Save the Date for our 2014 Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival

Saturday, June 28, 2014, Elm Park in Worcester, 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Rain or Shine

View the 2014 Big Dipper Flyer Here.

All-you-can-eat ice cream prices are:

$5 for ages 10 and up     $1 for ages 4 – 9     Free for 3 and under

You’ll try delicious flavors from: Coco’s Tropical Ice, Cold Stone Creamery of Millbury, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill of West Boylston, Eurest Dining Services, Hood, Janine’s Frostee, and Turkey Hill, with more to come!

We’ll see you for all-you-can-eat ice cream, Moon Walks, Speed Pitch, large raffle, food tent, all-day entertainment, face painting, Lions’ Sightmobile for free vision and hearing checks, Worcester Fire Truck and safety demonstrations, and much more. Summer is right around the corner!

To sponsor, volunteer, or donate, please contact Deb Huegel, Director of Marketing and Events at 508-753-5425 or email dhuegel@childrensfriend.org.


Read more about our 2013 Big Dipper:

View the Big Dipper articles featuring our ice cream in the Telegram & Gazette , in GOLOCALWorcester.com, and and read about how the proceeds from the Big Dipper benefit Children’s Friend.

Pictures speak a thousand Big Dipper words:



Thanks to our DELICIOUS vendors!

Coco’s Tropical Ice of Auburn, Crystal Caves of Auburn/Robbie’s Place, Coldstone Creamery of Millbury, Dairy Queen of West Boylston, Eurest Dining Services , Friendly’s, Hood, Janine’s Frostee of Ware, Turkey Hill and Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt will be handing out their delicious ice cream samples all day long.   Don’t miss out on their creamy confections!

And to our entertainment:

Chuck and Mud

The award winning Dance Team InDaZone

Tromboston

New England Dance Center

Breje Williams

Joy of Music Jazz Ensemble

Watch Our Giant Ice Cream Cone’s Journey to the Big Dipper

To get more information about volunteering or sponsoring our events, please contact: Deborah Huegel, Director of Marketing and Events, Phone: 508-753-5425, Email: dhuegel@childrensfriend.org

For more on family friendly Elm Park’s location and amenities, visit:

(http://www.worcesterma.gov/dpw/parks-rec/city-parks/elm-park)

More on the Big Dipper!

On June 29, 2013, Elm Park was filled with children, families, and all other ice cream lovers enjoying our annual Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. In addition to ice cream, there was a Food Tent, large raffle, Moon Walks, Speed Pitch, Basketball Toss, face painting, Polar sampling tent, helium balloons, team mascots, clowns, and musical entertainment.  The Worcester Fire Truck, Worcester Library’s Bookmobile, local author Jeanelle Wheeler, Worcester’s Cultural Coalition, Worcester Community Connections, Worcester Family Partnership,  Worcester Wildcats, Hanover Theatre, Mass Moms, Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, YMCA, Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Sweet Entertainment also took part.  The NEADS puppies, who are in training to help disabled Americans, stopped by with their trainers.  Andi the Clown painted faces, and Sparkles the Clown created awesome balloon animals.  The WPI Robotics demonstration was great!

The Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival has been a central Massachusetts tradition since 1989, attracting several thousand people over the years. All proceeds benefit the programs of Children’s Friend. Our mission is to improve the lives of children and those who love them. To accomplish this mission, our programs are designed to help children and families whose lives have been affected by difficulties including abuse, neglect, family instability, death, substance abuse, and mental, emotional and physical problems. We provide them with the highest quality of services designed to meet the mental and emotional needs of children and to strengthen families.

And read more about our 2012 Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival

We netted $45,000 to benefit the critical programs we provide to children and families throughout central Massachusetts.  Thanks to everyone who had a part in the success of this year’s Big Dipper – volunteers, staff, sponsors, ice cream vendors, entertainers, and our wonderful families.  We can’t do it without you!

Your Votes Counted!  The top flavors from the 2012 Big Dipper “Vote for your Favorite Ice Cream” are:

TOP VOTE GETTER  -  Ice Cream Cakes!

The next top five ice cream flavors are:

Yum!  Congratulations to all our generous ice cream vendors who have provided delicious ice cream to our children and families at the Big Dipper for so many years!

The vendors included Coldstone Creamery of Millbury, Crystal Caves of Auburn/Robbie’s Place , Dairy Queen Grill and Chill of Spencer, Dairy Queen/Orange Julius in the Leominster Searstown Mall, Eurest Dining Services , Friendly’s, Hood, Janine’s Frostee of Ware, and Turkey Hill.

We had perfect weather and record crowds at the 2012 Big Dipper.  Our families enjoyed the  Moonwalks, Speed Pitch, face painting, Food Tent,  giant raffle with awesome gifts, celebrity scoopers, clowns, balloons, cheerleaders, team mascots, all day entertainment including fabulous Breje Williams - 2 PM, Dale LePage & The Manhattans – 11:30 AM, Chuck and Mud – 10:30 AM, Elisabeth and Mike Gondek – 3 PM, Joy of Music Jazz Ensemble 4 PM, and New England Dance Center, 1:20 PM.  Baby Nadder and his Viking from How to Train Your Dragon made a special appearance delighting kids of all ages!

Pictures speak a thousand words. Here are some good ones from the 2012 Big Dipper:


Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors:

Contributing Sponsors:


KomTek Technologies



Annual Sponsors:

Supporting Sponsors:



Friendship Sponsors:






Media Sponsors:

Special Thanks Goes To:


Other Sponsors Who Have Helped Children’s Friend Immensely:

A&D Cold Storage, All Clean, Bowditch & Dewey, Cape Cod Chips, Coghlin Electric, Cumberland Farms, Fox Tours, Liberty Movers, Midtown Meats, Niman Paper Supply, Price Chopper, RDW Group, Republic Services, Roche Bros. and Shaw’s

Stroll Down Memory Lane with Photos from Past Big Dippers: