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SEPTEMBER 2020

BACK TO SCHOOL

PRODUCT ROUNDUP From books to backpacks and the Birthday Bird.... OUR FAVORITES

GREAT READS

Books to Get Your Child into the 2020 Election

THE ALLOWANCE

CONUNDRUM Should You? Or Shouldn’t You?

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WHEN TO TAKE YOUR SICK BABY TO THE DOCTOR


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WHAT’S INSIDE

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• Family Favorite Awards • Kids and Dogs: Staying Safe • Late Night Teen Texting

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We Love It: From books to backpacks and the Birthday Bird....our favorites for Back to School

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Books to Get Your Child into the 2020 Election

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Should You? Or Shouldn’t You?

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ur annual Family Favorites issue covers more than 80 different categories, including places to shop and dine, family fun attractions, school and enrichment programs and health professionals. Available online at BostonParentsPaper.com — just click on The August “Family Favorites” issue in the “Magazines” tab.

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t’s not easy to pry your teen’s cell phone out of their hot little hands, but you may want to implement a no texting after dark rule. A study published in the Journal of Child Neurology showed that teens who continued to text after their presumed bedtime when lights were out slept fewer hours, making school more of a struggle the next day (no surprise there). Interestingly, students who turned off their phones or stopped texting within 30 minutes after the lights went out performed “significantly better in school” than others who did not.

LABOR DAY, September 7th

this year, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Unofficially, this day marks a few milestones, end of summer for children going back to school, in normal times, the beginning of football season and the end of wearing white for the society ladies.Well, it used too. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and society eventually adopted it as the natural endpoint for summer fashion. 4

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Family F.Y.I. Kids and Dogs: Staying Safe

By Michael Felber, RN Staff Nurse, Boston Children’s Hospital

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ogs provide companionship and promote the social, emotional and cognitive development of children. But keeping kids safe around dogs is important. Dog bites can cause physical and psychological trauma, infection, and transmission of diseases such as tetanus and rabies. Children are by far most likely to be severely injured by dog bites, making safe behavior around man’s best friend essential. Any breed or size dog can bite a child. And most people are bitten by a dog they know. A dog’s likelihood to bite is influenced by its training, temperament, and previous experience with children. Any dog may bite if startled or overstimulated, feels cornered or threatened, or if protecting food, territory, or its canine or human family. Dogs have an instinct to chase, so the human behavior of running away can overstimulate or make aggressive behavior worse.

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To keep your child safe around dogs: • When adding a dog to your family, pick one with a good temperament. An older dog should have had experience with children. • Never leave young children unattended with a dog. • Be aware of dog body language. Going still or stiff, raising the fur on its neck, or growling are warning signs. A happy dog that wants to play should have soft and wiggly body language.

Teach your children dog safety rules, including: • Use a gentle touch and calm body with any dog. When getting acquainted with a dog stay still and let the dog approach you. • If approached by a new or aggressive dog, use the SAFE stance – Stay still, Arms crossed, Face and Eyes looking away.

• Stay away from dogs you don’t know. • If a dog is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies, leave it be. • Never take food or a toy out of a dog’s mouth. • Stay out of a dog’s personal space, such as its crate. Leave a dog that is tied up or behind a fence alone. You can provide first aid for a dog bite by applying pressure to stop the bleeding, washing the area with soap and water, and applying antibiotic ointment and a clean bandage. It is important to see a doctor for any bite that is deep, from an unknown animal, or if there are signs of infection such as warmth, redness, or pus. For severe or multiple bites, spurting or uncontrolled bleeding (does not stop after 10 minutes of pressure), call 911 for emergency treatment.


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Get Back Out there!

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Product Roundup

By Elena Epstein, Director of the National Parenting Product Awards

The Highlights Book of Things to Do: Discover, Explore, Create, and Do Great Things

A Smart Girl’s Guide: Crushes

The essential book of pure creativity and inspiration. You’ll find hundreds of ways to build, play, experiment, craft, cook, dream, think, and become outstanding citizens of the world. $24.99, ages 7+.

Help your child embrace and understand the new emotional feelings they’re starting to have for others during puberty. It includes tips and quizzes, plus age-appropriate and honest advice on navigating crushes and, most importantly, staying true to themselves. $12.99, ages 10+.

