2018 Summer Fun Guide

14 outings near Mansfield, Norton, and Easton to add to your summer bucket list

Slide on the left is from WWI Memorial Park in N. Attleboro; gazebo and dress-up on right is from Children’s Museum in Easton

1Pick your own berries

  • PYO Strawberries in June at Langwater Farm in North Easton, Wards in Sharon, 4 Town Farm in Seekonk, C&C Reading Farm in West Bridgewater
  • PYO Blueberries in July-August at Big Apple in Wrentham, Wards in Sharon, C&C Reading Farm in West Bridgewater, Dufort Farms in Rehoboth
  • PYO Raspberries in August-Sept at Big Apple in Wrentham, Wards in Sharon, C&C Reading Farm in West Bridgewater, C.N. Smith Farm in East Bridgewater, 4 Town Farm in Seekonk
  • Find all the local PYO spots on our Farm Map (filter by type of fruit)
  • Always call ahead or check online as picking conditions and availability are variable

2Find a new playground

  • Local favorites for a quick outing:
    • Mansfield Memorial Park [Approx 111 Hope St]
    • Tricentennial Park, Norton [Approx 225 West Main St]
    • Frothingham Park, Easton [Approx 15 Park St]
    • Ali’s Park, South Easton [Approx 74 Pine St]
    • Keach Park, North Easton [Approx 51 Chestnut St]
    • Wards Berry Farm, Sharon [Approx 614 South Main St]
    • Payson Park, Foxboro [Approx 38 Payson Rd]
    • Lessa Park, Stoughton [Approx 1246 West St]
  • It’s worth a drive to:
    • WWI Memorial Park, North Attleboro for a multi-story slide, massive sandbox, big playground and free petting zoo
    • Bird Park, Walpole for a playground in sand next to a large paved loop for stroller-walking or bike-riding
    • WWII Memorial Park, Woonsocket RI for a free splash pad and fenced-in playground
    • School Street Playground, Westwood for an elaborate fenced-in playground with an extensive set of structures for a wide range of ages
    • Norfolk Kids Place Tot Lot for a turf-covered fenced in tot lot (best on cooler days as there is no shade)
    • DelCarte Playground, Franklin for a newly installed (spring 2017) fenced in playground for all ages
    • Imagination Station, Randolph for a creative, fun playground and free splash pad
    • Friendship Playground, West Bridgewater for fenced-in fun for a wide range of ages
    • Hopewell Park, Taunton for a large playground next to a free splash pad added in 2015 (check on the status, as there was some construction activity in 2018)
    • Marathon Park, Bridgewater for a huge fenced-in complex of many structures (no shade)
  • Find these and many more (with GPS addresses) on our Activities Map (filter by “Outdoor Playground“)

3Cool down at a splash pad

  • You’ll have to drive a bit to find FREE Splash Pads in Braintree, Randolph, Lakeville, and Woonsocket RI.
  • Even farther (but totally worth it) is Nelson Park in Plymouth, right on the beach (very limited parking)
  • There are splash pads with Day or Season Rates in Walpole, the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, Briggs Playgound in Attleboro, Silver Lake in Bellingham, and at the Foxboro and Stoughton YMCA.
  • Find all these and more (with GPS addresses) on our Summer Swimming Map

4Swim in the ocean

  • Got toddlers? Some favorite low-surf beaches are Wingaersheek in Gloucester, Nantasket in Hull, Scusset in Sandwich, Mayflower Beach on the cape, and Second Beach in Middletown, RI
  • Got bigger kids? Horseneck Beach in Westport or Scarborough beach in Narragansett RI have strong surf for boogie boarding, as do some of the beaches on the ocean side of the cape like Nauset Beach.
  • Our favorite beaches (with GPS addresses) are on our Summer Swimming Map

5Celebrate Independence Day

Parades in Stoughton and Bridgewater, fireworks in Sharon, Bridgewater, Foxboro and Attleboro, festival in Stoughton… all the local July 4th festivities are on this list!

