One of the perks of having the entire summer off from work is spending the entire summer with my babies. Last summer, I was pregnant and chasing a 2-year-old. I decided our summer adventure would be watching every Disney princess movie available on cable, Netflix, Amazon, and from our local library. It was a productive summer, and I got to relive the stories of my childhood.
This summer, my 2-year-old is now 3, and I have an infant in tow.
This summer will be the summer of playgrounds.
My toddler loves all things climbing and swinging. For a kid who struggled with sensory issues (and graduated from Early Intervention two months before turning 3), a playground is a welcome wonderland. So while counting down the school days, I compiled a list of playgrounds to visit on the South Shore. Here are all the great places we’ll visit this summer — join us!
Located in the town where we live, Friendship Park is a simple playground that we will visit frequently. Similar to a high school senior’s safety school, it’s our safety playground. Tried, true, and local. (In the picture below, my Addie is swinging at Friendship Park.)
If you’ve never been to Marathon Park with your little ones, you are missing out! This playground has structures for the littlest of angels to the biggest of kids. The structures are separated by size, and there’s even a paved walk around the perimeter of the park to get your steps in if you are so inclined.
My mother took my two girls to this park and said it was amazing. There are structures for kids of all ages, in addition to grassy areas for picnic lunches! (Above, my Ceci is pictured on her favorite slide at Ali’s Park.)
This is a smaller playground, but it also includes a small zoo! My oldest daughter loves animals, so this park is always a hit with her.
We haven’t visited this park yet, but the reviews are awesome. It boasts amazing structures and a free splash pad — you will definitely find us here on hot days this summer!
This is another playground we haven’t visited, but it looks like fun! It has climbing structures of various sizes, swings for all ages and abilities, and space designated for my younger playground visitors! One of the structures is even shaped like a pirate ship. Ahoy, matey!
This park also boasts a splash pad. I have friends with little ones who rave about how great this place is (but I have yet to venture there myself). I’m looking forward to keeping cool there this summer!
Like similar playgrounds listed here, there are a variety of climbing structures and swings for kids of various sizes. Unlike the other playgrounds listed here, there is a storybook trail. It is described as a “unique opportunity to walk in the woods and read a story at the same time.” The English teacher in me is so excited for this!
This playground is for children ages 2–12, and it does not look like it will disappoint. It is designed for children with varied abilities, accessible to all. The pictures online lead me to believe that my toddler will be requesting it by name on a regular basis this summer!
Sponsored by the New England Patriots and boasting a variety of climbing structures decked out in red, white, and blue, McKinley Park was recommended to me by a dance mom friend. Her 3-year-old loves it and I can’t wait to hit up another local playground paradise this summer!
These are the playgrounds on our to-do list this summer! Where do you plan to be climbing, jumping, spinning, and swinging?