Hilltown Families

Intergenerational collaborations can provide young students with hands-on lessons in the basic science of physics and principles of design at the 6th Great Holyoke Brick Race happening on Saturday, June 10th!

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Where’s a good place to pick pumpkins with the kids in Western MA? Patricia McCarthy Krutiak recommends, “Whitney’s Farm Stand. Route 8. Cheshire, MA.” (Berkshire Co.) Heather Dunham...

Summer Bucket List & Reader Recommendations for Western MA With it’s natural beauty, local food, family attractions and community festivals and fairs, Western Massachusetts is a haven for family fun. Whether...

Opened as an arsenal to support George Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War, the Springfield Armory served as a major arms manufacturing center for over two centuries. The Armory closed in...

Though western Massachusetts isn't known as a sports mecca, it's filled with community-based resources for exploring sports and the history behind them. As the birthplace of at least two major sports...

The day upon which Texas slaves learned of the Emancipation Proclamation is celebrated today as Juneteenth. Find out about community-based learning events, resources and self-initiated opportunities to learn about history, reflect...

Arts on Elm brings an art walk to Westfield, and with it comes a fantastic showcase of the arts! Featuring over 25 local artists' work in gallery shows, displays, and even...

Intergenerational collaborations can provide young students with hands-on lessons in the basic science of physics and principles of design at the 5th Great Holyoke Brick Race happening on Saturday, June 4th!

Joining the host of local communities offering educational opportunities through walking tours, Springfield's downtown has been given new life and new educational possibilities through a walking tour. Provided by the Springfield...

Using the seasons as a catalyst for learning can help connect kids to their environment and the seasonal cycles of their community. Garden-based learning is just one activity that is on...

Elms College is throwing a Bioblitz this Saturday at Chicopee Memorial State Park. Teachers, students, parents and friends of all ages are invited to team up with scientists to identify as...

Organized by Elms College, BioBlitz 2016 offers an important opportunity to engage in citizen science in Chicopee! Designed to identify and record as many species of living things as possible, the...

Find out about family holiday events in Western MA with our comprehensive list of non-commercial holiday events!

Western Massachusetts' natural history is one of epic proportions - dinosaurs loved our local landscape! In addition to the numerous year-round community-based opportunities to explore paleontology, families can take advantage of...

Held over the course of nine months, Herencia Latina brings a host of educational opportunities and cultural celebrations to the Pioneer Valley. Honoring the 500 years of Latino American history in...

Have you ever wondered how magic tricks really work? By studying the psychology behind magic, young magicians (and young psychologists) can uncover the "secrets" behind successful magic tricks and learn lots...

An important element within the city of Holyoke, Gateway City Arts connects artists, artisans, and creators of all kinds with the community through classes, community conversations, markets, and other exciting events....

It's hard to believe it is almost here: June 21st, the longest day, the shortest night. Summer Solstice. That in itself means there is a lot to celebrate and enjoy. It's...

Into the midst of the educational upheaval happening in Holyoke enters LightHouse Holyoke, Personalized Education for Teens, a new school alternative opening in September. LightHouse offers teens aged 13-18...

Westfield State students collect shoes to help in fight against global poverty Attention anyone with a closet:  Those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy...

Exploring the lives of the rich and famous of Springfield's past, the Springfield Museums' newest exhibit is made up of items demonstrating the luxury with which Victorian-era elite lived their lives....

Given the worldwide impact of Dr. Seuss’ work, it’s hard to believe that there is no museum in his honor. That is set to change in 2016, when the Springfield Museums...

Celebrate this year's maple season at Storrowton Village's annual Maple Harvest Day! Families can learn about maple harvests of the past in the historic village, and celebrate the coming of...

Were your ancestors immigrants? Are you finding a need to better understand the immigrant experience in Western Massachusetts? Wistariahurst Museum has lined up a series of historical...

This March, Holyoke Codes will be offering free STEM based workshops for youth. Holyoke Codes encourages and supports diversity in the field of technology, offering free workshops for youth to be...

Tying local history with important national and international events, the Springfield Armory provides visitors with a glimpse into the history of military arms manufacturing and the history of the industrial revolution....