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Family-Friendly Entertainment Right Around the Corner: Our North Shore Edition!

November 2, 2012

The long, hot days of summer present a challenge to parents as boredom sets in and each morning and afternoon begs to be filled with fun, summer activities. But even when school starts up again and the cooler weather sets in, you may find yourself at a loss for indoor activities that will keep your family occupied. We hope you enjoy the first of our series on local, family-friendly fun in your area. First up: the North Shore!

Even as the summer days wane, some kids’ preoccupation with all things beachy may not disappear. The Gloucester Maritime Center is full of excellent opportunities for learning and fun in any season. Their aquarium is open year-round and will expose your child to creatures including starfish and shellfish! Plus, on alternating Saturdays they hold a maritime-themed story hour. And their video microscope laboratory is an educational adventure for the science-minded kid aged 5 and older.

Also educational, and great fun for adults, too, is the world-renowned Peabody Essex Museum. Their pop-up art and nature center holds arts activities for children including puppets, origami, storytime, and animal exploration. And for older children, workshops are being held this fall on building catapults, creating holiday decorations from gourds, and making special wrapping papers based on traditional techniques from other cultures.

The Newburyport Firehouse offers family-friendly performances year-round. This community theater is proud of its family programming, affordable pricing, and comfortable settting. From The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol to a holiday sing-a-long, this theater is a great place to introduce your children to a love of performance.

North Shore moms and dad, what are some of your favorite activities? Any tips for your fellow local parents? And for those of you who live in parts west and south, visit us soon for more local, family-friendly tips!

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

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