It may be rainy out today, but it’s Friday—YAY!—and the sun is promising to make an appearance this weekend! Wondering what there is to do? Look no further, because we’ve rounded up some family fun in the area. From sweet treats to parties to outdoor activities, we’ve found all the best ways to have some fun in and around the North Shore this weekend. Read on for a full list of events.


Date Night Drop Off: Friday Night STEM Club

The Village Oasis, 174 Cabot St., Beverly, 6 pm-8 pm (ages 5-11)

Drop the kids off and go out for a little adult time! While you’re out dining, your kids will have some science fun, play games, and enjoy snacks. Pre-registration is required.


2nd Annual Winter Wilderness Festival

Camp Denison, 84 Nelson St., Georgetown, 10 am-2 pm

Put on your snow pants and boots and have a fun day outdoors sledding, ice skating, and hiking. There will be a bon fire to warm up at, indoor arts and crafts, pizza for purchase, and s’mores!

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival

Downtown Salem, 11 am-9 pm

While technically this event begins on Friday, it’s a wine tasting that’s—obviously not kid friendly—and is also sold out. So plan to visit Saturday to explore the town looking for ice sculptures and popping in and out of shops offering free chocolate samples. The trolley will also be running from noon to 4 pm, offering $2 rides around the festival (kids are free). If you can hang past 5 pm, the ice sculptures will light up too!

Sweetheart’s Party at the Piazza

The Children’s Piazza, 83 Pine St., Peabody, 4 pm-6:30 pm

Celebrate your little valentines at this annual sweetheart’s party. Along with all the great indoor play structure fun, this party will also feature a barbecue dinner, sundae bar, dance party, photo booth, and crafts. Tickets are required for everyone over 12 months.

New England Boat Show

Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer St., Boston, Saturday 10 am-8 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm

You don’t need to be in the market for a boat to have fun at this show. Kids can run up and down the isles of this huge show and hop on and off boats. Along with all the booths there’s interactive fun too! Kids can get creative and build their own boats at a crafting station and even hop on paddle boats and cruise a mini lake.


Magical Beginning’s 2nd Annual Blood Drive in Honor of Tom Ritchie

Magical Beginnings Middleton, 225 Maple Street, Middleton, 9 am-3:30 pm

Stop by our Maple Street location to help a great cause! We are hosting a blood drive with Dana Farber Cancer Institute to honor Tom Ritchie, our Maple Street director’s husband and a two-time cancer survivor, as well as all of the Magical Beginnings families and staff that have faced life-threatening illnesses. Appointments and walk-ins are both welcome!

Toy Story Brunch

Breakaway, 221 Newbury St., Danvers, 9 am-2 pm

Think brunching is a thing of the past now that you have kids? Think again! The menu features tons of kid-friendly options like waffles, chicken fingers, and mac and cheese, with a full buffet for adults, including a build your own Bloody Mary bar. But the big draw here is that there will be a meet and great with Buzz and Woody from Toy Story! Oh…and kids under 10 eat free! Reservations are strongly recommended.

Valentine’s Day Ball with Belle

A Mom’s Village, 637 Lowell St., Peabody, 10 am-11:30 am

Dress in your princess finest and have a fairytale morning at this ball. Little royals will enjoy refreshments, mini make-overs, a sing along, a dance party/ball, and photos with Princess Belle. There will even be a surprise appearance by her prince!

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