Thursday, August 30, 2007

Beautiful "Springs" Day

Hi there! We're back from Hershey, PA and our trip was great. Even the long hours in the car were pretty good. So good, in fact, that Hubby was interested in using our last couple days of free time to tool around in the car to some of our more local family fun spots.

Yesterday, in addition to some much needed grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, we hit Lull Farm in Hollis, NH. As we're more often at Brookdale Farm for our farmstand purchases, we were pleasantly surprised with the great selection and diversity of fresh fruit and veg available at Lull. In additon to picking up our last ears of corn for the season, Hubby also picked out a nice selection of tomatoes, one pepper, lettuce, champagne grapes (yum!) and - Sweetie's pick? - blueberries. All in all a great looking, great tasting, gathering of healthy choices.

Then for today we headed on out to Springs Brook Park in Bedford, MA. My aunt and uncle live right up the road from there. Turns out my aunt and cousin (who's not yet back to college) were free today too. So they, along with my other cousin and her 2 year old daughter, all met us there for a picnic lunch and some general fun in the sun.

I grew up in OH, but every summer of my childhood we'd drive up to MA to visit my dad's side of the family. And many of those vacations included trips to Springs Brook Park. So I've been able to enjoy this beautiful oasis of summer fun many times over the years. But Hubby and Sweetie only were introduced to it last summer. Remembering the nice setting and clean play and water areas, it wasn't a tough call for us at all to decide to go back today.

Add in today's perfect weather (not too hot, not too cool) and the fact that most kids are back to school by now, and you have yourself one perfect day. Plus visiting with family and catching up with the goings on in each others' lives is always nice as well. How lucky we were that everything worked out so well for a nice visit at a great location on a perfect day!

The park opens at 11am everyday. Admission to Springs Brook is $7/person (but no more than $25 for an entire family). And with a newly redesigned facility including a water play area and more parking, there's much to do there and lots of space for everyone to spread out. Unfortunately, the season does end in just a couple days. So if you want to go this year, get there before the gates close the evening of Sept. 2nd. Or put it on your To Do list for something fun for the family to do next summer. I know we'll be there - will you?


Fairly Odd Mother said...

Sounds awesome. We'll have to check it out next summer (arghh, I can't believe summer is ending!)

2beautifulgirlsforme! said...

Oh my gosh, did you bring back memories! I grew up in Bedford and we lived at Springs Brook in the summers. It is a great little place. :) Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Mrs. Chicky said...

I love the idea of a water play area. Great for the smaller kids!

Ruth Dynamite said...

This sounds perfect. I'd love to check it out!

Pinks & Blues said...

This sounds amazing. I have to definitely put this on our to-do list! This summer was tough with things because we had Benjamin in April... so lugging around all the baby gear with the other 2 little men, we didn't do too much past the beach and the pool club this summer. But this is an awesome thing to do! Thanks for sharing- Audrey
Pinks & Blues

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