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…

Green Apple Cafe

Green Apple Cafe – 57 Water Street, North Andover MA This is a cute and very casual sit-down breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch spot. We stopped in for lunch on a weekday this spring and found the small space filled with parents dining with their kids and babies, plus a couple of local business people having […] 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…

Overlook Park

Overlook Park is at the top of a hill, behind a building in a residential area. The day we went was overcast, and the fact that we were alone and the playground is hidden behind a windowless building gave me the creeps, so we drove away without stopping. The description of it sounds way better […] 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…

Boxing at Title Gym

Title Boxing Club (multiple locations) – 137 Turnpike Street, North Andover MA Wow. I attended a sample class at Title Boxing Gym in North Andover with The Mother Connection and I rolled up all cocky thinking “I’m a real athlete. I got this.” For the next hour this class proceeded to destroy me. My paleo-dieting CrossFit athlete […] 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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