Falmouth Road Race

Course: This 7-mile race is notoriously as grueling as it is picturesque. There are hills, there is heat, historically there is stifling humidity, and for a couple of miles mid-race there is no cover. You hit the first gradual hill right out of the gate as you claw your way through the masses erupting like ants from […] Read more…

4 Things You Might Not Know About the Library

It’s no secret that I’m completely obsessed with libraries. As an at-home parent they are an incredible resource for ideas, content and entertainment for the hours my kid is not in pre-school. Our local librarians are probably sick of us! We’re those people who are back every week for another tote bag filled with books. […] Read more…

Runners World Classic 5K, 10K & Half Marathon

Course: I ran the 10K, and the course was beautiful. There are only two real sections of hill, and they are right after the 3 mile mark. Charity: None Size: There were 800+ people in the 5K, 700+ people in the 10K and over 500 people in the Half Marathon. Not bad for an inaugural event! It never […] Read more…

Stage Fort Park Playground

Stage Fort Park Playground – 24 Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA Highlights: This playground sits in a park that could provide an entire morning or afternoon of fun. There are two beaches, plenty of picnic space, and several places for scenic photo-ops. Bummers: There was clearly an old metal playground here before the new one was built, and nobody has […] Read more…

Legoland Discovery Center

Legoland Discovery Center – 598 Assembly Row, Somerville MA What it is: This felt like a cross between a theme park and a children’s museum. There is a good mix of interactive exhibits, creative exploration spaces, and visual entertainment – all centered around Lego products, mainly mini-figures. Cost: The cost varies between $17.50 – $29.99 depending […] Read more…

Wingaersheek Beach

Wingaersheek Beach –  Atlantic Street, Gloucester MA Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day. Gates open at 8am and close at 9pm. Parking Fee: Summer season weekdays $25 per vehicle, weekends/holidays $30 per vehicle. Fee is reduced by $10 after 3 p.m. Bathrooms: Yes! During the season there are real bathrooms open from 9am-6pm. Lifeguards: 9am-5pm Other facilities: Showers open […] Read more…

Fairy and Gnome Discovery Walk

Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk – Pettengill Farm, 45 Ferry Road, Salisbury MA What it is: The Fairy Gnome Discovery walk is a walk through the woods along a path that is scattered with fairy and gnome houses created by kids and community members from natural materials such as moss, sticks, seashells, and leaves. (The idea is […] Read more…

Besito

Besito – Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington MA Food: “Upscale” Mexican. Don’t come here expecting your typical menu of burritos and chimichangas – the offerings here are in the same realm, just more creative and complex versions. The fresh guacamole made table side is a must, and we can never resist the sweet plantains. Prices: Entrees […] Read more…

Drummond Playground

Drummond Playground – 33 Johnson Street, North Andover Highlights: Drummond is centrally located, being just a couple of blocks from the town common, so there are almost always other kids there to play with. It’s also right next to the fire station, so the kids are front and center to watch anytime the trucks go […] Read more…

Miami

Our trip to Miami was not planned, but more of a vacation cobbled together around a family member’s health crisis. We had visited Miami many times as cool young childless people, and we always stayed on the beach. Now I’m a nervous mom terrified of balconies (which every single Florida beach hotel has), so I was kind of […] Read more…

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