Done right, setting out with the kids for a family beach day is one of the gifts of summer. At the David S. Lynch Memorial Park in Beverly, MA, a 50 – 60 minute drive from Wellesley, families can experience all the fun of sun and sand on the 16-acre oceanfront park’s two beaches — one bayside beach, sandy and calm, and the other oceanside and rocky. If this isn’t enough to make everyone excited enough to levitate, there is also a playground with a splash pad area, a snack bar, a rose garden (which was packed with kids playing Pokemon Go while were there), and that rare and welcome beach commodity — plenty of shade.
On the mid-90s, breeze-free day we went, we found a shady spot under a tree and set up a base camp that was near the rose garden but also allowed us a view of the Atlantic and close proximity to the snack bar. In an interesting reversal of what is our natural order of things, our kids were working and we had the day off. We were there not as harried parents needing to keep sunburn at bay and a loose summer form of law and order in force (No dunking your sister! Stop throwing sand!), but as part of the leisure class, our only responsibility to get home in time to feed our hungry worker bees.
In keeping with our lazy frame of mind, we got there late morning on a Monday and were waved into a parking lot, which had plenty of room for more. Non-resident parking fees are $8 on week days (seniors $3), and $20 on weekends and holidays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. We haven’t visited Lynch Park on a weekend in a long time, but if you do so, it would be prudent to approach your outing in a less loosey-goosey manner. The lot probably fills up fairly early on Saturdays and Sundays.
Once you’re in, though, there’s plenty to do to keep a family occupied all day. All the usual activities can certainly carry the day: building sand castles on the beach and swimming (being the North Shore, yes, the water was cold, but refreshing). But the beauty of Lynch Park, beyond its natural charms, is that once sand and swim lose their allure there are kayaks for rent, the playground and splash pad to explore, a volleyball net, ice cream and snacks at Captain Dusty’s, and some nights there are concerts on the small stage.
It’s also worth mentioning that the parking lot isn’t so far away that at day’s end you want to weep when faced with the prospect of toting all that beach stuff plus a 4-year old who simply cannot take another step. The family can be bubbled along at the end of the day with a little cheerleading. There’s the car, you can see it, come on everyone, dig deep and drag yourselves there. Promise them air-conditioned comfort. Promise them the Hamilton soundtrack. Whew! Everyone is seat-belted in. And off you go, drifting away like a gentle wind, back to Wellesley.
Fun summer-time family outing. Mission accomplished. You are a great parent.
What: Free monthly program that gets your kids thinking, moving, & creating!
Where: In participating stores or the Linden Square Courtyard depending on the weather/season. Rain location is at Magic Beans. Visit shoplindensquare.com to register.
Suitable for kids age 1.5 to 5 years old, but all are welcome!
Calendar of Activities:
April 12– Color Mixing Magic with Clay at Magic Beans
May 10– Drumming Circle & Singalong with Bach 2 Rock in the Courtyard
June 14– Father’s Day Craft in the Courtyard
July 12– Ocean in a Bottle Science Experiment in the Courtyard
August 9– Summer Wind Mobile Craft in the Courtyard
September 13– Drumming Circle & Singalong with Bach 2 Rock in the Courtyard
October 11– Spooktacular Halloween Craft at Magic Beans
November 8– Gobble, Gobble Thanksgiving Craft at Magic Beans
December 13– Holiday Storytime & Craft at Magic Beans
Wellesley resident Trond Undheim, whose startup Yegii we’ve written about in the past, has penned an essay for WBUR/NPR’s Cognoscenti website titled: “The Best Training For Entrepreneurship? Hint: She Doesn’t Sleep Through The Night.”
Undheim, who in addition to running Yegii is a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, writes that growing a company, like raising a kid, involves “building something from scratch.”
The Divorce Center, a non-profit organization of professionals from multiple disciplines providing support and education for people going through separation or divorce, is offering a half-day public education workshop called “Divorce Matters for You! ─ What You Need to Know About Divorce in Massachusetts” on Saturday, April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA.
The workshop will cover the legal, financial, family and personal issues that are often encountered during the divorce process. Trained professionals will provide knowledge and information that will empower anyone who is contemplating divorce or currently overwhelmed with the process, increasing their confidence and peace of mind.
The workshop fee is $25 and includes light refreshments and snacks. For more information and to register for the workshop, visit http://thedivorcecenter.org/events/event/divorce-matters-for-you-what-you-need-to-know-about-divorce-in-massachusetts/.
Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough, Jr., is at it again.
Harkening back to sentiments expressed in his You’re Not Special commencement speech and follow-on “You Are Not Special…” book, he writes an opinion piece in the Boston Globe today about his dad, David McCullough, Sr., the noted historian and author who has just finished his 10th book (about the Wright brothers and advent of aviation).
Something of a technophobe , McCullough, Jr., describes the current “era of the selfie and twerking and Snapchats and Facebook trends and Twitter feeds and, often, scrambling after achievement for attention’s sake.” (Hey, he even told me that prior to Swellesley breaking the story of his commencement speech, he didn’t even know what a blog was). The teacher cites a comment from a new student that “It’s better to look good than to be good,” to which McCullough replies that this isn’t necessarily the case, and holds up his father as a shining example of someone who is accomplished because he believes in what he does, not because he is looking for attention and accolades.
RELATED: You’re not special, but my blog is (Swellesley meets the Boston Globe)
Covie Edwards-Pitt, an executive with a Waltham wealth management firm, visits Wellesley Books on Oct. 22 at 7pm to read from and discuss her new book, “Raised Healthy, Wealthy & Wise: Lessons from successful inheritors on how they got that way.”
The book is centered around interviews Edwards-Pitt did with children of wealthy families who have grown up to be productive, engaged, self-motivated adults. The author gets at family messages that these inheritors think contributed to their success. The book is organized into 5 chapters of key lessons, with real-life anecdotes and quotes woven throughout. We’re told the lessons here apply not only to those in the 1%, but also to anyone raising children in an environment more affluent than their own upbringing.