By: Jessica DiRamio
I’m all about spontaneous fun…sometimes. Ten long weeks of summer leave much opportunity for boredom, which is why I try to create organized fun for most of the summer. There’s a ton of resources out there with information on traditional camps, if that’s the organized fun your family likes. While I send my girls to a few camps each summer, I still like to find other activities for them to participate in or places I can take them where we all can have fun.
Town Recreation Departments: Even in the littlest of towns, the Rec department is cookin’ up summer fun for your little ones. While most programs are open to residents only, I was able to find a few with a non-resident option.
- Abington Pool – As described in my last post, this was my go-to place for the past 2 summers. We’re moving on this year, but I still recommend this to anyone looking for a local, affordable pool.
- Swim Lessons – Take place at the Abington Pool and there are several sessions throughout the summer.
- Art , basketball, fitness camps and more – Open to non-residents for a slightly higher rate.
- Town Pool – The Manning Pool is a mini waterpark that opens daily at 1pm! Interested in meeting this Signature Mom in person? Just look for the uber-relaxed mom with 3 girls screaming down the waterslide on any given day this summer.
- Swimming, Basketball, Gymnastics, etc. – The Brockton summer program called Brockton Community Schools has been around since 1970. I participated in the Get Ready program myself as a young girl. It is still around today with a ton of affordable offerings for non-residents! Register online and get $10 off any program!! I am considering sending my 7 year old to the basketball program. Very affordable!
- Town Pool – Open 6 days a week starting at noon.
- Swimming Lessons – Several sessions throughout the summer.
- Park Program – Weekly sessions all summer long. Looks very affordable at $15 per child per day.
Private Programs: These types of programs can be a little costly, and may result in a day trip, but I think they are great options to do once or twice this summer.
- One Stop Fun – Although a true day trip, since it’s located in Westford, MA, this place has been on my “must do” list for a few summers. To make sure it actually happens this year, I penciled it onto my calendar for one day in July, hoping we’d actually follow through with the plan and get there. The facility has a pool membership option and a day visit option. Adults are always free (yippe) and kids can swim for the entire day in their pool filled with water slides and tons of other fun things for $15 each.
- Breezy Picnic & Waterslides – Another day trip, but totally worth it. This place has a bunch of waterslides built into the side of a hill that empty into a pool. Lake swimming is also available. Rates are based on ages and range from $8-$15 for the day.
I’m sure you see a common theme over the past two posts about my ideas for summer fun. WATER! Our family is all about water fun during the summer! I do laundry daily but in the summer, my laundry consists of wet towels and bathing suits more than any other article of clothing. We go through several bottles of sunblock and I buy more bags of grapes and other small fruit for snacking at the beach, pool, waterpark, in the summer than I do all year. We love the water!
So now that I found these places for you, I need your help! Do YOU know of any places in MA where my kids can have organized fun? While I prefer it to be water-related, I’m OK if we spend a day or 2 in clothing that stays dry. I guess….