Children’s Programs

Read about all our many free programs for children held weekly or monthly. We offer programs from infancy through sixth grade!




Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Mondays, April 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th, 10:00 am

This playgroup is available for children from birth to 5 years. It is designed for caregivers to interact and build skills through play and for families to connect with one another and with valuable resources. Playgroups are staffed by early childhood specialists who can offer information and support to parents and caregivers. The guided playgroup will offer interactive play and circle time, music, movement, and storytelling. No registration needed.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.


Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, April 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm for children in second grade and up. The first session is for beginners and the second session for advanced players. Registration is required.


Preschool Story Time and a Craft
Wednesdays, April 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly Wednesday with Angelique for story time with stories, rhymes, and crafts. Caregivers must attend – no registration needed.


Movers & Shakers Story Time
Fridays, April 6th and 13th, 10:30 am

Children from birth – 5 years old are invited to an interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. The program will be offered the first and second Fridays of the month. No registration needed, but caregivers must attend.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.


Stories and Songs with Spencer
Tuesdays, April 10th, 17th, and 24th, 10:15 am

This lively program is designed around stories and songs for ages 2-5. Spencer Garfield, involved in family outreach at Temple Emmanu-El, performs this fun, upbeat, and interactive program weekly. Children and their caregivers are invited to come and sing, dance, laugh, and listen to stories.


Drop-in Cafe Craft
Wednesday, April 11th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This is a drop-in program for children in grades 1-4. Come sit in the cafe outside the Children’s Room for a craft project from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. We will have different materials to enjoy on a Wednesday once a month.


Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Thursday, April 12th, 1:00 pm

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month. The program will be led by Chrissy Ierardi, and designed to provide socialization and songs. This playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required.


Montessori Parent/Child Group
Saturdays, April 14th and 28th, 10:00 am

Tereza Swanda, an experienced home Montessori facilitator, will lead a monthly parent/child education group in Montessori learning works. The meetings will each cover a different topic; Grace/Courtesy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language. The age range for this program is children 3-6 (younger children are welcome but caregivers have to watch for small objects in the Montessori works,) with their caregivers.

Tereza will bring in one work at a time, demonstrate it to the children and then spend the time doing parent education and teaching how Montessori can be taught at home or in small groups.


A Song and Story Celebration: a participatory family program with Davis Bates
Tuesday, April 17th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
in the Lower Level Meeting Room

Children and their caregivers are invited to come and listen to Davis Bates, a traditional storyteller and musician. He has been involved with several regional oral history and folk art projects, and has won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award for his recording titled “Family Stories”. His performance is geared to children ages 4 and up and their families.

Funded in part, by the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Creative Writing for Kids
Wednesday, April 18th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Calling all boys and girls in 2nd or 3rd grade who love to write! This is your chance to get creative and improve your writing skills with fun activities, including Mad Libs, funny writing prompts, group stories, writing games, and more. This class will be taught by two honors students, Jillian and Clare, who are students at Marblehead High School. It will take place on Wednesday, April 18th, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Registration is required (10 students maximum).


Music with Dara
Friday, April 20th, 10:30 am

With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression and FUN! The program is ideal for ages 2 to 5 years. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years. This program is supported by the Friends of the Abbot Public Library.


Listeners Book Club
Friday, April 20th, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Children in grades 1-3 are invited to join our audio book review club. The meetings will be once a month on a Friday afternoon from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm. All members of the club join in discussing and “scoring” their favorite book that they listened to that month. The program with Ms. Marcia is designed for kids who prefer to listen to their books. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.