Category: Massachusetts

Fun Family Activities in Massachusetts. Annual Events, Festivals, Fairs, Parades and more.

Time to get lost…

Time to get lost…


Looking to get lost this fall?

Go for a drive, see Massachusetts’s beautiful fall foliage, and check out the best corn mazes around the state this September and October. Many farms have activities for every age, and some have flashlight mazes for those spooky Halloween nights. Locations are listed in order of distance from downtown Boston, and travel times are rough estimates allowing for traffic and getting a little lost driving the back roads of Massachusetts.

 

Within an Hour’s Drive of Boston

Connors Farm
8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 30 Valley Road, Danvers, Massachusetts, 978-777-1245, connorsfarm.com

Distance: 23.1 miles
Price: Weekday $9.99/person, $8.99/senior; Weekends $13.99/person, $12.99/senior; Children ages 2 and under always free

This year the corn maze at Connors Farm is a tribute to local race car legend Bentley Warren. From the sky, the 7-acre field draws out his image and spell Warren’s name. Looking to get in the Halloween mood? Connors Farm also offers Hysteria Danvers, a haunted farm and flashlight maze experience, every Friday and Saturday night in October (plus Sunday, October 8th and Halloween night).

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, farm animals, flashlight nights, and kids attractions.

 

Hanson’s Farm
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 20 Nixon Road, Framingham, Massachusetts, 508-877-3058, hansonsfarm.50webs.com

Distance: 25.2 miles
Price: $8/person, $2/child ages 5 and under

Visit Hanson’s Farm in Framingham for their corn maze, farm stand, and pick-your-own pumpkins and flowers. Every Friday and Saturday night in October you can get your thrills on their haunted hayride, open 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, and hayrides.

 

Honey Pot Hill Orchards
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 138 Sudbury Road, Stow, Massachusetts, 978-562-5666, honeypothill.com

Distance: 30.1 miles
Price: Weekdays $2/person; Weekends $4/person; Children ages 2 and under are free

Honey Pot Hill Orchards boasts not one, but three different mazes. Constructed not of corn, but of green hedges, these paths are sure to have you wandering for a while. The Mini Monster Hedge Maze, open daily, is an exact replica of the “Hampton Court” maze in England. Kids not feeling sophisticated? The Tunnel Maze is available for kids ages 4 to 9, and its entry cost is covered by any other ticket purchase. Last, but not least, is the Big Green Monster Hedge Maze. Open only on the weekends from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., this construction is 1.5 miles long, contains 6 bridges, and hides a gazebo within its greenery. The Big Green Monster Hedge Maze costs $11.95/person, $7.95/child ages 3-15, and kids ages 2 and under are free. You can get lost in there for an hour, but your ticket covers the other mazes as well, so make a day of it!

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, hayrides, and farm animals.

 

One Hour+ from Boston

Marini Farm
10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, Massachusetts, 978-238-9386, marinifarm.com

Distance: 33 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Price: Weekday $10.99/person; Weekends $12.99/person; Flashlight $14.99/person; Children ages 2 and under are free; Military and senior discount of $2 available

Managed under the same family for three generations, the Marini Farm has perfected the family farm experience. With a plentiful farm stand, a pirate ship play structure, bounce house, rope maze, and more, the 8 acre corn maze is only the start. Stations throughout the maze provide answers to a game sheet you’re given upon entering, so you can have fun while tracking your progress through the field. You can also test your directional skills on their flashlight nights, running 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For the kids, there’s a one acre, 20-minute mini-maze open daily.

Other Attractions: pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm animals, flashlight nights, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

 

C&C Reading Farm
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 175 East Center St., West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 781-293-6144, ccreadingfarm.com

Distance: 30.5 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday – Monday
Price: $9.95/person; $7.95/military, police, or fire; children ages 2 and under are free

Starting September 23, the C&C Reading Farm is ready to entertain all your fall needs. From the giant slide to the pumpkin patch, with a train in-between, there’s something for everyone. Their 3+ acre corn maze is space exploration-themed this year, with fun facts posted around the field. A smaller maze is available for the kids.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, flashlight nights, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

 

Flint Farm
12 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 789 East St., Mansfield, Massachusetts, 508-337-6473, flintfarmstand.com

Distance: 32 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday
Price: $6/person, Children ages 3 and under are free

Keeping in the farm stand spirit, this year’s maze at Flint Farm reads “Buy fresh, Buy local” from the sky. Also, explore their farm stand or take a hayride through the fields. Keep in mind, the maze is cash only!

