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Not sure if the last one posted. I am traveling to Portland over Memorial Day weekend and wondered if any parents could help me out with local playgrounds for my husband and I to take the kids to for the end of the day energy buster! The kids range in age from 4-9. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: playgrounds

How about the beach? There are great sandy stretches in South Portland. The area around Portland Head Light is fun to explore. Beyond the lighthouse, there are some old buildings to explore (Don't worry Mom, it's safe). Climbing around the rocks at low tide is a delight! Nothing works better than salt air and sunshine to make the little ones tired.

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2. Re: playgrounds

The Western Prom in Portland has wonderful, wide open spaces for running around, and a playground. Super views of the islands, too. Where are you staying? I can give you some more specific sites.

If it rains, the Children's Museum of Maine is tailored to that age group, and has lots of spaces to expend energy.

Absolutely true about heading to Fort Williams or Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth. Fort Williams has a set of swings, but other than that, acres and acres open area, as well as those terrific old forts and the Portland Headlight lighthouse. Fantastic kite flying site (along with Bug Light Park in South Portland.)