What to do in Pioneer Valley
View from Mt. Sugarloaf

What to Do in Pioneer Valley
with KIDS!

How about Lupa Zoo, Magic Wings Butterfly Museum, or the Planetarium at Amherst College? Scroll down for links to museums, zoos, libraries, family centers, parks and recreation and more in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.


The Happy Face Painter - South Hadley, MA. Unique facepainting and glitter tattoos for large and small events.

Interskate 91 - Hadley, MA.

Clay Mates Ceramics - Belchertown, MA.

Children's Museum - Holyoke, MA.

Holyoke Merry-Go-Round - Holyoke, MA.

Mad Science Party


English Language Detective Camp - Wilbraham, MA. It helps to enhance all learning by improving reading and writing skills of scholars entering grades 3 - 8.

Oasis At Smith Summer Camp - Northampton, MA. Oasis offers campers activities and amenities such as canoeing, indoor rock climbing, a skate park, 25 acres of grass playing fields, bike trails, a 6-lane swimming pool, an indoor/outdoor track, and an indoor basketball court along with additional air-conditioned indoor space.

Ashfield Community Theater - Summer Arts Program

Mad Science Summer Camps - Summer Science Camp and Vacation Programs

Small Ones Farm - Summer Farm Program

Amherst College Summer Youth Programs

Great Books Summer Reading Program

Summer Martial Arts - Kung Fu Adventure Week

Pre-College Summer Design Academy at UMass Amherst
The UMass Amherst Pre-College Summer Design Academy provides an opportunity for high school students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, urban or interior design the opportunity to experience the profession and see firsthand the kinds of activities that take place in a university architectural program.


Lupa Zoo- Ludlow, MA. Over 80 varieties of animals (zebras, giraffes, goats, deer, camels, ostriches, etc.) on 50 acres.

Holyoke Children's Museum- Holyoke, MA.  Indoor play land with climbing structure, water play, village, shadow room, bubble play.

Holyoke Merry-Go-Round- Holyoke, MA.

Southwick Zoo- Mendon, MA

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art- South Amherst, MA.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial- Springfield, MA. Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss!!

Magic Wings Butterfly Museum / Conservatory- South Deerfield, MA.

Springfield Science Museum- Natural history, dinosaurs, live animals, planetarium, African Safari, seasonal exhibits.


Granby Public Library

Clapp Memorial Library- Belchertown, MA.

Jones Library- Amherst, MA.

Goodwin Memorial Library- Hadley, MA

Forbes Library- Northampton, MA.



Belchertown Family Center

Amherst Family Center

South Hadley Family Center

Easthampton Family Center

Northampton Parents Center



Dufresne Park- Granby, MA. Playground, soccer fields, baseball field, picnic tables, pond, hiking trails, horses, open fields, gazebo, fenced dog run. No fee to park. Off Route 202 between Taylor St and Kendall St.  Click here for directions to Granby Recreation Area.  Granby Charter Days are held yearly in June.

Mt. Holyoke Range State Park- Hadley to Belchertown, MA. Elevation 1,000 ft with hiking, horseback riding, hunting, picnicking, cross-country skiing, walking trails, and The Notch Visitor Center.

Forest Park- Springfield/Longmeadow, MA.  Zoo, playground, picnic area, pool, fountain and spray structure, soccer field, football field, tennis courts, baseball fields, restrooms, ice skating at Cyr Arena, and Bright Nights during the holiday season.

Groff Park- South Amherst, MA.  Playground, wading pool, sandbox, river path, open fields.  No fee to park.  Off Route 116.

Look Park- Florence, MA. Water spray park, lagoon bumper boats, pedal boats on Willow Lake, Steamer Railroad train ride, mini-golf, walking path, tennis, playgrounds, picnic area, the Christenson Zoo, and Richard S. Holden Visitor Center.

Mill River Recreation Area- North Amherst, MA.  On Route 63.

Mt Sugarloaf State Park- South Deerfield, MA.  Great view of CT River from tower, hiking trails, ladybugs, picnic areas, wildlife, scenic viewing area.

Norwottuck Rail Trail- Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst, MA.  8 mile path for bicycling, cross-country skiing, walking, skating, jogging with public restroom.  Click here for trail map.

Quabbin Reservoir- Shoreline fishing, hiking, bicycling, walking trails, bird watching, snowshoeing, hunting, scenic views, picnicking, Visitor Center.

J.A. Skinner State Park- South Hadley, MA.  Great scenic views of Pioneer Valley and the Connecticut River, hike to the Summit House, have a picnic, hand-gliding, hiking, hawk watching, fall foliage, and wild flowers.

Chicopee State Park- Chicopee, MA.  Swimming, fishing, picnicking, walking trails with restrooms.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary- Easthampton, MA.  Search for wildlife and explore 5 miles of walking trails through forest, marsh, and wetlands.  

Buttery Brook Park- South Hadley, MA.  On Route 33.

Collins/Moylan Skating Rink- Greenfield, MA

Mullins Community Ice Rink- Amherst, MA

Amelia Park Arena- Westfield, MA

Great Falls Discovery Center- Turners Falls, MA


The Big E- West Springfield, MA.  Eastern States Exposition

Six Flags New England- Agawam, MA. 

Westover Air Reserve Base- Chicopee, MA.

Edaville Railroad- Carver, MA.  Thomas the Tank Engine and other activities.

Berkshire Scenic Railway- Lenox, MA.  Round trip from Lenox, MA to Stockbridge, MA or Lee, MA.

Massachusetts Big Rig Training Site- Sunderland, MA.  East Plumtree Rd.

Bassett Planetarium at Amherst College

McCray's Farm and Country Creamery- Homemade ice cream, wagon rides, petting zoo, pick your own pumpkins, birthday parties, and special events during the year (including Haunted Hayrides on weekend evenings in October).

Atkins Farms Country Market

Mike's Amaizing Maze - At Warner Farm in Sunderland, MA.

The Rock, Fossil and Dinosaur Shop - South Deerfield, MA. Gemstone panning, mining, gift shop, exhibits for all ages.

T.E.C. Therapeutic Equestrian Center Inc. - Holyoke, MA

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