Give the Gift of Membership

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

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!

Sports Camps, Speciality Camps, Day Camps in Danvers MA

"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Birds nest from the cover of It's Spring by Linda Glaser, the focus of a StoryWalk at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport.
It’s Spring! by Linda Glaser is the spring break StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park. What a great way to combine reading, exercise, and family fun! It's Spring! celebrates the coming of spring and all that happens in our natural world during this important season.
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician, Brian...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
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

Farmhouse Culinary Workshop: Spring Quiche

Join the Spring Quiche Culinary Workshop at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the farm for a Spring Quiche Culinary Workshop! In this workshop, participants will learn how to make a fluffy, rich quiche using seasonal vegetables from the farm and local dairy from our partners. Learn the secrets to a sturdy crust and a perfectly set...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Friday, May 27

"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Birds nest from the cover of It's Spring by Linda Glaser, the focus of a StoryWalk at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport.
It’s Spring! by Linda Glaser is the spring break StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park. What a great way to combine reading, exercise, and family fun! It's Spring! celebrates the coming of spring and all that happens in our natural world during this important season.
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
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

Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope at Maudslay State Park is a chance for preschoolers to explore the park, enjoy a story and make a craft!
Maudslay State Park has created this program for their youngest crowd! For the young set that loves nature, the park interpreter will lead a three-part preschool aged program that includes a Story, Craft & Walk that involves outdoor exploration. A different nature topic each week so come every...
11:00 am

Saturday, May 28

"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Birds nest from the cover of It's Spring by Linda Glaser, the focus of a StoryWalk at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport.
It’s Spring! by Linda Glaser is the spring break StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park. What a great way to combine reading, exercise, and family fun! It's Spring! celebrates the coming of spring and all that happens in our natural world during this important season.
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Gold Star Run for Honor

Start Your Memorial day with a run/walk to honor a local veteran
The Gold Star Run for Honor is a 5k, 10k, kids fun run or 1 Mile Walk to honor the memory of a local Saugus veteran. Scott J. Procopio was on his second deployment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having previously served in Fallujah in 2005. He was killed in action as a result of a roadside...
7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Melody Miles

Melody Miles raises funds for kids to pursue their artistic interests in the Hamilton-Wenham School District
Welcome to the 26th Annual Melody Miles fundraiser! This year the Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts is bringing our 5k race back, in person, at Winthrop Elementary School, on Saturday, May 28th at 10am. Our talented student performers are also returning to sing and play for you as you walk, run,...
9:00 am

Broom Decorating for Kids at the Witchery

The Witchery is hosting a ‘Broom Decorating for Kids’ class each Saturday in Salem Massachusetts
Kids are invited to decorate their own  broom with pendants, charms, plants, ribbons & more. Our 20" kids' brooms are assembled by The Witchery and ready for your little ones to customize!  Broom decorating is a hands-on, friendly activity in a relaxed setting.
9:00 am

Saugus Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day is a big celebration in Saugus, MA. Come thank our veterans.
Join the Saugus Veteran's Council as we welcome Commander Billie Farrell, US Navy, to Saugus!  Commander Farrell is the first female Commanding Officer of USS Constitution, our Ship of State, in the 224 years of its existence.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm