Photo: Beaver Brook Reservation’s spray pool.
By Shodai Inose, Belmont Citizens Forum
Vacations are fun and relaxing, but can also be harsh on your wallet and the environment. A perfect way to stay environment and budget friendly is by having a Staycation!
A Staycation is exactly what it sounds like; it’s a vacation in your hometown. Come with us to explore what Belmont has to offer for fun. We at the Belmont Citizens Forum have created a Staycation Passport with categories to check off, as well as a suggested schedule to follow. Try to discover as many new activities as possible, mixing and matching to accommodate your interests and your schedule.
These are only suggestions: feel free to enjoy and suggest other activities Belmont has to offer! Thank you to those who already suggested ideas; we tried our best to incorporate as many as we could.
Please also join us on Aug. 13 from noon-3 p.m. for the Belmont Staycation Picnic at the Wellington Station. You bring your blankets and picnic baskets and we’ll bring the popsicles in a historic Underwood family ice chest! We’ll also bring frisbees, a croquet set from the Belmont Woman’s Club, and other games and activities. Groundwork Yoga+Wellness will also be there to teach a free yoga lesson for kids at 1:00. Be sure to stop by!
The Staycation Challenges:
We will have several August challenges with prizes, so you will definitely want to participate:
- Our first challenge will be the Belmont Staycation Selfie challenge. Take a selfie at any of the locations we have listed on this article and post it on the Belmont Citizens Forum facebook page to get entered into our raffle!
- Our second challenge will be the Belmont Staycation Passport challenge. Pick up your physical passport at the Belmont Public Library and other locations around town, email us at email@example.com to request one, or check our website for an online version. To get entered into our second raffle, fill out what you do in each category and send it to:
Belmont Citizens Forum
P.O. Box 609
Belmont, MA 02478
Want an extra entry into our raffle? Take the Belmont Staycation survey by Sunday, Aug. 7 to help us understand more about how residents plan their vacations — we’re hoping to do this again based on what we learn in 2016!
Finally, go ahead and Like the Staycation on the Belmont Citizens Forum Facebook page!
A Suggested 7-day Staycation in Belmont:
Notes: See bottom of the article for a calendar view; a tree symbol (?) denotes an environmentally friendly activity.
?Claypit Pond: Take a walk around the pond, bring a library book to enjoy on one of the park benches as you enjoy the historic trees and a beautiful view of the water.
- Location: In front of Belmont High School
?Belmont Acres Farm: Did you know Belmont has a farm? Enjoy the green and the country feel in your town! Stop by the farm and pick up some fresh food. This local five-acre farm also features many recipes on their website.
- Location: 34 Glenn Rd.
Family Game Night at the Belmont Public Library: Come to this free event (with snacks and drinks) to play some games with other families. You will meet new people and have fun learning how to play an assortment of games.
- Location: 336 Concord Ave.
- Date: Aug. 16.
- Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
The Belmont Council on Aging’s 4th Annual Talent Show: Stop by the Talent Show to get a sense of some local talent.
- Location: 266 Beech St.
- Aug. 23 at 1:15 p.m.
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