With this balmy weather, it can be hard to believe that it’s November and the holidays are nearly upon us!  There are some fun holiday events happening this month, especially right before and Thanksgiving. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?  If you’re wondering how I define “cheap” when looking for things in this guide, I 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). The majority of this guide is date specific, so grab your calendar and plan your month! Also if you loved this list, share it with a friend! Send it to their Facebook or email them!

November  7: Did you know Art in the Orchard is open through Thanksgiving? Visit soon to see awesome outdoor art and PYO! Easthampton, MA

November  8:  Thunderbirds play The Hershey Bears tonight! When the Thunderbirds win, you win. Get a free ticket to Sunday’s game!

November 9:  Bring the little ones to Wilbraham Library to make a Thanksgiving craft!

November 10: Montessori Comes To Your Library! Montessori educator visits Forbes Library to lead an hour of Montessori activities for ages 0-6. Northampton, MA

November 11:  Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Golden Bird at The Eric Carle Picture Book Museum.  Amherst, MA

November 12:   28th Annual Children’s Illustration Celebration, Northampton, MA

November 13: Did you know that the library is full of museum passes? Many offer FREE admission. Check out what yours has to offer and plan an adventure! Free.

November 14: Go on a dinosaur hunt at NASH Dinosaur Track Site. South Hadley, MA

November 15: Bring the whole family for a pre-dinner storytime at Pine Point. Springfield, MA

November 16:  Got a little one at home? Take a fall walk on the Bridge of Flowers, while the big kids are at school. Shelburne Falls, MA

November 17:  Romp, Stomp and Roll with the little ones at Interskate91 South. Wilbrahram, MA

November 18: Annual Tree Lighting at Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield, MA

November 19: Do you do football Sundays? Check the game day schedule and make this pickle wrap dip for the crowd in your living room. 

November 20: Go for a hike at the Quabbin Reservoir and catch the last of peak foliage while you can. Belchertown, MA

November  21:  Looking for storytimes near you? Check out our list.

November  22: Travelling for Thanksgiving? Make some car snacks with the kids like this sweet and salty caramel pecan popcorn!

November  23: Happy Thanksgiving!

November  24: Bright Nights at Forest Park opens today! Visit the website for a coupon! Springfield, MA

November  25: The Winter Wonderland at Look Park opens today! Don’t miss this holiday spectacular! Northampton, MA

November  26:   Santa arrives by helicopter at Yankee Candle Village! South Deerfield, MA

November 27: Had a hectic holiday weekend? Enjoy a slow-paced Welcome Baby class at Storrs Library. Longmeadow, MA

November  28: Visit Imagination Station at the Palmer Library! This playroom is  open late, too.

November  29: Have you RSVP’d for Breakfast with Santa at Look Park? Do it today!

November 30:   The best things in life are free and that includes Christmas gifts! Here are some handmade gifts the kids can make for their favorite people.


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