Join Appleton Farms for a kids in the kitchen session for preschoolers and try out some delicious kid-friendly recipes with ingredients right from the farm! Each week we’ll practice our cooking skills and make something tasty together. While our creations bake, cool or simmer we’ll pass the time with a fun farm craft. Recipes will include: Bread & Butter, No-Bake Granola Bars, Farm Frittata, and Home Made Apple Sauce. Please pre-register. Fee covers one adult and child. Younger siblings are welcome with an additional fee of $24/$30 for member/nonmembers.
Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition for many New England families. Don't miss this year's spectacular "Christmas by the Sea". Each room in our 1920s mansion is festively decorated by florists, designers, garden clubs, or volunteers. You'll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, a treasure hunt, family activities, and a visit with Santa.
Come to the Carriage Barn for a FREE family-friendly holiday market featuring a full cash bar (local craft beer, wine & signature cocktails), Compliments food truck, Appleton Farms cheese, & a variety of vendors selling baked goods, artisanal foods, and handcrafted items (jewelry, soaps, essential oils, aprons, tea towels, crochet, gift cards, wreaths & ornaments).
Tap into your childhood and celebrate the season with this very special adult Gingerbread House workshop!! We’ll cover all things gingerbread from making and baking the gingerbread pieces, to learning how to easily assemble houses that won’t crumble! From there, it’s all about creative fun decorating your very own gingerbread house to display & eat throughout the holidays! Class includes hands-on assembly and decorating, instruction, printed recipes, and take-home gingerbread house. Byob beer & wine allowed.
In celebration of the holidays, we’re hosting a children’s Christmas party with Santa. Families will enjoy interactive songs and music from children’s entertainer Jeannie Mack, a yummy edible craft, holiday refreshments, and, of course, a visit with Santa, who will have a small gift for every child. Advance reservations required.
Celebrate the season with us, friends and gingerbread fun. Decorate your very own gingerbread house and take it home to eat or display as a centerpiece during your holiday celebrations. Enjoy endless decorating options, from frosted roofs, gum drop fences and cookie christmas trees.
You’ll feel better about that Thanksgiving indulgence if you come join us for a hike over the Blueberry and Moon Hills of Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield! Best for children ages 7 and up. We will be hiking for a couple of hours on moderate trails. Wear clothing for hiking; bring rain gear as appropriate. Only pouring rain cancels.
Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the November Beaver Moon! Also called the Frosty Moon, this full moon heralds the coming winter, and serves as a warning that ponds and swamps will soon freeze. Beavers are particularly active around this moon, storing food and making repairs to their lodge. Native American tribes knew this moon appeared when it was time to set beaver traps to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.
Start your turkey day by burning off some calories with a run or walk along the Ipswich River on Turkey Shore Drive and Labor-in-Vain-Road and you'll have a chance to win a ready-to-bake pie from Russell Orchards! Racers, runners, walkers or stroller pushers are invited to the Ipswich Town Hall bright and early on Thanksgiving Day for a 2.8 mile riverside race along Turkey Shore Drive and Labor in Vain Road. The 1.2 mile kids run starts at 8am.
Registration is required for Bark and Read, a program that boost the confidence of young readers with Christine Christoforo and her dogs, Cayenne and Rue, who have been trained by Therapy Dogs International. Registration is required for 15 time slots with the dog. Stop by the Children's Room or call us at 978-412-8713 to sign up. This program is best for tentative readers and/or children who might be uncomfortable with dogs.