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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

Butterflies in Massachusetts

Join Doug Savich, local butterfly expert to learn about the butterflies of Massa

Butterflies are a wonderful and captivating part of our natural world. Come and join local butterfly expert Doug Savich, author of “The Massachusetts Butterfly Guide to Good Butterfly Sites” will lead this fascinating program on Halibut’s butterfly species. This program, sponsored by The Friends of Halibut Point State Park is FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, September 5, 2015 10-11:30am

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

Tide Pool Discoveries at Parker River

Kids will explore the tidal pools of Parker River with a park ranger

For generations children have enjoyed exploring tide pools and discovering the fascinating plants and animals that live in this realm between the tides. A refuge ranger will guide this hands-on program.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 9am

Critters 'n Creatures at Sawyer Free Library

Critters for Creatures is going to be at the Sawyer Free Library!

Come to a Critters n' Creatures live animal presentation at Sawyer Free Library. Kids will get a chance to see animals like a snake, an armadillo, a turtle, a ferrret an more!  For kids ages 5 and up.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 10 a.m.
Sawyer Free Library

Olde Fashioned Sunday

Find out what "In the old days..." really means in at Olde Fashioned Sunday!

Olde Fashioned Sunday in Downtown Newburyport is a full day of activities with a taste of by-gone days. Activities range from live musical performances to Antique car viewing to kids games and pony rides!

Sunday, July 26, 2015 10am-5pm
Bartlet Mall

Butterflies & Bugs Free-for-All

Joppa Flats will have Free indoor and outdoor activities for kids and families!

Come to Joppa Flats for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about butterflies, moths, and caterpillars.  Staff members and volunteers will provide helpful information, hands-on learning, and several family-friendly activities, including lessons in backyard science, craft projects, and critter collecting demonstrations.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 10am - 3pm

Seashore Adventures: Beachcombers

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

Enjoy a summer morning 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. We will preserve our memories by creating our own beach collages.

Friday July 24, 2015 11am-12:30pm
Grace Oliver Beach

Snakes of New England at Sawyer Free

Albino Milk Snake being held by a child at Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team.

Come to Sawyer Free Library's presentation of 'Snakes of New England and the World' to learn all about the habitat and lives of snakes from New England and around the world from Rick Roth, Executive Director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team. Live local and exotic animals will be presented, and those who attend will have the opportunity to see these creatures close up!

Saturday, July 18, 2015 10am
Sawyer Free Library

Seashore Adventures: Tide-Pooling Trek

Explore the rocks and tide pools of Chandler Hovey Park in Marblehead

Life on the rocky shore presents unique challenges and opportunities for marine species. Explore the rocks and tide pools of Chandler Hovey Park and take a closer look at crabs, sea stars, and other seashore creatures that have adapted to survive their continually changing environment.

Monday, July 8, 2015 9:30-11am
Chandler Hovey Park
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