Websites for Parents

Kidding Around the Pioneer Valley

While walking along Arcadia’s five miles of trails, look for signs of white-tailed deer, black bear, otter, beaver, and other interesting creatures. The sanctuary’s forest, meadows, marsh, and wetlands are great places to explore at any time of year.

The Children’s Museum at Holyoke provides a unique setting in which children and adults learn together about art, science, and the world around them. Through hands-on exhibits, children challenge themselves, discover how the world works, explore new roles for themselves, and learn by doing. — And don’t forget to check out our free pass from the main circulation desk!

Don’t forget to check out our free pass from the main circulation desk!

Look Park is a place of both active and passive recreation including exciting seasonal attractions such as Bumper Boats, Pedal Boats, 18 holes of Mini-Golf, and a Steamer Train ride!

Established in 2005, Hilltown Families is an online grassroots communication network based in Western Massachusetts serving families in the Pioneer Valley and surrounding communities. Hilltown Families works to identify, connect, and create community based educational opportunities for children and families in the region and publishes a comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events highlighting events and resources in the area.

Macaroni Kid and its family of Publisher Moms are dedicated to delivering the scoop on all the family-friendly events and activities happening in their communities each week. Check out Macaroni Kid’s list of communities and sign up to receive your free weekly newsletter.

The Northampton Recreation Department works to promote the well-being of the individual and the community by providing a wide range of high quality and wholesome recreational opportunities to meet the leisure needs of our residents and visitors.

Don’t forget to check out our free pass from the main circulation desk!

The paper for parents.

The Zoo is dedicated to wildlife education and offers a variety of educational programs and special events for children and adults. Zoo On The Go, Guided Tours, and Discovery Programs can be adapted to all age groups and interests. Different events almost every weekend allow guests to explore all aspects of science, while having a good time. — And don’t forget to check out our free pass from the main circulation desk!

Area Schools and Child Care Programs

Search for local babysitters and caregivers.

Information about local child care services.

Massachusetts licensed childcare and after school programs searchable by zip code.

The link will take you to a list of local preschool options in Northampton.

Information on local Northampton Schools.


Provides support, information, and other resources for those affected and families of those affected by cancer.

Booklists and online resources compiled by the Springfield City Library.

Expert reviewed sites on children and families.

“A magazine bursting with political commentary and ribald tales from the front lines of motherhood.”

What’s going on in there? How science may help to explain the mysteries of the teen years.

Kids Health is the #1 most-visited website for children’s health and development. You’re now in the Parents area. At the bottom of each article, you’ll find links to related features created for kids and teens. We encourage you to share them!

The world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD.

Provides education, support, and financial services to families and patients affected by mesothelioma.

Moms living well for less.

An online resource for real-live parents.

From fun activities to suggested books, we’ve got your out-of-school time covered.

Learn how to prevent your child from getting involved with drugs and alcohol. We have the latest information and practical advice to help you keep your child healthy, safe, and drug-free.

Queer youth advice for educators.