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Need family-friendly summer plans? Westford has you covered

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WESTFORD — Whether you are looking to get outside or try something new this summer, Westford offers many summer opportunities for you to explore with friends and family.

Beaches and Trails 

Abbot Trails

This trail begins at the North End of the Abbot School and ends at Cummings Road. It is notable for the number of birdhouses that line the trail. The Abbot Trail is suitable for beginners and families.

Edwards Beach and Forge Pond

With the season beginning on June 26, these public beaches are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are the perfect places for families to spend a day in the sun and offer playgrounds, picnic tables, and concession stands.

Edwards Beach is located at the end of Williams Avenue off Plain Road. Forge Pond is located near Forge Village center and can be reached by the access road that runs between Bradford Street and the railroad tracks.

Stone Arch Trail

Located off of Cold Spring Road, this short, looped trail is perfect for beginners and offers views of the local brooks and animals. It follows what was once the path of an old railroad track, and passes by Russell Bird Sanctuary. Stone Arch Trail is especially great for any bird enthusiast. 

Summer camps

Kids Club

Kids Club is geared toward a variety of ages, with many activities for children to partake in. Over a seven week period campers can participate in many of the weekly themes including carnival week, super heroes, and beach week. Located at Nabnasset, campers can play outdoors or indoors depending on the weather.

With American Rescue Plan Act funding, the Recreation Department is offering one free week of Kid’s Camp per child for families who meet income eligibility guidelines. Parents can apply here.

Destination Exploration Opportunities

Located at East Boston Camps, Destination Exploration allows children to embrace the outdoors. Taking place over seven weeks from June to August, campers can choose from activities such as hiking, fishing, paddleboarding, arts and crafts, and many more.

Destination Exploration is available to kids ages 4-13. Parents can choose from either a full week or partial week registration. Summer Beach Party is a nonconsecutive two-week option that offers the same opportunities at Destination Exploration.

Teen Adventures

Available for young adults in grades 6-9, Teen Adventures offers a wide selection of field trips in Westford and other local communities. From Canobie Lake Park to Boston Harbor Island, there is a place that is sure to appeal to everyone. The summer program provides an enriching social environment for teenagers that is sure to create memories that they will think back fondly on.

Sports 

Flag Football

Flag Football is available for children ages 7-11 to play at the Nabnasset School this July. Children can learn the different strategies and techniques of the sport as they play on a team. There will be theme days, trivia, a Super Bowl tournament, and other activities planned throughout the week. 

Flag Football will be scheduled Monday through Thursday during the weeks of July 11, July 18, and July 25. Parents are to provide snacks, a lunch, water, and sunscreen for their child. Due to limited indoor space, if there is bad weather the day may be canceled. Built-in rain dates are provided on Fridays.

Seth Dichard Golf Schools

Available for both adults and children, this program provides a non-intimidating environment for those new to the sport of golf. Lessons will teach the basic rules of golf and allow players to practice and develop their newly found skills. 

Taught by Golf Instructor Seth Dichard, all programs are located at the Seth Dichard Golf Center on 28 Lowell Road in Hudson, New Hampshire.

On The Mark Archery

Those interested in trying a new sport can sign up for On The Mark Archery. Taught by certified USA Archery instructors, anyone ages nine and up can learn the basics of archery and develop their skills through games and competitions.

Located on Frost Field and Whitney Playground, lessons will run through June 1 to June 22 at 6-7 PM. All equipment is provided to participants and no prior experience is needed.

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