Hamilton: Scott Jameson: Magician, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and the audience will travel through time. www.hwlibrary.org.
Thursday, July 18
Topsfield: Eco-Art: A Wealth of Wildflowers, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 4 to 12. While exploring the sanctuary’s different habitats, search for wildflowers and learn how to use field guides to identify them, and take a closer look using hand lenses. Attendees will begin their own wildflower collection by making flower presses to take home. Instructor: Meg Atkins, sanctuary field teacher and artist. Cost $10 adults, $8 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
Peabody: Family Lego Night, 6 to 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Children’s Room, 82 Main St. Families with children ages 3 and up are invited to play with Legos. Registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.
Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Digney Fignus, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Americana music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.
Friday, July 19
Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.
Ipswich: Family Farm Dinners: Earth Oven Pizza Nights, 5:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Join the farm staff and a volunteer guest chef for a Friday night pizza party on the farm. Children can visit the chickens, pick herbs for their pizzas, and play some good old fashioned games while homemade pizzas are baked in the new earth oven in the outdoor kitchen. Salad (from the farm) and tart lemonade for all. Attendees can also make their own ice cream for dessert; bring a bowl. Event part of Appleton Cooks! program. $10/person. 978-356-5728 or email@example.com.