Playgrounds around Boston Worth the Drive (and the View)

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With toddlers and preschoolers in tow, checking out a new playground is always a fun adventure, but it’s so easy to get into a rut and visit the same ones over and over! And let’s face it, as parents you might need something new to stimulate your senses. We thought you might want to enjoy some scenic views as your little one happily plays away on their new playscape. Lucky for you, the Boston area is FILLED with playgrounds that also have amazing views. And, with a break from the traffic woes (thanks pandemic), you can take a bit of a drive and explore even more. For today’s blog, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite playgrounds in the Boston area that are worth the drive, with some scenic views!

Robbins Farm Park in Arlington With a decent playground for little ones, this park in Arlington has a great view of the Boston Skyline so you can let your mind relax as you enjoy the scenery. With basketball courts, tennis courts and a dog park, this park has something for everyone!

Photo Credit: Robbins Farm Park

Deveraux Beach in Marblehead On the North Shore in Boston, just about a 30 minute drive outside of Boston, this playground is located right on the beach, next to Marblehead Neck. You can let your little one enjoy the large play structure and listen to the sound of the waves. If you want to explore nearby, there is also an Audubon trail and Chandler Hovey Park (no playground here), with a beautiful lighthouse!

Photo Credit: Marblehead.org

Mayor Menino Park in Charlestown Not a bad drive from anywhere in the Boston area, definitely check out the Mayor Menino Park in Charlestown. Located right on the water in the navy yard, this inclusive park was created to provide opportunities for active play, physical therapy and exercise for all abilities and ages. For a fun excursion, you can also take the MBTA ferry over the Navy Yard, explore the Boston Freedom trail, walk up the Monument or visit the Old Ironsides while you are in the area!

Photo Credit: City of Boston

Esplanade Playgrounds in Boston Looking for a view without a drive? The Charles River Esplanade features three different playgrounds geared for kids of various ages as you enjoy the views of the Cambridge and the Charles River. The Stoneman playground is located between Fairfield and Massachusetts Avenue and is best suited for toddlers and preschools. And, as your kids grow up, they might enjoy the Esplanade play place or Charlesbank playground, which has more climbing structures for your children!

Photo Credit: City of Boston

Larz Anderson Park in Brookline

The largest park in Brookline, this park has it all! With a decent playground that your little one can enjoy, there is also so much more to do! Along with the amazing views of Boston from the top of the hill, this park will let your imagination run wild – from kite flying, rolling down hills in the summer, observing stars, ice skating in the winter, picnic tables, baseball fields, walking trails, etc.!

Photo Credit: Brookline, MA

Christopher Columbus Park in the North End Most Bostonians know this iconic park near Faneuil Hall. If you haven’t visited, then definitely check it out in either winter or the summer! Enjoy a small play structure for your little ones with a sandbox area overlooking the Boston harbor on one side and the city of Boston on the other side. Lit up for the holidays in the winter, you can explore the North End restaurants or enjoy some historic Freedom Trail sights. You can also walk to the nearby New England Aquarium, enjoy the carousel if it’s open and grab a boat to the Boston Harbor Islands depending on the season you visit! Whenever you decide to visit, there is so much to do and see!

Photo Credit: FOCCP

The Cove/Auburndale Playground in Newton Just a short drive from Boston, this playground in Newton is a great spot for toddlers with a decent playground, restrooms and changing tables for your little one. You can enjoy nature trails, baseball fields, tennis courts, and so much more right on the Charles River. This is the perfect spot for a picnic!

Photo Credit: Newton, MA

Artesani Playground and Wading Pool in Brighton Located on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton, this playground is great for summer but also decent for colder months as well! In the summer, the wading pool is a huge hit with toddlers, but don’t count out a visit in the inter, as this location has good proximity to the river for a nature walk. (And there’s plenty of parking available, so don’t let that concern stop you.)

Photo Credit: Mass.gov

Lynch Park in Beverly Located about 20 minutes North of Boston, Lynch Park is a beautiful area with both kids and parents in mind. Kids will enjoy the large playground structure and summer splash pad, along with two different beachy areas that are great for searching for rocks, shells and wildlife. Parents will love the beautiful rose garden area, views of the ocean that stretch for miles as well as the kept up bathrooms. Definitely worth a drive to explore this place!   

Photo Credit: Beverly Rec

Corey Hill Park in Brookline. If you are looking for an Instagrammable park location, then definitely check out this  park on Summit Ave with views of Boston and Cambridge. Along with the unique rock structure playground, there are hammocks and Adirondak chairs for a bit of a rest after you’ve enjoyed the walking paths and trails that are great for you and your toddler!

Photo Credit: Brookline, MA

Whew, we think this list should keep you busy for at least the next few months! Please let us know any other playgrounds that are worth a drive for you, or your favorite ones in the area with great views. Also, please note to check the websites before visiting in case of closures due to season or COVID-19.

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Bilingual Beginnings Program for Kindergartners

As we all emerge from our quarantines and face the new realities of work, life, and school, we are challenged to find new ways to meet current and ever-changing demands. And we are finding new ways to rise up to new challenges. Pine Village is therefore pleased to announce a new program for children enrolled in public or private school PreK or Kindergarten (also known as K1 and K2, depending on the school system).

Over the past four months, we became heavily engaged with other early childhood providers and networks of educators who are creating ways to serve ongoing family needs. It became clear that there would be a need to provide care and support for families whose children were supposed to start a PreK or Kindergaretn program in elementary school, but have decided that either they want to completely opt out, or simply need support during the week with the educational components of home schooling.  

We began the conceptual work while we were closed, and we are very excited to be able to offer families a special place for their kindergartners to learn during this coming school year.  

Bilingual Beginnings for Kindergartners 
In response to the proposed hybrid or fully remote experience most public schools will be offering for the upcoming school year, Pine Village is proud to offer parents a supplemental program where your child will have support with his or her at-home curriculum provided by your public school system, all while being immersed in our familiar Spanish Immersion environment.

We have been able to create learning spaces especially for PreK/Kindergartners within several of our schools where they can enjoy a true kindergarten experience with the support of our amazing school directors, our qualified teachers, and our entire Pine Village organization. 

Here they will have support to complete the public-school kindergarten at-home curriculum, build language proficiency in Spanish, and continue to work on problem solving and enhancing those critical thinking skills, as well as continued support in the very important area of social and emotional wellness.

Every day will include exciting activities that offer a balance between academic, creative and physical activities. Children will enjoy a day filled with love, laughter, learning and language in a caring environment. Each day will bring new adventures in learning and personal development.

Our staff will have access to the public-school kindergarten guidelines and curriculum and will provide enrichment activities all designed to prepare your child for entry into public school.

This September we will offer this new program in our Brighton, Brookline, Kendall Square, Newton Highlands, and South End locations. All five locations will have separate classrooms with a dedicated teacher. We can accommodate full or part time schedules (2-5 days per week) and will offer both the school day option as well as the full day option.  Program cost will follow the preschool tuition schedules for the location you choose.  

If you are interested in your child attending this program please contact us at enrollment@pinevillagepreschool.com and let us know you are interested in the “Bilingual Beginnings” option.

We thank you as always for your support and look forward to serving you and your families school needs this year.