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Kids & Family

In Newburyport we cherish family and education above all else. This is seen in our “boat-load” of family-friendly events, nature camps and well-regarded schools, that together, help keep each little eye open to life’s most important treasures. Here kids have the opportunity to get up close and personal with aquatic life at the Newburyport Boat and Nature Camp. Take Sailing Lessons with Captain Ed. Visit the animals at Tendercrop Farm. And, well, just be kids.

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Kids Day in the Park – An Exchange Club Family Event

Newburyport’s annual Kids Day in the Park will take place Wednesday, August 1, from 10:00 to 2:00 at Atkinson Common Park, located at 388 High Street. This free event hosted by the Exchange Club of Newburyport, is one of the highlights of Yankee Homecoming week for many kids, featuring all the best stuff from childhood. Kids Day […]
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Circus Smirkus – Pure Excitement in Support of Theater in the Open

Get your tickets for the 2018 Circus Smirkus performance of Vaudeville in Newbury, MA. There will be four shows: Friday, August 3rd at 1 pm and 6 pm and Saturday, August 4th at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm.  This exciting event is held under the big top at Spencer Peirce Little Farm and is the largest annual […]
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Newburyport Waterfront Movies – Free Summer Fun

Newburyport Waterfront Movies provide free outdoor family fun each Summer in downtown Newburyport! Mark your calendar with the Summer 2018 movie schedule: Wednesday, August 15th, Thursday, August 23rd, and Wednesday, August 29th.
Mini Golf Course at Nunan's, Georgetown

Premier 18 Hole Mini Golf Course for the North Shore

Have you been to Nunan’s lately? Last year, we proudly opened Kallie’s Kones, a full-service ice cream parlor, and Garden Golf, a premier 18-hole, beautifully landscaped mini golf course. Our General Manager and Co-Owner Stephen Flynn, Jr. came up with the idea of building a miniature golf course to our property after seeing a rise […]
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Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk – Experience & Explore Magical Fairy Houses

Put on your best and brightest wings, sprinkle a little fairy dust and head to the fourth annual Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk for a magical stroll through the woods to search for nearly 200 fairy houses. Mark your calendars for April 28th and 29th from 10 am to 3 pm for this whimsical event at Pettengill Farm, 45 […]
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Greater Newburyport Mothers & Families Club

Dedicated to providing fun and friendship for the families, the Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club (GNFC) connects members with local family-friendly activities, events and educational programs to keep our community happy, healthy, and socially engaged.
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Menorah Lightings Brighten Newburyport, Amesbury on Eight Joyful Nights

Each year, Jewish communities in Newburyport and Amesbury illuminate their respective downtowns with festive menorah lightings on all eight nights of Hanukkah. The Festival of Lights begins this year at sunset on Tuesday, December 12. Newburyport’s Congregation Ahavas Achim will light up its signature 6-foot-tall electric menorah in historic Market Square at 6 PM on December […]
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Newburyport Mothers Club Offers Adult Events for Moms (and Dads!)

At the Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club (GNFC), we understand how important it is that parents sometimes get out of the house and have fun without the kids. We get it! That’s why we have an Adult Outings Committee charged with organizing adult events throughout the year that encourage moms and dads to meet […]
Theater in the Open

Theater in the Open

Theater in the Open is dedicated to bringing creative and innovative community theater to the cultural landscape of Greater Newburyport. They stage high-quality original productions each year for the enjoyment of the community. And they are dedicated to theater that is free and open to anyone!
Seaside Ice

Seaside Ice

Seaside Ice offers a winter family activity that's fun, affordable, and active! Visit the indoor rink at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury for winter wonderland skating - just $5 per person, including skate rental. Glide around the indoor artificial ice rink as you skate to festive music, surrounded by sparkling snowflakes, mirror balls, and breathtaking views of the ocean. No hats, gloves, or jackets required.
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Newburyport Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Kicks off Holiday Season

The annual Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting offers all the holiday cheer that’s to be expected of a downtown yuletide celebration – but there’s a twist: In this most nautical of cities, Santa arrives by boat. Honoring the Clipper City’s heritage as the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard, Santa makes his first local […]
Sea Festival of Trees 2014

Sea Festival of Trees

The Sea Festival of Trees at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury is a 15-day long holiday event with tree lightings, gift shopping, games for kids & Santa! Proceeds benefit Anna Jaques Hospital. For just $5 per person, visitors walk through a maze of beautifully decorated 4 foot to 10 foot-high artificial trees decorated with a breathtaking array of holiday colors and more than 75,000 twinkling lights.
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Top Eight Playgrounds in the Newburyport Area

We’re lucky to live in an area with more than its fair share of wonderfully designed and maintained playgrounds, including one rated top ten in the state! From relatively small but centrally located urban parks to expansive play structures banked by rolling hills and ballfields, there’s a playground for every age range and activity level. Here’s our […]
Events and fun things to do at Ipswich Country Club

