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Inserts for Advent Calendar: Signs and Logos

I started making this collection of Boston Area attractions a couple of years ago in the hope of printing it and putting little slips of paper into my children’s advent calendar. Finally got back to it and will ACTUALLY do it this year (rather than just putting in some badly hand-drawn pictures) ==>BostonLogos <== pdf file

And here are the logos I have included so far… Hope it helps with making an excellent adventure-filled month of December.

Summer To-Do List


North Point Playground (Cambridge – map) – big water feature, superb playgroundS near Museum of Science (read my review at this LINK)

Sgt Connelly Playground (Wakefield – map) – by Lake Quannapowit beach (wading, no swimming) (read my review at this LINK)

Spring Brook Park (Bedford – map) – man-made lake with sandy beach, playground, and huge sprinkler park, concessions (read my review at this LINK)

Grimmons Playground (East Somerville – map) – separate fenced toddler area, big kid playground, sprinklers – beautifully designed (read my review at this LINK)

Cedar St Playground (Cambridge – map) – shady playground with sprinklers (read my review at this LINK)

Simond’s Park Playground (Burlington – map) – large playground with structures for all age groups (read my review at this link)

Fort Point Playground  (South Boston – map) – large park by harbor with beach and well designed playground (not sure where my review went)

Lederman Park (Boston – map) – by MGH/Museum of Science – never made it but it looks awesome from Storrow Drive.

Bradley Palmer Wading Pool and Playground (Topsfield – map) – wading and sprinkler park – this will be the summer we make it!



4th July Fireworks – Lake Quannapowit


Things to Do

Harbor Island boat trip


Ocean Beach – Nahant Beach, Wingaersheek Beach,…

Boating Wakefield – kayak rental

Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm – Friday Evening Hayride and Campfire

Mass Audubon Ipswich Family Campout

Mass Audubon Joppa Flats exploration



New England Aquarium

Discovery Museums

USS Constitution

Museum of Science

Franklin Park Zoo – Zoorassic Park and Wild Adventures Class

Stone Zoo – Birds of Prey and Wild Adventures Class


Things to Make

Follow Me on Pinterest <– where I post all the crafty stuff I plan to make

Some recent pins:


New England Aquarium

Friday morning we ventured to the New England Aquarium. I had taken Alex a few times before his first birthday, with very mixed results. Then he had a pretty short attention span and even the super colorful tropical fish didn’t hold his interest for long. What a difference a couple of years make. This time Alex was hooked (pun intended). He loved the seals outside, although he thought they were dolphins. He LOVED the penguins. He super loved the turtles. He super double loved the pool where he could touch starfish and shells. The superlatives continued for a good hour and a half, when the lure of a snack was suddenly greater than more fish. JenJen also loved everything and spent a good bit of time splishing the water in the touch pool and pointing at everything – both index fingers were in action…

We had a snack in the very friendly cafeteria – one woman who was cleaning up checked in with us several times and brought more high chairs. Then it was a race against the parking meter to check out the very large, very deep tank that is literally the centerpiece of the aquarium. Personally I could watch the sharks and turtles and divers and every other possible water creature for hours, but we had to get back to the car.

Parking is a huge problem in the area, but that day we found 2hr on-street parking for $2 total just around the corner. On the Aquarium website is a link to nearby parking options, which is well worth the visit since the closest parking garage is insanely expensive at $35 a day or $25 when members get their ticket validated. Public transportation is an excellent option to visit the aquarium

Apologies for the quality of the photos. I forgot the Aquarium is dark and my camera phone is sans flash.