Boat-making contest for kids in Newburyport this week

Featured image by Rujan Basir, courtesy Pixabay

Immerse your kids in boats, pirates, and everything else about the ocean during Family Fun Days at the Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport, Massachusetts, February 19-22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store:

  • Learn how sailors navigated the seas using only a sextant and compass.
  • Go on a museum scavenger hunt using a compass.
  • Catch fish.
  • Hear classic stories.
  • Make your own pirate hat, wave bottle, and scratch stars.
  • Build a boat from aluminum foil. If it floats, find out how many pennies it takes to sink it. Prizes will be awarded for the boats that hold the most pennies before they sink.

View the full Family Fun Days schedule.

Admission for Family Fun Days is free for children when accompanied by an adult. Adult admission is $7 and $5 for seniors. Veterans, active military members, and museum members are admitted for free.

The Custom House Maritime Museum is located at 25 Water Street in downtown Newburyport. Street parking is limited, but paid parking lots are nearby. Get more information about the museum here, call (978) 462-8681, or email

Newburyport is 38 miles north of Boston.

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