Experience

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…

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…

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…

Boston Museum of Science

Museum of Science – 1 Science Park, Boston MA What it is: A big, beautiful museum that aims to deepen the public’s relationship with science and technology. There are permanent features as well as temporary exhibits that change every couple of months. The museum also has an IMAX theater, a planetarium, a butterfly garden, and […] Read more…

The Butterfly Place

The Butterfly Place – 120 Tyngsboro Road, Westford MA What it is: The Butterfly Place is not an all-day activity. Depending on the age of your kid, it’s not even an hour-long activity as the business itself suggests. With my curious, nature-loving 3-year-old we were in the building for about 20 minutes, but it was still […] Read more…

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