Top ten reasons to stay home on the North Shore this April vacation

Posted by Ann, Ziptivity’s North Shore Community Ambassador


1. Joppa Flats: April Vacation Week Flyby, Newburyport:

Audience: Family (suitable for children ages 2 – 12 yrs)

Fee: Adults $0, Children $4.00m/ $7.00nm

The April vacation programs offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities while we keep minds active and hands busy during school break! Each session offers a different theme, with art activities, experiments, group games, and more. It’s free-flow learning for the whole family. Come once or make it a three-day adventure; fly by for an hour or stay all day for a vacation activity that suits your family schedule.

2. Eastern Point Day School: Open Activity Week, Gloucester:

Audience: Family (suitable for children ages 3 – 14 yrs)

Fee: FREE!

Eastern Point Day School will host an Open Activity Week from Wednesday, April 20 to Friday, April 22. Meet the dedicated faculty and great students that make Eastern Point Day School a unique and enriching community. Parents are invited to meet the headmaster and staff to learn more about the school’s curriculum and programs. Prospective students are invited to tour the school and participate in activities.

3. Essex Shipbuilding Museum: April Vacation Program, Essex:

Audience: Family (suitable for children ages 6 – 10 yrs)

Fee: $25 per day/$60 all 3 days

  • Fantastic Wood Sculptures: April 19 (1-4pm) Bend and fasten wood into your own imaginative sculptures using the museum’s authentic steam shed and traditional tools.
  • Rock the Shipyard!: April 20 (1-4pm) Learn the activities needed to build a schooner. Then create high energy interpretive movement.
  • Sing It Loud: April 21 (1-4pm) Investigate the history of the great Essex schooners. Invent and perform songs based on those adventures of the sea.

4. Ipswich River: April Vacation Adventure Days: Series, Topsfield

Audience: Family (suitable for children ages 5 – 12 yrs)

Fee:  Fee for the week (Tuesday through Friday): $145 member, $174 nonmember Fee per day: $45 member, $54 nonmember

Spring is an exciting time for outdoor discovery. We have put together four days of hands-on awesome activities to explore the natural world in spring. Sharpen your observation skills as we locate and learn about bugs, search for salamanders, watch birds gather nesting materials, and much more.

  • Who Let the Bugs Out? 4/19
  • Vernal Pool Visit 4/20
  • Splash, Splosh 4/21
  • Eco-Excitement 4/22

5. Cape Ann Art Haven: April Vacation, Gloucester

Audience: Family (suitable for children ages 5 – 18 yrs)

Fee: $20-40 per day

  • April 18, 9:00am – 11:30am: Create masks, hands and other sculptures our of plaster and paper mache! (Elementary)
  • Apr 18, 12:30pm – 3:00 and Friday Apr 22, 12:30pm – 3:00: For this two-part “Mother’s Day Mugs” workshop, come Monday to create a handmade mug and Friday to glaze your creation! (Middle School)
  • April 19th 9:00am – 3:00pm:  Help us build a raised bed garden and create trellis sculptures out of poles and twine! You’ll get to build and install the bed and sculptures, plant the seeds, and paint the bed to get a project started that will continue to grow throughout the spring and summer! (grades 2 and up)
  • April 20th 9:00am – 3:00pm, Harry Potter Day:  Make wands and other magical crafts with us in the morning, then we’ll travel to the Cape Ann Community Cinema for the movie in the afternoon! (ages 6 and up)
  • April 20th 7:00pm – Thursday April 21st 9:00am:  Girls’ Overnight! Join us for jewelry making, painting, drawing, clay, or any other art project you want to try. Also, we’ll watch a movie on the big screen and hang out at Art Haven until the wee hours of the morning. (grades 5-9)
  • April 21st 9:00am – 12:30pm, PEM trip:  We’ll be taking a van to the museum to check out some of the exhibits and participate in a collaborative art project! Bring a snack and hang out with us at the museum! (grades 2 and up)
  • April 21st 12:30pm – 3:00pm, Bookmaking:  Use recycled materials and your creative ideas to create your own scrapbook, notebook, journal, or whatever else you can think of! (grades 2 and up)
  • April 21st 7:00pm – Friday April 22nd 9:00am:  Boys’ Overnight! Join us for a fun-filled night of art, movies, and possibly breakdancing. We’ll also watch a movie on the big screen and hang out at Art Haven until the wee hours of the morning. (grades 5-9)
  • April 22nd 9:00am – 11:30am:  Come work with Henry Allen from Henry Allen TheatreWorks to write a story and then illustrate with drawing and printmaking! (Elementary)

6. Wenham Museum: Wenham

Audience: Family (suitable for children ages 6 and up)

Fee: $14-40 per day

  • Wenham Museum: Lego® Design Workshop,April 19 – April 21, 9-noon:  Design and build a Lego city complete with trains, buildings, vehicles, tunnels, mountains, towers, bridges, moving structures and more!

7.Gordon College: La Vida Rock Gym, April Vacation, Wenham,

April 19 – April 21, 10-3pm

Audience: Family (suitable for children ages 8 – 14)

Fee:  $15 (1/2 day) – $60 (3 full days)

A three-day climbing camp run by trained rock gym staff.  You’ll learn a variety of skills and facilitate climbing games and challenges. Topics include general fitness, principles of climbing movement, route-climbing, knot-tying, and team-building concepts.

8. Crane Beach: Crane Beach Day, Ipswich, April 18th, 10-2pm

Audience: Family (suitable for all ages)

Fee: FREE!

Celebrate the arrival of spring with this early bird special. For one day only, join us as we open Crane Beach to the public free-of-charge. Follow a scavenger hunt to buried treasure, enjoy a guided hike through the dunes of Castle Neck, or revel in the simple beauty of the beach in April.

9. Halibut Point: Earth Day Coastal Clean Up, Rockport, April 22nd, 10-noon

Audience: Family (suitable for all ages)

Fee: FREE!

Grab the kids and come out to one of our most spectacular coastal reservations to help us celebrate Earth Day 2011.

10. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

Audience: Family (suitable for all ages)

Fee: Free with museum admission

Peabody Essex Museum: April Vacation – Arts of Japan

Celebrate hanami, the Japanese custom of enjoying flowers and explore Japanese art and culture. Taiko drumming and lion dances.There are different ongoing activities each day during vacation week, including collaborative art, demonstrations, performances, and a family gallery tour.

One Response to “Top ten reasons to stay home on the North Shore this April vacation”
  1. Kate Hayes says:

    Great list! Thanks for sharing! Sadly, my oldest will be visiting family in St. Louis during April vacation…but I will definitely keep some of these places in mind for later this year. We just moved to the North Shore last May, and I am still learning about all the things to do in the area. Very helpful.

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