Hooray, it’s May. Let’s hope Mother Nature remembers that it’s supposed to be spring!  Check out the events happening around the Pioneer Valley this month! If there’s an event you think we shouldn’t miss, come tell us in the Facebook group!

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!

Free/Cheap Things To Do in Western Massachusetts In May

May 1: Happy May Day!

May 2:  It’s Screen Free Week at Clapp Memorial Library! Unplug and stop in for some screen-free time with the kids. More info HERE. Belchertown, MA

May 4: Kidleidoscope Story Hour at Great Falls Discovery Center. Free Turners Falls, MA

May 5: Check out the Chalk Art Festival, part of ArtWeekMA, and hosted by The Springfield Museums. Outdoor activities are free, indoor activities require paid admission. For more information, visit the ArtWeek website.  Springfield, MA

May  6: It’s Restless Readers Weekend at Eric Carle Picture Book Museum. Special storytellings and art activities on the theme of international children’s list. Free with museum admission. See the full schedule HERE. Amherst, MA

May  7: Looking for a Family Center near you? Find your center on this list!

May 8:  Take a road trip to Charlestown for a quest aboard the USS Constitution. Suggested donation $20/family. Charlestown, MA

May  9: Make Mother’s Day crafts at Holyoke Children’s Museum. Holyoke, MA.

May 10: Nonotuck Park Playground is one of our favorites, and it’s free during the week, so head there after school! Check out our review HERE. Easthampton, MA

May 11:  Free Second Friday at Smith College Museum of Art.  Northampton, MA

May 12:  Do Doodlebugs Doodle? A special author event and book signing for children. Free. Book sales proceeds go to Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Registration is appreciated. More info HERE.  Amherst, MA

May  13: Happy Mother’s Day!

May 14:  Homeschool Meet-Up at Palmer Public Library. More information and full schedule HERE.  Palmer, MA

May 15:  Six Flags is open and warmer days are here. Here’s how to save money at Six Flags!

May 16:  Baby story time at Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton, MA

May 17:  Music and Movement with Tom and Laurie! Carnegie Library, every Thursday until August. Montague, MA

May 18: Scout and Youth Family Night at Springfield Museums. Registration required by May 4th! Springfield, MA

May  19: Support the Northampton Parents’ Center and celebrate PLAY with this fun event for kids at A2Z. The store will donate 10% of all sales to NPC. More information HERE. Northampton, MA

May  20: Wild Goose Chase to Support Whole Children at Look Park. Register for the 5K or enjoy the kids’ carnival. Florence, MA

May 21:  The Forest Park Zoo is open! Admission is just $3.25 for kids and $5 for adults. Springfield, MA

May  22: Stomp around old dinosaur stomping grounds and look for dinosaur footprints! Holyoke, MA

May  23: Plan your summer with Highland Foundations’ Free Fun Fridays. Check their Facebook page for updates!  Free.

May  24: The Holyoke Fishway re-opened this month. Catch the fish in migration until June 10th!  Holyoke, MA

May  25: Drop in to the Amherst Family Center for a morning of activities. Amherst, MA

May  26: First Child In The Woods at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. $5/$7/Free.  Register HERE. Easthampton, MA

May  27: Bike Path B-I-N-G-O with Great Falls Discovery Center. Free. Turner’s Falls, MA

May 28: It’s Memorial Day! What’s your favorite parade? Check out our full list of parades here. We’re still updating it for 2018, so bookmark it now and return to it later this month.

May  29: Visit the Northampton Farmers Market on Tuesdays.  Northampton, MA

May 30:  Clifford The Big Red Dog is at The Springfield Museums until September! Springfield, MA

May 31: Drop in to story time at Slate Public Library. Gill, MA

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