Inn Street Playground

Highlights: This playground is smack in the middle of downtown Newburyport with its concentration of shops and restaurants. It is our essential bargaining chip when we want to go to a restaurant or browse the antique stores: “If you’re good for five minutes we can go to the playground!” Bummers: It’s not fenced, and it can get pretty […] Read more…

Good Harbor Beach

For the section of coast between Boston and Maine, Gloucester is home to the best beaches hands down. Good Harbor Beach took my breath away – the sand is sugary white, and the beach is a deep wide curve, and the view of the open ocean is stunning. The paved parking lot is only medium-sized so […] Read more…

Boston Children’s Museum

Boston Children’s Museum – 308 Congress Street, Boston MA What it is: This is the second-oldest children’s museum in the world. It encourages hands-on learning through play, with interactive exhibits on on science, culture, environment, health and creative expression. There is something for every child, whether they’re super physical or more of a tinkerer. Cost: $16, children under 12 months […] Read more…

Jenness Beach

Just a few miles past the north end of Hampton Beach is a much smaller beach that I prefer: Jenness State Beach. It’s long enough for a little walk but still small enough that I don’t worry about my daughter getting lost in a crowd or stepping on cigarette butts.  Like most beaches north of […] 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…

Strut For Strays 5K

  Course: This 5K is a straight, flat course down a residential street, and it turns around at some train tracks. There was a staffed water stop at the turn-around, but unfortunately neither attendant mentioned to us that this was where we were supposed to turn around! So I ran a little extra… Charity: Merrimack Valley […] Read more…

Where To Run (or Walk) With A Stroller

Whenever I can’t get a sitter and I’m desperate for a workout to boost my energy level and refresh my patience for toddler antics, I throw my massive CraigsList jogging stroller in the trunk and pray I can get a car ride plus 30 minutes of exercise in before *someone* is screaming and hurling Goldfish […] Read more…

Roby Park

  Playground at Roby Park – Nashua, NH Spit Brook Road (aka E. Dunstable Road) Highlights: Multiple structures make it suitable for all ages, fully fenced, small cluster of trees at the far end that are perfect for kids to play hide and seek or play imagination games in, plenty of places for grown-ups to sit. Bummers: Close to a very […] Read more…

Kid Spot

Highlights: This is a decent-sized, very shaded playground set back from the road and next door to an elementary school.  There’s plenty for a little kid to do, though the swings are on the high side. The larger structure has cool treehouse-like spaces at the top big enough for kids to congregate. Bummers: There is […] Read more…

Clarke Park

Highlights: This park is set at the edge of Martin’s Pond, so there’s a pretty nice view, in addition to a decent variety of activities within and beyond the playground. My daughter loved the merry-go-round and rolling slide. The sand volleyball court also doubles the world’s biggest sandbox. Bummers: Whoever decided it was a good idea to […] Read more…

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