Give the Gift of Membership

There are a lot of alternatives for gift memberships on the North Shore Massach!

Giving the gift of membership to one of your favorite organizations is a perfect way to tell somebody that you want them to share your interests and spend some time together. It's extending a hand of friendship and inviting the recipient to join you in a common experience - not just at the time of giving the gift, but throughout the year and beyond.

We belong to quite a few museums and local organizations that offer annual memberships as a way to show our support and enjoy the benefits of being a contributing member. Memberships most often include a discounted rate or free admission to events and other activities, and this is reflected in our Events Calendar. Many of the events we list will show pricing tiers for members and non-members, or are listed as 'Free with the price of admission' (translation = "Free to members").

Gift Memberships are great because they benefit the giver, the receiver and the organization. It's a true win, win, win situation, with lots of additional benefits:

  • The giver can feel good because they are giving a meaningful gift to a person they care for while supporting a cause or organization that is important to them.
  • The recipient is not just receiving a gift, they are being invited to share in the givers life, and are hopefully being exposed to something new and fun that will enrich their own.
  • The organization is benefiting from having a new member that will hopefully enjoy their membership so much that they become a longtime supporter, and better yet invite more people to join.
  • There is a new avenue for both the giver and receiver to spend time with each other and develop a common interest.
  • Membership giving is 'green' - i.e. less packaging, less time shopping and using fuel to find gifts
  • Gift memberships help support local community resources
  • A membership lasts all year, so each time it is used, it's like getting the gift all over again.
  • Some gift memberships offer a 'sponsorship' or similar tier that make membership a tax deduction.
  • You can break a lot of gifts, but it's pretty hard to break a membership!
  • Your gift membership more than likely will not need batteries!

Of course the only downfall of gifting memberships is that the recipient will probably renew their membership on their own if they enjoy it enough, so you'll have trouble finding a better gift for them next year.

Here's a great list of recommended organizations and museums (and direct links to their membership pages) around Massachusetts' North Shore that will sure to please almost anybody on your list this year. Some offer special services for gift memberships, and others will accommodate gift memberships if you specify that you would like to purchase the membership as a gift during checkout.

Another great gift idea for the person in your life who likes to explore the outdoors would be an annual DCR Parkpass - which waives parking fees at many state resources including many gems right here on the North Shore like Maudslay State Park and Halibut Point State Park!

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more.  Inspired by our exhibition Big Bang Data, this year’s theme is big data. Come for a fun filled week us for a fun-filled week.
Where: MIT Museum

February School Break Outdoor Ice Skating and More

February Vacation Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Since ice skating is the perfect winter activity, The MarketStreet Rink, presented by Lahey Health, expands its hours for President’s Day and February break. One of the best skating rinks in the region, The MarketStreet Rink is a classic 58 x 105 foot skating rink accented by a beautiful array of...

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Women of Essex - Stories to Share

Come learn come great stories about the women of Essex Massachusetts at this FREE exhibit open through Winter 2018
Discover the interesting lives of women who lived in Essex! This exhibit – the first of its kind in Essex – expands our understanding of the women of Essex and the ways they have influenced our town and reflected the larger story of women’s history.
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Vacation Break Camps at Glen Urquhart School

February Vacation Week Camps and Programs
Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA is hosting a February Vacation Break Camp. Sign up to have your child join us at GUS for our Vacation Break Camps, Tuesday through Friday, February 20-23. FUN at GUS Preschool Program, age 3.5-5, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  This program is designed especially for...
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Adventure Days: Maple Sugaring

Learn how to harvest Maple Sap and convert it to Maple Syrup at IRWS!
Today we'll learn about one of nature's tastiest treats: maple syrup. We'll discover how to distinguish a sugar maple from all the other trees in the forest and tap one to collect the sap. After a visit to the sugarhouse, we'll know how sap is converted into syrup and try some on our very own...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Farmer for a Week: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Winter Explorers program is geared to children aged 7-11
In the winter, many people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! This camp is for kids who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out on the trails...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Farmer for a Week: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen  program is geared to children aged 7-10
In the winter, many people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! This camp is for kids who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out on the trails...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Goddard School Touring Tuesday

Childcare, child care at Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr
Touring Tuesday: Make a date to see Goddard School, Middleton, meet teachers and visit your child's next classroom! Infant, Toddler, Preschool,and Pre-Kindergarten programs. Please visit on Tuesday's to see why The Goddard School is "more than just a daycare".
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Old School Yard Games

Kids can run and play in the wide open spaces of the Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover
Start off your February vacation with a little competitive play. In this morning program, the Stevens-Coolidge Place will host three timeless outdoor games: capture the flag, scavenger hunt and red light/green light. So, get out your detective hats, lace up those winter boots and stretch those...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play.
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Sawyer Free LEGO Club

Come build using LEGOs at the Sawyer Free Library
Attend an afternoon of LEGOs in the Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library! Snacks and LEGOs are provided. Register online!
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Olympic Craft Session

Kids will learn to make an Olympic themed craft at the TOHP Burnham Public Library!
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites agse 5 and up for an Olympic Craft. Registration is not necessary, but if you plan to attend, we'd love to know in advance.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, February 21

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more.  Inspired by our exhibition Big Bang Data, this year’s theme is big data. Come for a fun filled week us for a fun-filled week.
Where: MIT Museum

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

February School Break Outdoor Ice Skating and More

February Vacation Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Since ice skating is the perfect winter activity, The MarketStreet Rink, presented by Lahey Health, expands its hours for President’s Day and February break. One of the best skating rinks in the region, The MarketStreet Rink is a classic 58 x 105 foot skating rink accented by a beautiful array of...

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Women of Essex - Stories to Share

Come learn come great stories about the women of Essex Massachusetts at this FREE exhibit open through Winter 2018
Discover the interesting lives of women who lived in Essex! This exhibit – the first of its kind in Essex – expands our understanding of the women of Essex and the ways they have influenced our town and reflected the larger story of women’s history.
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Adventure Days: Winter Homes

Build igloos and learn how to find winter ohme for animals at IRWS's workshop
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter? We'll explore the woodlands, wetlands, and field edges for nests, cavities, burrows, dens, and lodges to discover how birds, mammals, and insects find homes in this challenging season. We'll build an igloo or shelter and see how warm it can...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Vacation Break Camps at Glen Urquhart School

February Vacation Week Camps and Programs
Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA is hosting a February Vacation Break Camp. Sign up to have your child join us at GUS for our Vacation Break Camps, Tuesday through Friday, February 20-23. FUN at GUS Preschool Program, age 3.5-5, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  This program is designed especially for...
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Farmer for a Week: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Winter Explorers program is geared to children aged 7-11
In the winter, many people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! This camp is for kids who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out on the trails...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Farmer for a Week: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen  program is geared to children aged 7-10
In the winter, many people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! This camp is for kids who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out on the trails...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Cedar Point Trail | Winter Wander

The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be
An outdoor adventure for the whole family!  An easy rambling walk that will take us along the Cedar Point Trail to Steep Hill Beach with naturalists from The Trustees of Reservations. We’ll take note of how winter has changed the landscape, and how plants and animals adapt to survive this “dormant...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm