Month: June 2016

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…

Swasey Field

Highlights: This is a big, pretty park with a large well-kept playground and a cute splash pad separated by a rock wall. The sloping field makes for an enticing picnic spot. Bummers: There was a gang and drug related shooting here in May 2016 during a little league game. We had not heard about this when we visited […] Read more…

Shedd Park

Shedd Park – 433 Rogers Street Lowell, MA Highlights: This is a newer playground with lots of space to run around and structures suited for younger and older kids. Bummers: The splash pad is only open on weekends until July, which is stupid considering how hot the weekdays in June can be, and how short […] Read more…

Cedarland AMAZEment

Cedarland AMAZEment Action Playcenter – 888 Boston Road, Haverhill MA What it is: Cedarland AMAZEment is a large indoor play space within the Cedardale complex Cost: Infants FREE, 12-23 months $5.95,  2-12 years old $8.95. Cedardale members $5.99. Parents play free with children. What to Know: There is an arcade area that requires extra money for […] Read more…

Moseley Woods

Moseley Woods – 28 Spofford St., Newburyport (tip: entrance is directly off of the rotary) Highlights: The giant dinosaur “fossil” was the motivation for our visit to this park. Kids can walk under it and climb on it. In addition to a swingset and a playground structure with slides there is also a zip-line and a nice wide walking […] Read more…

Salisbury Beach

Salisbury Beach – State Reservation Road, Salisbury MA Salisbury Beach is Hampton Beach’s next-door neighbor to the south. It’s “boardwalk” area is much smaller but equally tacky and filled with junk food vendors and arcade games. The beach is accessible at the boardwalk and there is some metered street parking, as well as a pay […] Read more…