Fun for Kids & Families

Painting to Save the Sea!

Calling all future caretakers of the world, ages 12 to 16, for an important art project! Do you ever wonder about the power of creativity? At Salem Maritime, we celebrate the vibrant and beautiful waterfront of the Salem Sound. But our oceans and marine wildlife are in danger and they need your help! Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time but YOU have the power to have a positive effect on the world's environment!

Historic Essex Walking Tour

The Historic Essex Walking Tour is a self-guided tour (with a brochure and map to guide you) to 16 interpretive signs that highlight the historic significance of this New England village. Learn how 300+ years of shipbuilding produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels; find a 1797 Paul Revere bell; discover the birthplace of the fried clam; learn about the grave robberies of 1818; gain insight into how Essex became known as “America’s Antiques Capital”; and other interesting stories. Benches along the Essex Causeway provide a place to sit and relax as you take the tour.

Free Family Friendly History & Nature Scavenger Hunt

Our Nature & History Scavenger Hunt will be Saturday September 29th from 10AM-1PM. Come between those times to see the beautiful historic Dickson Memorial Chapel and do the scavenger hunt. Learn and see some interesting nature and history in Greenlawn. All while helping raise awareness and funding to restore the stunning Dickson Memorial Chapel and Conservatory and preserve Greenlawn Cemetery for generations come. We hope to see you, many local families and Greenlawn fans there! This event is free! Please park on Orne Street and enter through the Orne Street gate.

Shawsheen River hike

Join AVIS board members for a pleasant hike along the Shawsheen River. We will hike on the Claus Dengler trail (named for a former AVIS president) which runs along the Shawsheen River from Abbot Bridge to Balardvale train station, a distance of 1.5 miles. We will walk along open meadows and into the woods. The river is visible throughout most of this hike. This is an excellent opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife and plant species. On our return, we may explore some other trails. The total distance for this hike is approximately 3 miles.

Open House to Celebrate 40 Years of the Lawrence History Center

Please join us for a day of reflection, celebration, and more! * Blacksmithing Demonstration * Tours of the Archive & Essex Company Complex * * Exhibits * Donation & Scanning Stations * Local Historians * 10:00 AM: 40th Annual Meeting 10:30 AM: "One Neighborhood, Two Towns: How a Part of Andover Became South Lawrence" 2:00 PM - Photography Walking Tour of the Stone Mill with Bob Lussier (reservation required) * Free Admission * Invite Your Family & Friends! * Questions? Please contact us at 978-686-9230 or

Blacksmithing Saturday in the Essex Company Forge

Step back in time with us for a day of blacksmithing in the Essex Company forge, the company that built the city of Lawrence! Richard Wright of the Granite State Hammer Alliance will be demonstrating the craft of traditional blacksmithing methods, forging both iron and mild steel to create items for practical use in our historic courtyard. The forge was first in use in the early 1880's when the Essex Company complex at 6 Essex Street in Lawrence was constructed.

Spicket River Greenway Walk

Groundwork Lawrence Enjoy some of Lawrence’s newly developed parks and be provided both historical and ecological perspectives on this important watershed. The tour will start at Manchester Street Park and highlight Steven’s Pond, in which native birds and snapping turtles cohabitate. Special Instructions: Wear walking shoes.

Off-Beat Andover Tour of Historic Mill District

This unique walking tour will highlight architecture, history, and fun facts about the Andover's Historic Mill District in a fast-paced, and highly participatory way. Interactive games (anyone for a round of The Price is Right?) and humorous challenges will be played as we explore the neighborhood's past. Snacks are also provided! This might not be your grandma's type of walking tour (you know her better than we do), but we'd be happy if she came too! Participants are encouraged to take photos, bring a sense of humor, and share their experiences via social media.


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