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Old Newbury Day Open House & Bonfire

Come to Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm for an open house and winter bonfire! Photo ©Sara Willman

Come to  Spencer Peirce Little Farm for a mid-winter open house and bonfire to celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on January 13, 1701. Come visit the 1690 farm house from 3-4pm. Then walk down to the town-sponsored bonfire and enjoy food, beer, wine and hot chocolate that will be available for purchase from local vendors. The bonfire is lit around dusk (~4:30pm) Pre-purchase your parking pass for a guaranteed spot in the parking field. Parking pass ticket $20.

When: 
Saturday, January 14, 2023 3-9pm

Halloween Fantasea at Maritime Gloucester

Discover the spooky side of Gloucester’s marine life at Maritime Gloucester.

Maritime Gloucester invites you to get in the Halloween “Spirit” Saturday, Oct 29 from 1 to 5pm. Come visit our Warlock on the Dock and make your very own magic wand or meet our Pirate on the Pier for a Spooktacular scavenger hunt! Our Bard in the Shipyard will start with a reading of the children's book Tilly and the Pirate at 1 followed by some lively maritime music and you can visit our snack station to sample Dwarven Delicacies or our Potion Station for refreshment.

When: 
Saturday October 29, 2022 1-5pm

Free-for-All: Wings over Joppa

Join the fun with your family at the Joppa Flats Education Center to celebrate the fall migrations south!!

It's time for backyard birds to head south for the winter. Joppa Flats Education Center want to give them a proper send-off with a fun, free family event that features bird banding demonstrations, interactive games about bird migration, and lots of table-top science including bird-call recall, bird identification, shorebird feeding challenges, and a mystery bird nest challenge!

When: 
Sunday, November 12, 2017 10am-3pm

Annual Ryal Side 4th of July

July 4th Independence Day Celebration at Obear Park in Beverly Massachusetts

Come join us for the 87th annual old fashion Ryal Side neighborhood Fourth of July parade followed by food, field games, pony rides, and festivities at Obear Park. The parade and festivities are presented by the Ryal Side Civic Association, a tradition since 1934. This is all made possible by your fellow Ryal Siders volunteering their time and private donations.

When: 
Monday, July 4, 2022 9:30am-1pm
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Cat's Meow at the Crane Estate

Kids will have a blast exploring the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Our imagination is one of our greatest assets. Imagine living in 1929 and visiting the Crane family at their summer home in Ipswich. The house is so big and Mrs. Crane’s kitty, Ptolemy, has gone missing just before the party! Can you help a family servant find our mischievous Siamese? Once he’s found, we’ll have just enough time to dress for the party!

When: 
Firdays, Saturdays & Sunday through June, 2022 10:30-11:30am

Halloween Family Fun Free-for-All

Dress up the Kids and head over to Joppa Flats Education Center for Halloween

Get into the Halloween spirit! Examine live creepy crawlies, enjoy (semi) spooky attractions, and take home creative crafts. For ages 7 and up, explore a “crime scene” and perform a series of forensic investigations (e.g., soil sample comparisons, water sampling, chromatography, pH tests, and track identification) to solve the mystery and pinpoint the culprit. For ages 2 to 6, there will be stories and songs, silly and festive crafts, and a kooky treasure hunt. Family presentations will be offered at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Fly in on your broom for an hour or stay all day for some fun pre-Halloween family time!

When: 
Saturday, October 24, 2015 10am - 3pm

Egg Drop-Palooza

Helicopters and Easter Egg Hunts collide at Egg Drop-Palooza in Amesbury!

Amesbury Sports Park will be hosting the 1st annual Helicopter Egg Drop-Palooza fundraising event for Lucy's Love Bus!  30,000 eggs full of treats and prizes, helicopter rides, pony rides, Bunny Hop Dance-Off, face painting, egg dyeing and a performance by AHMIR will all be part of the celebration! There's a limit of 5,000 tickets for this family-friendly event, so get your tickets today!

When: 
Saturday, March 30, 2013 11am-5pm - Rain or Shine!

Map and Compass Treasure Hunt

Learn the basics of map reading and orienteering in this IRWS workshop.

It's nice to have GPS, but do you know how to read a map or use a compass? What happens if you're out on the trail and your GPS malfunctions or the batteries die?  Are you instantly lost?  Join Mass Audubon for a guided map-and-compass treasure hunt around the sanctuary. Bring your own compass or use one of ours and learn how to find north, orient yourself, count paces, and use the map and compass to find your way. After some basics, we'll hit the trails and use the new skills learned to search for some hidden natural treasures. No experience necessary. This program is a good introduction to orienteering for the whole family.

When: 
Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:30-3pm

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts

The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in gardens, along woodland paths and alongside historic landscape features. This curated show opens May 18 and closes on November 11, 2019.