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Washaway Lunch Box Notes Personalized peel-and-stick label you can adhere to the outside of your child’s lunch container every morning so you can write them a fun daily message. The label will disintegrate quickly in water, whether you wash the lunch box by hand or in the dishwasher – no soaking or scrubbing required. $17.99, ages 4+.

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Classroom Lineup Floor Decals Telly Jr. Teaching Time Clock Help your child learn to tell both analog and digital time. In the learning mode, Telly Jr. teaches time in five-minute increments when the hands are moved, updating the LCD screen. In the quiz mode, Telly Jr. asks your child to move the hands on the clock face to match the time displayed on the screen. $27.99, ages 3+.

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Books to Get Your Child into the 2020 Election!

EVERYONE GETS A SAY written byJill Twiss and illustrated by EGKeller

SOMETIMES PEOPLE MARCH by Tessa Allen Sometimes People March is a

timely and inspiring introduction to how Americans exercise their right to free speech by marching in the name of justice, from debut author-illustrator Tessa Allen. With a spare, inspiring text and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is a timeless and important book for activists of all ages. $17.99. Ages 4-8. On Sale September 1, 2020.

LAMBSLIDE written by Ann Patchett and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

From international bestselling author Ann Patchett and the bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, Robin Preiss Glasser, comes a hilarious children’s story about a slide made just for lambs. Nicolette Farmer is running for class president, and the rest of the Farmer family tells her she’ll win by a landslide. A pack of overconfident lambs mistakenly hear lambslide, but when they can’t find one on the farm, there’s only one thing left to do: take a vote! $18.99. Ages 4-8. May 2019.

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KAMALA AND MAYA’S BIG IDEA written by Meena Harris & illus. by Ana Ramirez Gonzales Meena Harris debuts with an empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of her aunt, U.S. Senator and V.P. candidate, Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris. $17.99. Ages 4-8. June 2020.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo and The Someone New, comes a new picture book about voting. Pudding the snail and his friends can’t seem to agree on anything. So when Toast the butterfly suggests they need a leader, the friends try to figure out the best way to pick someone to be in charge. $18.99. Ages 4-8. August 2020

HOW WOMEN WON THE VOTE written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti and illustrated by Ziyue Chen From Newbery Honor medalist Susan Campbell Bartoletti and in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America comes the page-turning, stunningly illustrated, and tirelessly researched story of the little-known DC Women’s March of 1913. Includes extensive back matter and dozens of archival images to evoke the time period between 1909 and 1920. $18.99. Ages 8-12. May 2020.

THANK YOU FOR VOTING YOUNG READERS’ EDITION by Erin Geiger Smith

In this young readers’ edition of Thank You for Voting, debut author and journalist Erin Geiger Smith presents a fascinating look into America’s voting history and inspires young people to get involved! $16.99. Ages 8-12. June 2020. Boston Parents Paper | September 2020

EXPLORING THE WHITE HOUSE: INSIDE AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS HOME by Kate Andersen Brower #1 New York

Times bestselling author Kate Andersen Brower shares a special inside look into the most famous home in America—and the lives of hardworking staff members and first ladies who’ve maintained it. Featuring fascinating photos, fun facts, and memorable quotes from the residents and first ladies of the White House. $16.99. Ages 8-12. On Sale December 8, 2020.

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YES NO MAYBE SO by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed Jamie Goldberg is

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he word “allowance” might conjure up images of trust-fund kids and seems to hint at getting paid to do nothing. Poll a few of your friends about whether or not kids should get an allowance, and you’ll hear all sorts of answers. I’ve found there are several different camps on this issue, including those who believe kids should:

• Do chores because they get a place to sleep and food to eat • Be paid by the chore to learn the value of working for money • Receive a set amount of money every week to do chores as needed or • Be paid an allowance to learn how to manage money.

Michele Shimp is of Camp #1 but visits Camp #2 and said, “As for allowance, no, we don’t pay it. We decided that there are things the kids just have to do as members of the family: dishes, trash, laundry, feeding pets, cleaning room, mowing the lawn in the summer, the basics. However, they do have opportunities for money chores. These are chores out of the norm like cleaning the fridge, vacuuming the van, mowing a part of the lawn that is not your responsibility, cleaning a closet, etc.”

