Fun for Kids & Families

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.

The Scrapbook /All Prints & Maps weekend @ the Essex Exchange. Gallery Show & Sale.

The Essex Exchange has invited Vinny and Barbara Caravella owners of The Scrapbook to showcase their decorative, vintage & Antique Prints and Maps. Everything from antique maps and 16th - 19th century decorative prints to political cartoons by Thomas Nast to custom picture framing can be found inside The Scrapbook in Essex,Ma. It’s one of Essex’s hidden treasures and we are proud to have them join us for the weekend.

Bark Ranger Walk

Bring your favorite pups and join a Park Ranger for a special walk around the grounds of Saugus Iron Works. On this walk we'll discuss what it means to be a "Bark Ranger," the importance of the wetland habitat within the park, and the best ways to keep pets and natural resources healthy as we enjoy National Parks. The tour will conclude with a graduation ceremony where each dog will be sworn in as official "Bark Rangers" and receive their tag and certificate.

Guided Tour of Empresses of China's Forbidden City Exhibition

This exhibition is the first to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynasty- the Qing dynasty - from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular objects from the Palace Museum tell the little-known stories of how imperial women influenced court politics, art and religion. Timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-China diplomatic relations, Empresses of China's Forbidden City is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum; the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler, Washington, D.C.; and the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Guided Tour of Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings Exhibition

For more than 40 years, Sally Mann has made experimental and hauntingly beautiful images that have distinguished her as one of the country’s most influential photographers. Co-organized with the National Gallery of Art, this first major traveling exhibition presents some 115 photographs to offer a sweeping overview of Mann’s artistic achievement, vision and drive.

AtlAtl Days

Try your hand at ancient hunting practices! The technique of using an atlatl, or spear throwing stick, is an ancient global technology. Join us, along with the Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society, as they teach you the finer points about hunting in the ancient world! Stop by the Rebecca Nurse Homestead and hunt a woolly mammoth or woolly rhinoceros. Fun and educational for kids of all ages. Also learn about the tools that Native Americans in Danvers made and used. Bring your Native American artifacts for identification. Trails & Sails Events are always FREE!

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