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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

Astronomical Highlights of Summer at IRWS

Stars are born, live for eons, and explode in a colorful display of gas & light.

During this evening's program, you will learn about some of the astronomical treats that await you under the night sky this summer. We'll start by discussing the major constellations and planets currently visible in the late spring sky. Then, we shift our attention to the major constellations of summer, discussing some of the observational treasures that can be viewed within them with a pair of binoculars. In addition, you will learn how to observe artificial satellites, hear about the major meteor showers coming up and how best to observe them, understand what it takes to view the Milky Way, and hear all the details of an eclipse of the moon that will be visible to us in September.

When: 
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8-10pm

Tree Hunt at Ravenswood

Learn about the trees of Ravenswood Park in Gloucester MA with the Trustees of R

Gone within five years, Ravenswood’s delightful hemlock groves. What is happening to them and what will take their place? Did you know we have Moosewood trees and naturally occurring Magnolias? What other trees will surprise you on a guided Tree Hunt? In honor of Arbor Day, join us with a local arborist, naturalist to learn to identify local woody plants by their growth habitats, bark, twigs, buds, and even smell. If you have a mystery woody plant on your own property, bring a 12 inch long sample with buds and we can help you identify it at the end of the walk. Recommended for 10 year olds and up.

When: 
Sunday, April 26, 2015 1-3pm
Location: 
Ravenswood Park

Cherry Blossom Art at Ipswich Library

Kids will learn to make their own cherry blossom paintings at Ipswich Library

For children in grades 1 & 2, this art program with Michelle Guvendiren will focus on creating a beautiful Japanese-style cherry blossom scroll painting. Registration is required!

When: 
Friday, April 24, 2015 11am-Noon

Cherry Blossom Art at Ipswich Library

For children in grades 1 & 2, this art program with Michelle Guvendiren will focus on creating a beautiful Japanese-style cherry blossom scroll painting. Registration is required!

When: 
Friday, April 24, 2015 11am-Noon

Fairy Shrimp, Salamanders & Frogs, Oh My!

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.Vernal pools are crucial to the survival of fairy shrimp, salamanders, and wood frogs. We’ll have fun exploring the pools at Ravenswood Park. Participants will learn how to certify and protect vernal pools. When vernal pools become certified, we can prevent development on and around them. This program is instructive for participants, so you, too, can take home the techniques, forms, and methods to certify pools.

When: 
Saturday, April 18, 2015 1-3PM
Location: 
Ravenswood Park

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.

When: 
Saturday March 28, 2015 10am
Location: 
MIT Kresge Auditorium

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

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

Go Wild! Connecting Kids with Nature

John Scott Sampson at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Join Scott Sampson, Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator, Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a presentation and discussion about connecting with nature. Connecting people, especially children, with nature is crucial to their health and the health of places they call home. In the age of Google and iPhones, however, finding a balance between technology and the natural world is increasingly difficult.

When: 
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 2:00pm

Early Spring Stargazing

Stars are born, live for eons, and explode in a colorful display of gas & light.

Celebrate the first full day of spring under the stars. The winter constellations are slowly making their way off the celestial stage, with Orion dipping toward the western horizon ever so gently, framed above by Gemini and Taurus. To the east, Leo and Virgo, home to the Realm of Galaxies, are leading the way for the springtime constellations, climbing higher into the night sky. Looking north, characteristically at this time of year, the Big Dipper stands on its handle.

When: 
Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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