Castle island- south Boston 

One of our favorite parks! Watch the boats, tour the fort, use the playground or play at the beach- all free (parking included!)

Playground at John decas elementary school (wareham)

We drove 30 minutes to a new playground, just for jacen to fall asleep on the drive and refuse to wake up to play. We decided to let him sleep and started to drive home. When he finally woke up he was devestated he had missed the playground, so we opted for one that was very close to home. It’s one of Jacen’s least favorite playgrounds because there isn’t much shade and the equipment gets very hot in the summer- but it works in a pinch!

Safety day at the west bridgewater police department 

Jacen had an amazing time meeting police officers and fire fighters, touching the trucks, getting finger printed, watching the police dogs and spraying the fire hose! Fingers crossed he hears back on the costume contest! 

Lego Challenge Night at the Carver Library

The Tuesday after a long weekend always feels strange. We still had errands to run after school, and we only got to see Arielle for a few hours – but still wanted to make it a memorable visit. We decided to try the Lego night at the library since it was close to her mom’s house and optimized our time with her instead of time in the car.

Jacen and Arielle weren’t too thrilled when we first walked in. There was only one other child, and it was practically silent. We gave it a chance though! As soon as the kids started digging through the totes of blocks their attitudes changed. They began pulling out special parts that they had never seen- odds and ends that I’m sure were originally from expensive kits and then donated. Jacen was particularly excited about a starwars windshield that he couldn’t wait to use.

We would definitely go back. It was an awesome filler activity for a school night!

 

 

     

NRT Sheep Pasture

This was our first time at the Sheep Pasture, and my mind is absolutely BLOWN at how much the kids loved it! 100% free, this gorgeous park offers several trails for walking, picnic tables, and a bunch of awesome animals! The scenery is absolutely beautiful. Dogs are allowed on leashes, and there is a free take one/leave one library station. The kids each took a book and have been setting aside books they would like to donate next time. They both gave it a 10/10 and can’t wait to go back!

 

Buttonwood Park Zoo

 

Buttonwood Park Zoo is a family favorite. My sister used to work there, and the kids got very friendly with the staff and animals. They are experts! We got our zoo membership as a Christmas gift, but both family memberships and one time admission is extremely affordable. Zoo membership includes free admission and discounts to many other zoos and museums (including Capron Park in Attleboro and The Museum of Science in Boston!)

Whydah Pirate Museum (West Yarmouth)

Admission for this museum is a little more than I like to pay (about $20 for adults, $15 for kids.) .. But my mom found a Groupon. Jacen is a very advanced 6 year old- a strong reader, good attention span and very well behaved. Even he got bored quickly. It’s a lot of quiet reading for his age. It was also disappointingly small. It’s not something we would do again.

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Swifts Beach (wareham)

Swifts is a smaller beach- it works out really well for Jacen because he has childhood anxiety. It doesn’t get quite as busy as the other beaches, and the water is a little calmer. This time of year the kids like collecting snails in the shallow water. It was a little chilly to swim with the wind, but they were there for hours and still had a blast!

 

Lakeville Elementary Playground

The playground at the Lakeville Elementary school is one of our favorites. The kids love the clean equipment, mom loves the layout. It’s one of the few playgrounds that is set up in a way that mom can actually sit down and still see the kids wherever they go. It’s gated, and a typically nicer crowd. It’s always a good time, and feels a lot safer than some of the others.