Hilltown Families

Where's your favorite playground in western MA? We invited our readers to share their suggestions & lesser known treasures. Here's what they had to share...

We asked our readers how their families stayed entertained when they were snowed in... Answers ranged from playing games to playing music and included arts & crafts, baking reading, watching movies,...

Winter in western Massachusetts need not be a cold and isolating experience! If you're in the western part of the Commonwealth there is much to outdoor adventures to do once the...

Let's talk bedtime... What time does your child go to bed, and what is their age? Many parents struggling with bedtime routines with their young children wonder how other parents manage...

Looking for a place to buy or PYO local pumpkin for Halloween with the family? Our reader recommend their favorite farms in Western MA...

Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a comprehensive list of classes and enrichment programs to help connect opportunities with learners of all ages...

Looking for affordable, healthy, vegetarian, kid-friendly meal options in the Pioneer Valley? So was Tara Winters of Williamsburg who submitted her question for our readers to answer. We shared...

Recently we asked our readers how they are handling screen time with their kids this summer and how they are setting limits. Ranging from bargaining chips to getting rid of...

Looking for a day trip from Western MA? How about one to a nearby tidal pool? Maybe even stop into one of the maritime centers too! See what our readers...

End of the School Year Gratitude & Appreciation End of the school year is fast approaching and many families are looking for creative ways to express their gratitude of the teachers...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS One of our readers is looking for a book recommendation written from the perspective of a child with Asperger’s syndrome or autism for their preteen reader. Any suggestions?...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS One of our readers is looking to set up an email account for their tween.  — “Are there any recommendations from other parents on how to set up...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Let’s talk bedtime… What time does your child go to bed, and what is their age? Pulled from our archives, here’s what our readers had to share… Nancyjo...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS When your kids were babies, how did you include them at the dinner table? Jennifer Shiao Page writes, “Well, when she was a wee one, we always ate...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS How does your family stay entertained when you’re snowed in (and the temps dip below 0°)? Amy Meltzer writes: “Blokus, Backgammon, Spot It, Clue, puzzles…baking cookies…and what my...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Amy Meltzer writes: “We’re looking to take our girls for a night’s stay in a cabin or small and inexpensive B&B in the woods sometime over winter vacation...

Survive & Thrive the Winter in Western MA! Now that we finally have some snow, winter play can begin!  Wondering where to get outside for a little winter fun? Or where...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Are your kids allergic to nuts? Maybe you can help Julie Rodrigues Tanguay out with a recommendation for a nut-free bakery. Julie writes, “I’m looking for recommendations for...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS One of our readers is looking for places to take kids on horse-drawn sleigh or hayrides in Western MA for their child’s winter birthday party. Any recommendations? Lauren...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Jean Engle of North Adams writes, “Once the colder weather sets in, where are the best places to visit and socialize for parents and children with special needs?...

Hey grandparents! ...here are some recommendations on good activities to do with your grandkids in Western MA, including playgroups, storyhours, museums, and arts & crafts...

One of our readers asks how other families bring (fun!) math lessons home and engage kids in real math problems. Check out the great suggestions made, including baking, games, books,...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Now that the days are getting shorter, do you have any ideas or suggestion on how to get the kids to enjoy  outdoors even with less light? Community...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Wanted: Organic PYO apples! Pilar Goldstein-Dea of Easthampton writes, “We’re wondering where we might pick organic apples locally. Where’s your favorite organic pick-your-own orchard?” Erin Brainard writes, “Outlook...

Getting Kids to Practice Their Musical Instruments Last fall we ask our readers how they got their kids to practice their musical instrument, generating great feedback on what worked for their...

Back-To-School Labor Day weekend marks the return of school for many families! We’ve combed through our archives of questions we’ve asked our readers over the years that relate to this time...

Americans spend billions and billions of dollars on kids clothes each fall in anticipation for the school year ($7.7 billion in August alone in 2011)! We asked our readers when shopping...

Hickory Tussock Moth Have your kids been handling these white and black fuzzy caterpillars that are so abundant this summer (Hickory Tussock Moth)? Some families are reporting skin rashes after handling...

When it’s a rainy day in Western MA, what do you like to get out and do with your family in the region? Share your recommendations! Jean Canosa Albano writes, “Visit...

Wondering what to do with old clothing that is ripped, stained or otherwise unable to donate/wear? Melissa Weinberger of Easthampton writes, “I am about to throw a huge bag of old...