Andover

Ballardvale Playground

Highlights: Ballardvale Playground is in a well kept, pretty park off of a busy road in Andover. If your kid likes trains, this is their dream come true because Ballardvale Station is right on the other side of the chain link fence, and at certain times of day there are trains going by every few […] Read more…

Pipe Dream Cupcakes

Pipe Dream Cupcakes (various locations, North Andover and Andover) This food truck is temptation on wheels.  If it doesn’t find you, you can find it by following them on Twitter or Facebook. They first caught me last autumn walking down Andover’s Main Street in my gym clothes. I got the hot chocolate flavor for my husband and a […] Read more…

Feaster Five Road Race

Though I grew up not far from here, neither my dad nor I have ever run the Feaster Five road race on Thanksgiving Day. I knew it was a big one, but I didn’t expect the vibe to be so fun! It felt like the whole community was out enjoying themselves – there were runners, […] Read more…

Chic Consignment

Chic Consignment – 44 Main Street, Andover MA What it is: This large, airy consignment shop in the center of downtown Andover offers a thoughtfully curated assortment of clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry and a tiny bit of furniture. It’s always meticulously organized, fully stocked and beautifully merchandised (the window displays draw me in EVERY time I […] Read more…

Lower Shawsheen Playground

Highlights: There are almost always a few kids at this playground because of it’s residential location, so my daughter likes it a lot. There are structures suitable for new walkers all the way up to pre-teens, and the track is a great place to jog with a stroller or let the kids practice riding their […] Read more…

Penguin Park

Highlights: Penguin Park has its flaws, but it was definitely our favorite when we had a young toddler. It’s littered with Little Tikes ride-on vehicles and dump truck toys in various states of disrepair for the little kids to push, ride and fill with bark mulch even when they’re too small to enjoy the other equipment.  The park […] Read more…