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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 2, 2015 1 - 11pm
October 3-12, 2015 10am - 11pm

Fun in the Farmyard

Come see whats happening at the farm! Appleton Farms, Ipswich Massachusetts!

Experience Appleton Farms anytime of day with our newest program Fun in the Farmyard! Drop by our Carriage Barn anytime between 10am-2pm on Sundays to learn about life on the farm and meet some of our friendly farm animals. Activities change every half hour and can include play with the goats, meet a chicken, seed starting, butter making, farm story time, nature crafts and more. This event is free and all ages are welcome! Make a day of it and bring a picnic lunch or stop by our Dairy Store to grab some goodies and spend your day on the farm.

Sunday October 11, 2015 10am-2pm

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions in Essex

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions come to Cogswell's Grant in Essex

Historic New England welcomes family favorite Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions for a special engagement at Cogswell's Grant . oin the Methuen Ballet Ensemble as they tell the tale of a beautiful Mermaid who discovers a shipwrecked Prince on her enchanted island. The journey begins when a massive storm hits the sea, wrecking the Prince’s boat onto an abandoned shore. Be dazzled as the Prince discovers the beautiful Mermaid and her magical sea creature friends.

Friday, September 12, 2014 5-6:30pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014 2-3:30pm
Sunday, September 14, 2014 2-3:30pm

Meet the Cows at Appleton Farms

Meet the Cows at The Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich Mass

Got Milk? Appleton Farms does! Come tour the dairy operation and meet the cows that make up the grass-fed dairy herd. Visit with calves, explore the pastures and meet the milkers in the dairy barn (ordinarily closed to the public). Lastly get a behind the scenes peek into cheese-making at our Dairy Processing plant.

Saturdays 2:30-4PM May through November 2014

The farm has developed a dairy tour just for them!

Mini moos is for children 2-5 to meet our dairy herd at Appleton Farms.

Got milk? We do! On this special program designed especially for our toddler friends, we'll enjoy calf close encounters, a cow story and costume, milking in the dairy barn and more! For ages 2-5 with an accompanying adult. Please pre-register. For older kids, check out Meet the Cows at Appleton Farms.

Each Saturday May through November 2015 3-4pm

Owl Prowl at Maudslay

Come to the owl Prowl at Ravenswood Park, hoot like an owl & learn to spot them

Owls are fascinating birds that are well adapted to their night existence. Come learn about these creatures of our surrounding woods and learn how to call for an owl!  There will be a short presentation about owls in our area, followed by an owl hooting experience; then a walk in search for them. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7:30-9pm
Friday, August 15, 2014 7:30-9pm

Stone Zoo: Birds of Prey Show

Stone Zoo New England Bird Show exhibit Summer Program Event northshore children

Birds of prey - masters in free-flight. That's what you'll find daily at the interactive bird show at Stone Zoo. The wildly popular seasonal bird show features more than a dozen different bird species from around the world, including the bald eagle, king vulture, wedge-tailed eagle, black vulture, Abdim’s stork and many others, in this engaging, memorable and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

May 3 – September 1, 2014
Daily show times are 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM

Marblehead Meanderings: Beach Exploration

Go on a low tide exploration at Grace Oliver Beach in Marblehead

Enjoy a summer afternoon at Grace Oliver Beach during low tide and discover the living wonders of the sandy coastline. Walk across the mudflats to Crowninshield Island, where we will search for tiny fish, hermit crabs, periwinkles, and other sea creatures living in this delicate habitat. Explore the five-acre island and its unusual variety of landforms, from granite rocks and tidal pools to sandy beach, salt marsh, and wooded hilltop.

Monday, August 4, 2014 11am-12:30pm

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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 11am-Noon


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