All Ages

Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.

When: 
Friday, September 30, 2016 1 - 11pm
October 1-10, 20116 10am - 11pm

Crane Estate Picnic Concert - Herland Brothers

The Herland Brothers bring the country rock music to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."

When: 
Thursday, July 20, 2017 7-9pm

Crane Estate Picnic Concert - The Great Escape

The Great Escape brings the music of Journey to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."

When: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017 7-9pm

Crane Estate Picnic Concert - Vyntage Skynard

Vyntage Skynard bring classic southern rock to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich MA

Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."

When: 
Thursday, July 6, 2017 7-9pm

Woodcock Walk at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and lear about the American Woodcock!

Each spring American woodcocks engage in one of nature’s most fascinating courtship displays. Here’s your chance to witness this “sky dance” up close and in-person! This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station at parking lot 1. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Program is limited to 15 participants. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time.  Preregistration required.

When: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017 7 pm
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 7pm
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 7:15pm

Kids’ Nature Walk s - Explore the Refuge

Take your 3-5 year old youngster on a good old fashioned nature discovery walk. Meet at the refuge visitor center before driving together to the head of the day's trail on the refuge (no parking fee charged). For each session, a refuge volunteer will lead the children and their caregivers on a walk to explore different aspects of the refuge: beach, dune, marsh, scrub forest, cranberry bog. Come dressed for the weather. If the weather is completely unsuitable for outdoor enjoyment, then an indoor program comprised of a story, activity and craft will be held at the visitor center instead.

When: 
Mondays in April 3, 17 & 24, 2017 10:00 am

Kids' Story & Activity Hour

Bring your 3-5 year old youngster to the refuge visitor center for a good old-fashioned story hour.  For each session, a refuge volunteer will read a story about an animal or some other interesting aspect of nature.  The kids will then complete a related craft to take home.  Enrollment is limited to 12 children.  The parent or guardian must remain for the entire program.   Preregistration is required for this program.

When: 
Mondays in March: 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017 10:00 am

Celebrate the Sea Free-For-All!

Stop by as part of Joppa Flats to learn how we can all take responsibility for sustaining the natural beauty and resources of our oceans and coastline.

Living on the coast is a constant reminder of the beauty and power of the Atlantic Ocean. Isn't it interesting that our mighty seas are also fragile and need protection? Come to Joppa Flats for a full day of indoor activities and exhibits that focus on our ocean giants, such as whales, sharks, and sea turtles. Find out where our seafood comes from, examine sand and sea shells from around the world, and participate in art activities and ocean-themed games. Learn how we can all take responsibility for sustaining the natural beauty and resources of our oceans and coastline.

When: 
Sunday, March 26, 2017 10am - 3pm

From the Sugar Shack: Maple Culinary Class and Sugaring Tour

Learn maple syrup is made and develop some recipes using farm fresh ingredients at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

March is the time for sugaring in New England.  Appleton keeps this very special tradition alive by tapping the farms’ beautiful maple trees and producing wood-fired, small-batch syrup. The first part of the workshop will include a leisurely walk around the farmstead to show how sap is harvested and collected. The tour will wrap up at our sugar shack so you can see (and smell!) the transformation of sap to syrup. You’ll gather in the farm kitchen for the second part of the workshop, where chef Carolyn Grieco will teach how to make some of the most delectable maple syrup recipes.  Workshop ends with a generous sampling of all our delicious maple dishes!

When: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 10am-12:30pm
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Culinary Skills Series at Appleton Farms

Hone you culinary skills at this Appleton Cooks workshop series in Ipswich Massachusetts!

This ‘back-to-basics’ series provides a comprehensive approach to the fundamentals of cooking as we explore traditional culinary methods & techniques to enhance your knowledge, skill, and understanding in the kitchen.  Each workshop will focus in-depth on a particular skill set, with guided hands-on practice as we prepare seasonal dishes applying specific techniques. Proper knife skills, measuring, and kitchen tools will also be discussed, and all workshops include chef instruction, printed recipes, and a light lunch in the farmhouse! 

When: 
Saturday, March 11 - 25, 2017 10am-12pm
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