Families & children
NATURE TALES: BUTTERFLIES. Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Open to families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “Monarch Butterfly” by Gail Gibbons, then learn about the insects while exploring the sanctuary gardens and fields for eggs, caterpillars and adult monarchs. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Pre-registration required at 978-887-9264. www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
DADS AND DONUTS STORYTIME. Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 to 11:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Hats-themed stories followed by coloring and doughnuts. Program for children ages 2 and up and dads (moms welcome, too). www.hwlibrary.org.
FAMILY FARM DAY. Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Celebrate Appleton Farms’ 375th anniversary at the annual Family Farm Day event, featuring local healthy food, music by Ben Rudnick and Friends, barnyard animals, a 4-H calf show, antique tractors, traditional farm crafts and activities, including pumpkin painting, pony rides and a hay obstacle course. Rain or shine. $20/car Trustees of Reservations members, $25/car nonmembers. 978-356-5728, www.thetrustees.org/appleton.
SENSE OF WONDER WALK: FOOD WEBS OF THE MEADOW. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Open to families with children ages 3 and up. Join lead field teacher Rita Gallant for an exploration of the sanctuary’s meadows and learn about the eating habits of the neighborhood creatures. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather. Program begins with short introduction indoors, then moves outside for a walk. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Pre-registration required at 978-887-9264. www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
FREE ADMISSION TO AQUARIUM. Throughout September all Salem residents will be admitted free of charge into the New England Aquarium. The free admission program is sponsored by a grant from the Norman H. Read Charitable Trust. All adult visitors in each group will be asked to present proof of residency at the Aquarium’s box office, such as a valid driver’s license, a valid state-issued ID card or a utility bill. Program is funded by the Norman H. Read Charitable Trust. For more information, visit www.neaq.org/salem.