Brrr. It’s cold out there! Our list this month features plenty of indoor activities but remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing, so bundle up and get outside, too!  If you’re wondering how we define “cheap” when looking for things in this guide, we typically look for events that will either cost the entire family less than $20.00 or no more than $5.00 per person (with some exceptions–some things are a great value and a worthwhile special event). Remember, the majority of this guide is date specific and some require advanced tickets. Also if you loved this list, share it with a friend! Send it to their Facebook or email them!


January 1: Happy New Year! 2018 is off to a frigid start, so warm up with hot chocolate and indoor investigation stations at Great Falls Discovery Center. Turners Falls, MA

January 2:   Find a library story time!

January 3: Go ice skating! Mullins Center in Amherst is open for public skate. Check the website for the full schedule and other information.  Amherst, MA

January 4 :  Join the Dino Dig at Amelia Park Children’s Museum.  This new exhibit opens today! Westfield, MA

January  5: Bring your aspiring astronomers and astronauts to Stars Over Springfield at The Springfield Museums for nighttime star-gazing.  Springfield, MA

January 6: It’s Winter Trails Day. If you have a kiddo age 8 and up, check out this free event at Northfield Mountain. Learn to snowshoe and cross-country ski! Northfield, MA

January  7: Be ready for the next snow and know where to go! Check out our list of sledding spots in Western MA.

January  8:  Bring your water table inside and repurpose it for indoor play.

January 9:  Check out our Pinterest page for winter activity ideas and don’t forget to follow us!

January 10: Introduce your crafty kiddo to knitting at Huntington Library! Multiple dates are offered. Visit their Facebook page to RSVP!  Huntington, MA

January 11:  It’s the season for comfort food! Kids will love these crockpot meals.

January 12:  It’s Free Friday at Smith College Museum of Art!  Bring the kiddos for  hands-on art making inspired by stained glass. Northampton, MA

January 13: Second Saturdays at Hitchcock Center is a free event for families. Registration is not required but appreciated. Visit the website for more information and the full schedule.

January  14: Take a road trip to the Berkshires and learn how to make paper at Crane Museum. Visit the Facebook page and call for more information. Dalton, MA

January 15:  Need to take a breather? Check out this free mindful parenting class that offers FREE childcare!  Cummington, MA

January 16:  Introduce the kiddos to Shakespeare with this FREE  Young Shakespeare Players performance of Henry IV. For the full schedule, visit the Shea Theatre’s website. Turners Falls, MA

January 17:  Warm up inside the greenhouses at Smith College and introduce the kiddos to botany with guided audio tours just for kids. Northampton, MA

January 18: Looking for a preschool? Check out Northampton Parents’ Center’s annual preschool fair that includes activities for the kiddos!  Northampton, MA

January 19: Check out this list of 30 Things To Do With Kids In Holyoke MA! There is something for everyone in Holyoke!

January  20: The Happier Family Comedy Show is back for another show at Eric Carle Picture Book Museum.  Amherst, MA

January  21:  Check your local library for free or discounted museum passes and reserve one today!

January  22: Ski during the week and save off weekend prices! Charlemont, MA

January  23: Sign up to read with Arlo the Corgi, a therapy dog! Monson, MA

January  24: Visit the Holyoke Children’s Museum! As of this writing, the January calendar has not been released, so be sure to bookmark the website.

January  25: Did you sign up for Kids Skate Free when we suggested it last month? Kids skate free on Thursdays at Interskate91 North (rental not included).

January 26:   Visit one of the oldest bowling alleys in the country, right here in the Pioneer Valley. Shelburne Falls, MA

January 27: Hometown Heroes at the Springfield Thunderbirds, with appearances by IronMan and Spiderman.  Springfield, MA

January 28: Got cabin fever and kids climbing up the walls? Head to Big Y and drop the kids off for free childcare while you shop or hang out in the cafe.

January  29: Take your budding paleontologist to The Beneski Museum of Natural History. FREE. Amherst, MA

January 30:  Bundle up and take a walk through the Three Sisters Sanctuary. There’s a suggested admission for adults but kids under 12 are free.  Goshen, MA

January 31:  The art room is always open at the Eric Carle Museum. Bring a lunch to eat in the cafe, visit the library and make some art!


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