VACATION SPECIAL MAGIC SHOW. Tuesday, April 16, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. Features Greg McAdam performing his “I Love Reading” show. Program for children ages 4 to 8 accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited. Register at the library or 978-531-3380.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: APRIL VACATION DAYS: WONDERFUL WINGS. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Children in kindergarten through grade five will discover spring birds and bugs; look for beavers in the pond; search for frogs, salamanders and turtles; learn about soil and all the critters that live there. Children are divided into small groups according to age. $54/day, discount for Mass Audubon members. Registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: APRIL SCHOOL VACATION WEEK PEM EVENTS. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Explore art and movement through the work of Nick Cave. PEM Pals, 10:30 a.m., Bartlett Gallery, for families with children up to age 5, PEM Pal’s storyteller Heather reads “Saturday Night at Dinosaur Stomp” by Carol Diggory Shields, followed by a craft. Studio Discovery, noon to 3 p.m., Bartlett Gallery, Ramblin’ Dan displays his unique suit and demonstrates how his gadgets work, then make a music machine using colorful materials. Daily drop-in art activities: Design a collaged fashion sketch of a Soundsuit, then contribute to a life-size model; create kaleidoscopic wallpaper; explore MaKey MaKey, which turns almost anything into a musical instrument; 11:30 to noon, learn how to dance to artwork during a family tour. Activities included with museum admission. www.pem.org/calendar.
HERITAGE FILMS. “Colonials and British,” 11:30 a.m.; “Ghost Stories Mysteries,” 12:05 p.m.; and “O’l Revere Beach,” 12:30 p.m., April 11 and 16, Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. “Mysterious Places in Essex County and North Shore,” 1:30 p.m.; “Ghost Stories,” 1:30 p.m., April 11 and 12, 285 Derby St., Salem. $5/general, $4/seniors. Dan Tremblay, email@example.com or 978-777-2711.
ARCHIVAL FILM: “GLOUCESTERMEN.” Wednesday, April 17, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Presented by archival film preservationist Dan Tremblay. Watch footage of the fishing vessels and fishermen from the past and experience some of the perils of the profession. www.hwlibrary.org.