Month: May 2016

Half Moon Beach

Half Moon Beach is a tiny shaded crescent of sand located at the bottom of a hill inside of Stage Fort Park. The water is calm, and the sand is coarse and light brown. It is incredibly picturesque and probably fun for very small kids or babies, but there isn’t much to see or do. […] Read more…

Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow – 114 Essex Road, Ipswich MA What it is: Wolf Hollow is a non-profit educational conservation organization that offers an interactive one-hour presentation where visitors can observe the sanctuary’s resident wolf pack from seats in a covered pavilion. Basically you get to see the presenters feed the wolves and the wolves play while […] Read more…

Crane Beach

Crane Beach is both a place for recreation and conservation. It is a huge, miles-long beach accessed by wooden walkways that extend over the dunes, which are home to the nearly endangered piping plover bird. There are 5 miles of hiking trails (download a trail map). The property is managed by a conservation organization called The […] Read more…

Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm

What it is: The Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm is a bi-annual 2-day event where antique and vintage dealers come to sell their wares. You’ll also find handmade clothing, jewelry and fine art for sale, as well as plants and flowers. There is a stage for musical performances, a few food vendors, and an area […] Read more…

Lt. Ross Park

Highlights: This playground is really two playgrounds. The brightly colored plastic and metal equipment is the Adventures for Angels playground, which is accessible (find more accessible playground listings HERE) and very toddler-friendly. Behind it, and connected by an opening in the fence, is a larger space with two wooden structures. One structure is suitable for school-aged […] Read more…

Robert M. Ackerman Playground

Robert M. Ackerman Playground – 95 Cahoon Road, Boxford MA Highlights: This is a good playground for mixed ages – there are baby swings, toddler-sized equipment, and a castle and high slide for older kids to conquer. The variety of equipment and creative design kept my buddy busy until I dragged her out. Inside the fence there […] Read more…

Green Apple Cafe

Green Apple Cafe – 57 Water Street, North Andover MA This is a cute and very casual sit-down breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch spot. We stopped in for lunch on a weekday this spring and found the small space filled with parents dining with their kids and babies, plus a couple of local business people having […] Read more…