Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938

Carrot Club

Come see whats happening at the farm! Appleton Farms, Ipswich Massachusetts!

What better way to spend a summer afternoon then at Appleton Farms! Carrot Club us is our drop in, pop-up program outside the Appleton Farm Store every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4pm. Drop in anytime between 2 and 3:45 for a fun farm craft, story or game. Activities will change every session so there is always something fun to try! Activities will average 15-20 minutes and will be guided by our farm educator. Make it a fun stop during your visit before exploring the Farm Store, picking up your CSA share, or taking a walk to visit our barnyard animals.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, July -August 2016

Crane Estate Father’s Day Weekend Family Camp Out

campout with the Trusteees at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts for Fathers Day!

The Trustees of Reservations hosts an adventure-filled weekend camping at the Crane Estate! Our special site in the Pine Grove is an ideal location for both experienced campers and first-timers. This overnight includes a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Great Marsh Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay, or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course you are also free to simply lounge on the beach, or explore the property on your own. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday. REI will teach us how to make a delicious, nutritious camp out supper – and we’ll follow that with s’mores around the campfire on Saturday night. A light breakfast will be provided on Sunday morning. After you pack up on Sunday morning, you are welcome to spend Sunday afternoon at the beach (parking in the lot by the Barn only).

Saturday, June 18 - Sunday, June 19, 2016 11AM

Toe Jam Puppet Band at Ipswich Town Hall

Toe Jam Puppet Band at the Ipswich Library!

Ipswich Library kicks off their Summer programs with a family music program featuring the Toe Jam Puppet Band!  Not so much puppetry, but lots of music and fun.  Held in the gym at Ipswich Town Hall. Free of charge and no registration required.  Good for preschoolers through elementary school children.

Friday June 24, 2016 10am

Summer Solstice Fairy Gardens

Come help build a fairy garden at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!

Midsummer's Eve is the longest day of the year - the perfect day to create a fairy garden for you and your fairies! Join us to make individual fairy gardens for each family. We will provide the container, rocks, and native plants to make a garden bowl any fairy would be happy with. Please bring your imagination and love for fairies. We will celebrate the completion of our gardens with a solstice story and a short walk.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:30-3PM

Butter in the Barnyard

Butter in the Barnyard is for families and children 2-7 to meet our dairy herd at Appleton Farms.

Everyone loves rich and creamy butter, but have you ever discovered where butter begins?  Join us for a guided stroll around the farm learning all about our dairy, explore the milking parlor, enjoy a calf close encounter and end with butter making in the Carriage Barn. Recommended for ages 2-7.  Pre-registration is required as we can not accommodate a large group with drop-ins for this program. Registration is by the family- if you have 6 or more in your family, please register 2 families as we want to have enough butter ingredients for all. This program meets in our Carriage Barn. Parking is available at the Visitor Center. 

Saturdays, July 9 & 23, 2016 10:30-11:30am
Saturdays, August 6 & 20, 2016 10:30-11:30am

Whipple House Wednesdays

Whipple House Wednesdays at Ipswich Museum

Wednesday Mornings July and August, Whipple Wednesdays: from 10am until noon each

Wednesday during July and August Ipswich Museum hosts a drop-in program at the Whipple House suitable for all ages.

Themes will change each week, but each Whipple Wednesday will include a hands-on activity and Colonial games.

Suggested donation: $5. Please check back soon for details or email educator@ipswichmuseum.org.

Wednesdays in July and August, 2016 10am-Noon

Kid's Night Hike

Hike the Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate, then wrap it up with a campfire in the pines!

An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to Steep Hill Beach, and experience the hush of dusk as the sun fades and the creatures of the marsh prepare for nightfall. We’ll stop for a while to stargaze, then finish our hike with s’mores around a campfire in the Pine Grove! Please pre-register.

Friday, May 26, 2017 7:30-9:30pm


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