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North of Boston/Merrimack Valley offers indoor & outdoor fun for children and families

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Salem Witch Museum

19 1/2 Washington Square North Salem, MA, 01970 Phone: 978-744-1692

Salem witch trial story, and the evolution of scapegoating through history, among museum highlights

Salem is a town designed for exploration by children and adults alike, and there’s no better place to start than the Salem Witch Museum, where light is shed on one of the country’s darkest moments: the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. The lives of those found guilty during the trials, as well as the lies and intrigue leading up to the trials, are brought to life through 13 life-size stage sets, figures, dramatic lighting and narration. A second exhibit looks at the meaning and evolution of the word “witch,” from European witch trials up to modern times. Visitors learn about scapegoating and stereotyping through time. The museum gift shop has a large assortment of apparel, spell books, tarot cards and locally made treats. Parking garages are nearby.
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Concord Museum

35 Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road Concord, MA, 01742 Phone: 978-369-9763

Interactive exhibits, Revolutionary War objects get children involved at Concord Museum

At the Concord Museum, there are several ways children are encouraged to experience the thrill of discovery as they move through the galleries. There are scavenger hunts, interactive stations and close-looking prompts that encourage involvement. And the exhibits themselves are intriguing for children: the lantern used by Paul Revere when he rode to rouse the Colonial Army, for example; or the kettle used by Louisa May Alcott while serving as a nurse for the Union Army in Washington, DC during the Civil War. The April 19, 1775, gallery is also popular with families, featuring many items from the Revolutionary War and a digital map that takes viewers step by step through the events of that historic day. Strollers are allowed in the museum. Check the website calendar for special events and programs.
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The House of the Seven Gables

225 Derby Street Salem, MA, 01970 Phone: 978-774-0991

Hands-on activities and outdoor fun make visiting this historic home perfect for families

Hands-on activities and exciting outdoor environments make visiting The House of the Seven Gables a fun family experience. Take a tour of the 17th-century gabled house, now called the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, which inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel. You can also visit the author’s birthplace, other colonial homes and colorful seaside gardens. Weekend activities might include learning how to use a quill pen or how to churn fresh butter. (Check the event calendar.) Over at the Kids Cove, in the 19th-century Counting House, kids can check out harbor views from the helm of a “ship,” or through a porthole telescope. A scavenger hunt is also available. The property also offers a variety of theatrical performances centered around Hawthorne, Salem, MA and different holidays. And check the website for special coloring pages.
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Greater Merrimack Valley

61 Market Street, Unit 1C Lowell, MA, 01852 Phone: 978-459-6150

Activities from art museums to escape rooms will engage every member of your family

Visit the Concord Museum to see the “one if by land” Paul Revere lantern or Thoreau’s writing desk. Marvel at the intricacies of the model ship collection at the Addison Gallery of American Art. Climb up the crow’s nest on the Discovery Museum’s. Just-for-kids ship, or make pinch-pot clay animals and trinket dishes at the Pottery Mill Clay Studio. Go on a winter walk or explore the Native American and Shaker collections at the Fruitlands Museum. Or step into your own private escape game, cracking codes and solving puzzles, at Escapology. There are so many activities to delight families in the Merrimack region, from trampoline parks and bowling alleys to museums with astonishing art and activities that engage even the youngest visitors.
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