Weighing in for Camp #2, we have my husband. He pays a quarter per chore (called Chore Points) for things like emptying the dishwasher and gives maybe three Chore Points for something like cleaning the bathroom. Daniél Waters Minton has a different way of paying: “Max has always been able to earn money if he wants it. He gets 1 cent per minute, or 10 cents for 10 minutes, or $6/ hour. I break it down because sometimes he’s only got 25 minutes in him. He can earn it by doing chores outside of his normal expected stuff, or by babysitting his little brother.”

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Not every sniffle or sneeze warrants a doctor visit—and going in for unneeded office visits may expose your baby to more harmful germs or spread them to others.

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oes your little one have the sniffles, or something more serious? Now more than ever, you may be wondering when to take your fussy, under-theweather baby to the doctor. Per the American Academy

of Pediatrics, babies catch up to 10 colds per year, more if they have older siblings or attend daycare. Since each illness may result in two to three weeks of symptoms, a baby may be sick up to 140 days out of their first year of life. Because babies are still building critical immune-supporting antibodies, they lack protection against viruses and bacterial illnesses that circulate during cold and flu season. But not every sniffle or sneeze warrants a doctor visit—

and going in for unneeded office visits may expose your baby to more harmful germs or spread them to others. When you’re considering a doctor visit for your baby, here’s how to know when to go.

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VIRAL ILLNESSES V

iral illnesses like influenza (a.k.a. the flu) are more common during the winter and spring months but can happen at any time. “For viral infections, we treat symptoms, but because the illness is viral and not bacterial, antibiotics are not needed,” says Frida Pena, MD, a family medicine physician at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington.

RSV AND BRONCHIOLITIS Respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV) is a common respiratory illness that can progress into a lung infection called bronchiolitis. RSV usually begins like a regular cold, with a stuffy or runny nose, mild cough, fever (temperature higher than 100.4), and decreased appetite. As the illness progresses, children may breathe rapidly or have trouble breathing, wheeze or make a whistling sound when breathing, or have a severe cough.

WHEN TO GO

Many children with RSV or bronchiolitis do not need to see a doctor. But parents should watch for some important symptoms, says Pena. Call your healthcare provider if: • You can see indentations between or below your baby’s ribs when they breathe. • Your baby’s nostrils flare (get bigger) when they breathe.  • Your baby younger than 3 months has a fever (temperature greater than 100.4ºF or 38ºC). • Your baby older than 3 months has a fever (temperature greater than 100.4ºF or 38ºC) for more than 3 days • Your baby has fewer wet diapers than normal.

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FIFTH DISEASE (ERYTHEMA INFECTIOSUM) Erythema infectiosum, or fifth disease, is a common, contagious illness with mild symptoms that include fever, headache, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle aches that last for 2-5 days. After these symptoms fade, children may develop a lacy, bright pink “slapped cheek” across the face, arms, and upper back along with joint pain.

WHEN TO GO

Most children feel better within a week and don’t require a doctor visit. See your pediatrician or healthcare provider in the following situations: • If your baby has an immune or blood disorder and has symptoms of fifth disease. • If your baby has symptoms for more than a month. • If you develop fifth disease during pregnancy. Rarely, fifth disease can be dangerous for an unborn baby.

HAND, FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFM) is a common babyhood illness that causes painful sores to form in the mouth and on the hands, feet, buttocks and sometimes genitals. The condition is uncomfortable but usually shortlived—symptoms fade within a week or so.

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CROUP Croup is a term for a group of infections that affect the trachea (main airway through which we breathe), causing a distinctive cough that sounds like a seal barking. Croup infections are most common between 6 months and 3 years of age and less common after age 6.

WHEN TO GO

In most children, croup goes away on its own. In some cases, croup warrants a doctor visit or even immediate medical attention in an emergency department.

CALL 911 • If your baby starts to turn blue or pale. • If your baby is breathing with extreme difficulty. • If your baby can’t speak or cry because he can’t get enough air. • If your baby is very upset, very sleepy or doesn’t seem to respond to you. 

