to Union Cemetery for gun salute and Taps.

March to 1661 Old Burial Ground on Summer Street for gun salute and Taps.

Return to American Legion for National Anthem and raising the flag.

Collation to follow at the Legion.

The firing squad along with Commander, Selectmen, buglers and police escort will depart to Kettle Cove Cemetery in Jeffrey Creek located on Magnolia Avenue.

Allan Kirker, Post Commander
Manchester Legion Amaral-Bailey Post #113


Monday @ 9:00 at Essex’s Memorial Park:  24 Martin Street.

As written on their Facebook Page:

Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge. Town officials lead the parade followed by members of the school band and various athletic organizations. Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a better picture than our parade coming down Main Street.



Nichole’s Picks 5/19 + 5/20

Pick #1:  Motif No. 1 Day

Saturday, May 19th 9:00-5:00 throughout downtown Rockport


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, (organized by the Rockport Public Schools’ WELL team), M1D is a festival with something for everyone. M1D focuses on honoring Rockport’s heritage of the arts, along with showcasing the arts in today’s Rockport.


Pick #2:  Safe Boating Day at the Coast Guard Station


Pick #3:  Snakes Alive! Snake Hunt and Live Snake Show

Sunday, May 20th 1:00 – 3:00

Preregistration required:  REGISTER HERE

Member Adult: $15;
Member Child: $9;
Nonmember Adult: $25;
Nonmember Child: $15;


An afternoon designed to make every herpetologist happy! We’ll start with a hunt for local snake species around the Crane Estate, looking under logs and around the stone walls that lace the property. Capture will be strictly catch and release! We’ll then make our way to the Barn where Rick Roth, founder and executive director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and local snake expert, will present “Snakes of New England and the World.” Rick cares for over 100 snakes of all different species — even if we don’t find any slithering friends on our hunt, there will be plenty of snakes to see and learn about during the show!

Pre-registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Nichole’s Picks 4/28 + 4/29

Pick #1:  Gloucester Pride Stride

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Visit their website here for all information

The Directors of Gloucester Pride Stride are committed to the residents of Cape Ann to assist non-profits and community groups in their fundraising efforts.

All members of the community are invited to get involved by choosing and walking in support of a local non-profit or community/school group. Tax-deductible pledge donations are collected by each walker in advance of the walk using the pledge sheet or online giving system.

The 2 mile walk begins and ends at Gloucester’s iconic Stage Fort Park at noon on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Donation checks are then disbursed to all non-profits and groups at the Awards Party in June 2018 (exact date/location TBA).

In addition, Gloucester Pride Stride awards two annual scholarships, the Lynne “Lani” Vachon Memorial Scholarship and the Gloucester Pride Stride Scholarship to two individual Cape Ann graduating seniors.

Pick #2: Build a Lighthouse

An Essex Heritage event at NPS Visitor Center in Salem.

Essex Heritage invites visitors (ages 4+) to come and build their very own model lighthouse using every day materials! Special guest instructor and children’s book illustrator, Katy Bratun, will be leading this family friendly craft starting at 1:00 pm at the National Park Serice Visitor Center in Salem. This event is FREE and all craft materials will be provided.

Since 2014, Essex Heritage has been taking visitors to see the lighthouse on Bakers Island, but now we want you to your hand at building one!

*Pre-registration strongly suggested for this FREE event!



Pick #3: Art in Bloom at the MFA

What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful spring day with your family.


Celebrate the return of spring with Art in Bloom, the Museum’s annual festival of fine art and flowers.

Enjoy exquisite art from across the MFA’s collection paired with magnificent floral interpretations created by New England-area garden clubs. Professional designers delight with creative designs in Museum entrances and walkways.

Art in Bloom launches with an Evening Preview of freshly installed arrangements on Friday, April 27, from 5 to 10 pm. Daily events include tours of flower arrangements throughout the galleries; demonstrations of floral arranging for your home; casual dining among masterpieces; and outdoor walking tours. Browse the new MFA Art in Bloom Market and expanded Garden Cart for unique gifts and treasures.

The popular Member Night is Saturday, April 28, and Community Day with children’s activities is Sunday, April 29. Free Ikebana demonstrations on Saturday from 3 to 4 pm in Remis Auditorium.


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


Nichole’s Picks 3/31 + 4/1

Pick #1:  Egg-cellent Adventure at Appleton Farms

Saturday, 10:00-2:00

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


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.


Pick #2:  Rockport Community Easter Egg Hunt


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.


Pick #3:  Madagascar at the North Shore Music Theater


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.


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.




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




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


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.


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


Pick #2:  Boston Flower and Garden Show

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



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




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.



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



  • 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:

Morning session >>

Afternoon session >>

Read More HERE


Pick #2: Winter Wander on Peddocks Island


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

Adults:  $20

Children: Over 3 years old: $15

Seniors: $15



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.


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!




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


Pick #2:  Merrimack River Eagle Festival


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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



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+


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


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


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

Learn more about Coco Berkman here.


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Pick #3:  Salem’s So Sweet Festival


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!


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


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


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


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.


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



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.


  • $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


Family Tours


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

Pick #3: Alastair Moock & Friends Winter Doldrums

Head to the Cabot and enjoy Alastair Moock and Friends.


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


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)


*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


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


Sun, Jan 21, 2018 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Jim Parks and Julie Anne Collier – Wingmasters
All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)
Adult $12.00, Child $10.00
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:


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

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