Kick off your shoes and get ready for some family fun. Imajine That in Lawrence is a safe, clean, well-cared for indoor play space that’s perfect for rainy afternoons, birthday parties, and super-fun play dates. Kids can scramble through a huge jungle-gym maze, paint and create in an art space, play dress up and put on puppet shows, make music, and more. Special events like art, music, karate, and cooking classes are great for kids’ development and enrichment, as well as being fun. There’s something available for grownups, too. Imajine That teams with Salvatore’s Restaurant to offer babysitting while mom and dad enjoy a two-hour kid free dinner right downstairs.
354 Merrimack St., Lawrence, 978-682-5338, imajinethat.com
Salem Willows Park
When summer gets underway and the nights are warm and long, Salem Willows amusement park and boardwalk are a must. The kitsch factor is half the fun, the other half is thinking about how long the place has been entertaining visitors (since 1858). In addition to arcade games, carousel and bumper car rides, ice cream, cotton candy, pizza, and, of course, the famous chop suey, live music and special events like the Seafood Festival and the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival make for great family fun. Picnicking under billowing 200-year-old white willow trees and taking in the harbor view are part of what makes the Willows, the Willows.