You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
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FAMILY BEST BETS OF THE WEEK
When/Where: Fridays at 10 a.m. at 89 Main St., Andover.
Why Go? Storyteller Susan Lenoe brings creative stories to young kids.
When/Where: Fridays at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. at 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence.
Why Go: Kids Rock Band Class promises to transform kids into rock stars with the help of hair gel, fake tattoos, funky dress-up and instrument making crafts. Teacher Justin will then lead the children in a rockin’ session of momma’s favorite rock n’ roll classics.
When/Where: Saturdays at the 33 Johnson St., North Andover.
Why Go: It gives kids in grades 4 and 5 a chance to play, hang out with kids their age and make some friends!
Pricing: $3 per child.
When/Where: Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Methuen YMCA, 129 Haverhill St., Methuen.
Why Go: The event gives kids a chance to let loose while parents join them or go off and do their own thing.
Pricing: $10 for general public, $5 for members, and free for YMCA Family.
When/Where: Sunday 8 to 11 a.m. at 19 Johnson St.
Why Go: Eggs, sausage, pancakes and more, and young kids eat free!
Pricing: $5 per person, and kids under age 6 eat free.