Other Attractions: pumpkin patch and hayrides.

 

Nessralla Farm
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 139 Hemlock Lane, Halifax, Massachusetts, 781-293-6792, nessrallafarm.com

Distance: 39.4 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Monday
Price: $12/person, children ages 5 and under are free

Nessralla has it all, including a farm stand, bouncy house, pony rides, zipline, and more. Pick some pumpkins, get your face painted, and get lost in their 15-acre corn maze. This year’s design is a familiar cartoon rabbit: Bugs Bunny. Starting October 13, you can adventure the maze with a flashlight on Friday and Saturday nights between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm animals, flashlight nights, and kids attractions.

 

Schartner Farms
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 279 West Berlin Road, Bolton, Massachusetts, 978-779-6293, schartnerfarm.com

Distance: 40.5 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours:  Saturday-Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Price: $10/person; $7/child ages 4-11; Children ages 3 and under are free

Since 1902, the Schartner family has been running Schartner Farms, and they still know how to make it fun for the whole family. Get lost in the corn maze, then take a hayride to the pumpkin patch or visit the farm animals.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm animals, and flashlight nights.

 

Kimball Farm
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 791 East Broadway, Haverhill, Massachusetts, 978-807-3214, kimballfarmhaverhill.net

Distance: 40.6 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
Price: $10/adult, $8/child ages 12 and under

The Kimball Farm is showing their New England spirit with their corn maze this year, which reads “We <3 the Patriots” from the sky. Get lost in their maze, ride a pony, or go down the giant slide this fall. Flashlight nights are available on Saturday nights.

Other Attractions: hayrides, farm animals, flashlight nights, and kids attractions.

 

Sauchuk Farm
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 200 Center St., Plympton, Massachusetts, 781-585-1522, sauchukfarm.com

Distance: 40.8 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: Friday 1-6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Price: $12.95/person; $9.95/senior; children ages 2 and under are free; $2 discount available if you buy tickets online during the month of September

With 100 acres of lush produce, Sauchuk Farm sells hand-picked goods straight to the consumer via their farm stand. Their cornfields become two different mazes for your entertainment this fall, one for those willing to get lost for an hour, and another for the kiddos that takes about 10 minutes. And that main one honors the man of the season, Tom Brady. There are plenty of games around as well—check out their cow train or the corn cannon for a unique thrill.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and kids attractions.

 

West End Creamery
3 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 481 Purgatory Road
, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 508-234-2022, westendcreamery.com

Distance: 46.9 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
Price: $12.95/person, $9.95/senior, children under 36’ inches are free

While they’re known for their homemade ice cream, West End Creamery also has a barnyard jump, mini golf, and yet another fantastic corn maze shaped like Tom Brady, with flashlight nights every Friday. Now you can literally get lost in his eyes.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, flashlight nights, and kids attractions.

 

Davis Mega Maze
4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, 142 Redstone Hill, Sterling, Massachusetts, 978-422-8888, davismegamaze.com

Distance: 51.3 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday
Price: $19.95/adult; $16.95/child ages 5 to 12; Children ages 4 and under are free

This year, Davis Farmland is throwing a full farm festival. They’ll have live music, beer, a zip line, pumpkins, games, and more. Of course, there will be a brilliant, 8-acre, Patriots-themed corn maze that can take up to three hours to complete. Games within the maze keep you on your toes while wandering, and an alternate laser tag corn maze provides an extra thrill for adventurers.

