It kind of felt like January would never end, didn’t it? But here it is– February!  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 or registration. Also if you loved this list, share it with a friend! Send it to their Facebook or email them!


February 1: Did you know that anytime you visit the Palmer Library, you can drop by the youth room for weekly crafts? Palmer, MA

February 2:  The annual Greenfield Winter Carnival kicks off today and goes through the weekend! Greenfield, MA

February  3: See Amherst Commons lit up at night with Luminaria, part of Amherst WinterFest. Amherst, MA

February 4 :  It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Take the kids sledding at Cherry Hill Golf Course, then enjoy a hearty party spread for the big game!

February  5: Don’t let all this snow go to waste. Check out these cross-country skiing spots.

February  6: Free yoga for parents and babies at It Takes a Village. Cummington, MA

February 7: Winterfest fun continues with Winter Crafts and Animals at Crocker Farm School. Amherst, MA

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

February  9:  The 8th Annual Ice Art Festival is tonight! Get your “Game of Thornes” on during Northampton’s Art Walk.  Northampton, MA

February 10: Melted Snowman Cupcake Decorating at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. (Allergy-friendly!)  Easthampton, MA

February 11:  Make Valentines for Wildlife at Turners Falls Great Hall Discovery Center. Turners Falls, MA

February 12:  Find a library story time near you! Don’t see your library on the list? Let us know and we’ll add it!

February 13: Let the library take care of bedtime stories for you tonight with their Pajama Night Story Time! East Longmeadow, MA

February  14: Take the family for a date tonight at Look Park’s Valentine’s Day Skate. (Bring your own skates–no rentals available.) Northampton, MA

February  15:  Head to your library and check out these books all about snow.

February 16:  Every Friday in February, head to Great Falls Discovery Center to learn about your wildlife neighbors.  Turners Falls, MA

February 17:  Looking for staycation ideas? Yankee Candle has you covered. Check out their full schedule of daily activities during the break, starting with pajama day, happening today! South Deerfield, MA

February 18: Great Falls Discovery Center is open all week long during February vacation. See the website for a full list of activities. Turners Falls, MA

February 19:KidsBestFest 2018is a film festival for kids and their adults at The Academy of Music Theatre. Northampton, MA

February  20: Become immersed in Chinese culture through reading, and do a fun paper-cutting art project during this special storytime at the Carle. Amherst, MA

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

February  22: Visit the Holyoke Children’s Museum for Winter Olympics Crafts and Activities. Holyoke, MA

February  23: On this last day of vacation, take a road trip to The New England Air and Space Museum for special vacation week activities. See the full schedule HERE. Windsor Locks, CT

February  24: The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is open and today is Free Game Day! Holyoke, MA

February  25: Do some winter exploring at Holyoke Heritage State Park with this Signs of the Season program. Holyoke, MA

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

February  27: Get your morning off to a good start with the Rise and Romp Storytime at Wheeler Memorial Library. Orange, MA

February 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.


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