(Endicott Park, Danvers MA)
I don’t know about you, but my kids have unlimited energy! I always say if I had just a slice of what they have at 7 pm at night, I would be good to go! We often do outdoor activities because I believe childhood should be full of play and physical activity. We also love nature in general so any park that has a beach, hiking trail or place to explore is always a draw for me! They explore with their bodies at this age and have an innate need to be in constant motion! If we are at home, they are trying to climb the walls. It helps them stay calm overall, and helps me stay calm too! A good dose of movement and nature can help increase attention and focus and help us relax later and sleep better too! When I was a behavior specialist, I was a huge advocate for MORE outside time or at the very least, MORE time to MOVE!! We go in almost all weather. Here are a few of our favorite parks we frequent 2-3 times a week.
- Winchester, MA Ginn Field (35 Waterfield Rd.)
This playground is fenced in! It has baby swings, tire swing, slides, climbing structure, toddler area, riding toys, see saws, sandbox, and a little walking bridge over water (outside of playground area). It’s also shady and my kids love it! You can see the train go by here for added excitement!
2. Burlington, MA Simonds Park . (10 Bedford St, Burlington, MA 01803)
This playground is fenced in! There isn’t too much shade but outside the park there are bathrooms, and shaded picnic tables. There is a small structure, large structure, swings, and area to run around. There is a paved walkway which was helpful for me when I had the baby carriage but wanted to be close to my toddler.
3. Arlington, Robbins Farm (61 Eastern Ave, Arlington, MA 02476)
This playground is not fenced in but set down away from the road. There are wooden structures, and lots of area to run. The selling point on this playground are two gorgeous slides built into a hill. There are stairs going up the side that are safe (kids can’t fall off the edge). There is a community garden there, lots of kites flying and a beautiful view of the skyline! You will find picnic tables but no bathrooms. I have seen a port-a-potty but not sure if that’s permanent.
4. Arlington, Spy Pond Park (56 Pond Ln, Arlington, MA 02474)
This playground is fenced in! This one is right on the Arlington bike path and just a short walk to the Kickstand Cafe where you can grab some coffee and snacks. My kids love the sandbox with diggers and fun unique roller slide. There is plenty of space but not a ton of shade. There is a water view and area to walk down to visit the ducks and ride bikes.
5. Woburn, Police Station Playground (25 Harrison Ave, Woburn, MA 01801)
This playground is not fenced in and my kids like to walk the perimeter even though there is plenty to play with! The small structure looks like a train which is fun! There were diggers in the sandbox but I believe they are broken. There are tire swings and baby swings and lots of climbers. The draw for this one is that it’s near the library (under construction now), and next to police station which makes me feel safe and provides a bathroom!
6. Winchester, Sandy Beach Playground (4 Mystic Valley Parkway, Winchester)
I love this playground for many reasons but mostly because it’s sunken in which allows me to keep watch of the kids as they stay more contained! The structure itself looks like a pirate ship which the kids love! It also has a beach right over the hill with restrooms and a little walking path that leads to an opening where the kids can see boats! This is one of their favorites!
7. Stone Zoo (149 Pond St, Stoneham, MA 02180)
This playground is inside the Stone Zoo and can get very busy on packed zoo days. It is fenced in and pretty safe in my eyes. There are bathrooms at the zoo which is helpful! There is a small and large structure and a couple rock climbing walls my kids love!