Editors’ Choice (Tie)
Coastal Discoveries, Newbury
Standout Qualities: Aboard Coastal Discoveries’ floating classroom, the Erica Lee II, tweens and teens get intimately involved with the aquatic life of the North Shore. Activities during each weeklong summer camp session could include anything from fishing for flounder and hauling in lobster traps to hiking, swimming, and beach games. Older kids can even earn a Safe Boating Certificate.
20 Columbia Way, Newbury, 978-462-2017, coastaldiscoveries.com/home
A Broadway Kids Company, Middleton
Standout Qualities: Whether it’s a boost of confidence or full-on Hollywood prep you’re looking for, your child will expand their knowledge of music, dance, acting, and theatre. From private audition prep to Girl Scout badge classes, this is the place to find kid polish.
Insider Tip: Good manners and social graces are learned behaviors. Your kid won’t listen to you? Outsource it.
Fun Fact: Talented toddlers as young as 18 months are welcome.
4B Lookout Lane, Middleton, 508-843-1589, abroadwaykidscompany.com
Itsy Bitsy Zone, Salisbury
Standout Qualities: Face it, you live in New England. You’re going to need an indoor playground. An upbeat music class is also offered here as a fun way for adults and children to enjoy time together. This immersive experience includes a broad variety of musical scales, rhythms, and styles.
Insider Tip: Date Night = Kids’ Night Out. Kids ages 3 to 8 can play, eat pizza, and watch a movie or make a craft. You can enjoy adult beverages somewhere else, and maybe even take a nap.
Fun Fact: All scheduled parties are private when you celebrate your special itsy bitsy one here. And you don’t have to clean up!
167 Elm St., Salisbury, 978-255-1588, itsybitsyzone.com