North Andover

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…

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…

Lots of Eats

Lots of Eats – 1211 Osgood Street, North Andover Food: Thai Prices: Entrees are around Bar: Lots of Eats has a full bar, and their cocktails are delicious. I’ve had both the Thai Iced Tea Margarita, and the Pink Cadillac Martini. Ambiance: The decor is the first thing you appreciate about this place – it’s modern, […] Read more…

Maker Mill

Maker Mill –  4 High Street #128, North Andover MA Cost: $15 per child 5 or older with adult (drop in) * $45/month membership for 1 child/1 adult, * $65/month membership for 2 children/1 adult * Wednesday morning drop-in program for ages 2-6 costs $10 per child with adult ($5 if you’re a member of The Mother […] 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…

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