Kid-friendly, Family Fun in Essex, MA

Find kid-friendly, family fun in Essex, Massachusetts with creative things to do, casual places to eat and shops carrying items to delight and engage young minds. Scroll down for suggestions and check out all of our Day Tripper Guides to make any day an adventure in Essex!

T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library in Essex, MA
Photo: Lego Club at T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library

1. Our T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library has fun, creative programming for kids throughout the year from Lego Events to Yoga Story Time. See their upcoming virtual events to register.

Sea Meadow Gift & Garden Shop in Essex, MA

2. Looking for a store with goodies for babies and young children? Kids will be delighted by the books, games, crafts, puzzles and other fun and educational toys inside Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop.
Photo: Woodman’s

3.  Kids are always welcome - come ”Eat in the Rough!” Kids Eat Free All Fall and Winter at Woodman’s: get a free Kids Boat with any Dinner Plate purchased. Look for kids specials at The Farm Bar & Grille too, with a spacious backyard where kids have room to roam.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum in Essex, MA

4.  Essex Shipbuilding Museum welcomes and engages young minds with hands-on exhibits and demonstrations about how ships were built here in Essex, Massachusetts. The museum is temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Check their website for hours and upcoming workshops and festivals when they reopen.

Essex River Cruises & Charters in Essex, MA

5.  May through October, enjoy an Essex River Cruise aboard the Essex River Queen through the sheltered waters of the Essex River. It was voted the #1 thing to do in Essex, MA. The one and a half hour narrated tour points out former Hollywood movie sets, local lore and wildlife. (No worries, there’s a restroom onboard!) Gift cards are available on their website!


6. Treat the kids to the best hot dogs on the North Shore at Essex River Dogs with casual dining on an outdoor picnic table. There are three kinds of dogs - including veggie dogs, reubens and grilled cheese sandwiches too. Check back for their 2021 reopening date.

Woodman’s Ice Cream in Essex, MA
Photo: Woodman’s Ice Cream

7.  You scream, we scream, we all scream for ice cream! Find world-class Gifford’s Ice Cream from Maine at Woodman’s and at Village Creamery Gift cards are available on their websites–support small businesses and give the ones you love, something to look forward to!

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