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 into the dunes to explore it’s trails under the light of the full moon. This is a great opportunity to get the kids outside, share the joys of nature at twillight, and bond with your family.

Friday, February 3, 2023 4:30-6:30pm
Saturday, February 4, 2023 4:30-6:30pm

CraneExplorer: It’s a Wild Life! Winter Survival in the Dunes

Come explore the dunes on Castle Neck and Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts

Join The Trustees of Reservations to explore the dunes on Castle Neck and Crane Beach, where we will learn how animals and plants survive our New England winters in this unforgiving habitat. Learn the basics of animal tracking, plant survival adaptations, and discover the human history of survival in our coastal habitats, with the rich history of The Crane Estate providing a glimpse into the evolving human uses of the land, from the indigenous Pawtucket through early European settlers and into the modern era. A sighting of a resident snowy owl is always a possible bonus!

Saturday, January 21, 2023 Noon-2pm
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10am-Noon
Saturday, February 11, 2023 Noon-2pm
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 1-3pm
Sunday, March 5, 2023 10am-Noon
Sunday, March 19, 2023 10am-Noon

CraneExplorer: Reading the Trail – Tracking

Learn about reading tracks and other signs of wildlife at the Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich Massachusetts.

Join this indoor workshop followed by dune hike to learn tracking basics and identification skills allowing you to experience the outdoors in a new way. Enjoy an indoor presentation on tracking at the Casino at Castle Hill, then reconvene at Crane Beach for a guided dune walk, investigating the trail for footprints, scat, burrows, and other signs left behind by dune dwellers. Via our observations, we will collect clues as to what animals are using this habitat. Bring your sharp senses and observation skills for this learning adventure.

Sunday, January 22, 2023 11am-2:30pm

Salem's So Sweet at The Gables

Come to the House of Seven Gables to celebrate Salem's So Sweet and Valentine's Day! Massachusetts

House of Seven Gables celebrates Salem's So Sweet and Valentine's Day with a day of festive events including Ice Sculpture Viewing, a scavenger hunt, Family Valentine Crafts and more! This wonderful, fun family event is co-sponsored by The House of the Seven Gables and the City of Salem’s Park, Recreation and Community Services Department. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Our Valentine event will include:

Saturday, February 11, 2023 1-3pm

Revolutionary War Tactical at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead

Rebecca Nurse Homestead demonstratin of Revolutionary War Miltia Tactical Strategies in Danvers Masachusetts

Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead for the next a trip back in time! Come experience a one day 18th century living history event featuring re-enactors dressed in late 1770's period clothing, and demonstrating everyday activities as well as 3 planned battle tactical demonstrations, and a lecture by Sandy Spector "10 things you may not know about Martha Washington".

Saturday, November 5, 2022 9:15am-3pm

CraneExplorer: Animals in the Estuary

Families are invited to join us for an exploration of the Castle Hill grounds in Ipswich Massachusetts

Take in beautiful views of the Crane Wildlife Refuge while learning about estuary flora and fauna and environmental conditions at the Crane Boat Dock. Families will conduct measurements of water quality and weather, census native vs. Non-native crabs, collect and observe plankton using field microscopes, and observe the ever-shifting tides. Join this program to discover a lesser-known area of the Crane Estate, on the backside of Crane Beach along the picturesque Castle Neck River.

Saturday, October 29, 2022 1-3pm

Brotherhood of the Arrow & Sword at Hammond Castle

Bring your kids to the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester Massachusetts for a live medieval reenactment.

The Brotherhood of the Arrow and Sword is an educational based medieval reenactment group dedicated to the presentation and practice of historical European martial arts and other facets of medieval life. Our armored fight demos are high energy and entertaining. The Brotherhood will perform an armored fight demo as well as explore life on the medieval battlefield. There will be two sessions available for these performances: 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.  

Sunday, October 9, 2022 10am-4pm

Annual Plum Island “Jetober” Fest

Jetoberfest is hosted by Plum Island Airport RC Club in Newburyport Massachusetts!

Plum Island Airport RC Club's JetOberfest is almost here! Come on out and join us once again at the Plum Island Airport for 4 days of Nonstop RC Jet action (Turbine and Ducted Fan Jets, no props or rotors for this event please). Pilots from all over the Northeast and Canada will make their way to our little slice of heaven to WOW the crowds with some amazing machines.

Thursday-Saturday, October 7-10, 2021 10am-5pm


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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

Duckie Soap Making for Teens

Teens and Tweens will make duckie soaps in at TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts.
Teens! Grades 6-12, don't miss this unique opportunity to make your very own  soap creation encasing an adorable rubber duckie-perfect to celebrate the January birthday of the original Rubber Duckie!
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Young Gloucester Scientists Club

Ocean Alliance of Gloucester Massachusetts deveveloped the Snot Bot drone
Join the Young Gloucester Scientists Club at OCEAN ALLIANCE  to learn all about Whales, Drones, and all you can learn by collecting Whale Snot - Stay tuned for more details!! This program is intended for Students in 4th through 8th grade and Registration is required for each student attending. 
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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

Ipswich Folk Dance

Come join the community tradition of the folk dance at Ipswich Town Hall!
Dance is a New England folk tradition, and Ipswich Recreation invites you to join the fun!Join old and new friends in folk dances, including squares, contras, and circle dances. Egrets-Only, a band and caller of local Ipswich parents, will provide the fiddle tunes and instruction.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 28

Superbowl of Birding 2023

The Superbowl of Birding 2023 is a unique competition conducted in Rockingham County, NH, and Essex County, MA. During a 12-hour period, teams of birders of all ages and abilities seek out the greatest number of avian species and amass the most points based on the rarity of the birds recorded....
5:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lunar New Year Festival at PEM

Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts!
Join PEM as they celebrate the Lunar New Year | The Year of the Rabbit!  Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. While some traditions are shared across countries, others are unique to one region, community or national...
Where: PEM
10:00 am to 4:00 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

Signs of Winter Wildlife at Rough Meadows

Kids will learn about winter animals of the North Shore by studying their tracks and other signs they leave behind in Rowley Massachusetts
The Essex County Greenbelt Association invites families to join North Shore Nature Programs is for outdoor fun for children of all ages.
10:00 am to 11:30 pm

All About Owls

Kids are invited to come learn about owls at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury Massachusetts
Kids are invited to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge to learn about owls found on the refuge over winter & dissect an owl pellet! For kids ages 12 and up. Registration required, limited spots available.
10:00 am

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

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
During your day of exploring the farm & hiking and skiing the trails, join us at the farmhouse for Appleton signature baked goods, farm vegetable soup, gourmet hot chocolate, tea and snacks. Our menu will change seasonally, and all items will be available to purchase a la carte.
10:00 am to 2:00 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

Wingmasters Presents "The World of Owls"

Come learn all about owls from Wingmasters at Wenham Museum in Massachusetts
Wenham Museum hosts a fun presentation by Wingmasters in Wenham Massachusetts. Come see live owls up close in this indoor presentation that will introduce you to different owls and other birds of prey in our region. The presentations start at 10:30am or 2pm and includes admission to the museum....
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
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