Reasons to venture:
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Reasons to venture:
What's your favorite island hotspot?
Guest Blogger: aconnersax
Suffolk Downs vs. Belmont Park, the new Sox/Yanks rivalry?
Reasons to venture:
What's your favorite NYC burb's hit?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
- Get your feet wet in your splash park, leave a footprint on the boulders
- Step into adventure from the get-go, over a river and through the bridge to rabbit's house we go.
- Where else can you get 59 acres of wild inside 128 with Fernald only a hop, skip and jump away.
Monday, July 27, 2009
- Get lost in the middle of woods chock full of migratory birds without leaving the burbs.
- Sudbury Valley Trustee land across the street is even more rustic
- I have lived here for years and I haven't figured out a drop and pick-up for a paddle here, I am such a loser.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
- Giant Wave Pool is right next to the kiddie pool, so big boys surf, while munchkin kicks it with mommy.
- Double Geronimo makes for a great mid-day DadBreak.
- End the day on Thunder Falls, as close as we're gonna get to Class II rapids at age three.
- What kid doesn't love a collection of whale bones and shipwreck remains collected by the world's coolest poet?
- Kids loved the spitting lamas on the vineyard tours in Santa Cruz
- The Central Market in Santiago has more sea life (granted it's on ice) than the New England Aquarium.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
- The kids can almost walk across its so shallow and there's never a wave
- Boat access only camping at Washburn Island
- Renting sea kayaks for the flat water
- Good riddance Parrot Jungle, the beautiful fauna's a lot nicer since you moved those squawking birds to the middle of Biscayne bay.
- The Splash 'N Play is the best $3 for two hours I ever spent.
- Sydney and I caught a turtle as big as his torso, yeah, yeah, we let it go...
- Tonka, Tonka, Tonka: the generous folks of Wayland pass on their hand-me-downs to the sand box.
- The elaborate wooden castle mazes allow you to reenact the Norman Conquests with your boys while playing hide n' seek
- Remember when you could trek up Tuckerman's in the snow without a Starbucks in sight, look across the street and be saved.
- Visit our neighbors Musky the Muskrat, Rolf the Great Blue Heron and the Duck Family Robinson.
- A fav Charlie Moore haunt stocked to the gills.
- Race our canoe by renting at Paddle Boston.
- Get there while you still can. You should not be able to get this close to a lion, perhaps cutting funding for the zoo is why your approval ratings are so low Gov.
- Sure, I can't take the boys to the jungles of Rwanda, but Little Joe the gorilla has some cool digs.
- I can't believe the boys haven't met the new giraffe calf yet, he's already two days old. We are such slackers!
- Weezie's Garden for Children has kid-sized bird nests and a rocking chair for four. I don't know which makes me more jealous.
- The Trial Garden makes my yard look like Fresh Kills landfill.
- In case you missed it, Mass. Hort. is in big financial trouble. Save the gardens and give a little.
- Like a Boston carousel has this kind of history, or even its own website, although the music gets on your last nerve. For that, you gotta head all the way to the Vineyard for the Flying Horses.
- The ten minute walk to my old hood at Lex and E73rd sports a castle, the Great Lawn, a boathouse and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beat that!
- The balloon guys take donations. Get out, is this a free country or what!
- the hugs at the Great Bear Show sent shivers down my spine and made my oldest want to run off to the circus.
- I can't believe they didn't ask me to judge the "Novice goat trainer" contest. I almost owned a goat once, but I didn't think customs would like it on my return from the Gambia.
- We missed Eddie Money, the Monster Trucks and the Demolition Derby so we could hit the Ferris Wheel. We hit that wheel hard, I mean, way up there.
This was one of our first posts (see cool retro photo above from back in '09), and it needed some help. Luckily Davis' Farmland is an annual spring rite in the Lewis Levin home. Now, you know we love us some animals, but since moving to Boston this place whas been a constant fav. Sydney is particularly fond of the above pony rides. This year, Liji got into the act.
There are few agricultural wonders to miss here at Davis. Of course, today was part of "Heroes' Weekend" with police cruisers and two enormous fire ladder trucks. Just one of the many Sundays in the life of Moo Moo the Cow's weekend events. Sydney's favorite in the series was the Birds of Prey show; he still talks about the Great Horned Owl. Personally, I am a fan of the cows. Today featured the bottle feeding of a month old Scottish Highland calf. I was in heaven. The boys were busy chasing goat kids on the open range after hitting the kitty and bunny petting areas.
Believe it or not we still haven't even touched the Splash Park. Nor have we ventured out there for a Sleepover. We haven't even headed out there to pick apples. We did get more cows in on the hayride though, much to my bovine lovin' delight. Of the many endangered and mundane farm animals they keep at this 160 year old farm, my fav is the brahma bull. Where else in quaint dairyland New England can you hang with a cow with a hump?
Friday, July 24, 2009
- How does a toddler decide he's had too many strawberries?
- Cool, kid-friendly folk band headlines; the Pretty Pennies
- Helpin' out Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
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Happy Father's day weekend all of you dadventurers out there. I am curious to hear how you spent your big weekend. Me? Story Land of course. That's right, we went the safe and secure route by hoping in the car and heading north on a beautiful June day, just 48 hours after the Lakers won it all. Why Story Land you ask? Two reasons; much needed fun and Mt. Washington (i'll get to that one in tomorrow's post). I decided I needed to enlist in a seven step program.
How to recover from the game 7 Celts blues? Hop on the Bamboo Chutes log flume with your kiddo. First, take a little cold water and splash repeatedly in your face while your son screams in delight (click here for live action on YouTube). Step two? Get on a Polar coaster. Sure, it's made for midgets, but who can argue with the hairpin turns of our friend Wally to scare you back to the simple things. step three? Let your older son drive a motorized swan around while you backseat drive to restore a little calm and order to your perspective on things.
Ok, step four. Make sure you and the little one ride the Story Land Queen; a giant swan boat, while wifey and the big kid attack you from a pirate ship of twenty screaming kids. Fear of the lord has almost returned. Step five? Watch the little one slowly sink down into a ball pit, resurface, jump back in and repeat. This is a reminder of how you should be spending your time. Step six? Pick up sticks (you can even climb in the buckle my shoes). That's right, they got the whole Mother Goose thing going on. If there aren't a few moral lessons in the Three Little Pigs (gluttony), The Three Billie Goats Gruff (control) and Peter, Peter, Pumpkineater (jealousy), I don't know what does. Step seven, let the boys circle the place in the train one last time and watch as they finally crash on your lap at 4pm. For a million dollars less than Disney, no plane and a scenic drive, you cant beat the heat (or the Lakers) anywhere better than Story Land.
- Green Pond Fish N' Tackle stuffed quahog picnic on the first base line.
- See who's coming up in the farms; Ellsbury, Aardsma, and J. Lopez to name a few alum.
- Ten minutes from Beach Road, five from Smitty's Homemade ice cream.