Children's Activities

Something for Every Age

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kite flying

July 6th - Saturday   10 AM- 3 PM  AT DEVEREUX BEACH

Join Kites Over New England  and create your own flying art in a kite at the beach.

$5.00 fee for Kite Kit

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Sand sculpting by the Seashore!

July 6th - Saturday  9 AM - 1 PM  AT DEVEREUX BEACH

(Registration and sculpture creation 9 AM to 11 AM; judging 11 to 12 Noon)

All are welcome to bring buckets, shovels and creativity to this cherished free Festival family event, open to sand sculptors of all ages. Sign up early at the Festival's registration table at Devereux Beach then dig in and create the design of your dreams. Judging and an Awards Ceremony will culminate the competition. The Festival extends its thanks to The Neck Run Cafe for providing delicious frozen treats for Sand Sculpture participants.

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boat building and regatta

July 5th - Friday   11 AM- 1 PM  BUILD AT LEE MANSION GARDENS

                            3 PM  REGATTA AT REDD'S POND        

                    Design and build your boat and then sail it at Redd’s Pond competing against all other boats!

Children must have adult supervision.

                    Model boat kit cost is $25.00 - Cash or check only

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Childrens' Festival

July 6th - Saturday 10 AM- 1 PM AT LEE MANSION GARDENS      

The Children’s Art Festival is a community-arts celebration offering hands-on art activities for children approximately 10 years and younger. Activities are free, somewhat messy and children must be accompanied by an adult. In addition to our annual ‘festival favorites’, this year’s art theme is Celebrating Great Artists and features the following:

    1. Sammia Atoui of Mira Mar Print Lab in Swampscott will instruct youth in a stenciled, silk screen project using water-based ink and Stonehenge paper to create an Andy Warhol inspired print.

    2. Fish like Frost with creative input from Tali Minelli of Think Art: aims to create a modern version of J.O.J Frost’s folk-style cod, while connecting with a bit of Marblehead history.

    3. Sonia’s Circles enables even the tiniest hands to mix and match precut circles to form a colorful mobile. Inspired by French artist Sonia Delaunay.

    4. Coloring the Masters uses a variety of mediums on sturdy coloring pages to bring to life iconic images such as Van Gough’s Sunflowers, Salvador Dali’s Melting Clocks and more.

    5. Scratch Art creations will enable children to use a free-style, expressionistic drawing approach in honor of artist Paul Klee of Switzerland.

    6. Sustainable Marblehead will celebrate environmental art while instructing children to build-your-own habitat from found, reusable materials.

    7. Dot Painting is a fun way to celebrate indigenous Aboriginal artist Emily Kane Kngwarreye with her “dump-dump style” paint.


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Street Festival

July 7th  - Sunday 11:30PM to 3:30PM at Bank Square: Intersection of Washington and Hooper Streets

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Performers and fun Activities

Big Nazo - The Aliens from Outer Space You’ve Always Wanted to Meet!


Bring your camera or no one will believe you!

Chris Yerlig - Extraordinary Mime              

John Bonaparte - His Magic will Amaze

Roze & Jim Malone - a terrific Musical Group

Maria O'connor - Get your Henna Here

Jacob Abbisso - Amazing Balloon Tying

Josh Madruga - Caricature Artist

MFoA Volunteers  - Make-a-Plant

Secrets in your Backyard - Magic of Fairy Houses

MHS National Arts Honor Society Students - Make a Chalk Drawing or Get Your Face painted

Friends of Marblehead Abandoned Animals - How about a Pet! Adoption services

Marblehead Museum - An incomparable treasure