Ice Cream Festival
Join us on June 23rd!
Come cool off from the summer heat with all-you-can-eat ice cream, games, inflatables, face painting, food tent, balloons, raffle and more! Children's Friend is hosting the 2018 Big Dipper Ice Cream Festival fundraiser, and we want to see you there! Enjoy amazing ice cream, and help support our services for central Massachusetts children and families.
Founded in 1849, Children’s Friend is the oldest child and family service agency in central Massachusetts, serving clients in 51 communities. Our mission is to improve the lives of children and those who love them by creating, supporting and strengthening families.
The Big Dipper began more than 20 years ago as an ice cream social for families who had adopted children through Children’s Friend. It has grown over the years to be not just our largest annual fundraiser, but a multi-faceted event that families from all over central Massachusetts look forward to every year. Thousands of people attend, eat ice cream, and enjoy the all-day entertainment and activities.
Helping Children & Families
This event supports our four main areas of focus, each delivering high quality services to the community: adoption services; support groups for children at The Carriage House Grief Support Center; mental health services at the Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling Center; and stimulating, hands-on instruction in our Early Learning Center. Can't attend? Please consider making a donation.