Outdoor Play

Endicott Park

Highlights: This is a stunningly beautiful park with a lovely playground, a pond, well-manicured lawns, a wooded trail and a small barn with live animals. It’s a local favorite for family photoshoots and parties – you’ll probably see at least one while you’re there. Bummers: If you’re on the playground and someone suddenly needs the […] Read more…

Reynolds Playground

Reynolds Playground – 225 Rea Street, North Andover, MA Highlights: The car on springs is this playground’s top asset, if you ask my daughter. Bummers: No fence, missing some swings, not much for little-kid sized equipment. What’s Nearby: Sargent Elementary School is around the corner, and Drummond Playground, Cows Rock ice cream, and the North Andover town common are about a […] Read more…

Aplin Playground

Aplin Playground – 40 Clarendon Street, North Andover MA Highlights: This is a small playground on a residential street, consisting of a swing set (four regular, two infant) and a single play structure that height-wise isn’t suitable for anyone under preschool age. The park is mostly a flat grassy field, so it’s a good place to […] Read more…

Carl Thomas Playground

Carl Thomas Playground – 60 Dana Street, North Andover, MA Highlights: Curly slide. They also just put in a new swing set with four regular and two baby swings. Bummers: There’s no adult seating and the play structure doesn’t offer much variety of activity. This one’s also not really suited for the toddler crowd – every time Tiger […] Read more…

McEvoy Playground

Highlights: This is a small, new playground set back from the road. Bummers: The playground-length zip line, while awesome, means you’ll constantly be snatching your toddler out of the path of another child who is about to crash into them at high speed. A bit more adult seating would be handy, too. What’s Nearby: North Andover Main Street […] Read more…

North Andover Early Childhood Center

Highlights: This is a nice fully enclosed playground with equipment sized specifically for the preschool crowd. Bummers: It’s a public school playground so it is open for public use only after school (we usually go around 4pm), on weekends, and in the summer. What’s Nearby: The back exit of the playground opens out to the […] 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…

Don Ball Park

Don Ball Park – Humphrey Road, Derry NH Highlights: Bummers: What’s Nearby: Enclosed: No. Restrooms: During the summer there are real bathrooms in the snack bar building with several stalls each. Year round there are porta-potties up on the hill by the baseball diamond. Seating: Shade: None on the playground, one or two benches are shaded […] Read more…

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