Ziptivity’s Favorite North Shore Beaches

Posted by Ann, Ziptivity’s North Shore Community Ambassador I feel blessed again this week, as we blog about local swimming locations in our respective areas.  As a Gloucester resident, I am certainly spoiled during the summer months.  I practically lived at Good Harbor beach as a child.  We stayed through dinner often, my father joining … Continue reading

National Doughnut Day at Smolak Farms this Weekend!

With days set aside to honor everything from fudge to peanut butter and jelly, you may ask yourself what’s the point of one more nominal food day? While National Doughnut Day (a.k.a Donut) may seem trite, the actual history behind the nationally recognized, and often over-looked, food holiday originated from an interesting time in history. … Continue reading

Newburyport Spring Fest 2011 and North Shore Memorial Day Parades

Memorial Day weekend…  ahh, the kickoff to summer, finally!  In addition to a million North Shore parades, clever Newburyport has a great family-friendly event planned for those of us that ache for something other than drums, guns and too much noise in general.  The Newburyport Spring Fest 2011 is a 2-day event taking place this Sun-Mon, … Continue reading

Gloucester’s Maritime Heritage Center Opens May 27

Posted by Ann, Ziptivity’s North Shore Community Ambassador There’s a gem of an area in downtown Gloucester known as Harbor Loop.  This “working waterfront” area of Gloucester, centered by the historic Fritz Hugh Lane House, is home to the Schooner Adventure, Captain Bill and Sons Whale Watch, the newly renovated Harbor Loop Gift Shop, the ALWAYS-fun Capt. … Continue reading

Playgrounds with a View on the North Shore

Posted by Ann, Ziptivity’s North Shore Community Ambassador Yes!  Time to get out and play!!!!!  We’ve been hard at work weeding through all the local playgrounds, working to share with you only the noteworthy ones…  there are about 30 that have been posted covering the North Shore area, so you’ll be sure to find one … Continue reading

Mother’s Day on the North Shore

Posted by Ann, Ziptivity’s North Shore Community Ambassador Celebrate Mama all weekend long! My Mom and I have made it a tradition to kick off Mother’s Day weekend with a shopping spree at the annual Mother’s Day Weekend warehouse sale at the Viola Lovely: Annual Warehouse Sale!  The sale takes place at the Wenham Museum (in the back room) … Continue reading

Birthday Party Indecisions

In the month of May we celebrate 3 birthdays: Maggie will be 8 May 2nd, I will be 29 (again) on May 3rd, and my husband will be [insert sneeze here while saying a very high number] on May 9th. Maggie has changed her mind so many times on her party theme that if I … Continue reading

La Vida Rock Gym has the outdoors covered when it comes to family camping

Posted by Ann, Ziptivity’s North Shore Community Ambassador I dropped my 8-yo off one day last week with a buddy at La Vida Rock Gym in Wenham.  It’s part of the new sports and recreation center (the Bennett Center) at Gordon College.  What an amazing facility!  The newly built center consists of a 72,000 sq. ft. area … Continue reading

Adopt a Whale at The Whale Center of New England

The Whale Center of New England (WCNE) is now open for the season Monday through Friday from 9-5! The Whale Center of New England in Gloucester was founded in 1980 to study the whales frequenting waters off the Massachusetts coast.  The main attraction at their museum is the 28′ skeleton of Inland, a young female humpback whale … Continue reading

Rainy Day Options for April Vacation Today!

It’s going to be a wet one.  Here are some rainy day options for Tuesday, April 19. There are plenty more on our search page.  Just choose “TODAY” in the “When?” category and “Indoor” in the “Activity Type?” category. BAREFOOT BOOKS, CONCORD:  Spanish Parent/Child Demo Class, 10:00 CERAMICS A LA CARTE, CANTON: Custom Handprints, 10:00 … Continue reading