6Enjoy a concert at the park

  • Sundays in Stoughton
  • Tuesdays in North Attleboro
  • Wednesdays in Mansfield, Sharon, Plainville (kids’ performer)
  • Thursdays in Foxboro and Sharon (kids’ performer)
  • See them all on our Jam-Packed Event Calendar
  • We mention the best upcoming Children’s Performers in our Weekly Newsletter

7Stay up late for a movie at the park

  • Patriot Place, Foxboro on select Wednesdays
  • South Common, Mansfield on select Wednesdays
  • Stoughton on select Wednesdays
  • Summer Scoops, Plainville on select Fridays
  • Stone Park, Walpole on select Saturdays
  • Norton Mini Golf nightly (excluding XFinity Center concert nights)
  • Every movie title is on our Jam-Packed Event Calendar

8Make an animal friend

  • Local zoos (See all on our Activities Map, filter by “Museums and Zoos“):
    • Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro (bring a suit for the splash pad!)
    • Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon (with kiddie rides)
    • Roger Williams Zoo in Providence (with big animals like giraffes and camels)
    • Franklin Park Zoo in Boston (Free Fun Friday August 3, 2018)
    • Buttonwood Park in New Bedford (Free Fun Friday August 24, 2018)
    • WWI Memorial Park in N. Attleboro (FREE petting zoo, massive slide, epic sandbox area, playgrounds)
  • Local farms with animals (See all on our Farms Map, filter by “Animals“):
    • Southridge Farm Nursery, Walpole
    • Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, Norton
    • Wards Berry Farm, Sharon
    • Crescent Ridge Dairy, Sharon
    • Wenger’s Farm, Bellingham
    • Jane & Paul’s Farm, Norfolk
    • Fairmount Fruit Farm, Franklin
    • Briggs Nursery, N. Attleboro
    • Adams Farm, Cumberland RI

9Take a hike

  • Borderland State Park in Easton
  • Gilbert State Park in Foxboro
  • Cranberry Bog in Foxboro
  • Moose Hill in Sharon
  • King Philips Rock in Sharon
  • Stony Brook in Norfolk
  • Oak Knoll in Attleboro
  • NRT Sheep Pasture in North Easton
  • Attleboro Springs behind La Salette in Attleboro
  • Harold Burns Arboretum in North Attleboro
  • DelCarte in Franklin
  • Joe’s Rock in Wrentham
  • Purgatory Chasm in Sutton
  • Blue Hills in Milton
  • Bird Park in Walpole
  • Monastery Park in Cumberland
  • Seekonk Library Trails
  • All these and more are on our Activities Map (filter by “Hikes“)

10Explore a new museum

  • Check for discounted passes at the library, or look into memberships that offer reciprocal free admisssion to many additional museums. Museum of Science has a great one!
  • Find all of these on our Activities Map (filter by “Museum or Zoo“):
    • Discovery Musuems in Acton are a blast for toddlers and pre-K (Free Fun Friday July 20, 2018)
    • Easton Children’s Museum has indoor fun and a creative outdoor garden. Lots of fun for toddlers through early elementary (Free Fun Friday June 29, 2018)
    • Boston Children’s Museum is excellent for a variety of ages (Free Fun Friday July 6, 2018)
    • Providence Children’s Museum has free parking and lots of hands-on fun
    • EcoTarium in Worcester is at its best in the summer, with indoor and outdoor exhibits (Free Fun Friday August 31, 2018)
    • Musuem of Science in Boston is best for kids in elementary school
    • New England Aquarium is a local destination for your water animal fix, or it’s worth the trip to the Mystic Aquarium in CT

11Make a mess at someone else’s place

  • Drop-in Pottery Painting: Creative Community Center (Mansfield), Kidz Plaster Zone (Franklin), South Shore Pottery Shop (Abington), The Painted Turtle Ceramics (Attleboro)
  • Drop-in Arts and Crafts of Many Types: Ceramics a la Carte (Canton), Just Claying Around (Bridgewater)

12Score a strike

  • Kid Bowl Free with 2 free games each day all summer long when you sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com (Valid at Timber Lanes in Abington, Westgate Lanes in Brockton, Pinz Entertainment in Milford)
  • Our Activities Map also includes all the local bowling alleys, including Splitsville in Foxborough, North Bowl Lanes in North Attleboro, Union Street Lanes in Holbrook

13Give mom and dad a moment of peace!

  • See our detailed list of Summer Drop-Off Programs (camps and the like), where we list age range, dates, and times. Some are very flexible, with options for 1 or 2 days each week

14Carnivals, Touch-a-Truck, Festivals, Free Library Events

    • Community Kangaroo is a team of 12 parents in the Boston suburbs who bust our tails filling the calendar with hundreds of local family events each month.
    • This region’s free weekly newsletter is just as helpful as this list. Subscribe here, and have an awesome summer!

     

    • One more thing… We’re looking for a Mansfield, Easton, or Norton parent who wants to help out with our calendar and maps. This website is a team effort among local parents scattered around the Boston suburbs! Each one is an expert on 2-3 towns near them, and we share info back and forth to help all parents find what’s near them.  If you love this concept we’ve been working on since 2015 and you may have a couple hours/week to do event entry from home (think naps, post-bedtime, etc), shoot us an email and we’ll be happy to explain how it works.