Hilltown Families

Question and Answer Do you have a pediatric dentist you love here in Western MA? Share here for other families looking for dental services for their kids. Jessica Grant writes: I...

Question and Answer We have so many wonderful museums here in Western MA! Which local museum did your family visit last? What did you see? What did you do? Jennilynne Bernard...

Question and Answer Emails are coming in from families in Western MA looking for ways to offer support for the events happening in Japan. Please share your ideas and opportunities here...

Question and Answer Vent! What are your kids doing these days that’s driving you nuts? Myssie Casinghino writes: “Oy, the potty mouth. I am fine with a bit of stinky-poo humor,...

Question and Answer Anyone else fight with their kids to keep their jackets/gloves/hats on when it’s cold outside?!… Anyone winning those fights?! Nancy Cavillones writes: I decided a long time ago...

Question and Answer Sugar season is fast approaching! Where’s your favorite sugar bush or sugar shack to take the family during Maple sugar season? Anita Morehouse recommends: “Growing up we always...

Question and Answer Wanted: Snow day activity recommendations! Any activity suggestions on what to do with the kids? Sabine N Merz writes: Help your neighbor shovel. Megan Sherman writes: Pajama Party....

Question and Answer Any recommendations for an indoor place to host a winter birthday party?   Sarah Porter West recommends: We have had great luck with the Northampton Bowl. Roberta Fortini-Curran...

Question and Answer Anyone have a recommendation for a local preschool? Is there a preschool your kids went to that you would recommend to other parents? Emily Gonzalez writes: Rise &...

Question and Answer Does your family celebrate the Winter Solstice? How do you mark the shortest day of the year?   Alisa Blanchard writes: “We’re watching the lunar eclipse and having...

Question and Answer Any suggestions on a meaningful gift to give to a teacher for the holidays? Amberly Warnke recommends: “Something nice related to what you learned in his or her...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Alison Webster asks, “Does anyone know where I could donate used, very good condition toys and they would go directly to kids/families?” Shoshona King recommends: Amherst Survival Center...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS The holiday season is upon us! Any recommendations on where to get a locally grown Christmas Tree? Any fun places to go with the family to choose/cut your...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Where does your family go for a good pizza in Western MA? Roberta Fortini-Curran recommends: Hot Tomatoes in Williamstown… yummy! Kelly Torza recommends: Hilltown Pizza (Williamsburg). Suzi Kingsley...

Big Box Shops Offering Our Daughters the Perfect Sexy Costume At first when I saw this costume I thought it was for a streetwalker, but upon slower inspection I realized it...

Head for the apple orchard this weekend to PYO apples with your kids! It's a fun way to learn about local food systems and a great excuse to follow up in...

As a parent, what’s the best advice you ever received? See what our readers had to offer, and share your own too...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Pears are coming into season soon. Do you know of a place families can PYO pears, or a farm stand to purchase fresh local pears? Share your favorite...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Are parents less happy than non-parents? … New York magazine recently published an article, “All Joy and No Fun: Why parents hate parenting.” Western MA parents respond: Sylva...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Kids (even adults) are going crazy over Silly Bandz! What are your thoughts on this new fad? What do your kids think about them? Sandie DeLuca Richardson wrote:...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Is your garden or CSA loading you up with fresh veggies? Are the heirloom tomatoes coming in yet? What’s your families favorite summer dish made with fresh local...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Playing card games on these lazy summer days with the family create great memories!  What’s your favorite family card game to play with your kids? Jennifer Page responds:...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Can anyone recommend a New England BEACH worth taking a day trip to? Teresa Barents Van Bramer responds: Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island. Maria Sansalone responds: Rhode Island...

From our archives, families share their favorite places for pick-your-own raspberries. Take a peek and find a place to pick. Already have a favorite spot you'd like to share?...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Can anyone recommend an outdoor swimming pool to take the kids to in Western Massachusetts? Julie Gouldman Russell responds: If you happen to know someone who is a...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Donna B. writes: I am wondering if anyone can recommend a good place for children’s horseback riding lessons or a day camp that includes riding lessons. . Kristy...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Heather Richardson writes: Anyone know where I can donate toys? My boys just have too many and I’d like to pass them on to someone who could use...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS It’s Strawberry Season! Share your secret pick-your-own spot to go to with the kids, or favorite farm stand for stocking up on these delicious red jewels!  Here are...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Summer is turning the corner on us and the sun is a blazing. Can anyone recommend a kid-friendly sun-block they like to use on their family, and where...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Can anyone recommend a science summer camp in Western MA for grade school kids (2010)? Roberta Fortini-Curran writes: Williams College runs one for 5th graders, week long program,...