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

Science on Saturday at MIT

Kids will learn about engineering at the next Science on Saturday!

Brought to you by MIT alumnus Todd Rider, Science on Saturday is a free 60-minute presentation with lots of fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer. It is free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. Hands-on activity booths are available to students after the show. No pre-registration is required, but seating is limited - first come, first seated. Parental/adult escort is required for all children under 12.

Saturday March 28, 2015 10am
MIT Kresge Auditorium

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

Wingmasters at Manchester Public Library

Wingmasters demonstrate live birds of prey of various specious in Massachusetts

Birds of prey have inspired artists from prehistoric times to the present day. Manchester Public Library invites us to register for a unique art opportunity to draw four birds of prey with Jim Parks of Wingmasters. Audience members will quickly learn what fascinating models birds of prey make as we discover each bird's characteristics to gain a fuller understanding of what defines a bird of prey.  Bring your favorite pencils and paper - the library will have very basic supplies on hand too.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 2 p.m.

Creature Feature: Owl Prowl

Come to the owl Prowl at Ravenswood Park, meet an owl and learn to spot them

Have you seen the barred owls, foxes, or red squirrels of Ravenswood Park? Come to the Cape Ann Center for Learning & Discovery when these live animals visit, and get a close-up view of these creatures to learn about their habits and behaviors. Tonight we'll learn all about owls, then go on a guided night-time owl prowl in the park.  Please Register

Saturday, January 24, 2015 5-7 PM
Ravenswood Park

North American Birds of Prey at IRWS

Wingmasters present live North American Birds of Prey at IRWS

Come see live birds of prey up close in this presentation that will introduce you to the different types of raptors including eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. We'll discuss the special features these birds have that enable them to be successful predators at the top of the food chain.

Sun, Jan 25, 2015 11am - 12:15 pm

Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls

Learn about the owls of the North Shore at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Since 1981, Norman Smith has spent countless days and nights, in every imaginable weather condition, observing, capturing, banding and color marking Snowy Owls at Logan International Airport. Data has been collected on roosting, hunting and behavior while on their wintering grounds. Most recently satellite transmitters have been attached to owls to learn more about their movements. Find out what has been
learned to date, what questions remain and how this project developed to include research on Saw-whet Owls.  Program will take place in the refuge’s visitor center auditorium.  Preregistration is NOT required for this program. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:30pm

Creature Feature: Peeper Creatures

Ramona Latham - Directory of the Discovery Center at Ravenswood park in Gloucest

The Trustees of Reservations invite you to bring the whole family to Ravenswood Park for an introduction to Vernal Pools featuring live animals and a presentation by the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team . Meet salamanders and frogs that live on the North Shore and get a rare close-up view of these animals.  Learn their natural history and behaviors then journey with a guide into the park for a night-time walk. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015 5-7PM
Ravenswood Park
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