Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."
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For all ages. Exercise and enjoy the great outdoors on some of the park’s hiking trails. Each program takes you on a different path. Hikes may include trail sections that are not accessible to strollers or persons with limited mobility.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring a picnic blanket and load up the kids for a summer evening on the farm to celebrate the special fathers in your life. You’ll find local BBQ, your favorite breweries and vintners, and live music to keep the whole family happy.
An evening adventure for the whole family! Join us for a hike down the Cedar Point trail to the Pine Grove. We’ll look for the flash of fireflies in the fields that stretch to the marsh, along the fringes of the woods that line the trail to the Pine Grove, and in the dark of the Pine Grove itself. Did you know that different species of fireflies have different flash patterns? We’ll try to differentiate between our bioluminescent buddies and count how many different species of fireflies live around the Crane Estate.
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