Call your baby’s pediatrician if: • Your baby’s cough won’t go away. • Your baby starts to drool or can’t swallow.  • Your baby makes a noisy, high-pitched sound when breathing, even while just sitting or resting. • You see indentations between or under your baby’s ribs when breathing. • Your baby younger than 3 months has a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 F or 38 C). “All these diseases can be prevented by washing your hands and your baby’s hands often with soap and water, or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers for older children, staying away from adults and children who are sick, and making sure your baby gets all the recommended vaccines, including the flu shot,” says Pena. While you’re at it, get a flu shot yourself, too.

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any common babyhood illnesses, from strep throat to whooping cough, are caused by bacteria. “For bacterial infections, recommendations in terms of how to prevent them are the same as for viral infections,” says Pena. The main difference between these illnesses and viral infections: Bacterial illnesses require either oral or topical treatment, and an office visit is usually required.

STREP THROAT About 3 in 10 sore throats are strep throat, caused by streptococcal bacteria. Strep throat causes severe throat pain, fever, and swollen glands in the neck. Strep

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throat is less common in babies than in older children; babies with strep throat may be extra fussy or disinterested in eating.

WHEN TO GO

If you suspect strep throat, contact your baby’s healthcare provider, since this bacterial infection requires treatment. Additionally, contact your baby’s doctor if: • If your baby has a fever of at least 101 F or 38.5 C. • If your baby doesn’t want to eat or drink anything. • Call 911 if your baby has trouble breathing or swallowing, is drooling much more than usual or has a stiff of swollen neck.


EXPERT ADVICE SCARLET FEVER The same bacteria that cause strep throat can also cause scarlet fever, a condition that causes a red rash. Children with scarlet fever usually have a sore throat along with a spotty, red, sandpaper-like rash on the head and neck that spreads to the body, arms and legs. Your baby’s tongue may appear bright red with white spots.

WHEN TO GO

Scarlet fever is treated with antibiotics, so it’s important to call your baby’s healthcare provider if your baby has a sore throat accompanied by a rash. As with strep throat, seek medical attention if: • If your baby has a fever of at least 101 F or 38.5 C. • If your baby doesn’t want to eat or drink anything. • Call 911 if your baby has trouble breathing or swallowing, is drooling much more than usual or has a still or swollen neck.

IMPETIGO When bacteria get into cuts and scrapes, a skin infection called impetigo can cause red, painful bumps on the skin, usually on the face, arms, or legs. These bumps go on to form blisters before scabbing over; scabs are often yellow, gold, or brown.

lingers and gets worse after other symptoms resolve. This illness is preventable through vaccination; children should get 5 doses of the whooping cough vaccine by age 6.

WHEN TO GO

Whooping cough requires treatment with antibiotics for the person with the illness as well as family members, even if they’re not sick. After your baby begins antibiotic treatment, watch for the following signs that may require another doctor visit: • Your baby develops a fever. • Your baby vomits repeatedly from coughing. • Your baby loses interest in eating or drinking. • Your baby appears dehydrated with fewer than 4-6 wet diapers in 24 hours. If you still have questions about when to go, pick up the phone. Caregivers should always call their baby’s healthcare provider any time they have questions or concerns about their baby’s health, says Pena. Here’s to a healthier first year with fewer sick days—for the entire family. Malia Jacobson is a health and family journalist, author of “Ready, Set, Sleep: 50 Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep So You Can Sleep Too” and host of the Sleep Well Stay Well podcast.

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Call your baby’s doctor if you suspect impetigo; the condition requires treatment with antibiotics to avoid spreading the illness to others. More reasons to call your baby’s doctor: • If sores continue to spread after beginning antibiotic treatment. • If sores don’t begin to improve 24 hours after beginning treatment.

WHOOPING COUGH Also called pertussis, whooping cough is an infection that causes a severe cough that can last for weeks and months. The distinctive “whoop” sound occurs when someone tries to breathe after a coughing attack, but not everyone with whooping cough will make the sound, says Pena. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, and a cough that

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Things to Do t is time to get out of the house, get some fresh air and safely explore local adventures with your family. Not sure what to do? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a selection of 21 outdoor adventures just outside your doorstep, chock-full with learning and stimulation!

