It’s time for a good ol’ bug hunt! Did you know that insects are the largest group of animals? It’s true! About 75 percent of all the world’s animals are insects. During this April Vacation bug scavenger hunt, we invite you to bring your buddies to the Stevens-Coolidge Place or team up with new friends met on the property. Each group of explorers will be given field note handouts on which to record their observations and a magnifying glass-topped bug jar for getting a better look at our tiny friends in the gardens. What will you find today?
There’s a lot to observe when the weather warms up. Spring is a time when migrating birds return from their wintering grounds and baby animals like deer and squirrels are born. During this April Vacation program, participants will put on their explorer hats and head out into nature to see what’s changing in the animal kingdom. Of course, you can’t head out without the proper gear, so we’ll be making binoculars together to help you better observe the world around you, and animal behavior handouts for sketching and/or writing about your findings.
Join the specialists of Wingmasters for a live birds of prey demonstration in The Stevens-Coolidge Place gardens. Birds of prey are also known as raptors, and they are hunting birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons (the word raptor comes from a Latin word that means "to seize"). Raptors can also boast the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Raptors include hawks, falcons and owls, and this presentation, which incorporates 8 live birds of prey gives an overview of these different categories.
Calling all Super Dads! Bring the whole family along for Rockport father’s day 5k/10k road race. The Rockport Father’s Day 5K is hands down the most spectacular race course in New England! Run, walk or stroll(er) this beautiful course as it winds its way along the rocky coast of Rockport. Same views, shorter course is the 5K sister race to this Father’s Day tradition.
Origami Master Michael LaFosse will offer a free origami workshop at the The G.A.R. Memorial Library. Come learn folding techniques and how to create art using just a sheet of paper from an origami master! For ages 6 and up. Registration required. Contact Kate Gove for more info.
Celebrate Pi Day at the Museum of Science in Cambridge Massachusetts! Come see all the ways math pops up in our everyday lives and the world around us on Pi Day! Enjoy an assortment of fun, hands-on math themed activities throughout the institution. Join Museum educators and use your STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) inquiry skills at three or more activities and claim an InsPIre magnet!
The farm is coming alive in April and there is so much to do! Dig into vacation at Appleton Farms and become a farmer for a day (or 5)! You’ll get to help care for our animals, learn to grow and eat farm fresh food, create natural crafts, and explore the farm as it wakes up to spring! Your little farmers will come home with stories of adventure, a deeper understanding of where their food comes from, a sense of responsibility, and memories made with new friends.
People of all ages love owls, and many species of owls can be found right here in Massachusetts year-round. Experience the excitement of an owl prowl as we take a night hike to look and listen for Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, and Eastern Screech-owls. Before we head out on our nocturnal adventure, we'll learn fun owl facts in our cozy Barn using real owl mounts, feathers, talons, and a brief slide show. We'll end our evening with an owl-hooting lesson.
We’re cracking a ton of glow sticks for play time with a side of learning. Join us in our darkened program room where kids can use glow sticks to imitate designs or create something entirely new. Super simple, no mess, fun! Drop in for kids of all ages.
The Library will be showing, First Man, the biographical drama based on Neil Armstrong’s journey to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. During the 1960’s Space Race, NASA test pilot Neil Armstrong faces numerous challenges in his personal and professional life as he strives to prove that he is willing to risk everything to achieve one of the greatest accomplishments in human history: the first lunar landing. This movie stars Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy and Kyle Chandler.