Social Events and Fun Things to do in a Welcoming Community

With so many social events and fun things to do at Ipswich Country Club, you owe it to yourself to at least consider joining this welcoming community. Ipswich Country Club is ClubCorp’s flagship property in the northeast and offers more opportunities for its Members to connect, play, work, host and celebrate in a less “stuffy” […]
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a historic 231-acre property in Newbury with events and activities for you and your family to enjoy. Much of the land at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is still under active agriculture! Visit the expansive open land and tour the farmhouse to see what life was like in Newbury in the 1690s!
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Autism- and Sensory-Friendly Events in the Newburyport Area

Looking for autism- and sensory-friendly options for family entertainment? From autism spectrum to sensory processing disorders, there are plenty of reasons why your child might need a little extra consideration when it comes to high-impact events or activities. Many large entertainment venues now make specific accommodations for these kids (think lower lights, decreased noise levels, […]
Piratess Tilly, Newburyport MA

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island – Book Launch and Fundraiser for Cure SPG47

Award-winning Newburyport author Elizabeth Lorayne will launch and sign her new children’s picture book, The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island – where haiku meets girl-empowerment, science and exploration, at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport on Saturday, May 13th, from 10:00 am – 12 pm. “Piratess Tilly—the refreshingly bold, smart heroine” […]
Family Vacation Adventures, Newburyport MA

A Family Vacation Yields Unexpected Treasure

About 15 years ago, my wife and I took our kids to Scottsdale, Arizona for a family vacation. We didn’t have firm plans for the trip, preferring instead to explore the local options upon arrival. After settling in at the hotel, we gathered a bunch of brochures from the lobby and let the kids pick […]
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10 Under $10: Indoor Play Places in the Newburyport Area

No spring fever here – we’ve compiled a list of low-cost local indoor play places to take your young ones to get the wiggles out. Harmony Natural Learning Center in Newbury hosts both morning and afternoon open-playtimes for ages 7 and under throughout the winter months. Stocked with simple activities that feature natural materials, Harmony offers a “unique […]
Free Birthday Club for Area Kids, Macaroni Kid, Newburyport

Macaroni Kid Launches Free Birthday Club for Area Kids

Parents are invited to register their children ages 12 and under for a chance to win a $350 prize pack provided by nine generous local sponsors – monthly drawings! Newburyport Macaroni Kid, a free web calendar and e-newsletter of local events for families, is celebrating its fifth birthday with a present for area kids! Parents […]
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It’s Fall! Family Farms Offer Bushels of Fun for All Ages

Each fall, family farms all over New England invite us to come celebrate the harvest, hosting festivals and events throughout the season. The trend toward recreation, education, and outreach among America’s working farms makes fall the ideal time to show kids what “farm to table” is all about. Fall on the family farm is a […]
Freedom Boat Club, Newburyport MA

Build Life Long Boating Memories Hassle-Free

You have probably heard a few nautical metaphors over the years, sayings such as, “A boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into” or “You know what boat stands for? Break Out Another Thousand!”  The funny thing is that most of the people making these statements are boat owners.  Now you […]
Macaroni Kid Summer Camp Guide, Newburyport MA

Exploring Newburyport Area “Place-Based” Summer Camp

It’s amazing how many summer camp programs in the Newburyport area are “place based” – that is, they are camp experiences that just can’t be replicated anywhere else because they reflect our community’s unique topography, maritime history, and cultural heritage. From Merrohawke Nature School’s B.O.A.T. camp on the Newburyport waterfront to SummerQuest at the historic […]
Check Out Your Local Library This Month, Newburyport MA

Check Out Your Local Library This Month

Hope you took advantage of the generously long winter vacation to relax and decompress after last month’s flurry of holiday activities! January’s cold temperatures have sent all but the hardiest of snow bunnies indoors for the winter, but that doesn’t mean there’s nowhere to go with the kids. Parents in the Newburyport area need look […]
Macaroni Kid, Newburyport MA

Holiday Fun for Families in Greater Newburyport

The Newburyport area is unwrapping a holiday season jam-packed with events for kids and families! Santa arrived in Downtown Newburyport – via U.S. Coast Guard boat, of course – on the traditional Sunday after Thanksgiving, lighting a 35-foot evergreen in Market Square and marking the official start of holiday celebrations. (Newbury and Salisbury held their […]

Boat Camp Nature School

An opportunity for kids to learn about marine and wildlife, as well as build community relationships all while enjoying nature.

Tendercrop Farm Field Tours

Tendercrop Farm Field Tours educate kids on how food goes from the farm to the table. Kids also meet Farm Friends like baby chicks and pigs.
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