Spray Park Season is underway in Boston
Posted by Tara, Ziptivity’s Metro Boston Community Ambassador
It’s that time of year for the heat and humidity to kick it up a notch, but it’s also – finally – Spray Park Season! I have the scoop on some of the nicest ones around the Boston area, from Somerville to Waltham and a few in between:
The wait is over! On Monday, June 27th, all the spray parks in Waltham are open for business. One of Waltham’s parks, Msgr. McCabe/Warrendale Playground, has gotten a makeover in the past couple of years. During the summer months, this neighborhood park at Fitzgerald Elementary School is home to Little League, pick-up basketball games, tennis players, and kids who just want to cool off in the spray park. Starting June 27th, the spray park is open Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. through late August.
In Arlington, the Spray Pool is located at Lussiano Park, next to Thompson School on North Union Street. It is open daily from 10 a.m. — 7 p.m., weather permitting. Have the kids use the potty before they go – there are non bathrooms available.
Tucked away in a neighborhood of Somerville is Albion Park. Boasting an award-winning design, the park offers a community garden, play areas for different age groups, gathering spaces, shade, and a water spray area, of course.
In Cambridge, an unofficial favorite is the spray fountain in front of the Harvard Science Center at 1 Oxford Avenue. The water appears to come out of giant rocks, and when it’s warm, there are always toddlers in diapers skipping on the grass around the rocks and delighting in the spray mist. If you need some eats, just pop into the Science Center, where there is a nice cafeteria with snacks, real food, and even a hot bar featuring Indian cuisine. Your older kids might enjoy the exhibits inside the Science Center, where the Department of the History of Science is located. Check out their Foyer Exhibition Space, Science Center 371. On Tuesday afternoons, there is the added bonus of the Harvard Farmer’s Market, featuring vegetables, baked goods, cheese, chocolates, and live music.
Finally, it’s the Boston ParkARTS Summer’s Wading Pool Opening! Be at the Boston Common Frog Pond from 11am-1pm on Wednesday, June 29th for a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Menino and other festivities, including splashing around in the water under a 30-foot spray flume.
From ZipNews this week, here are my “Top Metro Boston ZipPicks” for this weekend: (Subscribe to ZipNews here!)
TOP 5 (okay, 6) ZipPICKS FOR THIS WEEKEND
- Newton Library: Under One Sky: A Multi-Cultural Celebration, Newton, Friday June 24th at 10am.
- Jewish Community Centers: Shabbat Under the Stars – Summer outdoor Shabbat sing-along and picnic, Arlington, Friday June 24th, 6-7:30. For families with children ages 0-5 years. Registration required.
- Museum of Science: Let’s Talk About Food Festival, Cambridge Parkway, Saturday June 25th at 10am. Rain date June 26th.
- Children’s Concert at the Franklin Park Zoo – Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, Boston, Sunday June 26th at 10:30am.
- The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway: Chinatown Main Street Festival, Chinatown Park, Boston, Sunday June 26th, 10am-5pm.
- Club Passim: Rolie Polie Guacamole, Cambridge, Sunday, June 26th at 4:30pm.
SAVE THE DATE!
- JCC: Breastfeeding Support Group, Cambridge, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12pm. For nursing mothers. Babies welcome.
- Titus Sparrow Park: 2011 Children’s Performance Series, West Newton, Tuesdays at 10am through August 9th.
- Boston ParkARTS Summer: Wading Pool Opening, Boston Common, Wednesday June 29th, 11am-1pm. See blog for spray parks in your area!
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