2018 Summer Fun Guide

14 Local outings to add to your summer bucket list

1Pick your own berries

  • PYO Strawberries in June at Tangerini’s in Millis, Nourse in Westboro, Tougas in Northboro
  • PYO Blueberries in July-August at Vandervalk in Mendon, Sunburst in Uxbridge, Gianetti’s in Franklin, Patts in Holliston, Douglas Orchard in Douglas
  • PYO Raspberries in August-Sept at Tangerini’s in Millis, Big Apple in Wrentham, Nourse in Westboro, Tougas in Northboro
  • Find all the local PYO spots on our Farm Map (filter by type of fruit)
  • Always call ahead or check online as picking conditions and availability are variable

2Find a new playground

  • Local favorites for a quick outing:
    • Milford Town Park [Approx 69 Congress St]
    • Hopedale Park [Approx 60 Dutcher St]
    • Veterans Memorial Park, Mendon [Approx 45 Taft Ave]
    • Bellingham Common [Approx 15 Mendon St]
  • It’s worth a drive to:
    • EMC Park, Hopkinton for a series of structures with some shade and covered picnic area
    • DelCarte Playground, Franklin for a newly installed (spring 2017) fenced in playground for all ages
    • Norfolk Kids Place Tot Lot for a turf-covered fenced in tot lot
    • WWI Memorial Park, North Attleboro for a multi-story slide, massive sandbox, big playground and free petting zoo
  • Find these and many more (with GPS addresses) on our Activities Map (filter by “Outdoor Playground“)

3Cool down at a splash pad

  • You’ll have to drive a bit to find FREE Splash Pads in Hudson, Northboro, Woonsocket RI, and (new) Marlborough. Plus there’s a new one being built right now in Medway!
  • There are splash pads with Day or Season Rates in Bellingham, at the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, and at the Franklin or Foxboro YMCA.
  • Find all these and more (with GPS addresses) on our Summer Swimming Map

4Swim in the ocean

  • Got toddlers? Some favorite low-surf beaches are Wingaersheek in Gloucester, Nantasket in Hull, Scusset in Sandwich, Mayflower Beach on the cape, and Second Beach in Middletown, RI
  • Got bigger kids? Horseneck Beach in Westport or Scarborough beach in Narragansett RI have strong surf for boogie boarding, as do some of the beaches on the ocean side of the cape like Nauset Beach.
  • Our favorite beaches (with GPS addresses) are on our Summer Swimming Map

5Celebrate Independence Day

Parades in Milford and Mendon, fireworks in Milford and Bellingham, carnival and fireworks show in Franklin… all the local July 4th festivities are on this list!

6Enjoy a concert at the park

  • Sundays in Hopkinton
  • Tuesdays in Milford, Holliston
  • Wednesdays in Upton, Franklin, Bellingham/Mendon (with free pony rides)
  • Thursdays in Whitinsville
  • See them all on our Jam-Packed Event Calendar
  • We mention the best upcoming Children’s Performers in our Weekly Newsletter

7Stay up late for a movie at the park

  • Choate Park, Medway on Wednesdays
  • Patriot Place, Foxboro on select Wednesdays
  • Hopkinton Town Common on select Thursdays
  • Hopedale Parklands on select Fridays
  • Mill Villages, Grafton on select Fridays
  • Every movie, along with the title (when available) is on our Jam-Packed Event Calendar

8Make an animal friend

  • Local zoos (See all on our Activities Map, filter by “Museums and Zoos“):
    • Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro (bring a suit for the splash pad!)
    • Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon (with kiddie rides)
    • Roger Williams Zoo in Providence (with big animals like giraffes and camels)
    • Animal Adventures in Bolton (animal rescue center)
    • Franklin Park Zoo in Boston (Free Fun Friday August 3, 2018)
    • Buttonwood Park in New Bedford (Free Fun Friday August 24, 2018)
    • WWI Memorial Park in N. Attleboro (FREE petting zoo, massive slide, epic sandbox area, playgrounds)
  • Local farms with animals (See all on our Farms Map, filter by “Animals“):
    • Wenger’s Farm, Bellingham
    • Fairmount Fruit Farm, Franklin
    • Medway Community Farm, Medway
    • Tangerini’s Farm, Millis
    • Jane & Paul’s Farm, Norfolk

9Take a hike

  • Hopedale Pond
  • Blackstone Gorge
  • Blackstone River and Canal
  • Upton State Forest
  • DelCarte in Franklin
  • Joe’s Rock in Wrentham
  • Center Trail in Hopkinton
  • Hopkinton State Park
  • Whitehall Reservoir in Hopkinton
  • Purgatory Chasm in Sutton
  • Local Rail Trails
  • All these and more are on our Activities Map (filter by “Hikes“)

10Explore a new museum

  • Check for discounted passes at the library, or look into memberships that offer reciprocal free admisssion to many additional museums. Museum of Science has a great one!
  • Find all of these on our Activities Map (filter by “Museum or Zoo“):
    • Discovery Musuems in Acton are a blast for toddlers and pre-K (Free Fun Friday July 20, 2018)
    • Easton Children’s Museum is great with even young toddlers (Free Fun Friday June 29, 2018)
    • Boston Children’s Museum is excellent for a variety of ages (Free Fun Friday July 6, 2018)
    • Providence Children’s Museum has free parking and lots of hands-on fun
    • EcoTarium in Worcester is at its best in the summer, with indoor and outdoor exhibits (Free Fun Friday August 31, 2018)
    • Musuem of Science in Boston is best for kids in elementary school
    • New England Aquarium is a local destination for your water animal fix, or it’s worth the trip to the Mystic Aquarium in CT

11Make a mess at someone else’s place

  • Drop-in Pottery Painting: Kidz Plaster Zone (Franklin)
  • Drop-in Arts and Crafts of Many Types: Whimsy (Framingham)

12Score a strike

  • Kid Bowl Free with 2 free games each day all summer long when you sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com (Valid at Pinz Entertainment in Milford)
  • Our Activities Map also includes all the local bowling alleys, including Ryan Family in Millis, AMF in Shrewsbury, Sawyer’s Bowladrome in Northboro

13Give mom and dad a moment of peace!

  • See our detailed list of Summer Drop-Off Programs (camps and the like), where we list age range, dates, and times. Some are very flexible, with options for 1 or 2 days each week

14Carnivals, Touch-a-Truck, Festivals, Free Library Events

  • Community Kangaroo is a team of 12 parents in the Boston suburbs who bust our tails filling the calendar with hundreds of local family events each month.
  • Misty, a Milford Mom, writes this region’s free weekly newsletter, which is just as helpful as this list. Subscribe here, and have an awesome summer!