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Endicott Park

We joined a Meetup.com meetup at Endicott Park in Danvers. We’d never been, but it is only 15 minutes from our home in Stoneham, and it was great fun. It’s run by the town of Danvers: http://www.endicottpark.com/

Located in northeast Massachusetts, in the Town of Danvers, Endicott Park encompasses 165 acres, and is home to some of the most unique and varied recreational land on the North Shore.

The park’s varied landscape includes pastoral views, historic farm buildings, orchards, woodlands, and marshes, with a network of trails and gravel roads for stress free and stroller friendly exploration of the park.

Entrance fee to the park is $1 for residents and $3 for non-residents during the weekend. Free during the week, but they are looking for donations to purchase a new climbing rock for the playground. And I always support people who want to improve a playground 😉 (For my playground project see http://RebuildingRounds.org)

Anyway, the playground area is fully fenced, has lots of benches, lots of shade trees, and lots of space with grass. There are two areas, one for the 2-5 year old set, one for the 5-12 year old set. Both are well designed, usable, and FUN! There are lots of swings, thought the ones with the infant seats and the big kid seats are at opposite sides of the playground. There are NO TRASH BARRELS since this is a carry in – carry out facility. Bring a plastic bag.

There are restrooms, some farm animals, some strolling trails, and lots of meadows and trees for frolicking.

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

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Some recent pins:


Cambridge Common Playground

This playground is at the north end of the Cambridge Common, which is just north of Harvard Square. Our last visit had been in fall, after all the water sprinklers were turned off. So we went again recently:

Livingston Street Recreational Area

Review: Large fenced and gated playground. Several large play structures for toddlers, preschoolers, and older children. Infant/toddler swings, regular swings, and sand pit with toys. You will need two adults to manage twin toddlers.

253 Livingston St
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Anonymous said…

My husband and I took our 17 month old son to this playground for the first time today. It is really a lovely park. It is very clean and there are a lot of benches including a gazebo with picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy lunch or a snack. There is plenty of parking and lots of room for toddlers and older children to run around. The only thing is that the play structures are all wood, so watch out for tiny fingers with tiny splinters. The sand box could use a little bit more sand too, but other than that it’s a nice little park. We will for sure be visiting the park more often once it starts to warm up a little bit.

Rahanis Playground

Review: Fenced off from the road and parking lot, but no gates at the entrances, and the playground is open to the basketball courts and playing fields. One toddler structure, and two infant/toddler swings but overall, this playground is best suited to older preschoolers and older children. Not great for twin toddlers with only one adult.

Parking for the playground is located off of Mill Street.

Rahanis Park map and directions

Simond’s Park

Review: Lots of fun for young twins, but only with a helper. The fully fenced, gated playground is huge and keeping keeping track of multiple toddlers can be difficult if they take off in different directions.

Entrance off of Bedford St
Burlington, MA 01803
Link to Simond’s Park Map

Hours: Public Park open ’til dusk
Fees: none
Parking: large parking lot, but it fills up during baseball games.
Accessibility (for wheelchairs, etc.): wide gate and brick pathways make it easy to navigate double strollers and wheelchairs.
Fences/Gates: fenced and gated, two gates, but many parents and children leave them standing open.
Structures: 3 structures, under 2, ages 2-5, ages 5-12
Swings: 4 infant/toddler swings, 1 accessible swing, 4 standard swings, 1 tire swing
Sandbox: none
Tables and Benches: several benches inside the fenced playground, picnic tables and grills just outside the playground
Ground Cover: wood mulch
Sun/Shade: no shade, very hot in the summer
Restrooms: yes, but only open limited hours
Refreshments: yes, nice refreshement stand but only open limited hours, also water fountain available.
Safety Concerns: the play area is huge and it is very hard to keep track of more than one toddler if you are alone, the older children are often very rough with the little ones.
Playing Fields: baseball and much more
Other Activities: wading pool near the playground, but only for Burlington residents

Reading Tot Lot

More Images of the Tot Lot

Review: Toddler friendly, fenced and gated playground.
Good for toddler twins. Easy to keep up with multiple toddlers at once, even for just one parent.

Bancroft Ave. at the end of Hartshorn St. in Birch Meadow Park
Link to the Tot Lot Map

Hours: Public Park, open ’til dusk
Fees: none
Parking: large parking lot for all park facilities
Accessibility (for wheelchairs, etc.): wide gate and plenty of room to maneuver for wheelchairs and double strollers
Fences/Gates: fenced and gated
Structures: 2 metal and plastic for ages 2-5 OR 5-12
Swings: 2 infant/toddler, 2 regular, 1 special needs
Sandbox: none
Tables and Benches: no tables, 1 bench
Ground Cover: rubber mulch
Sun/Shade: partially shaded
Restrooms: none
Refreshments: none
Restrictions: no pets allowed
Safety Concerns: climbing wall might be problematic for younger toddlers.
Playing Fields: Tennis Courts and other playing fields nearby
Other Activities: close to downtown and Reading Public Library but it would be quite a hike.

Springs Brook Park

Springs Brook Park is HERE on the map and very, very nice 🙂



Bancroft Street Tot Lot

With the warmer weather here, we’re on the prowl for nice playgrounds in the area.

“We” consist of a high-energy 3 1/2-year-old Alex, Jen, who at 21 months is a bit too fearless and strong, and mama (e.g. me).

We’ve been checking out local playgrounds for a couple of years in the hope that I can convince my children to run around lots, burn lots of energy and have nice long naps.

In reality, I think I have now trained them to be super toddler athletes because my kids seem to have tremendous stamina. Oooof. Apparently the ability to keep on going and going and going is a downside to having kids with better coordination, balance and muscle strength.

On Tuesday we tried out the Bancroft Street Tot Lot in Reading. This playground is for the under five set. It is a new construction with lots of infant swings, a bucket swing and two big kid swings. There are two climbing structures with four slides total – one for each comfort level. Oh, and the monkey bars are super friendly and low, which is perfect for a three year old.

The biggest hit for Alex and Jen was the faux rock climbing that takes you to the top of the slides. They did that about 20 times.

Bancroft is completely fenced, has a couple of nice shade trees and some benches. It is near the Reading Community Tennis Courts at Birch Meadows and there are plenty of parking spaces available. I didn’t see a restroom though, so bladders beware.

This playground was apparently built through a community project. There’s a nice plaque thanking all the donors and volunteers. If anyone has the contact information of the people who organized this project, please let me know.

This blog entry first appeared on Stoneham Patch.

Easter Egg Hunt

Who knew! Apologies, but I am still stunned that people are really taken with the idea of rebuilding a neighborhood playground.  It’s what I imagine it must be like being a florist – everyone loves the project and is super supportive. How fun! How tremendously rewarding. And really, I don’t need sleep (pity my children don’t seem to need much sleep either), so of COURSE I can fight the good fight, start a marketing company, and rebuild a playground (SNORT/maniacal laughter).

OK, late-night-chocolate-overdose-fueled excitement is wearing out, so here is a quick report on the Easter Egg Hunt the rather awesome team of the Rebuilding Rounds project put on last Saturday at AP Rounds Playground. I’m guessing a hundred people showed up to search for close-to-a-thousand eggs. Everyone agreed that the playground needed help, lots of people signed up for the email list to get updates on the project, and we got a surprising amount of donations ($312). Dunkin Donuts on Main Street in Stoneham donated 5 dozen donuts (hurray) and lots of warm fuzzy feelings.