Where was WCKC This Week? July 4 – July 10
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 4 – July 10
Old Sturbridge Village Camp & Visit
My seven year old Emma enjoyed a three day camp week at Old Sturbridge Village with two of her friends this week. She loved dressing in the costumes of the villagers and “time traveling” back to the 1800s where they sewed a pillow, baked cookies, visited the town school and more. She was bummed when it was done and is asking to do two full weeks next summer. Rousing endorsement from her!
Campers are given two free passes so that family can visit the village while the children are at camp. Riley, my four year old, and I enjoyed an afternoon visiting with the chickens and sheep, watching a butter churning demonstration (and trying it out ourselves), and visiting other homes and barns. We always love visiting Old Sturbridge Village, and this beautiful summer day was no exception. It looks like work has been done to the village – painting some of the buildings, adding a cabinet making shop reopening the gift shop, and more. If you haven’t had a chance to visit in awhile, kids are free this summer which makes it a great time to go!
York Beach & York Animal Kingdom
The kids enjoyed some beach time in York this past weekend with their grandparents. They love climbing on rocks and searching for sea glass. At night, they looked at the stars over the ocean. It was a very successful beach weekend for them. And York is very family friendly!
They also enjoyed visiting York Animal Kingdom as well. The kids visited with the petting zoo animals and rode many of the carnival style rides. There were bounce houses to play on, camel or pony rides, food and more. Because of all this fun, this is one of their favorite summer treats with their grandparents, and they are already asking when they can return to this fun summer spot.
Elm Park in Worcester
Riley especially loves checking out playgrounds that she has never visited before. As a four year old, I can just pick ones we haven’t been to in a long time to vary the experience for her. So, we made our way to Elm Park! We enjoyed the shaded areas of the playground, and Riley was committed to climbing every play structure she could find. There were lots of slides to choose from, and then we took a walk around the little pond. She loved the big bridges and looking for birds and turtles. It was the perfect way to spend a couple of morning hours together. See our Playground & Parks Pages for ideas!
Other Notable Suggestions
- Canoeing. We did an adult day date to canoe. Nashoba Paddlers is a good local spot to rent canoes.
- Checked in our summer reading hours at the local library
Where was WCKC: June 25-July 2
Where was WCKC: June 17-24