Other Attractions: pumpkin patch, farm animals, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

 

Two Hours+ from Boston

Warner Farm
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 23 South Main St., Sunderland, Massachusetts, 413-665-8331, mikesmaze.com

Distance: 105 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday
Price: $14/adult; $12/student, senior, or active military; $11/child; Children ages 3 and under are free

Head to the final frontier at Warner Farm this fall, where Mike’s Maze is space-themed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions. From the sky, the elaborate corn maze reads “Greetings from EARTH, the pale blue dot.” Maze-goers can adventure through galactic games and learn about the search for extraterrestrial life as they wander the 8-acre field.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, farm animals, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

 

Hicks Family Farm
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 1299 Route 2 on the Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, Massachuetts, 413-404-5727, hickscornmaze.com

Distance: 110 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday
Price: $7/adult, $4/child ages 12 and under

Have some fun with the whole family during the day—Hicks Family Farm has farm animals, mini golf, and a scavenger hunt within their daytime corn maze. Looking for a fright? Haunted weekends begin October 6. The corn maze will be open for additional hours for scary adventures: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only. Tickets for haunted nights are $8/adult and $5/child.

Other Attractions: pumpkin patch, farm animals, flashlight nights, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

Sunrise & Sunset SUP Yoga Lake Gardner & Rye Beach

Sunrise & Sunset SUP Yoga Lake Gardner & Rye Beach

Join us for Sunset SUP Yoga on Lake Gardner!  

Class begins at 6:45 PM.

Challenge yourself by taking your practice to the water.

Yoga and stand up paddleboarding (sup) just happen to go together very well. Doing yoga on a paddleboard enhances the yoga workout. The paddleboard makes a fine yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine. The peacefulness and tranquility of floating on the water combines nicely with the meditative nature of yoga.

Increase focus & concentration. Increase balance & core strength. Connect with nature. Challenge your practice with SUP YO!

We will launch from Lake Gardner beach. There is a free parking lot located at 81 High Street.

  • Space is limited to 10 students.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class. Class is 75 minutes in length.
  • Register as BYOB when supplying your own SUP, Paddle & Anchor.
  • Visit KNOW BEFORE YOU GO for more info on what to where/bring/etc.

JOIN US FOR RISE & SHINE SUP YOGA IN RYE HARBOR!

This class will begin at 10:30 AM.

Challenge yourself by taking your practice to the water.

Yoga and stand up paddleboarding (sup) just happen to go together very well. Doing yoga on a paddleboard enhances the yoga workout. The paddleboard makes a fine yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine. The peacefulness and tranquility of floating on the water combines nicely with the meditative nature of yoga.

Increase focus & concentration. Increase balance & core strength. Connect with nature. Challenge your practice with SUP YO!

Free parking is available just before the Rye Harbor State Park. Pull off the road and park in the dirt lot/boat launch.

  • Space is limited to 10 students.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class. Class is 75 minutes in length.
  • Register as BYOB when supplying your own SUP, Paddle & Anchor.
  • Visit KNOW BEFORE YOU GO for more info on what to where/bring/etc.
SUP Yoga in Rye Harbor & Gardner Park, Amesbury

SUP Yoga in Rye Harbor & Gardner Park, Amesbury

JOIN US FOR RISE & SHINE SUP YOGA IN RYE HARBOR!

This class will begin at 10:00 AM.

Challenge yourself by taking your practice to the water.

Yoga and stand up paddleboarding (sup) just happen to go together very well. Doing yoga on a paddleboard enhances the yoga workout. The paddleboard makes a fine yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine. The peacefulness and tranquility of floating on the water combines nicely with the meditative nature of yoga.

Increase focus & concentration. Increase balance & core strength. Connect with nature. Challenge your practice with SUP YO!

Free parking is available just before the Rye Harbor State Park. Pull off the road and park in the dirt lot/boat launch.

  • Space is limited to 10 students.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class. Class is 75 minutes in length.
  • Register as BYOB when supplying your own SUP, Paddle & Anchor.
  • Visit KNOW BEFORE YOU GO for more info on what to where/bring/etc.

Join us for Rise & Shine SUP Yoga on Lake Gardner!  

Class begins at 9:30 AM.

Challenge yourself by taking your practice to the water.

