South Shore Bar Pizza

South shore bar pizza is increasingly popular. There is a popular Facebook Group and even an upcoming documentary in honor of this regional favorite!

HANOVER – Colby Phillips Trail at Hanover Greenway

“This property is diverse and inviting. Features include boardwalks, a bridge over Cushing Brook, an observation deck on Cushing Brook Marsh, and the historic West Hanover Cemetery, immediately adjacent to the southern terminus of the trail system.”

Read more at https://www.nsrwa.org/listing/colby-phillips-trails/

EASTON – Wheaton Farm

Located on Bay Rd., Wheaton is a popular weekend destination for families. At over 1200 acres, this is the largest contiguous conservation area in Easton. The most popular areas is a flat, wide loop, perfect for families with small children just starting to hike. You can add on various trails and other loops if you’re looking for more time outside and a longer distance.

EASTON – Town Pool/Flyaway Pond

Located right behind the Easton Town Pool on Lincoln St., this well-marked network of trails features plenty of parking, an uncrowded setting, and some interesting sights to see. You can easily add on to make the hike longer, if you wish.

NORWELL – Norris Reservation

With three main trails totaling about 2.5 miles, this trail offers varied terrain, relatively high interest, and stunning scenic views.

WEYMOUTH – Torrey Bird Sanctuary

Located right behind Weymouth High School, this hidden trail features plenty of parking, varied terrain and interest level, and is just the right length for the whole family.


My boys love to climb and slide down boulders. If a trail has big rocks, they are all in. Their favorite spot is the big boulder near the dam at Ames Nowell State Park in Abington. They climb it over and over again and then slide down one side of it. As a parent, it’s hard to watch, and last summer they came home with scraped backsides and ruined pants from sliding down the rock, but they were happy! A trail with interesting rock formations will undoubtedly create various points of interest that keep your kids happily moving and exploring.


A scavenger hunt is a great and easy way to combine outdoor exercise and learning. There are literally thousands of scavenger hunt worksheets out there on Pinterest and blogs. They are often based on seasons (i.e. fall scavenger hunt featuring acorns, leaves, etc), but really can be designed around any theme. Use the Google Machine to search for some ready-made hunts or get creative and make your own!


Mass Audubon has a wonderful outdoor almanac that offers a month-by-month, play-by-play of outdoor activity. It offers ample suggestions of what to look for and explanations of what is happening in nature.https://www.massaudubon.org/learn/nature-wildlife/outdoor-almanac


Dissecting owl pellets seems to be a part of third or fourth grade curriculums around the country. Owl pellets are the undigestible and regurgitated parts of small animals that owls have eaten.