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.
Yesterday was a day for sitting by the pool and drinking margaritas, or failing that, running through the water at a shady sprinkler park. JenJen and Alex don’t drink margaritas, so we opted for Cedar Street Playground in Cambridge with its lovely sprinkler area. This playground is one of the shadiest we’ve seen, but some thoughtful person has equipped the picnic tables with extra shade umbrellas. The playground is double fenced. There is a gate to Dudley street, and a gate to the tot lot. The tot lot has four swings and an excellent climbing structure with a large sandpit, liberally sprinkled with donated toys. The big kid structure is a fun structure made out of rope and provides lots of 3D climbing and play. There is also quite a bit of shaded grass, though dogs tend to frequent that, a little basketball court, and the sprinklers. The sprinklers are activated by holding onto the top of the green column and then there are a few minutes of various sprinklers providing splashes and mist.
Note that all the parking on the side streets require a resident permit, but there are 2hr parking meters on Massachusetts Ave as well as a several buslines.
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.