Yoga and stand up paddleboarding (sup) just happen to go together very well. Doing yoga on a paddleboard enhances the yoga workout. The paddleboard makes a fine yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine. The peacefulness and tranquility of floating on the water combines nicely with the meditative nature of yoga.

Increase focus & concentration. Increase balance & core strength. Connect with nature. Challenge your practice with SUP YO!

We will launch from Lake Gardner beach. There is a free parking lot located at 81 High Street.

  • Space is limited to 8 students.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class. Class is 75 minutes in length.
  • Register as BYOB when supplying your own SUP, Paddle & Anchor.
  • Visit KNOW BEFORE YOU GO for more info on what to where/bring/etc.
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Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll 2016

Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll 2016

Name: Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll 2016
Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Event Description:

This annual family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, October 15th, from 5-8 PM in Market Square. Families are encouraged and invited to bring their own jack-o-lantern. Don’t want to deal with the mess at home? Pumpkin carving takes place in Market Square from 3-5PM. Bring your own pumpkin and create your masterpiece! Tools provided. Pumpkin carving sponsored by Partridge in a Bear Tree and Newburyport Macaroni Kid. Inn Street will have activities for the kids from 5pm-7pm including crafts from Newburyport Macaroni Kid and Street Theater by Theater in the Open.

Activities in Market Square start at 5PM. Pumpkins will be lit and placed on the stage in Market Square for all to enjoy! Each family will receive a votive candle that will be lit all at once at dusk.

After the lighting, attendees are encouraged to stroll the downtown and Tannery to “ooh and ahh” at all the pumpkins designed by local businesses! At the end of the evening families are asked to take their pumpkins home for safe keeping.

This event is brought to you by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and our retail members!

Event Media:

2015 Sea Festival of Trees Blue Ocean Music Hall Nov. 20th – Dec 6th

2015 Sea Festival of Trees Blue Ocean Music Hall Nov. 20th – Dec 6th

2015 Sea Festival of Trees

It’s almost time for the Third Annual Sea Festival of Trees, which will be open to the public from Friday, November 20th through Sunday, December 6. Get ready for a giant maze of sparkling holiday trees, stage and ice skating performances, visits with Santa, our Giant Gingerbread House display, Gift and Sweet shop, and Festival Café. It’s a 15-day holiday wonderland by the sea, located at the Blue Ocean Event Center on Salisbury Beach. Presented by The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank. All the trees are generously donated by local individuals, businesses, and organizations and are beautifully decorated for your enjoyment. All the trees will be raffled off to lucky winners, and the festival proceeds support Anna Jaques Hospital and the Salisbury Beach Partnership.

Vist http://seafestivaloftrees.com/ for all details, schedules and information.
Held at Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, MA

Fall Harvest Fest & Scarecrow Competition this weekend

Fall Harvest Fest & Scarecrow Competition this weekend

Date: October 11, 2015 – October 12, 2015

Event Description:

Fall Harvest Festival
October 11 & 12, 2015

Come to downtown Newburyport on Columbus Day weekend for our annual Fall Harvest Festival! Enjoy great food, live music, and family fun while celebrating autumn’s arrival. Explore downtown shops as well as craft vendor booths from artisans all over New England!

Bring the kids in the morning for children’s entertainment in Market Square. There will be music by Jeannie Mack Kids’ Music on Sunday, and a puppet show by Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals on Monday.

The 97 NORTH band plays on Sunday afternoon, a great sampling of classic rock & roll music from the ’60s & ’70s. On Monday afternoon, the Back in Time band plays favorite tunes from the 50s & 60s.

14th Annual Scarecrow Contest
One of the most fun parts of the Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival is the fun, interesting scarecrows decorating all the lamp posts downtown. This year will be the 14th annual scarecrow contest! This contest is free, fun, & open to the public! Entries by individuals, families, teams, schools, churches, clubs, organizations, and businesses are all welcome. The goal of this contest is to create a gallery of fun, inventive scarecrows throughout Market Square. Get creative!

