Explore the Neighborhood: Porter Square

We love our local neighborhoods so much that we decided to feature our communities in our blog, like our recent one, featuring the JP neighborhood (Read it here if you haven’t yet!). Our Porter Square school is tucked into the historic Henderson Carriage House Building at 2067 Mass Ave. Close to both Porter and Davis Squares in Cambridge, it has convenient parking and drop off options for parents and caregivers. We love our large community room space, surrounded by five bright and fun filled classrooms specially designed for each of our age groups. Today on the blog, we’re taking a look at a few of our favorite spots nearby that you and your family may enjoy!

Henry Bear’s Park:

From books to toys, there is so much to explore in this local gem. We love supporting small businesses and if you are in need of a last minute birthday present or want to do some early holiday shopping, Henry Bear’s Park is your place! More info.

Photo credit: Henry Bear’s Park

Magpie Kids:

The cutest little boutique to find kids and infant clothing and gifts, Magpie kids has so many adorable options. We love checking out their latest finds and unique products – they always have something special in their store! More info.

Photo Credit: Magpie Kids

Muckykids Art Studio

If you are looking for an art studio, Muckykids is your place! This local art studio offers flexible drop-in studio times for kids of all ages, classes for ages 18 months and up and also hosts birthday parties – we always love their creative take on art with kids! More info.

Photo Credit: Muckykids Art Studio

Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

If you haven’t already introduced your child to Cuban food, what are you waiting for? It’s always amazing to explore cultures through foods, and we love this locally inspired Cuban restaurant with so many options for everyone in your family to enjoy! More info.

Photo Credit: Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

Sugar & Spice

Another local spot to try new food – Sugar & Spice has some of the best authentic Thai food we’ve tasted locally in Somerville. They’re easy to get to and convenient and always a yummy option for takeout if you don’t have time to cook. More info.

Photo Credit: Sugar & Spice


If you’re running late and didn’t have a chance to have breakfast before drop-off, place an online order at Bagelsaurus and pick it up on your way. Whether you need a breakfast sandwich or a bag of bagels, this is definitely the spot to go. (Not to mention the adorable logo.) Great for kids of all ages. More info.

Photo Credit: Bagelsaurus

Dickerman Playground

If you are looking for a local playground we love the Dickerman area on Craigie Street at the corner with Kimball Street. This has a children’s play structure, swings, seating and tables, water spray, lawn, bocce court, and community mural. SO much to explore!  More info.

Photo Credit: City of Somerville

Alewife Linear Park & Bike Path

If you’re looking for a local biking or walking path, check out this Somerville community park and trail. It links to the 11-mile Minuteman Bikeway, making this a busy commuter and recreation corridor. The west end of the trail starts at Russell Field, crosses Mass Ave and then leads to the Davis T station. More info.

Photo Credit: City of Cambridge

More places to add to the list? Comment below with your favorites!

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