Outdoor Play

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Griffin Park

Griffin Park – 101 Range Road, Windham NH Highlights: This playground has one of those foam underlays, sparing you the “Put down the mulch!” and “Stop eating the damn mulch!” shouts. There is a structure for young toddlers and one for school-aged children, plus several swings, a fun 4-way seesaw, and though it is missing […] Read more…

Wonderland

Wonderland Park – Ministerial Road, Windham NH Highlights: This playground is huge and will keep kids busy for a while. It has a maze-like feel but it’s open enough that you can spot your child pretty easily. There is something for every age, plenty of slides, swings that are low enough for preschoolers to enjoy, […] Read more…

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