Fore more information visit scarecrow Application (open to the public)

Savor Newburyport Sept. 17th to Sept. 26th

Savor Newburyport Sept. 17th to Sept. 26th

Savor Newburyport, brought to you by The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Refinery 43, and Taste of The Seacoast, a 10-day celebration highlighting Newburyport’s exceptional food, drink, shopping, and cultural experiences. From September 17th through the 26th Newburyport will host various events throughout the city; including innovative dining experiences with unique restaurant and shop pairings.

The 10-day celebration will kick off with an Opening Savory Gala on Newburyport’s picturesque waterfront from 6-9pm on Thursday, September 17th. Guests will have the opportunity to sample award-winning food and drinks from over 30 local restaurants and chefs throughout Greater Newburyport.

Throughout the 10-day festival patrons will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to attend special events hosted by local restaurants, shops and small businesses. From Friday, September 18th to Sunday, September 20th there will be Savory Sales.

Savor Newburyport allows local shops, restaurants and chefs to share their passion for food, drink and culture. The city, who is known for its award-winning food, drinks and shops, couldn’t be more thrilled to showcase their city through Savor Newburyport.

Enter our Instagram contest to win two tickets to our kick-off gala on September 17th!

Visit http://www.savornewburyport.com/ for impressive special by area restaurants, sure to entice you to venture out and sample their fine fare.

YWCA Free Event: Joppa Alive

YWCA Free Event: Joppa Alive

Name: YWCA Free Event: Joppa Alive
Date: August 13, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Website: Click Here

Event Description:
Learn about and touch lives indigenous creatures from the Gulf of Maine with the folks from the Massachusetts Audubon Education Center at Joppa Flats. This is the fourth of five family-style FREE events in the YWCA’s 3rd Annual Summer Fun Series, underwritten by Caswell Mechanical. There is no charge for admission but space is limited so reservations are recommended by calling (978) 465-9922, ext. 22.

Location:
YWCA Children’s Center –
13 1/2 Pond Street,
Newburyport, MA

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, August 13 at 11am

Contact Information:
Lynne Hendricks (978) 465-9922, ext. 22
Send an Email

Fees/Admission:
FREE

Waterfront Movie Series Newburyport, MA August 5th – August 19th, 2015

Waterfront Movie Series Newburyport, MA August 5th – August 19th, 2015

Waterfront Movie Series
Date: August 5 – August 12th 2015
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Event Description:
Join us for the 2015 Waterfront Movie Series!

What could be better than watching a movie OUTSIDE on Waterfront Park on a warm summer night? Grab a blanket and your family & friends and join us!

August 5: “Goonies” (30 Year Anniversary)
August 12: Viewers’ Choice **
August 19: “Cinderella”
August 26: Rain Date

** Viewers’ Choice Options:
-How to Train Your Dragon
-Up!
-Wreck it Ralph
-Big Hero 6

**To Vote for Viewer’s Choice go to Chase & Lunt’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chaseandlunt/app_20678178440

Movies start at dusk (right around 8PM), but get there early to claim a spot on the lawn and enjoy some family favorite tunes on the guitar by Matt Jackson while you wait for the show to start.

Movies will be shown on a 40-foot inflatable screen with an HD Blue Ray Projector and BOSE professional sound system. You don’t want to miss this!

If you’d like your company to be a Sponsor for this fun event, aormond for more information.

Tide Pool Discoveries, Free – Parker River Wildlife Refuge

Tide Pool Discoveries, Free – Parker River Wildlife Refuge

Tide Pool Discoveries
Friday, July 10th @12:30 pm; Monday, July 20th @9:00 am; and Monday, July 27th @2:00 pm

For generations children have enjoyed exploring tide pools and discovering the fascinating plants
and animals that live in this realm between the tides. A refuge ranger will guide this hands-on
program. Appropriate for children age 5–10. Each session is limited to 15 children. Each session is approximately 2 hours long, allowing time for travel to and from the tide pool location. Meet the ranger at the visitor contact station at parking lot 1.Parent/guardian must remain with his/her child for the entire duration of this program. Preregistration is required for this program.

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/
978-465-5753