Fun for Kids & Families

Be a Time Traveler

Celebrate The Year of The Educator with the Danvers Historical Society. Become a “Time Traveler” to explore how Danvers children played, created, and learned over the past 200 years! Play colonial games, compare your modern objects to historical artifacts, and examine old maps and photographs to identify neighborhoods in Danvers. View exhibits at Tapley Memorial Hall and learn about Anne Lemist Page who opened the first Danvers Kindergarten in 1860. Also, an expanded pre-colonial Native American artifacts' exhibit is on display. Expert guides will be available for discussion.

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.

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