Where was WCKC This Week? July 18 – July 24
Where in Central MA was WCKC This Week: This series will feature what we did this week, tips & tricks, what we enjoyed, what was a miss and more. We hope this will help you find places to go in Central MA this summer! (And yes the title of the series is meant to be sung to the tune of “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego”). We will include anything that we think is family-friendly and fun in the area or within a drivable distance to Worcester, MA.
July 18 – July 24
Berry Picking at Berries and Bloom in Holden
We went to Berries and Bloom in Holden to get in some berry picking before the end of the season. Although they are still picking at this location, be aware that they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We picked lots of delicious blueberries and raspberries. Although we like this small, locally owned business, there are lots of places to choose from. Check out our PYO berry guide here. Because it is toward the end of the season, call ahead or check websites before going!
Fireworks at Hampton Beach
We made a quick evening trip up to Hampton Beach for ice cream, fried dough and fireworks. It was a really fun treat for the kids, and we had a great time watching the fireworks. They are set off every Wednesday night at 9:30 pm on the beach at the top of B & C streets. People take up spots along the boardwalk or bring blankets to sit on the beach. Officials rope off unsafe areas early in the evening. Pro Tip: Bring cash for Blink’s Fry Doe (no cards accepted).
Thomas Prince Playground in Princeton
We met up with some friends at Thomas Prince Elementary School to play at the playground in the back this week. The climbing equipment to get to the main structure platforms is unique and challenging. The slides are steep and fast. It’s a great park for kids outgrowing playgrounds geared toward younger kids. My daughter enjoyed the gymnastics area called “fit core” with balance beams, bars and other equipment for core workouts. There is a small old play structure behind the school for younger kids as well.
Paxton Center School Playground
Before it got too hot, we spent some time in the early morning playing at Paxton Center School playground. Because they have a new Gaga Pit, we spent a lot of time playing with it. And it was a really fun game even though there were only three of us playing. This is a great game for older kids and larger groups. If you don’t know how to play, check out the simple rules here, but it is similar to a dodgeball like game.
After playing Gaga, we had fun on the play structures, slides and swings. We took a walk down to the pond in back and looked for frogs and turtles. My daughter has requested a picnic next time we go.
Other Notable Mentions
Coffee and Pastries at Sweets N Java in Holden