When: 
Daily, May 18 - November 11, 2019 11-11:45am

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Glen Urquhart School Pre-K through 8th grade in Beverly MA

Winterfest Weekend in Amesbury

Winterfest in downtown Amesbury Massachusetts!
For Five Days in February, Amesbury's beautiful and historic Downtown, Market Square and Upper Millyard will be the center of a winter celebration! Enjoy crafting, cocoa, snowman building, a dance party, live music, a farmer's market and a full moon night hike to celebrate Winter!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Winter DROP IN Preschool Farm Explorers

Farm Explorers is a great way for preschoolers to explore Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Winter is in the air and the animals of the farm and woods have prepared themselves for winter. Can we find their signs, like homes, tracks, and caches of food? What happens in winter around the farm? We invite little farmers to experience life at the farm in winter. Through farm “chores,” age-...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

PEM Pals

PEM has a story time in the museum just for kids under 5! Salem, Massachusetts
Peabody Essex Museum designed for preschoolers (5 and under) and their caregivers. PEM Pals aims to engage and excite all of the senses through books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities. .
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Friday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join Thbe Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays and Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Comic Workshop with Author/Illustrator Jonathan Todd

Join Boston-based author/illustrator Jonathan Todd for a four-week comic making workshop in Manchsester Massachusetts
Ages 11-16: Be the star of your own comic!
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Owl Prowl at Appleton Farms

Learn all about owls at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Join us for a special evening hike to see Whoooo might be out and about in the dark winter woods and fields of Appleton Farms! Before our hike, you’ll learn about winter-time nocturnal animals and how to call in the owls. Then we’ll embark on a 45 minute hike, as we follow some of Appleton Farms...
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

CraneExplorer: Family Full Moon Hike in the Dunes

Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustees under the full moon.
There is almost nothing more peaceful than a evening walk at the Crane Estate, and we would like to invite your family to join us for a unique hiking experience. With the full moon rising over the Atlantic, we’ll start with a sunset stroll along Crane Beach admiring this spectacle before heading...
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Messy Art Night

Messy Art Night at Essex Elementary School, February 10, 2017
Come to this once-a-year event sponsored by the Firends of EES and meet local artists as they share their crafts with hands-on projects designed for kids. There will be opportunities to work with paint, sculpture, clay, printmaking, wood and more. Join the fun in the school cafeteria. This is a...
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Winterfest at Glen Urquhart School

Winterfest at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Massachusetts
Glen Urquhart School is hosting a Winterfest to celebrate the season! Due to the forecasted chilly temps, there will be no outdoor activities at Winterfest as prviously planned.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 4

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Fundraiser | CANCELED

Eat ice cream for breakfast at Cherry Farm Creamery in Danvers and raise funds for a local charity!
Who doesn't want ice cream for breakfast? Eat ice cream for breakfast with zero guilt, because it's for a great cause! Saturday, February 1st is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. We'll be celebrating at Cherry Farm with a special "breakfast" fundraiser menu featuring...
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10am for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician,...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Winterfest Weekend in Amesbury

Winterfest in downtown Amesbury Massachusetts!
For Five Days in February, Amesbury's beautiful and historic Downtown, Market Square and Upper Millyard will be the center of a winter celebration! Enjoy crafting, cocoa, snowman building, a dance party, live music, a farmer's market and a full moon night hike to celebrate Winter!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

CraneExplorer: Valentine's Coastal Craft

Make Valentines crafts from materials that we find along the shore at the Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts
The Trustees of Reservations invites ages 12 and up to a valentine craft making workshop! This winter season, give a gift from the sea!
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Class Options

Support group for moms at Anna Jaques Hospital. Best Hospital for Families
Congratulations: you are pregnant!  Anna Jaques Hospital Birth Center class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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 discover our special barnyard animals! Our Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgana, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens will take center stage as we learn about what makes them so unique. Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Saturday Art Adventures at Essex Library

TOHP Library hosts a fun art & music program for the whole family in Essex Massachusetts
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex invites kids to join Ms. Julie for a fun art & music program for the whole family! Designed for children ages 0-8 and their adult. Registration is requested but not required. Register through Early Childhood Partners at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com. 
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Saturday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays & Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Winter Birding at Crane Beach

Come explore the world of our resident winter birds here at Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts
Come explore the world of our resident winter birds here at Crane—beyond the Snowy Owl! Bring your binoculars (or borrow ours!) and join us in searching the water for Loons, Long-Tail ducks, Eiders, Scoters, Mergansers, and more! In the trees and sky, we might spot birds of prey, including owls,...
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Canceled | Cabin Fever Pizza Pop Up

Cabin Fever Pizza Pop-Up at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Join the Trustees for pizza at the Farm! Tired of being cooped up in the house? So are we! Join us for a throwback to summer at this outdoor wood-fired pizza pop up event.
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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