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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.

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

Family Fun With Horses

Come visit New England Equine Rescue North with your family!

Bring the family to New England Equine Rescue North’s Open House to meet our rescued animals, enjoy food, games, face painting, pony rides, music, raffles, and more. NEER North actively rescues horses and donkeys in need. NEER North relies on the generosity of their supporters, through  donations, fundraising, volunteerism, and public support to continue their mission.

When: 
Sunday, October 19, 2014 11am-2pm

NU Marine Science Center Open House

N.U. Marine Science Center Open House offers educational fun for the family!

All are invited to the Northeastern University Marine Science Center Annual Open House! Come see exhibits and demonstrations related to local marine life and research going on at the MSC! Learn about the local efforts to protect our local environments. Tours around East Point and parts of the Science Center will be offered.  THE EVENT WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED ON SATURDAY.  THE FORECAST INCLUDES THE POSSIBILITY OF SHOWERS, SO PLEASE DRESS ACCORDINGLY!

When: 
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm

Topsfield Fair - Opening Day

Topsfield Fair opens the gates at 1pm Friday! Topsfield Fair is one of the longe

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: 
October 3, 2014, 1 - 10 p.m.
When: 
October 3 - 13, 2014 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Location: 
Topsfield Fairgrounds

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.

When: 
Saturdays 2:30-4PM May through November 2014
Location: 
Appleton Farms

Family Farm Day

Appleton Farm's Family Farm Day wil have lots of fun, food and live music!

Celebrate the arrival of fall and farm traditions with The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for the annual  Family Farm Day event on Sunday, September 21 from 10am—3pm (RAIN OR SHINE).  The family-friendly event features local healthy foods, music by Ben Rudnick and Friends, barnyard animals, and traditional farm crafts and activities including pumpkin painting, pony rides, and a hay obstacle course!

When: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 10am - 3pm
Location: 
Appleton Farms

Marine Science Experience at Cat Cove Marine Lab

Tour Salem State's Cat Cove Marine Lab for Trails and Sails! FREE!

Come tour the Cat Cove Marine Laboratory as part of Trails & Sails 2014! The Cat Cove Marine Laboratory is operated by Salem State University to promote the sustainable use of aquatic resources on the North Shore and elsewhere. 

Massachusetts’ North Shore is historically, culturally and economically linked with the ocean. More recently, the ecological importance of coastal waters has been recognized.

When: 
Friday, September 19, 2014 3:30-5pm

Beach Seining Demonstration

Beach seining is a scientific tool used by marine biologists and scientists to s

What creatures live in Salem Harbor? Find out at this Trails & Sails beach seining demonstration at Forest River Park! Salem Sound Coastwatch staff and volunteers will walk a large seining net into the water and then drag it back to shore.  We'll lay it out, gather around to examine the catch and talk about what we find. Seining is used by marine scientists to gather information about species living in a body of water. SSCW staff will answer questions and share information about marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Harbor and Salem Sound.

When: 
Saturday September 20, 2014 11am-Noon
Location: 
Forest River Park

Celebrate the Coast Free-for-All!

Celebrate the Coast at Joppa Flats Education Center with your Family!

Families participating in our Plum Island COASTSWEEP beach cleanup on September 13, or just looking for a day of fun outdoor/indoor activities, are invited to flyby to celebrate our coast! Handle live tide pool animals from our 110-gallon touch tank, or go on a guided salt marsh walk.

When: 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10am - 3pm

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 .

When: 
Friday, September 12, 2014 5-6:30pm
When: 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 2-3:30pm
When: 
Sunday, September 14, 2014 2-3:30pm
Location: 
Cogswell's Grant
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