Fun for Kids & Families

Arts Fest

Enjoy music, art, food, and beer in the shipyard on a lovely fall afternoon. Join us to enjoy the creativity of local painters, photographers and sculptors, and local musicians. Art activities for kids.

Outdoor Sculpture Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 19th Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit featuring 34 unique site specific sculptures created by local artists addressing this year’s theme CONNECT within the magnificent fields, forests, and gardens of Maudslay State Park. A free catalog containing a map, photos, statements, and artist biographies will be available at the main trail head throughout the show, which runs 9/9 - 9/30. The exhibit is open to all North Shore and Merrimack River Valley artists and is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Gold Star Award.

Artist Gallery Talk

Join solo exhibitor and digital artist, John Willand for a gallery talk about his current show titled, Chestnut Street; the architecture.. John will explain his fascination with Salem’s grand thoroughfare and her architectural masterpieces.

Harold Parker History Walk

Come explore a small portion of Harold Parker State Forest. Harold Parker is a hidden gem, with a wide variety of trails accessible for hiking and biking. We will walk past beaver dams and ponds, traveling on a well-maintained forest trail, making our way first to the old soapstone quarry site and finally to the historic Jenkins Mill site. A wonderfully diverse 2-hour walk. Children are very welcome. Dogs can come along, but they must be group friendly and leashed. We'll meet at the parking area on Middleton Road at the "pavilion" between Jenkins and Harold Parker Roads.

Become a Citizen Scientist

Join the staff at the Saugus Iron Works NHS as we compare and contrast the differences of two water sources within the park, the Saugus River and the Saugus estuary. Take part in hands on water testing of two bodies of water less than 200 yards apart. Explore the “checkup” of the water by participating in a few simple tests to determine how healthy the waters are.

Saugus River Estuary Walk

Join a ranger in a short walk down a nature trail, as we discuss different plant and animal adaptations for living in a tidal riparian zone. Learn about some of the different plant and animal species that call the Saugus River home, and come see why it makes a great habitat for a diverse array of species.

New England Cradle of Aviation, Plum Island Airport

Join us for guided tours of the Burgess Aviation Museum! Tours feature photographs, artifacts, and a diorama celebrating the 1910 flying field at Plum Island in Newbury – New England’s first – and the current Plum Island Airport. From April to August 1910, Marblehead yacht builder W. Starling Burgess conducted a series of increasingly successful test flights on biplanes he designed and built.

Union Cemetery Scavenger Hunt

Learn about local history, gravestone carving and more in this fun and educational self-guided tour of Georgetown's historic Union Cemetery. Fun for the whole family! Download list and instructions at or e-mail, then drop by the Brocklebank Museum at 108 East Main Street, open Sundays from 2-5, to discuss your findings and enter for a chance to win some great prizes! Drawing is September 24th at 5 pm.

The Story Behind the Dory

Visit Lowell's Boat Shop for a guided tour! Founded in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating wooden boat shop in the United States. Now a National Historic Landmark, Lowell's continues to build wooden boats in the traditional method. Located on the banks of the Merrimack River in Amesbury, Lowell's will be welcoming guests to learn more about its unique history and the craft of wooden boat building as it was practiced then and continues to be today.


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