Summer Slide – Don’t let Summer Reading Loss happen to your family

Posted by Tara, Ziptivity’s Metro Boston Community Ambassador Summer is almost here, and I’m starting to freak out. No, not about what to do with my kids all summer – Ziptivity has me covered in that area. The problem is Summer Reading Loss! I know you’ve heard of this phenomenon:  when kids aren’t in school … Continue reading

Ziptivity’s Favorite South Shore Beaches

Posted by Karly, Ziptivity’s South Shore Community Ambassador Awww, breathe in that hot, humid, sticky-thick air!  I don’t know about you, but I just LOVE this weather… only if I’m on a beach that is!!  Memorial Day weekend sure did throw us right into beach “daze”… and here are a few of my favorite places to … Continue reading

Ziptivity introduces the Discovery-at-Home Science Activity of the Month

Ziptivity is excited to announce a new partnership with The Discovery Museums! Today we introduce the Discovery-at-Home Science Activity of the Month. With all these rainy days, plus school coming to an end, we thought it would be helpful for parents and caregivers to bring a bit of education and fun to the lazy days … Continue reading

Learn Social Graces at BCAE’s Mind Your Manners Tea Party – and win a pair of tickets!

To enter to win two tickets, please share below an etiquette lesson (or faux pas) that is popular in your house!! One lump or two? Sit down to tea with the Boston Center for Adult Education on Saturday, June 4th, 2011 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM, for a tea sandwich cooking demonstration and an afternoon lesson … Continue reading

Artsy? Techie? Outdoorsy? Your Personality Guide to Family Fun in Boston this Weekend.

Who needs Myers Briggs when you have this post by Tara, Ziptivity’s Metro Boston Community Ambassador? Whether your family is artsy, science- and technology-oriented or outdoorsy, there is a festival for you happening this weekend. There is so much going on, it can actually be a little overwhelming. To make it easier to navigate the … Continue reading

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

Posted by Ann, Ziptivity’s North Shore Community Ambassador HERE ARE THE TOP TEN REASONS TO STAY HOME THIS APRIL VACATION: 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 … Continue reading

Envirofest 2011 at the Clay Center in Brookline

Posted by Tara, Ziptivity’s Metro Boston Community Ambassador It’s time for spring cleaning and greening! This Sunday afternoon (3-5pm), load up your EV or Hybrid with old electronics and burned-out CFL bulbs for free recycling. Throw in a couple of bags of gently worn clothing for donating to the Big Brother – Big Sister Foundation. … Continue reading

Homeschooling Programs on the North Shore… and beyond

Posted by Ann, Ziptivity’s North Shore Community Ambassador Homeschooling.  It makes me shake in my Uggs.  In our never-ending quest to give our children what the want (and need), we may ask ourselves the question, “Is this for me – for my family?” I know but 2 families (according to fb stats, that’s .645% of my … Continue reading

Tips from Bright Horizons: Preparing Children for the Transition to School

__________________________________________________________________________________________________ Editor’s Note:  I have many friends who have first-borns entering Kindergarten in the Fall.  I thought this article was a good one to keep in your back pocket as you and your child prepare for this big milestone, particularly the suggested reading list.  Do you have any books you would recommend for parents to … Continue reading

Language, Development, and Literacy for School Readiness

Guest blog articles contributed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions® My son will be five years old in early August. When he was born in 2006, we were quickly on the receiving end of an opinionated and certainly well-meaning circle of parents who would ask, “Are you going to hold him back?” At the time, in … Continue reading