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Befriend the Barnyard

Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our Appleton Farms stars in a relaxed and educational setting.

Come play with Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgan, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens! Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard experience that lets you and your family approach our barnyard buddies under the guidance of a professional farm-based educator. Join us for a new activity every half hour.

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Saturdays & Sundays through December 19, 2021 1-4pm
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Saturday Sessions at Appleton

Join the Trustees on Saturdays this summer for live music from local bands during our Farmhouse Wood-Fired.

Join us on Saturdays this summer for live music from local bands during our Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms. Grab a pizza and beer and a spot on the lawn while enjoying the music and the perfect pizza picnic on the farm. On days with special events, such as our Farmers Markets, Local Beer Tasting and Octoberfest weekend, we will have two bands on Saturdays, 12-2 and 3-5.

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Saturdays, October 10, 2021 12-2pm and 3-5pm
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Rainforest Reptiles at the Castle

Kids will enjoy alive animal demonstration by Rainforest Reptiles at the for Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachsuetts

Life in the Medieval Castle came with all sorts of critters, large and small from snakes in the motes to, as legend has it, to dragons in the towers! Join us for an hour long program hosted by Rainforest Reptiles Shows to see all sorts of creepy crawlers like Snakes, Alligators, and even a bearded dragon! Let your little one’s imagination soar high!

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Monday, October 11, 2021 10am
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Family Nature Series - Life Under Logs

Kids and families will learn about the life under logs with ECGA and North Shore Nature Programs in this this fun hike through the forest

Greenbelt and North Shore Nature Programs present Life Under Logs! Get ready to meet pill bugs, spiders, worms, and more! These cool creatures have a great story to tell about the life cycle of the forest. You can get as close (or stay as far away!) as you want in this fun, interactive walk through the woods for all ages. This event is FREE.

When: 
Saturday, October 9, 2021 3-4:30pm

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.

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Friday, October 1, 2021 1-11pm
October 2-11, 2021 10am-10pm

Beach Seining Demonstration

Beach seining is a scientific tool used by marine biologists and scientists. Salem Coastwatch

See and learn about the fishes living in Salem Harbor as part of Trails & Sails 2021! At this seining demonstration, Salem Sound Coastwatch staff will drag a large seining net through the water onto the beach. We’ll examine the catch and coastal scientists will talk about marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Sound.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021 1-2:30pm
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Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms

Join the Trustees at Farmhouse Wood-Fired every Thursday through Sunday, throughout the summer and fall. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a perfect wood-fired dining experience surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Appleton Farms. The menu will change weekly, featuring local and seasonal ingredients, including produce from our own farm. Pizza varieties will include cheese, meat and seasonal veggie, with other options available such as artisan pastries, seasonal salads and lighter fare.

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Thursdays & Fridays through November 2021 4-7pm
Saturdays & Sundays through November 2021 12-6pm
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Farm Days Festival

Appleton Farm's Farm Days Fall Festival will have lots of fun, food and live music in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Come celebrate and support Appleton Farms at our annual Farm Days Fall Festival! Bring your friends, family, neighbors and everyone you know for some good old fashion fun on the farm. This event is perfect for all ages. Your ticket and attendance support Appleton Farms continued effort to provide quality food, programs and space for our community.

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Saturday, September 25th, 2021 10am – 6pm
Sunday, September, 26th, 2021 10am – 6pm
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Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Wednesday, October 20

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 pm

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Pre School Story Hour at Essex Library

Pre School Story Hour on the lawn with Miss April at TOHP Burnham Library in Essex MA.
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids, ages 3-5, to join April on the lawn for stories, songs, fingerplays and a take-home craft (while supplies last).
10:00 am to 10:30 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-6 Weeks

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques Hospital is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. This new group (for moms, grandmothers, and female caregivers only) is focused...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Read to Benny at TOHP Burnham Library

Kids will read stories to Jackson the Reading Dog in Essex Massachusetts!
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites children to come read stories with to Jackson the Reading Dog. Kids in Kindergarten and older are encouraged to reserve a 15 minute slot to read aloud to Jackson, our sweet Reading Dog! Bring your own books, or choose from ours.  Register and let us know what...
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Trunk or Treat at Ipswich YMCA

Ipswich Massachusetts YMCA wiil host a Halloween trunk or treat in their parking lot.
FREE FAMILY EVENT! Join in on the fun and decorate your trunk, wear a costume, and hand out candy or prizes! Winner of the best trunk will receive a special prize! Safety and sanitation guidelines will be enforced for this outside event!! Be sure you register all members of your family by selecting...
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Full Moon Hike at Ward Reservation

Join the Trustees & Bianca of Within Wild Light in a mindful journey up Holt Hill under the light of the full moon at Ward Reservation in Andover!
Join the Trustees & Bianca of Within Wild Light in a mindful journey up Holt Hill under the light of the full moon. Together, we will gather for a meditative hike up the trail as night falls, and circle for a gentle guided meditation beneath the moon & stars. Enjoy the sights, sounds,...
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Mendel Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7:30 pm, whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obs
7:00 pm

Thursday, October 21

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, "The Music Maze"! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all, visiting the barnyard animals.
9:00 am to 5:59 pm
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