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#2 Greenway Carousel

Boston —Take a spin on Boston’s famed Greenway Carousel in the heart of the city. Did you know these magnificent, hand-carved New England animals were all inspired by the imaginations of Boston school children? Find your favorite, and let your spirit soar.

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#3 Drumlin Farm’s Apple Honey Harvest

SEPTEMBER 16TH Lincoln — Make a bee-line for Drumlin Farm’s Apple Honey Harvest where you can meet the bees and taste delicious honey and apple pairings, then try your hand at some apple crafts. Stories will be shared and songs will be sung! Advance registration required. massaudubon.org September 2020 | BostonParentsPaper.com

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#4 Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

SEPTEMBER 19TH Lincoln — Discover the wonder that comes from observing birds at the All About Birds event hosted by Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet a variety of finefeathered friends, join a naturalist on a bird walk, and take home your own bird craft.

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#5 Plimouth Plantation and Mayflower II SEPTEMBER 20TH Plymouth — Step back in time at Plimoth Plantation and attend the Pilgrim Doll Making workshop to learn how to make a 17th-century poppet just like the pilgrims did! All supplies included. plimoth.org Plus, Mayflower II returned to her home port in Plymouth on August 10th. The ship is ready to welcome visitors to check out the refurbished beauty. For more information and updates visit:

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SEPTEMBER 26TH Westport — Want to learn more about the famed monarch butterfly? Sign up for the Monarch Tagging event at Allens Pond field station where you’ll find out how to handle and tag them, and understand more about this migration mystery through scientific investigations.

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#7 Shining Sea Bikeway

Cape Cod — Return to one of life’s simplest pastimes on the Shining Sea Bikeway for a casual, coastal family ride from Falmouth to Woods Hole on a wide, flat path perfect for every age. Beautiful views the whole way through take you past seashore, inland marshes, beautiful neighborhoods, woods, and more for a truly unforgettable day. No bike? Local rentals of every kind abound!

#8 Salt Pond Visitor’s Center Cape Cod — Share an off-the-grid day with

your family on one of Cape Cod National Seashore’s hiking trails. Check in at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and venture out onto the 1.3 mile Nauset Marsh Trail for a walk that crosses woods, fields, and a breathtaking salt marsh. Want to hear some waves crash? Take the 1-mile trail extension to Coast Guard Beach, or start from the Doane Picnic Area (parking lot available) and walk just the extension.

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#11 Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Boston — Take the family on a revolutionary

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nature tour at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary for an up-close outdoor exploration that unlocks the mysteries of plants, animals, and ecosystems. Sign-up with another family to split the cost, and choose from Marsh Wonders, Magic Pool in the Forest, and Field Mysteries! Max 10 people.

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daytrip to Spectacle Island via round-trip ferry passage from Boston’s Long Wharf terminal. Hike the trails for a (more) spectacular view of Boston Harbor and spend a couple of hours relaxing on the serene beach a world away from the urban hustle. Know before you go: Beach is rocky, bring water shoes. bostonharborislands.org

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Topsfield — Become a nature detective

at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, and explore the wetlands and habitats along the riverbank trails that wind through the sanctuary. Want to make it official? Download a free wildlife scavenger hunt activity sheet and grab a magnifying glass before you go. Don’t forget the bird seed—chickadees will eat from your hand! massaudubon.org

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#17 Marshfield Drive-in Marshfield — Head south of the city to

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Concord — Rent a canoe or kayak at the familyowned South Bridge Boat House and float down the ever-so-tranquil Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers past beautiful countryside, stately homes, and woodlands. Set your course for the historic North Bridge for a leisurely 1.5 to 2-hour round trip and keep your eyes peeled for sunning turtles and blue herons along the riverbank.

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#20 The Great Goat Experience Barnstable ­— Sign up for The Great Goat Experience hosted by a small Cape Cod farm certified wildlife habitat in Barnstable for a truly unique outing. Tour the beautiful land abundant with fruit trees and flowers, feed the goats, Stella and Bella, oak leaves right from your hands, and even learn to make goat milk soap! Lather up back home with your take-home sample. airbnbexperiences

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