Hilltown Families

Vacant paper mills line the narrow strip of land between Water Street and the Connecticut River in Holyoke, MA. Near the end of the 19th Century, Holyoke, with more than 25...

We're building a comprehensive list of family holiday events happening in Western MA, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the Winter Solstice. Arranged according to date, county or type of event,...

The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Springfield Museums unveil two exhibits today to help usher in the holiday season: "A Peek Inside Santa’s Sack: Vintage Cast...

The fourth annual Fiber Festival of New England is back in West Springfield this weekend and offering an incredible learning experience to families interested in workshops, demonstrations and all things fiber!...

Invite yourself to the opportunity of experiencing a side of the Bear Hole watershed in West Springfield that many do not experience... at night! The West Springfield Environmental Committee is offering...

Families, schools & youth groups can get creative in the kitchen with the Springfield Museums Magic of Gingerbread Competition! Applying design theory and architectural skills, youth can build edible structures....

Wistariahurst Museum is exhibiting a new display of artifacts from the Museum’s collection commemorating the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of Holyoke’s participation in the Civil War entitled, "Holyoke Remembers the Civil...

Some trends are great to follow—like the seasons! Seasonal food is fresh and fantastic, and when you work with nature it can be surprisingly easy to grow and prepare. This fall,...

The story of the Jewish community in the Pioneer Valley is detailed in a new exhibit at the Springfield Museums titled "One Hundred Years of Jewish Life in the Valley: From...

Springfield Museums' Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will host an art exhibit of flora and fauna from Puerto Rico as part of the Museums' annual Hispanic...

There are many different entry points for thematically investigating history: fashion, architecture, industry, literature, and even food! This autumn, the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke will host a lecture series that...

Congratulations to Tara Winters of Williamsburg! Tara has won a 4-pack of lawn tickets to see Dropkick Murphys at Mountain Park in Holyoke on Friday, August 16th, 2013 @ 8pm as...

Join Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke in the upcycling craze with kids’ craft events this month as part of a series of Trash-to-Treasure workshops! Can't make it? Check out this DIY video...

The Springfield Museums are offering families a full six weeks of hands-on learning fun this summer! All of the learning experiences offered at the museum are designed with the topics...

YES Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA Saturday, July 27th, 2013 @ 8pm Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to...

Become a Quest Detective with The Trustees of Reservations Now back through the stile, leave the cows inside. Round the Cobble clockwise, the vernal pool hides. Then we begin our first...

Irish Legacy Exhibit at Springfield Museums this Summer The Pioneer Valley’s history is deeply entwined with the stories of thousands of Irish immigrants.  Local culture and industries were shaped in part...

Citizen Scientists Wanted to Monitor Backyard Birds: Neighborhood Nestwatch Citizen Scientist Opportunity for Families in the Pioneer Valley Ever wonder if the robins nesting in your backyard are the same birds...

Chicago Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA Friday, June 21st, 2013 @ 8pm Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to...

Bike Tours of Holyoke Mills & Canals and Mansions: June 1st & 8th The Wistariahurst Museum is holding two bicycle tours around the city of Holyoke, one exploring the city’s mills...

Cranes for Compassion Most professors assign a final paper or exam to end the semester, but Andriana Foiles, adjunct professor of Ethnic and Gender Studies at Westfield State University, had her...

Storrowton Village Host Interactive Tour: Civil War West Springfield, May 28th Storrowton Village will present an interactive, educational tour titled Storrowton and the Civil War, Tuesday, May 28, from 6-7pm, offering...

Amazing Butterflies at the Springfield Museums May 25-Sept 2nd, 2013 What do question marks, painted ladies, and mourning cloaks all have in common? They’re all things that can be found this...

Chester On Track Celebrates 174th Anniversary Saturday, May 18th, 2013 Chester, MA Celebrate the 174th anniversary of the coming of the railroad to Chester, MA. Chester became a significant railroad hub...

Little Free Library in Wilbraham Honors Neighbors & Remembers Tornado Well, it is little, and it is a library, and, yes, it is free… so it must be a Little Free Library....

Park Clean Ups & Community Service Activities for Families this Spring in Western MA As spring warms the landscape across western Massachusetts, opportunities for outdoor adventures increase exponentially. What would have...

Support Neighbors in Transition Volunteer with Gray House in Springfield Looking for community service opportunities to do as a family? Whether you’re hoping to fill a few free afternoons with an...

Maple Syrup Season The moment that we have been waiting for all winter is here: Maple Syrup Time!  The ground is thawing, and the sap is running… maple sugaring is everywhere,...