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.

October 3, 2014, 1 - 11pm
October 4-13, 2014, 10am - 11pm
Topsfield Fairgrounds

Halibut Point Quarry Tour

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focu

Enjoy a guided tour of Halibut Point State Park around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration.  Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascades from rocky headlands to the abundant tidal pools below. The panorama encompasses views from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. This glorious natural landscape is breathtaking and inspiring.

Saturdays, August 15 -29, 2015 10-11am

Tidepool Explorers at Halibut Point

The Tidepools at Halibut Point State Park are some of the best in New England!

Halibut Point State Park invites families to join them on a tide pool adventure! Halibut Point contains some of the best tide pools in New England. Join the Interpreter for a trip down to the rocky shore for some inter-tidal exploration. Learn about these interesting creatures living in a unique transitional environment. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2-3pm

AbraKIDabra at Newbury Town Library

Newbury Town Library programs for kids.

Nickelodeon’s award-winning children’s entertainer, Mike Bent, is performing his Super You! Hero Training Academy Magic Show at the Newbury Town Library. This silly, super hero-themed, character-building show teaches kids what it takes to be a REAL superhero: respect for others, responsibility, honesty, and perseverance. Using hilarious comedy, amazing magic, crazy puppets, music, sound effects and riveting storytelling, the show will help kids discover their inner “super powers” and become certified Agents of R.E.A.D.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Newbury Town Library

Ferris Bueller at the Beach

Find the Ferris Bueller at Cranes Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts!

The beach is staying open late this summer so you can share a beloved movie with your kids at the Crane Beach Drive-In. Come in at 8PM to claim your spot, visit the snack bar, and enjoy the show! This week's movie is the classic

Friday August 28, 2015 8:30-10:30pm
Crane Beach

Gloucester Schooner Festival

The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates maritime, sailing and fishing herita

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is a  wonderful celebration of Gloucester's fishing and maritime history during labor day weekend. This year's festival, hosted by Maritime Gloucester,  is Gloucester’s major marine event, with participating vessels coming from ports along the Eastern seaboard and beyond. There will be both large and small vessels—ranging from 19 feet to over 100 feet in length. You will see new boats and old boats, from newly built (Ardelle - launched 2011) to over 100 years old!

Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, 2015
Rain Date: Monday September 7, 2015
Downtown Gloucester
Gloucester Harbor

Coast Guard Open House and Tours

Gloucester's US Coast Gaurd Station has an open house during the Schooner Festiv

United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester is having an open house during the Gloucester Schooner Festival!  Stop by and learn all about the Coast Guard and its important role in Gloucester!  Tour the operations center at the station, climb aboard one of the station's motor life boats and get up close and personal with the super fast response boat!

Saturday, September 5, 2015 10am-2pm
Sunday, August 6, 2015 10am-2pm

Cooking with Fire & Local Brews: Appleton Cooks

This 'Appleton Cooks' session focuses on the outdoor cooking at Appleton Farms i

Looking for a perfect date night? Looking to show your summer guests a great time? Join us for an amazing evening at Appleton Farms. At Appleton, we know that outdoor cookery is one of summer's greatest pleasures. Let our Earth Oven inspire you to fire up your backyard grills, barbecues, or fire pits. Learn the art of cooking with a wood fired oven then learn grilling tips and techniques from our professional farm chef.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 6-9PM
Appleton Farms

Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival

Have a chance to view and tour classic and antique boats in Salem with your fami

The Antique and Classic Boat Festival comes to Salem for their 33rd Anniversary! Families are invited to to the Salem waterfront for a day full of fun! View and tour classic yachts, and hear the history that each vessel holds. Kids will have an experiential learning experience that will solidify what they learn through their ability to see and touch the subject matter and ask questions for themselves.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday, August 23, 2015 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Maritime Community Day

On Maritime Community Day, admission is free at Maritime Gloucester!

Maritime Gloucester invites all to maritime community day! Come see the schooners docked at the pier including the Schooner Ardelle & Schooner Adventure.  Admission is FREE ffrom 10am-3pm. Take a schooner tour or sail, learn about whales, watch Captains Courageous, print with fish and more!

Saturday, August 22, 2015 10am-8pm
Maritime Gloucester
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