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Moms Can-Do’s: All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival + More

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Is your little one getting bored around the house during the summer? Entertain them and yourself with these fun summer excursions!

Introducing Moms Can-Do's, a GoLocal weekly feature sponsored by Southwick's Zoo, for moms of little ones--from toddlers to elementary schoolers. Looking for fun things to do during the week? Creative spots for last-minute outings? Fun events especially for little ones? We'll bring you our 5 favorites in the region every Tuesday, and they're all within an hour's drive of home.

Check out this week's early summer fun.

Ice cream!

What better way to cool off from fun in the sun as summer approaches than with some ice cream? The Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival takes place in Worcester, MA's Elm Park on Saturday, June 29th from 10:30am-5:30pm. If the prospect of unlimited ice cream isn't enough, activities planned for the festival include a raffle, face painting, a moonbounce, speed pitch, food tents, and all-day song and dance. Your little one will be tuckered out in the back seat and you'll be supporting a great cause. Price is $5 for ages 10+, $1 for ages 4-9, and admission is free for kids 3 and under. Proceeds will benefit Children's Friend. Find out more about the festival here!


Is your little one tired of playing with miniature toy ships and subs? Take them to see the real thing at Battleship Cove and sneak in a history lesson while your child gawks are the larger-than-life vessels. The maritime museum alongside Mass.'s Fall River Harbor is home to the USS Massachusetts, USS Joseph Kennedy Jr., USS Lionfish, PT Boats, and Hiddensee, all of which served in World War II. Also on the grounds are a helicopter, airplane, and other military weaponry, also from World War II. Kids can make believe they are seamen out on the open water, exploring bedrooms and kitchens. Perfect for an educational outing and the history buff in the family! Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River, MA. (508) 678-1100.


Instill an appreciation for the great outdoors by doing some hiking in Newport, RI's Ballard Park. Small enough to let the kids roam around and explore different paths, yet small enough to keep an eye on them (and on the map), Newport's only nature preserve has plenty to offer on a fun summer day. Check out the vernal pond, the early 1800's Newport Granite, the quarry meadow with its huge rock wall, a cool swamp maple tree, and a beautiful 54-acre wildlife refuge. All for free!

Water parks!

Or perhaps your child wants to get their feet (and everything else) wet? Then head to Fitchburg, MA for a new experience entirely! CoCo Key is the area's only 55,000 sq. ft. indoor water park and resort, complete with palm trees, splashes of bright color, and a perpetual balmy 84-degree room temperature. The water park is open year round and includes different attractions for thrilling tube slides, water cannons, an adventure river, a relaxing grotto and spa, and even an arcade! Want an even bigger experience? Another, 65,000-sq. ft. CoCo Key is located in Danvers, MA.

Museum fun!

The EcoTarium in the Museum of Science & Nature in Worcester holds a special preschool and toddler program every Wednesday that's free with admission. Geared towards kids aged 4 and under, each week your little one can enjoy storytime, meet a live animal, and take part in a supervised craft activity. The festivities take place from 10:30 to 11:30am, and on the first Thursday of every month future scientists can conduct simple and safe nature experiments in the Budding Scientists program. Only July 4th check out By the Sea Shore, where your child can meet some tide pool animals they might see on the shore, as well as some other commonly found beach items. Visit http://www.ecotarium.org/events-activities/kids-programs for more info. 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. (508) 929-2700.


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