Fun for Kids & Families

Spicket River Clean Up

Get dirty and have fun! Join Groundwork Lawrence, partners and hundreds of volunteers to clean and celebrate the Spicket River in Lawrence and Methuen! The annual Spicket River Cleanup supports the beatification and cleaning of our city, as well as this important watershed. There will be food, music and fun--you don’t want to miss it!

Walking Tour of Useful Local Plants

Plants are so much more than pretty flowers or annoying weeds! Here on the North Shore, even in the city, we are surrounded by plants that provide food and medicine for us. Want to know what those plants are and which plants and weeds are good for food or medicine? Join local Foraging Instructor Iris Weaver as we walk around the grounds of the First Church and a few blocks of the McIntyre District to learn more about our local plants. Bring your camera or a notebook to record all the exciting things you will learn!

First Parish Church of Newbury Sanctuary and Burial Grounds

First Parish Church of Newbury is located in the Newbury Historic District. The current building is the 3rd for this parish, which was “gathered” in 1635, and was the "Mother Church" in the Newburyport area for many, many years. Come in to look at the beautiful interior and the newly restored steeple, and then visit our Burying Grounds across the street. There will be headstone washing and a short scavenger hunt going on. Many of the first Newbury settlers are buried here and there are many examples of the fine stonework done by early carvers.

Gloucester Sea Serpent Mash-Up at Maritime Gloucester

Following a mid-day sea serpent sculpture parade from the Cape Ann Museum to Maritime Gloucester, families will create mash-up “sea monsters” with inspiration from the creatures in the newly renovated Sea Pocket Aquarium. This event is free and open to the public. This is a joint event with Cape Ann Museum located at 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester. MA, where the morning segment begins at 10:00 am. Participation in both segments is not necessary, but encouraged. For more information, contact: programs@maritimegloucester.org.

The Bridges of Maudslay

The Moseleys had some beautiful features built on their estate. Join the park interpreter on a walk to see the unique stone bridges of the former Moseley Family Estate. Learn about their construction and historical use, plus interesting stories about the family and their property.

Beginners Paddle: Event is Fully Booked!

Join us for a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly paddle from our headquarters at Riverbend, right on the river in Ipswich. It is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to different ways to steer your canoe. You will enjoy a leisurely evening paddle down the river and experience the beauty of the river’s wildness and maybe even see some of our resident wildlife, from beavers to turtles to the many birds who call the river home.

Riverbend Open House

The Riverbend Open House will include games and activities for children and family geared towards teaching them about water use, the watershed, and the river. Guest will be able to explore the trails and gardens on the Riverbend property and participate in short paddles departing from the Riverbend dock. While guest may choose to bring their own kayaks/canoes/paddleboards they are invited to use the organization’s canoes and kayaks. Attendees should dress for being out of doors, bringing sunblock, water bottles and hats.

Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

Join us for a 90-minute narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard the Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat. Notice the abundant wildlife and changing landscape along your trip. Bring along your binoculars and sketchbooks! You're bound to be inspired!

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