Josh is an avid soccer fan and has been playing in the New England Over The Hill Soccer League. Turns out that a lot of the soccer fields are near playgrounds, so Alex, Jen, and I have gone to support Josh’s soccer games and check out the playgrounds.
Hayden Playground is in the middle of three soccer fields and one baseball pitch. The playground itself is fenced, there are port-a-potties, and water fountains. There is a pretty safe toddler structure with two slides and a tunnel, and a very cool slightly-bigger-kid structure. Somehow they managed to squeeze four slides onto that structure, and it also seemed very safe. There is no shade, so we were glad that we were there on a lovely late summer morning with some clouds.
Russel Field Playground was Saturday’s field trip. It was a mission because Alex, Jen and I were super tired. Josh had gone away for the night and, to put it mildly, bed time did not go smoothly. A highlight was an overtired, sobbing Alex screaming that he needed to hold JenJen’s hand. Sigh. It’s a good thing I can drink lots of coffee :-). And why is it that no matter what, my kids are up at sparrow’s fart?
But we went to our weekly calisthenics at The Little Gym and then to Russel Field Playground in Cambridge. This playground is just by the Alewife T stop, so there are lots of public transport options. It is also right on the Minute Man Bike Path for even more access options. We ended up driving and parking at the Public Swimming pool nearby – there were multiple games happening and the various baseball/football/basketball fields and the pool was already closed. I’m guessing that normally the parking lot by the playground has a spot or two for playground users.
The playground itself is fenced, has a sandbox (no donated toys and diggers so BYO), a cool fish climbing structure, a structure with slide for REALLY little toddlers and a nice structure for bigger kids made out of rope. There are two infant swings, two big kid swings, and one bucket swing. There are several benches and picnic tables, but there is little shade. Alex almost fell asleep on the swing so we didn’t stay for very long, but it was fun.
St Peter’s Field Playground is at 174 Garden St, Cambridge, MA and not to be confused with the playground on the other side of the Daheny park, which has an approximate address of 104 Sherman St, Cambridge. We had a meetup with the Bitchin Mamas here today. St Peter’s playground got big thumbs up from even the smallest crawler – JenJen. JenJen climbed up and down the slide and the stairs and played on the xylophone thing and ate some wood chips.
Alex had a huge amount of fun and played like a crazy little thing – so fun to watch. He was a bit too little to go up the tower to the periscope since the only way to get there is over some wobbly stepping stones or up a faux rock pillar. But he did decide that it was OK to go through a tunnel that was made out of wire. For some reason he was convinced that it was going to go round and round.
Everyone who came had fun. This is an excellent shady playground for toddlers and wheelchair accessible. There was only one big kid swing though and no baby swings at all. Also, Alex thought a sandpit would have been a good addition.
The parking lot is big, but also serves the St Peter’s Field basketball and baseball fields.
Yesterday we ended up at Ipswich River Park Playground by a tremendously circuitous route…I’d been hoping to go yard-saling and yesterday we drove off full of hope and courage to a yard sale promising lots of toys and children’s clothing… but ended up driving around for ages and didn’t find it. We ended up watching a family fish at Field Pond in Andover, which Alex found tremendously fascinating (for a good10 minutes). Then he hinted pretty strongly that he would like to go to a playground (Mama, let’s go to playground NOOOOOWWWW), and the fishing family suggested Ipswich River Park as being very close.
We found it, we played it, we loved it. Ipswich River Park is quite big. You park in a big lot before going on a paved path through some trees to the field. Then, there huge field with lots of soccer fields, basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, horseshoe pit, restrooms, skateboarding park and a lovely playground. There’s probably more, but that is all we had time to see since this Mama had forgotten sunhats and everyone was in danger of getting heat stroke. The playground is not shaded, but it does have a nice structure with a side for little kids and one side for bigger kids. There are four infant swings, four big-kid swings, and a big climbing structure made out of tubes. There are plenty of shaded picnic tables nearby, but the playground itself was scorching hot.
I think most people were at this park to try out kid’s bikes. There is an excellent, paved, circular path that we will definitely be back to ride on, once Alex and JenJen have their own bikes.