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

Walk on the Wild Side: Harbor Seals

Walk on the Wild side with Harbor Seals at Joppa Flats Education Center!

Come to Joppa Flats Education Center and begin with a 45 minute indoor introductory program in the Lookout (second floor) about Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walrus). Then, we’ll carpool to an on-the-beach viewing area where we can see the harbor seals hauled out on the rocks at low tide at the mouth of the Merrimack River.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 1-3:30pm

Egg-cellent Adventure at Appleton Farms

Say goodbye to the cold and celebrate the arrival of warmer weather here at the

Say goodbye to the cold and celebrate the arrival of warmer weather here on the Farm! While we often associate eggs with the Easter Bunny, in many cultures eggs symbolize new life and are tied with the coming of spring. At this event, we celebrate spring, new life on the farm, and the bounty of fresh eggs produced by our hens.

Saturday April 4, 2015 10am-Noon
Appleton Farms

LEGO Club at Danvers Library

Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites kids to an afternoon of building and fun! Activities will include free build, themes and instructional design. All structures will remain on display in the Children’s Room till the following weeks's session

Most Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm Through April 23, 2015

Family Owl Prowl at IRWS

The Family Owl Prowl at Ipswich River Sanctuary is designed for families who wan

People of all ages enjoy learning about owls, and many species of owls can be found in Massachusetts year-round. Come experience the excitement of an owl prowl as we take a night hike to look and listen for barred, great horned, and eastern screech-owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we'll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn through hands-on activities and a slide show. We'll end our evening with an owl-hooting lesson!

Friday, March 13, 215 7-9 pm

Music, Dance & Puppets at Ipswich Library

Come see Marcus Gale and his puppets at Ipswich Public Library

A Musical Program for the Wee Ones (and a sampling of Irish Dance!) Join us Saturday, March 14th at 1pm when Marcus Gale and his Puppet Friends present a musical program that is most suitable for toddlers through first grade, but families with children of all ages will enjoy this show. His music is specifically crafted for young children, easy to learn, and great to sing along with!

Saturday, March 14, 2015 1pm

Comic Workshop at Danvers Library

A comic illustration by Veronica Fish

Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites early released middle and high school kids to a comic & cartooning workshop with artists/graphic novelists Andy and Veronica Fish. “Jazz, Rock n’ Roll & Comic Books are uniquely American art forms.  Born out of comic strips in the 1930s comic books became increasingly popular with GI’s during WWII and have grown and developed in the 80+ years since they first appeared.”  This session includes lessons on creating characters using shape, art styles, cover a brief history of the art form and then feature a hands on demo.This is a hands-on demonstration that’s not just for artists! Supplies will be provided, but you could bring an extra pencil (just in case).

Wednesday, March 4, 2014 1:15-2 pm

Let it Snow! Snowshoe Rentals

Rent Snowshoes for the whole family and hit the trails of Ravenswood Park in Glo

The Trustees of Reservations offer snowshoe rentals at the Cape Ann Discovery Center at Ravenswood Park (when there is enough snow) on Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday Holidays through the Winter months. Grab the family and get outdoors! Enjoy the wide open carriage paths during the winter wonderland. Warm up afterwards near our woodstove while enjoying hot chocolate. Adult and children’s sizes available. Snowshoes available on first come, first served basis.

Saturdays, Sundays & Monday Holidays 10am-3pm
Ravenswood Park

Wingmasters -- OWLS! at Ipswich Library

Learn about owls that live in Massachusetts at the Ipswich Public Library

Come enjoy Learn about owls that live in Massachusetts and see them with your very own eyes during this popular Wingmasters' program. Children must be 8 or older to attend independently. Don't miss this fabulous event!

Thursday, February 19, 2015 11am-Noon

Winter Mini Moo's

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

Got milk? We do! Our popular Mini Moos tour is back for February Break! On this special program designed especially for our toddler friends, we’ll enjoy calf close encounters, a cow costume, a tour of the dairy barn while the cows are being milked and more! Recommended for ages 2-5 with an accompanying adult. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:30-3:30pm
Appleton Farms
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